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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 […]

The WebEngage story: 30 months, $500K funding, 18K users — Avlesh Singh

The WebEngage story: 30 months, $500K funding, 18K users — Avlesh Singh

After a few months of “downtime”, I am opening up. All over again! When I finished my engineering in 2005, I had a dream – a small one. I wanted to learn how to run a large scale “website” end-to-end. It was a good enough dream to give me the much needed push to join […]

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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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Meet Awaaz: an Android app to make free phone calls over WiFi

Meet Awaaz: an Android app to make free phone calls over WiFi

Awaaz is an Android app that enables mobile users to call each other free of charge. Calls are routed over the Internet, making mobile operator networks redundant. Check it out at the Play Store. Founded: Awaaz has been launched just as an app for now. The founder/ developer has not incorporated a company yet. The […]

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US VCs double fundraising in Q12014 to $8.9 bn

US VCs double fundraising in Q12014 to $8.9 bn

The National Venture Capital Association is reporting a big rebound in venture capital fundraising in the US market, recording the strongest quarter since Q4 2007. Venture capital funds raised $8.9 billion in Q1 2014, up more than 102 per cent from fundraising levels in Q1 2013. Fundraising jumped 81 per cent quarter-on-quarter — the fourth […]

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GradeStack launches JEE practice tests on Android devices

GradeStack launches JEE practice tests on Android devices

Mobile first education marketplace GradeStack is announcing the launch of the JEE advanced practice tests course on Android phones and tablets. The company has teamed up with Cengage Learning for the launch. The company raised an undisclosed amount in funding from Times Internet last month. Press Release New Delhi, 15th April, 2014: GradeStack in partnership […]

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Bhubaneswar hospital KIDS raises $3 mn from Samridhi Fund

Bhubaneswar hospital KIDS raises $3 mn from Samridhi Fund

Bhubaneswar based Kanungo Institute of Diabetes Specialities (KIDS), a company that runs a multi speciality diabetes hospital, has raised Rs 18 crore ($2.98 million) in an equity round of funding from the SIDBI Venture backed Samridhi Fund, reports The Economic Times. The company has also raised an additional Rs 7 crore ($1.16 million) in debt […]

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Impact Investing in India: $1.6 bn, 220 startups, and still miles to go — Intellecap report

Impact Investing in India: $1.6 bn, 220 startups, and still miles to go — Intellecap report

Impact investing, defined typically as the funding of businesses that address consumers at the bottom half of the pyramid, has gained visible traction in India over the last 4-5 years. It is still marginal though relative to mainstream early stage investing activity. While mainstream early stage investing has scaled $1 billion per year for the […]

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Gurgaon company launches preventive healthcare information platform Healthians

Gurgaon company launches preventive healthcare information platform Healthians

Gurgaon based Expedient Healthcare Marketing has launched Healthians, an online platform for preventive healthcare. The site offers information such as available diagnostic tests, recommends check-ups based on factors such as gender and age, and offers advice on preparation and precautions for tests. The platform went live on April 7. Press Release Delhi NCR, 4th April, […]

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Artha Venture Challenge winners: Avani Bio, Boond, Knids Green, Tamul Plates, more

Artha Venture Challenge winners: Avani Bio, Boond, Knids Green, Tamul Plates, more

Artha Venture Challenge (AVC), a business plan contest for impact enterprises backed by Artha Platform and its founding organisation Rianta Philanthropy, has picked nine startups as winners of AVC 2013. The companies will receive up to Rs 30 lakh ($49,710) in equity funding from Artha Platform subject to due diligence and investment approvals. The nine […]

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ActMobile acquires B’lore startup Colimetrics in all-stock deal

ActMobile acquires B’lore startup Colimetrics in all-stock deal

Bangalore based Colimetrics Software, a software product startup that develops products to improve employee productivity, has been acquired by ActMobile Networks, a San Jose, California headquartered mobile technology company, reports The Economic Times. The deal was an all-stock transaction and post acquisition co-founder and CEO Pankaj Kulkani joins Act Mobile, said the report. Founded in […]

