Phanindra Sama is the Founder and CEO of RedBus, India’s First Online Bus Ticket Booking Service. Started in 2005 , today Redbus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India. It has the largest network of bus operators (350+ and growing). It offesr over 4500 routes across the Indian map. Customers can book tickets as per their convenience – be it the phone, home delivery, physical outlets or even SMS.
Phanindra recieved his Electrical Engineering degree from BITS Pilani and Post- Graduation from Indian Institute of Science. Prior to Redbus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments. He hails from Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Redbus was started to solve a bigger problem of getting Tickets of Buses comfortably. The founders, Phanndra, Sudhakar and Charan used to work in Bangalore at the time (sometime in 2005) . They were friends from BITS Pilani, one of India’s finest engineering colleges. During Diwali that year, one of them wanted to spend the festival in his home town. Since he didn’t know his schedule till the end, taking a bus was the only choice. He ran around town hunting for a ticket, but they were all sold out minutes before he reached the travel agents. Bangalore traffic is notorious and can grip you at the wrong time. That’s exactly what happened that day.
Redbus is run by a comparatively younger team. What started as a team of three grew into a team of 50 within 9 months. Today the turnover is about Rs 1000 crores. It has offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai,Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam.