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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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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, […]

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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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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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IndiaHomes raises $24.8 mn from NEA, existing investors

IndiaHomes raises $24.8 mn from NEA, existing investors

Gurgaon based India World Technologies, which runs IndiaHomes, a managed property transactions (broking) services provider, has raised Rs 150 crore ($24.8 million) in a growth round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), says a PTI report. This follows a Rs 120 crore round raised in 2012 from Helion Venture Partners and Foundation Capital. […]

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A ready reckoner on active impact investors in India

A ready reckoner on active impact investors in India

Impact investors have pumped $1.6 billion into more than 220 startups since 2000 and the number of investors looking at the space is growing. But who are these investors? Mumbai-based impact sector focused advisory and research company Intellecap offers a ready reckoner on the investors currently active in the Indian market in its recently released […]

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Smile Group, TPG Growth in $100 mn joint venture to partner Internet businesses

Smile Group, TPG Growth in $100 mn joint venture to partner Internet businesses

Smile Group, the Gurgaon headquartered consumer Internet and media ventures group, is announcing a joint venture with private equity firm TPG Growth to launch Katalyzers, an entity that will partner with successful Internet companies and help roll out their businesses across Asia and other emerging markets. The joint venture partners will invest up to $100 […]

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Flipkart, Myntra investor Tiger Global raises $1.5 bn in eighth global fund

Flipkart, Myntra investor Tiger Global raises $1.5 bn in eighth global fund

Tiger Global Management, the private equity firm that holds significant stakes in ecommerce companies Flipkart and Myntra, has raised $1.5 billion in its eighth fund, according to a filing with the SEC. A total of 415 investors (limited partners) have participated in the fund, dubbed Tiger Global Private Investment Partners VIII. The new fund is […]

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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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