Enterprise payments firm Airpay secures Series A funding from Kalaari Capital, others

For-Airpay-Fundraise-Story-TC_ThinkstockPhotos-505770038Mumbai-based payment services startup Airpay has raised Rs 24 crore ($3.6 million) as part of a Series A round led by Kalaari Capital and existing investors Rakesh and Rajesh Jhunjhunwala. The company, operated by Airpay Payment Services Pvt. Ltd, will use the funds to build its technology, sales, distribution and support infrastructure to expand its […]

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Women-focused media startup POPxo raises $2.7 mn from GREE Ventures, others

Women-focused media startup POPxo raises $2.7 mn from GREE VenturesPOPxo.com, a digital publication targeted at young women, has raised $2.7 million in a Series B funding round led by Japanese venture capital firm GREE Ventures with participation from its existing investors Kalaari Capital and IDG Ventures India. The company will invest the fresh capital on product enhancement to build new features and different formats […]

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Simplilearn is education company of the year: VCCircle Awards

VCCircle AwardsEd-tech firm Simplilearn Solutions Pvt. Ltd has won the News Corp VCCircle education company of the year award for 2017 for the business innovation it has demonstrated and the progress it has made on the global expansion front. The eminent jury, chaired by Arun Duggal, chairman of ratings agency ICRA, unanimously acknowledged the San Francisco-based […]

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Bluestone narrows revenue gap with Caratlane

For-Bluestone-CarrotLane-Results-Story-TC_ThinkstockPhotos-454983451The race for supremacy in the online jewellery retailing segment has tightened, with the gap in revenue of the top two players—Caratlane and Bluestone—halving in the last financial year. Carat Lane Trading Pvt Ltd, which runs Caratlane.com, posted a 9.5% increase in net sales to Rs 131.8 crore for 2015-16 from Rs 120.4 crore the […]

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Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal reiterates stand on ‘level playing field’ for local cos

Sachin-Bansal_feE-commerce giant Flipkart’s co-founder Sachin Bansal has re-ignited the debate around a “level playing field” for Indian startups, saying it is essential to ensure that local companies don’t get “prematurely killed” by foreign competition. “Indian companies can and they should build products which are world-class, and take them globally. Zomato, Practo and Freshdesk are clear […]

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Storm in Bombay House over, Ratan Tata to resume startup investing soon

VCCircle_Ratan_TataTata Sons interim chairman Ratan Tata has said he would go back to investing in startups this month after handing over the reins of the Tata group to N Chandrasekaran, managing director and chief executive of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), who will formally take over on 23 February. After retiring as the head of Tata […]

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Snapdeal investor Vani Kola joins Flipkart, Ola in ‘capital dumping’ debate

Vani Kola, MD, Kalaari CapitalIn December last year, Sachin Bansal, co-founder of India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart and Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of ride hailing service Ola hit out at foreign-origin firms on their capital dumping practices and asked the government for a ‘level- playing field’ for India’s startups. Now, prominent venture capitalist Vani Kola, founder and managing director of […]

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Gaming startup 99Games secures funding from Dream Incubator, existing investors

99GAMES-FOR-TCUdupi-based gaming startup 99Games Online Pvt. Ltd. has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Japanese investment firm Dream Incubator. Existing investors Ascent Capital and Kalaari Capital also participated in this round, Rohith Bhat, managing director and chief executive of Robosoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which is part of 99Games told TechCircle. The firm will use […]

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Exclusive: Simplilearn to raise $40 mn this year for acquisitions, expansion

Krishna KumarOnline certification course provider Simplilearn is planning to raise $30-40 million in Series D funding in the first half of this year, its founder and CEO Krishna Kumar told Techcircle. Simplilearn Solutions Pvt Ltd, which has so far raised $28 million from venture capital firms, last raised equity funding in April 2015. It had then […]

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Kalaari Capital-backed Eatfresh shuts down retail food delivery

For-Eatfresh-Story_stop-shield-traffic-sign-road-sign-39080Internet-first restaurant brand Eatfresh, owned and operated by Chennai-based Ubiquitous Foods Pvt Ltd that also runs the bakery chain Ovenfresh, has shut down its retail food delivery services. According to a message on the website, the company has stopped its on-demand meal delivery service, but will continue to take bulk orders. “Dear customers, we no […]

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