Bharti Airtel picks stake in fintech startup Seynse

For-Airtel-Payment-Bank-Story_Mukul-Mudgal_feTelecom major Bharti Airtel has acquired a strategic stake in Goa-based financial technology startup Seynse Technologies Pvt. Ltd, it said in a statement. The value of the investment is not disclosed. Seynse has created the digital lending platform Loan Singh which provides consumers access to loans through its proprietary credit scoring engine, with a network […]

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Wallet cos want us to acquire them, but we don’t see much value: Sunil Bharti Mittal

DSC_9752_AThe payments space in India has been hotting up. Following the government’s high note ban in November, the usage of digital wallets, in particular, has seen an explosion even as industry leader Paytm and FreeCharge look to further capitalise on the opportunity. The entry of BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money), which is based on the […]

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Flashback 2016: The top angel investors in India

Dheeraj-Jain-&-Anand-ChandrasekaranDheeraj Jain, managing partner at London-based investment firm Redcliffe Capital, and former Snapdeal product head Anand Chandrasekaran were among India’s top angel investors this year by number of deals they disclosed. Both investors have backed more companies this year than last. Jain closed 23 deals in 2016 versus eight in 2015, and Chandrasekaran added 20 […]

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Airtel payments bank hires PayU executive Abhishek Tripathi to lead SMB solutions

Abhishek-TripathiAbhishek Tripathi, associate director and business head at PayU Payments Pvt. Ltd, has decided to quit the company to join Bharti Airtel Ltd. He will be leading the small and medium business at Airtel Payments Bank. “I have joined Airtel Payments Bank to lead the SMB/SME solutions,” Tripathi confirmed the development to TechCircle. “I will […]

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Have Indian startups lost their charm for Silicon Valley hires?

startupsIf last year saw top tech executives in Silicon Valley being wooed by startups here, this year saw many of them quitting these Indian internet companies. While some were disenchanted by the startup environment in India, many were inspired to become entrepreneurs themselves. Snapdeal’s chief product officer Anand Chandrasekaran was the latest to join the […]

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Are Silicon Valley hires finding India too hot to handle?

Last year, bringing home top talent was the recurrent theme in the Indian startup community. Startups were the toast of the town, and flush with investor money, were convincing Indian talent to leave their jobs at top tech companies in Silicon Valley and return home. But the honeymoon seems to have been short-lived. The number […]

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Looking for a better deal

Anand ChandrasekaranThe latest Silicon Valley hire to give up on Indian startups, Anand Chandrasekaran had joined Snapdeal as chief product officer in June 2015. Chandrasekaran had returned to India in 2014 to join Bharti Airtel as chief product officer after spending three years at Yahoo in California. A year later he had moved to Snapdeal. Prior […]

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His own man

Punit SoniPunit Soni was touted as Flipkart’s most prized catch when he joined the e-commerce company in February 2015 as chief product officer. As a Silicon Valley veteran, he had worked as vice president in Google’s Motorola mobility division and advisor at Google for around nine years. However, when a reshuffle in the top management team […]

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His own man

Punit SoniPunit Soni was touted as Flipkart’s most prized catch when he joined the e-commerce company in February 2015 as chief product officer. As a Silicon Valley veteran, he had worked as vice president in Google’s Motorola mobility division and advisor at Google for around nine years. However, when a reshuffle in the top management team […]

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A breath of fresh air

Namita GuptaNamita Gupta came from Facebook to join restaurant listings startup Zomato as chief product officer in August 2014. She had spent six years at the social network; her last position there was head of global games partner engineering. However, after just a year at Zomato, she put in her papers to become an entrepreneur. She […]

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