Flipkart suffers yet another valuation markdown

Flipkart22Just when Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd was consolidating its position under the new CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, a fresh bout of valuation markdowns could prove to be a damper. More so, as the largest consumer internet company in India had experienced a tumultuous 2016. In fact, Macquarie Group-owned Optimum Fund’s decision to lower the value of […]

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Forest fire blazing through Indian startup ecosystem: Inventus’ Kanwal Rekhi

Kanwal-Rekhi_feKanwal Rekhi, co-founder and managing director at VC firm Inventus Capital Partners, has been a known sceptic of the capital-intensive model of India’s e-commerce companies. At the News Corp VCCircle LP Summit 2017 in Mumbai, he was in sublime form, mincing no words when quizzed about issues plaguing the country’s leading consumer internet companies. Speaking […]

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Morgan Stanley trims Flipkart valuation to $5.39 bn

VCCircle_Flipkart8Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart has suffered its second markdown in as many months with a mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley slashing the value of its stake in the company by 3%. According to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a Morgan Stanley fund lowered the value of the Flipkart shares it […]

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Flipkart COO Nitin Seth looks to ‘bring back the DNA’ by rehiring old hands

Nitin SethE-commerce major Flipkart, which has seen continuous churn at the top level for the last few quarters, is quietly working to revamp its senior leadership team by bringing back old hands. At least half-a-dozen senior executives have returned to the company in the last few months. Flipkart COO Nitin Seth, who also oversees the human […]

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Sands Capital, IFC & others to invest $30 mn in logistics startup BlackBuck

funding-investment4Tiger Global-backed logistics startup BlackBuck has received an investment commitment of $30 million (around Rs 200 crore) in its Series C funding round from a group of new and existing investors, including Sands Capital and World Bank’s arm International Finance Corporation (IFC). Citing two unnamed persons close to the matter, Mint reported that both Sands […]

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911—The number that spooked Snapdeal

Snapdeal-Boxes_feOn Wednesday, Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal said they will not take salaries for an undisclosed period as the company struggles to survive. Well, that makes financial and ethical sense. It’s ethically right because it takes a large heart to admit mistakes and share the pain of employees, many of whom are losing […]

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Exclusive: eBay India’s head of product development Ramkumar Narayanan quits

Ramkumar NarayananRamkumar Narayanan, general manager and global head of monetisation products at eBay Marketplaces in India, has resigned from the firm. He was primarily responsible for generating revenues for eBay. Narayanan has confirmed the development to Techcircle. Previously, he was the vice president of global product management at Yahoo and also worked with Microsoft in the […]

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Flipkart in talks to raise $1.5 bn from Microsoft, eBay and others

FlipkartHome-grown ecommerce major Flipkart is in talks with a bunch of investors to raise a significantly large round of investment as the company has started seeing a renewed growth momentum under the new leadership of CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy. The firm is in discussions with global tech giant Microsoft Corp., online marketplace eBay Inc., online payment […]

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Former Fidelity India executive Pratul Chopra joins Flipkart

Pratul-Chopra_feThe founder of carpooling app iRideShare and former head of marketing analytics at Fidelity India Pratul Chopra has joined Flipkart’s senior leadership team. At Fidelity, Chopra had worked under Nitin Seth, former country head of Fidelity in India and currently Flipkart’s chief operating officer. Chopra joined on Monday and will be part of strategy deployment. […]

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Microsoft’s India cloud plans get booster shot as Flipkart signs up

Binny-Bansal,GroupCEOand-Co-FoundSatyaNadellaCEOMicrosoft_tc_feGlobal technology leader Microsoft and India’s top e-commerce firm Flipkart have announced a broad collaboration under which, as a first step, the latter will use Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart group CEO Binny Bansal together announced the partnership at an event in Bangalore on Monday. The […]

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