If you were looking for the antithesis to OYO, the controversial $10 billion giant, then RedDoorz would be it. Both are budget hotel aggregators with India-born CEOs—Ritesh Agarwal and Amit Saberwal, respectively.

The similarities, however, end there.

While OYO has aggressively expanded across the globe with the backing of VC giant SoftBank’s bottomless pockets, RedDoorz has taken a more measured approach. Founded in 2015, it raised just $25 million across the first four years of its existence, preferring to hone its business model instead. That, too, largely in its home country of Indonesia.

In fact, it wasn’t until earlier this year that RedDoorz truly made a splash, announcing a $45-million Series B round in July.


Jon Russell

Jon Russell is Southeast Asia editor for The Ken based in Bangkok. Originally from the UK, Jon moved to Thailand in 2008. He’s passionate about telling thoughtful business stories, and tracking the impact of the internet in his adopted home of Southeast Asia.

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