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Eyeing new revenue channels, fresh India fund in 2017: Jaarvis Accelerator’s Saumyajit Guha

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | More »

Saumyajit Guha
Saumyajit Guha, former chief operating officer at Calcutta Angels who single-handedly closed seven startup investments in just nine months last year, is all geared up for his new challenge at Gurgaon-based Jaarvis Accelerator. Guha, who joined Jaarvis as co-principal last month, will be mainly respo...

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Expect gross booking value to rise five-fold in two years, says Treebo Hotels’ Gupta

Sidharth Gupta, co-founder of tech-focussed budget hotel chain Treebo Hotels, feels these are great times for the industry as rising incomes, lifestyle changes and digitisation are prompting more middle-class consumers to travel. Gupta had set up Treebo, operated by Ruptub Solutions Pvt. Ltd, in Mar...

14 February, 2017 | More »

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Flipkart, Snapdeal unlikely to remain key players: Mahesh Murthy

Investor Mahesh Murthy is known for not mincing words. The co-founder of Seedfund says several businesses in India have been created with the idea of selling to industry giants, signalling greed of both entrepreneurs and investors. He is also least bothered about the valuation markdowns of some cons...

9 February, 2017 | More »

Prashant Tandon, Co-founder, 1mg

Ads for content, digital health tools are in the works for 2017: 1mg’s Tandon

Gurgaon-based Bright Lifecare Pvt. Ltd, which owns and operates online drug marketplace 1mg, made two acquisitions last year: in December, it bought Mumbai-based online hospital MediAngels and, in July, it acquired diagnostics bookings platform Medd.in. With these acquisitions, 1mg widened its produ...

8 February, 2017 | More »

Sandeep Aggarwal

We haven’t spent any money from last round yet: Droom’s Sandeep Aggarwal

Projections of exponential revenue growth and profitability in the near term, plans of acquisitions and overseas expansion, and ambitions to grab the lion’s share of the market—ShopClues co-founder Sandeep Aggarwal has bullish claims about his second venture Droom, an online marketplace for ...

23 January, 2017 | More »

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

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...

18 January, 2017 | More »

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 »

Sunil K Goyal

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 »

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