Budget 2017: Digital push good but incentives for capital creation missing, say investors

Digital goodInvestors in India feel the union budget’s sharp focus on digitisation will undoubtedly strengthen the whole ecosystem, but the need of the hour is consistency of policies, incentives for domestic venture capital creation and addressal of cashflow problems that startups often face. That’s not to say the community is not enthused about the government’s massive […]

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The promising startup domain of 2017

Anil Joshi, Managing Partner, Unicorn India VenturesIndia has shown immense progress on startup activities especially after the Prime Minister’s ‘Startup India, Stand up India’ initiative. However, 2016 saw fewer investments at large due to challenges in some business models. However, those revenue models have now improved thanks to a focus on monetisation across sectors. This has led investors to also actively […]

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US President-elect Trump elicits mixed reactions from Indian entrepreneurs

trump_facebookUS President-elect Donald Trump seems to have divided the Indian startup fraternity. Reactions on him becoming the most powerful person on earth diverged from welcoming to downright standoffish. Yashish Dahiya, co-founder and chief executive of PolicyBazaar.com, says Trump’s victory will bring good in several ways, including fight against terrorism. “It clearly shows that you win […]

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Love in the time of disability, the Inclov way

VCCircle_InclovMovies, books, internet are all abuzz with dating tips, making it clear that finding your significant other is not an easy business. Throw in a disability, and dating becomes virtually impossible. Add to that the social realities of India, you can forget about ever finding that special someone. However, 30-year-old Anu Multani refused to settle […]

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TinyOwl may merge with Roadrunnr

startupOnline food ordering platform TinyOwl is likely to merge with hyperlocal on-demand logistics startup Roadrunnr in an all-stock deal, in a sign that consolidation is picking up in the consumer internet space at a time when access to fresh funding has become increasingly difficult for startups that fail to show profitability. The Economic Times, which […]

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Unicorn raises $6M to back social media, cloud & analytics startups

Anil_JoshiUnicorn India Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on B2B startups in the social media, analytics and cloud (SMAC) segment, has announced its first closure of Rs 40 crore (around $6 million). In a statement, the company announced that the total size of the fund would be Rs 100 crore. In December last year, […]

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Exclusive: Unicorn to invest $800K in four tech startups

Anil-JoshiUnicorn India Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that is focused on B2B startups in the SMAC (social media, analytics and cloud) sector, has zeroed down on four startups for its first fund. Anil Joshi, managing partner of Unicorn India Ventures, said that the firm has committed close to $800,000 (Rs 5.3 crore) to […]

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