How two women vaulted over stereotypes to launch a game changer for investors

Monel Amin and Hansi MehrotraFor all the progress women have made, they remain a rarity in the finance world, partly because of the impression that they are second-best when it comes to crunching numbers, analysing data and understanding the fine nuances that, oftentimes, make all the difference. Women starting up in the finance world is even more rare, for […]

Read more

Twitter CTO Adam Messinger steps down in latest top-level exit

Twitter Inc’s chief technology officer (CTO) Adam Messinger said he is stepping down from his position at the US-based microblogging site. Messinger announced the move in a tweet and said he will take time off. Messinger became CTO in March 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, he worked as the vice president […]

Read more

Exclusive: Dating startup Heartonnect selected for Facebook’s FbStart programme

couple-1427863_1920Dating app Heartonnect, operated by Trigbug, has been selected by Facebook for its FbStart programme. Heartonnect has partnered with Trigbug, a Mumbai-based IT and marketing consultancy firm, to develop its app and software. The programme is aimed at developers in early-stage mobile-focused startups to help them build and develop their apps. As part of FbStart, […]

Read more

BlackBerry to invest $75 mn in self-driving vehicle test hub

blackbarry_feCanada-based BlackBerry Ltd plans to invest $75 million (Rs 508 crores) in setting up a new self-driving vehicle testing hub, the company said in an official blog on Tuesday. The once smartphone giant is now looking at new investments to attract growth. As per the blog, BlackBerry QNX plans to hire local software engineers to […]

Read more

Exclusive: Shaadi.com acquires mobile dating app Frivil

pexels-photo-585721Shaadi.com, operated by People Interactive India Pvt Ltd, has acquired Frivil, a mobile-based dating app owned by Delhi-based Thrill Pte Ltd for an undisclosed amount. With the acquisition, Frivil’s product, intellectual property rights and brand will become part of People Interactive. However, Frivil’s founders – Josh Israel and Devin Serago – will not be joining […]

Read more

Exclusive: Bike rental startup ONN Bikes gets seed funding

seed-funding-thinkstockMumbai-based bike rental startup ONN Bikes has secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Grace Capital Ventures and four other individual investors. The startup, operated by Motorcruizer Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., will use the funds to set up hub stations in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, Namit Jain, co-founder of ONN Bikes told Techcircle. These stations […]

Read more

Amazon India introduces in-house private fashion label Myx

Amazon-by-Shah-Junaid-(2)1E-commerce giant Amazon India has launched its second in-house private fashion label, ethnic wear brand for women Myx, as it looks to grow its apparel offerings. The development was reported by The Economic Times, citing Arun Sirdeshmukh, Amazon India’s fashion head. An email query to Amazon India seeking comment did not elicit a response at […]

Read more

Lending marketplace IndiaLends gets $4 mn from DSG Consumer, others

For-IndiaLends-Story-TC_ThinkstockPhotos-481169838Online lending marketplace IndiaLends has secured $4 million (around Rs 27.3 crore) in its Series A funding round from existing investor DSG Consumer Partners. American Express Ventures, Chinese investment firm Cyber Carrier VC and Noida-based early stage fund AdvantEdge Partners also participated in the round. The firm will use the funds to expand its credit […]

Read more

Health-tech startup behind Eventus bags funding from SQue Capital, others

SidqamNoida-based digital healthcare company Sidqam Technologies has secured $1.2 million seed funding led by SQue Capital, a Mumbai-based investment firm. Grace Capital Ventures and Soham Vencaps, the family fund of the real estate company Soham Group also participated in the round. The company will use the funds to expand its services beyond the NCR market, […]

Read more

Marketing automation startup MarianaIQ raises $2 mn

FabAlley_money_thinkstockBusiness-to-business marketing automation firm MarianaIQ, operated by Sigmod Inc., has secured $2 million in seed funding led by venture capital firm Exfinity Venture Partners. The Delaware, US-based startup automates the marketing process for companies using artificial intelligence, specifically deep-learning technologies. “MarianaIQ’s AI tool is geared towards automating all steps of the account-based marketing process and […]

Read more