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The impact investing gold rush. Just yet? — Pranay Gupta

The impact investing gold rush. Just yet? — Pranay Gupta

It is amazing to note how many times we are hearing about ‘Social Enterprises’, ‘Impact Investments’ …nowadays. There is, or at least seems to be, a lot of buzz around money chasing Impact Startups. In fact, an article at VCCircle here talks of how the money has gone from $4bn to $12bn in just recent times. […]

Growth or caution? The pre-fundraising dilemma for startups — Vinod Murali

Growth or caution? The pre-fundraising dilemma for startups — Vinod Murali

It feels like there is an extremely high level of optimism in India surrounding these elections. There is a very clear undercurrent of expectation for a stable, decisive government which makes me wonder about the scenario of having a hung parliament with no clear direction (Shudder!). While this is one of the possible outcomes, I […]

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36hrs.in: A social travel discovery platform to catalogue and plan itineraries

36hrs.in: A social travel discovery platform to catalogue and plan itineraries

36hrs.in is a social travel discovery platform that allows content publishers and users to catalogue their favorite spots in cities around the world and share them with their friends and networks. Users can snap together the perfect travel itinerary for a city in just a few clicks. Founded: 2013 (the site went live last week) HQ: Mumbai/ Santiago, […]

By April 17, 2014 Read More →
How ArtisanGilt aims to bring handicrafts to your doorstep

How ArtisanGilt aims to bring handicrafts to your doorstep

ArtisanGilt is a managed marketplace for handmade and designer products. It offers lifestyle products across 50-plus categories including fashion jewellery, sarees, dress material and home decor. Founded: June 2013 HQ: Mumbai Founders: Rahul Garg, Priyesh Neema, Megha Agarwal and Anurag Neema. Garg, Priyesh Neema and Anurag Neema are alumnus of IIT Bombay, from different batches. […]

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Gayatrishakti Paper raises $4.1 mn from Canbank Venture

Gayatrishakti Paper raises $4.1 mn from Canbank Venture

Mumbai based Gayatrishakti Paper & Boards, a company that manufactures packaging paper and board, has raised Rs 25 crore ($4.1 million) in a funding round from Canbank Venture Capital Fund, reports Business Line. The company will use the funding to expand operations, which includes setting up a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat, said the report. […]

By April 23, 2014 Read More →
Pepperfry launches mobile site; targets 1 mn visitors per month

Pepperfry launches mobile site; targets 1 mn visitors per month

Norwest Venture Partners backed ecommerce company Pepperfry has launched a mobile site. Users can access the site to browse products, shop and make payments. It is hoping to hit more than a million unique mobile visits per month by the end of the year. Press Release April 22, 2014, Mumbai: Pepperfry.com, India’s largest online Furniture […]

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5ideas founder Gaurav Kachru joins as CEO of Bag it Today — Medianama

5ideas founder Gaurav Kachru joins as CEO of Bag it Today — Medianama

5ideas Startup Superfuel founder Gaurav Kachru has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of India Today’s e-commerce venture Bag It Today. (Thanks for the anonymous tip, whoever you are). Kachru has confirmed this to Medianama. He also mentioned that he will continue as the founder and advisor of 5ideas Startup Superfuel, the seed fund launched by Kachru and Pearl […]

By April 22, 2014 Read More →
Commonfloor buys Flat.to in cash-and-stock deal; angel investor Aakrit Vaish exits

Commonfloor buys Flat.to in cash-and-stock deal; angel investor Aakrit Vaish exits

Mumbai based Flat.to, the online real estate search and listings platform targeted at students and single working professionals, has been acquired by Commonfloor barely a year after it was founded. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. However, founder Gaurav Munjal told us that the deal is a cash-and-stock transaction. Post-acquisition, Munjal […]

By April 22, 2014 Read More →
Frrole raises $245K from Sharad Sharma, Rajan Anandan via LetsVenture

Frrole raises $245K from Sharad Sharma, Rajan Anandan via LetsVenture

Social analytics startup Frrole has raised $245,000 in an angel round of funding through LetsVenture, an online platform that connect startups with investors, reports TechCrunch. The angels who participated in the round include former Yahoo R&D head Sharad Sharma, Google India chief Rajan Anandan and Eka Software founder Manav Garg. Founded in 2012 by Amarpreet […]

