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Flipkart to add 30% workforce in 2017

Amid massive job cuts in India’s fast-growing e-commerce industry, home-grown online marketplace Flipkart is planning to ramp up its hiring efforts, a media report said. The Times of India reported, citing unnamed sources, that the company will hire 20-30% additional workforce in 2017. It said tha...

6 March, 2017 | More »

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Flipkart suffers yet another valuation markdown

Just when Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd was consolidating its position under the new CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, a fresh bout of valuation markdowns could prove to be a damper. More so, as the largest consumer internet company in India had experienced a tumultuous 2016. In fact, Macquarie Group-owned Opt...

3 March, 2017 | More »

Stayzilla’s co-founder Yogendra Vasupal

Will never chase growth over unit economics ever again: Stayzilla’s Vasupal

Yogendra Vasupal co-founded online homestay aggregator Stayzilla along with Sachit Sanghi in 2005. Stayzilla, operated by Chennai-based Inasra Technologies Pvt. Ltd, catered to both budget customers and luxury travellers. It raised about $30 million from investors including Nexus Venture Partners an...

3 March, 2017 | More »

Alibaba

Alibaba to invest $177 mn in Paytm E-Commerce, hike stake to 62%

Paytm E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd, the online marketplace arm of One97 Communications Ltd, is raising $200 million (Rs 1,334 crore) in a funding round led by Alibaba Singapore E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, a financial daily reported on Th...

2 March, 2017 | More »

VCCircle Awards 2017

MakeMyTrip-SAIF Partners is exit of the year: VCCircle Awards

Venture capital and growth equity investment firm SAIF Partners has won the News Corp VCCircle exit of the year award for its wonderfully-engineered exit from NASDAQ-listed MakeMyTrip Ltd, wherein it pocketed more than 16 times the money it invested in stages, underlining the importance of patience ...

2 March, 2017 | More »

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Rural India to drive next phase of growth in internet usage: IMAI-IMRB report

Despite a moderation of growth in urban internet usage, the number of Indian users will cross 450 million by June, says a report, Internet in India 2016, jointly published by Internet and Mobile Association of India and Indian Market Research Bureau. The report says while urban India has close to 60...

2 March, 2017 | More »

VCCircle Awards

Simplilearn is education company of the year: VCCircle Awards

Ed-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 ICR...

2 March, 2017 | More »

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Forest fire blazing through Indian startup ecosystem: Inventus’ Kanwal Rekhi

Kanwal Rekhi, co-founder and managing director at VC firm Inventus Capital Partners, has been a known sceptic of the capital-intensive model of India’s e-commerce companies. At the News Corp VCCircle LP Summit 2017 in Mumbai, he was in sublime form, mincing no words when quizzed about issues p...

1 March, 2017 | More »

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Morgan Stanley trims Flipkart valuation to $5.39 bn

Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart has suffered its second markdown in as many months with a mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley slashing the value of its stake in the company by 3%. According to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a Morgan Stanley fund lowered the value of ...

28 February, 2017 | More »

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Exclusive: Agri-tech startup Paalak.in raises seed funding

Delhi-based VDSS Agri Tech Pvt. Ltd, which owns and operates agri-tech startup Paalak.in, has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from a clutch of angel investors as it looks to expand and strengthen its IT infrastructure. The angels who participated in the round include Vishwadeep Bajaj, C...

28 February, 2017 | More »