Exclusive: App aggregator AppBrowzer secures $500K from Deepak Gurnani, others

Venkatesh Rao & Sunny along, co-founders, AppBrowzerBangalore-based Roid Technologies Pvt Ltd, which operates instant mobile app store AppBrowzer, has raised $500,000 led by Deepak Gurnani, a member of Singapore Angel Network, Sunny Gurnani, co-founder and chief executive of the startup told VCCircle. A group of angel investors also participated in the round. Deepak, a distributor and producer of Indian movies, has […]

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Flashback 2016: Six startups that pivoted this year

flashback-logo_feSome entrepreneurs get it right the first time and succeed, some just give up. And then there are some who don’t get it right the first time but don’t give up either. What do they do? They pivot. As the euphoria of 2015—when investors were rushing to back startups in India—faded away, 2016 turned into […]

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Helpchat rebrands as all-in-one app Tapzo

ThinkstockPhotos-514564575_feBengaluru-based Coraza Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which runs personal assistant platform Helpchat, has rebranded as Tapzo, six months after the company shut down its chat feature. This is the second time the company is rebranding itself. In May 2015, the company had rebranded itself from online customer feedback platform Akosha.com to Helpchat. Akosha was started as […]

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Exclusive: Helpchat raising Series C funding from American Express Ventures, others

Helpchat_feCoraza Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which runs Helpchat and OneDirect, has secured a Series C round of funding led by American Express Ventures, the venture investment arm of American Express Co, and existing investor Sequoia Capital, two people privy to the development told Techcircle. American Express Ventures made its maiden investment in India in 2014 by […]

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Exclusive: Personal assistant app Joe Hukum rejigs business model

Joe-Hukum_feApp-based provider of concierge services Joe Hukum is recasting its business model to focus more on business-to-business (B2B) operations for better monetisation, its founder told Techcircle. “We realised that despite a decent number of transactions, there wasn’t enough money to be made in business-to-consumer (B2C) operations,” Arihant Jain, co-founder, Joe Hukum said. “A smaller margin […]

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Eight tech startups that closed operations this fortnight

StartupNew ideas/global replicas, funding, scale up and shut downs have now become part and parcel of the Indian startup story. Almost every sub-sector in the tech startup space – e-commerce, cab aggregation, food-tech, grocery delivery – has seen the emergence of copycat business models followed by the inevitable struggle for survival. In a little over […]

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Helpchat shuts chat service, lays off staff

help_chat_fePersonal assistant app Helpchat has closed its chat services and laid off most employees working in those operations, its founder and CEO said on Thursday, as the startup tweaked its business strategy for the second time in less than a year. Ankur Singla said in a blog post that a lot of its users found […]

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Personal assistant app Helpchat sees 1M downloads

Personal assistant app Helpchat, run by Coraza Technologies Pvt Ltd, has been downloaded one million times since it was launched eight months back. Helpchat, which offers information and services across categories including mobile and DTH recharge, tech support, travel booking and holiday guidance, has witnessed maximum traction in Bangalore, followed by Delhi-NCR and then Mumbai, […]

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Helpchat acquires offline deals app Niffler

Personal assistant app Helpchat has acquired Mumbai-based deals and discovery platform Niffler for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will enable Bangalore-based Helpchat, run by Coraza Technologies Pvt Ltd, to launch its services in Pune and Mumbai, where Niffler is already present. “We are geared for aggressive pan-India growth in coming months. The acquisition of Niffler is one of the […]

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