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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | More »

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The 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 participatio...

Aurvind Lama, co-founder and CEO, Travelyaari

2017 will be an acid test for travel tech startups: Travelyaari’s Lama

For the travel tech industry, 2016 was a year of initiatives and optimisation, and 2017 will be a year of innovation, says Aurvind Lama, co-founder and CEO, Travelyaari, a bus ticket-booking portal. Lama believes there will either be a lot of mergers in 2017, or companies will get wiped out upon fai...

9 January, 2017 | More »

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2017 will be all about enterprise software, IoT solutions: YourNest’s Sunil Goyal

Sunil K Goyal, founder and CEO of early-stage venture fund YourNest, is betting big on Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise solutions with his second $45-million fund. Goyal believes the frenzied $100-million funding rounds that consumer-centric startups saw in 2015 are history, but “enterp...

5 January, 2017 | More »

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Low entry barriers behind high mortality in consumer tech: FideliMent’s Bharat Banka

Service-enabling tech startups ruled the roost in 2016 with fin-tech, health-tech and ed-tech companies garnering the highest share of investments, despite a significant slowdown in deal making activity. The total number of startups that got funding this year fell more than a fourth (27.5%) from las...

4 January, 2017 | More »

Hitesh Oberoi, MD & chief executive, Info Edge

Will increase share of non-IT jobs on Naukri: Info Edge’s Hitesh Oberoi

India’s largest job portal Naukri.com is looking to expand its offering in order to offset the slump in IT hiring. For parent company Info Edge, Naukri is the most profitable vertical, even as its matrimonial and education verticals steadily inch towards profitability. Info Edge’s real estate ve...

27 December, 2016 | More »

Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Paytm hopeful of customers staying even after cash crunch stabilises

Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma talks to InfraCircle on the sidelines of an event on “petroleum retailing and the road ahead”. Edited excerpts: How prepared was Paytm prior to the demonetisation announcement? We were building a bank and this sort of came in the middle of it so we didn...

13 December, 2016 | More »

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Paytm to be one of the final two marketplaces, says Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of Paytm, has risen to the occasion to make the most of the demonetization and the cashless economy push initiated by Narendra Modi government. Full-page advertisements in popular dailies, TV commercials, outdoor as well as ambience campaigns across consumer touch-p...

9 December, 2016 | More »

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Health-tech startup Lybrate’s CEO on building the ‘Quora’ for health and growth plans

Lybrate Inc. is striving to become the go-to digital platform for patients to discuss health-related issues and for doctors to connect with one another. The health-tech startup allows users to book audio, video or in-person consultations with doctors and ask health-related questions for free through...

7 December, 2016 | More »

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Markdowns reflect sentiment, vital to see if firm is on right path: IAN’s Srivastava

Dozens of startups have shut shop in 2016 while many others have struggled with a funding crunch and valuation markdowns. But serial entrepreneur and investor Saurabh Srivastava is not too perturbed. The chairman and co-founder of the Indian Angel Network (IAN), one of the largest and oldest angel g...

1 December, 2016 | More »

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Education is the last sector to be disrupted by technology: Omidyar Network’s Roopa Kudva

Education is the last sector to be disrupted by technology: Roopa Kudva, OmidyarPhilanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network established its India office in October 2009 to expand the firm’s investments in the rapidly growing economy. Since then, Omidyar Network, which has the flexibility to offe...

22 November, 2016 | More »

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