Skeletons tumble out of the closet at ScoopWhoop

The once-promising media startup has seen its CEO resign in the wake of a yet-unreported sexual harassment complaint.

This story starts in October 2021. The team at digital content company ScoopWhoop was quite pumped. The firm had finally landed a buyer and was prepping for its payday. It had been a long time coming. 

Founded in 2013 by Sattvik Mishra, Rishi Pratim Mukherjee, Sriparna Tikekar, Debarshi Banerjee, Saransh Singh and Suparn Pandey—most of whom worked in advertising—ScoopWhoop was meant to be India’s answer to BuzzFeed. Easier said than done. For a while, ScoopWhoop made all the right noises, garnering big traffic numbers and raising funds from venture capital investors such as Kalaari Capital and AdvantEdge. But like many …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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