Exclusive: Tiger Global may be part-exiting Flipkart with 3x return

EXIT_FREE2Tiger Global, the biggest investor in Flipkart, may have struck a deal with Microsoft and other new investors to sell a part of its stake in the e-commerce company in the latest fund-raising round that valued it at $9.3 billion pre-money, a person familiar with the conversations told VCCircle. While US online retailer eBay, Chinese […]

Read more

Flipkart raises $1 bn in down round: Report

VCCircle_Flipkart8Bengaluru-based e-commerce behemoth Flipkart Online Services Pvt Ltd has reportedly raised $1 billion in a massive fundraising round. The firm will also secure an additional $1 billion in the next few months, a report by Bloomberg stated citing people aware of the development. The funds were secured at a down round that valued the company […]

Read more

Flipkart in talks to raise $1.5 bn from Microsoft, eBay and others

FlipkartHome-grown ecommerce major Flipkart is in talks with a bunch of investors to raise a significantly large round of investment as the company has started seeing a renewed growth momentum under the new leadership of CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy. The firm is in discussions with global tech giant Microsoft Corp., online marketplace eBay Inc., online payment […]

Read more

Paytm investor Alibaba’s Ant Financial to buy US firm MoneyGram for $880 mn

AlibabaIn step with its international ambitions, Ant Financial Services Group, the payment business arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has agreed to buy US money-transfer company MoneyGram for $880 million. Alibaba and Ant Financial hold a significant stake in One97 Communications Ltd, the parent company of mobile wallet firm Paytm. Reuters reported that Ant […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Kavin Mittal gets 24-fold hike in FY16

Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder, HikeKavin Bharti Mittal, CEO at Hike Ltd, received an almost 24-fold increase in compensation for 2015-16, as the messaging app expanded its operations and attracted marquee investors. Mittal received total remuneration of Rs 18.28 crore for the year through March 2016, according to the company’s annual report. This compares with the Rs 74.61 lakh he […]

Read more

Revenue from international markets may outpace that of India’s: Practo’s Shashank ND

Shashank NDThe fresh fund infusion of $55 million led by Tencent has reaffirmed investor confidence in healthcare firm Practo. According to estimates, the latest round of funding puts the company’s valuation well past $600 million. The Series D funding round announced on Tuesday also saw the participation of three new investors – Russian venture capital (VC) […]

Read more

Hike: Revenue Rs 42 lakh in FY16, valuation $1.4 bn

HikeHike Ltd, the messaging app operator that touched $1.4 billion in valuation last year, started earning revenue in 2015-16 but its bottom line worsened as it burnt more cash than ever. The four-year-old company reported revenue from operations of Rs 42.32 lakh for the year through March 2016, according to VCCEdge, the data research platform […]

Read more

PressPlay co-founder Anand Sinha joins FreeCharge

10377429_10152617238857772_192189687037188245_nSnapdeal-controlled digital payments platform FreeCharge has appointed Anand Sinha, co-founder and former chief executive of Sequoia Capital-backed travel entertainment startup PressPlayTV, as director of partnerships and strategic initiatives. Sinha will lead both online and offline partnerships in addition to working on several strategic initiatives for the firm, the company said in a press statement. Sinha […]

Read more

Why Baidu is cautious about investing in Indian startups

startupChinese web services giant Baidu is conspicuously slow and cautious in investing in Indian startups when compared to its peers Alibaba and Tencent. Though Baidu set up its India office late last year and initiated discussions with three-four consumer internet startups in India the firm has not yet put money on any early stage tech […]

Read more