I was interviewed and selected by a startup in India which through my research I found was named x but is now named y. They are said to be funded by a company G. G's website says they are funding x. I searched this website.
And I cannot find x or y as being registered companies. I asked the interviewer and he says the company name was changed from x to y 4 months back, they had completed their second closure and have funds to run for 2 years and that the formalities of registration would be completed in a few months.
They had a mature interview process, the people seemed to be genuine and I am being offered a 50% hike in salary (which brings my salary to the market rate). The company has been around for just 9 months and they just shifted to a posh area where the company environ is just being setup. That was where the interview was held.
The only thing that seems fishy is that the company does not seem to be registered. Should I contact the funding company and ask about the authenticity of it? Would that get me into trouble with the company? Is there any other way to verify antecedents before asking them to send across the offer letter?
Update: From the question Lilienthal pointed me to, I was taken to http://www.register.com/whois.rcmx where I entered the company
y website name and it showed me:
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Registrant Name: company x's name
Registrant Organization: this part was left blank
There is also a blog that says this:
Only Limited Liability Partnership, Private limited companies and public limited companies status can be obtained using the MCA website. The status of entities registered as sole proprietorship or partnership firm cannot be obtained from the MCA website". Problem is I don't know what kind of company this is. They are into the healthcare big data analytics market, and are funded by a large company that had acquired a USA based data analytics company, and is a large stakeholder in this company