Former Housing CEO Jason Kothari takes the helm at FreeCharge

Jason-Kothari_CEO-Freecharge-01_feE-commerce firm Snapdeal, operated by Jasper Infotech Pvt Ltd, has appointed Jason Kothari as the new chief executive officer of mobile recharge platform FreeCharge. Kothari will also continue his key leadership role as chief strategy and investment officer at Snapdeal, the company said in its statement. He replaces Govind Rajan, who exactly a month ago […]

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Two senior executives resign from Snapdeal’s Bangalore centre

SnapdealE-commerce firm Snapdeal, owned by Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, continues to see senior-level churn. This time, the company’s two associate vice presidents Balaji Hariharan and Hemanth Kota have resigned, a report in The Economic Times stated citing people aware of the development. Hariharan served as the head of growth and product management at Snapdeal Payments […]

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Snapdeal’s potential fundraise from Softbank may cut its valuation in half

Snapdeal-by-Shah-Junaid_AE-commerce firm Snapdeal is in talks to raise funds from existing investor Softbank, which could see its valuation fall below $3 billion, a financial daily reported on Wednesday. Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd., which runs Snapdeal, is looking to raise approximately $300 million, of which $100-150 million could be from SoftBank, a report by The Economic […]

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Snapdeal sellers knock govt’s doors as e-tailer struggles

SnapdealA group of sellers on online marketplace Snapdeal has approached commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman to protect their interests as the company’s troubles mount. The All India Online Vendor Association (AIOVA), an industry group set up to safeguard sellers’ welfare, said in a letter to Sitharaman it was afraid that Snapdeal may default on payments to […]

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Snapdeal layoffs: In the works for months, but kept out of employees’ sight

Snapdeal_by-Junaid2For employees of India’s third-largest e-commerce firm Snapdeal, the last couple of weeks have been stressful, to put it mildly. The tension is palpable, with the HR calling everyone for a one-on-one session, a meeting that will decide whether they are headed towards the exit door or will manage to hold on to their job. […]

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FreeCharge CEO Govind Rajan quits

Govind RajanFreeCharge chief executive officer Govind Rajan has resigned from the company just nine months after he was appointed to lead the Jasper Infotech-owned digital payments subsidiary. “It has been a unique privilege to helm FreeCharge in these exciting times of rapid growth and user-focussed innovation. I am confident that FreeCharge will achieve still greater heights […]

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Will abundant cash supply poop the m-wallet party?

Mobile-wallet_feWithout a doubt, digital wallets have been the biggest beneficiary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November move to scrap high-value banknotes. The resultant cash crunch brought thousands of borderline and non-users into the ecosystem, something that would have otherwise taken a few quarters. Data on payment systems released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) […]

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Flipkart-owned PhonePe in talks with PayPal to raise funds

PhonePeFlipkart-owned PhonePe is in talks to raise a significant amount of funding independently at a valuation of about $500 million as strategic investors line up for a slice of India’s booming e-payments market, a national daily reported on Wednesday, citing people aware of the development. A report in The Times of India said that PhonePe […]

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FreeCharge rolls out Google Play recharge codes on app, website

In U-turn, NPCI tells PhonePe to adhere to UPI normsMobile wallet firm FreeCharge said on Wednesday that users can now purchase Google Play recharge codes on its app and website. The codes can then be redeemed on the Google Play Store to buy digital content like movies, games, e-books, Android apps etc., the company said in a media release. Users first need to select […]

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Snapdeal in talks with Softbank to raise funds at lower valuation

snapdeal22E-commerce marketplace Snapdeal is in talks with its investor Softbank Group to raise fresh funds at a lower valuation. The e-commerce firm had raised its last funding round at a valuation of $6.5 billion, a report by Mint newspaper said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Snapdeal and SoftBank have already held discussions with valuation ranging […]

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