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Jafco Ventures raises $260 mn Fund V; 20 new LPs back fund

Jafco Ventures raises $260 mn Fund V; 20 new LPs back fund

Palo Alto, California headquartered Jafco Ventures, the technology focused venture capital firm backed by Tokyo based Jafco Co, has raised $260 million for its fifth fund dubbed Jafco Technology Partners V. This is the ten-year old firm’s largest fund to date taking its total funds under management to over $750 million. In contrast to its […]

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Commonfloor relaunches communities feature as Commonfloor Groups

Commonfloor relaunches communities feature as Commonfloor Groups

Commonfloor, the real estate search and listings platform from Bangalore based maxHeap Technologies, has overhauled its apartment management feature (Commonfloor Apartment Communities) and relaunched it as Commonfloor Groups. The company will launch a mobile app for the same soon. The feature is currently used by over 1 lakh communities. Commonfloor is backed by Tiger Global […]

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Intellecap launches impact fund rating tool PRISM

Intellecap launches impact fund rating tool PRISM

Mumbai based Intellecap, the financial advisory and research services firm focused on the impact sector, has launched PRISM, an impact fund rating framework that aims to address critical concerns of all major stakeholders in the impact investing ecosystem. PRISM stands for Portfolio Risk Impact and Sustainability Measurement and uses an open, web-based platform that builds […]

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Mukund Mohan is off to Redmond to steer Microsoft Ventures’ future course

Mukund Mohan is off to Redmond to steer Microsoft Ventures’ future course

Microsoft Ventures’ Mukund Mohan is headed to Microsoft Corp’s corporate headquarters in Redmond, where he takes on a larger role at the company’s technology startup outreach and accelerator programme. Mohan, currently director at Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, will relocate from Bangalore with his family in August. He will oversee operations for India and the US, both […]

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Klip.in signs on Wanelo co-founder Sarvjeet Ahuja as tech advisor

Klip.in signs on Wanelo co-founder Sarvjeet Ahuja as tech advisor

Smursh Ecommerce, developer of social discovery and curation tool for ecommerce Klip.in, has signed on Sarvjeet Ahuja, formerly co-founder of social shopping startup Wanelo, as a technology advisor. He will work with the core team to mentor developers and translate product vision into product strategy and roadmap. Klip.in had raised an undisclosed amount in an […]

By April 10, 2014 Read More →
#SUS2014 Day 1: Sankalp Awards winners announced; launch of StartUp Wave

#SUS2014 Day 1: Sankalp Awards winners announced; launch of StartUp Wave

Day 1 of the 2014 Sankalp Unconvention Summit closed yesterday with the unveiling of the winners of the Sankalp Awards for this year. The winners, chosen from 24 finalists, included Kinara Capital (financial inclusion category), Spatial Ideas (technology for development category), Karadi Path (education category), MicroGraam (women’s empowerment category), Aura Herbal (cleantech category), iKure Techsoft […]

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Unbxd to manage search across Getitbazaar platform

Unbxd to manage search across Getitbazaar platform

IDG Ventures India backed ecommerce product recommendation engine Unbxd is announcing a tie-up with GetitBazaar. The partnership will see Unbxd manage search across all GetitBazaar properties on the web, mobile, voice and social. The Bangalore based startup raised an undisclosed amount in a Series A round of funding from IDG and Inventus Capital Partners last […]

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Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme completes a year

Nasscom 10,000 Startups programme completes a year

Nasscom’s 10,000 Startups programme completed one year since launch on Tuesday. The programme has processed 7,000 applications from startups in the past 12 months over two cycles. Among major activities started under the programme was the launch of Start-up Warehouse in Bangalore to create a microecosystem where startups and entrepreneurs can work together, share their […]

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