By April 22, 2014 Read More →
Cuelinks plans Southeast Asia foray, funding round in June

Cuelinks plans Southeast Asia foray, funding round in June

2014 will be a year of reckoning of sorts for Cuelinks, a content monetization tool for online publishers from Mumbai startup Parity Cube. Nearly two years after launching operations, the company plans to step up growth by expanding operations into Southeast Asia and raising its first round of institutional funding. In the next few months, […]

By April 21, 2014 Read More →
Tech Mahindra buys 75% of Big Data startup FixStream for $10 mn

Tech Mahindra buys 75% of Big Data startup FixStream for $10 mn

Tech Mahindra, the $3 billion software and consulting services firm promoted by the Mahindra Group, is announcing the acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in FixStream Network, a San Jose, California based Big Data startup. It will pay $10 million to acquire the stake in FixStream, subject to necessary regulatory approvals, the company said […]

By April 21, 2014 Read More →
Matrix Partners launches $350 mn third China fund

Matrix Partners launches $350 mn third China fund

Matrix Partners, the early to growth stage investor, is announcing the closing of a new China focused fund, Matrix Partners China III, at $350 million, bringing total capital under management in China to more than $1 billion. The firm targets companies in technology, media and telecommunications and healthcare and has been especially active in the […]

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Swipe Telecom raises $4.9 mn from Kalaari Capital

Swipe Telecom raises $4.9 mn from Kalaari Capital

 Swipe Telecom, a Sacramento, California based mobile technology startup which makes affordable tablets, has raised Rs 30 crore ($4.9 million) in a fresh round of funding from Kalaari Capital, the Bangalore based early stage investor. The company, which also has operations in Pune, will use the funding to grow its market share to 12 per […]

By April 21, 2014 Read More →
Flipkart offers free shipping on purchases through mobile app

Flipkart offers free shipping on purchases through mobile app

Bangalore headquartered etailer Flipkart is offering users free shipping on purchases made through its mobile app. The app is available in Android, iOS and Windows. The offer is aimed at encouraging users to shop more frequently through their mobile phones. Additionally, the company is offering discounts on products for customers who shop using the mobile […]

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Kids services discovery startup Mycity4kids launches mobile app

Kids services discovery startup Mycity4kids launches mobile app

YourNest Angel Fund backed Mycity4kids, an online listings and search platform for kids-related services, has launched its mobile app in Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. The company had raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from YourNest Angel Fund in 2012. Press Release 16th April, 2014, Gurgaon: mycity4kids announces the launch of its […]

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Nexus Venture backs science learning network Function Space

Nexus Venture backs science learning network Function Space

Function Space, a social learning network for science, has raised an undisclosed amount in a seed round of funding from Nexus Venture Partners. The Pune-based company will use the funding to expand its content, develop engaging tools and grow its contributor and user base. Founded in 2013 by Adit Gupta, Sakshi Majmudar and Sumit Maniya, […]

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Snapdeal scores fourth acquisition with product discovery startup Doozton

Snapdeal scores fourth acquisition with product discovery startup Doozton

Snapdeal, the ecommerce marketplace promoted by Delhi headquartered Jasper Infotech, has snapped up Noida based Doozton, an product discovery site founded in early 2013. The financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. The deal was first reported by TechCrunch. The acquisition comes within two months of the Delhi-headquartered Snapdeal raising $133.77 million in a […]

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Yatra Online raises $23 mn in growth round led by IDG Ventures, Vertex

Yatra Online raises $23 mn in growth round led by IDG Ventures, Vertex

Gurgaon-headquartered online travel agent Yatra Online Travel has raised Rs 140 crore ($23 million) in a growth round of funding round led by IDG Ventures India and Vertex Venture Management. Existing investors, including seed investor Norwest Venture Partners, participated in the round. Yatra will use the capital raised to further strengthen its leadership position in […]

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Harish Bahl of Smile Group on Katalyzers, TPG’s role and Springstar — Medianama

Harish Bahl of Smile Group on Katalyzers, TPG’s role and Springstar — Medianama

Smile Group has created a joint venture with TPG Growth called Katalyzers to help companies from developed markets launch their products in developing markets. We spoke with Harish Bahl, who is the founder of Smile Group and General Partner in Katalyzer to know more about the new venture, how they plan to approach these markets and the relationship it shares with TPG. Medianama: […]

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