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Raghav Gupta

BlaBlaCar to start monetisation in 2017, says country head Raghav Gupta

Last year, BlaBlaCar, a global long distance ride sharing service, entered India, after noticing how commute exhausted Indians were constantly looking out for ways to make their travel convenient. The eager adoption of cab hailing services like Uber and Ola was a good starting point for the French f...

14 September, 2016 | More »

Sandeep Murthy

Lightbox to next invest in vertically integrated businesses, says co-founder Murthy

Venture capital firm Lightbox, floated by Sandeep Murthy and Siddharth Talwar, had raised more than $100 million in its second fund in 2014 and has deployed almost a third already. The firm, which focuses on consumer technology and products, has invested in companies such as used-car marketplace Dro...

9 September, 2016 | More »

Mrinal Sinha

We are neck and neck with Paytm: MobiKwik’s Mrinal Sinha

Digital wallet firm MobiKwik is betting big on the offline space and expects the biggest chunk of its business coming from this segment in the next 18-24 months. The Gurgaon-based company aims to increase the number of users almost five-fold within two years and says it is set to cross $2 billion in...

29 August, 2016 | More »

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No downsizing or integration of manpower post Jabong’s acquisition, says Myntra CEO

Flipkart-backed fashion portal Myntra recently crossed $1 billion in annualised Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) run rate, becoming the first Indian fashion e-tailer to hit the milestone. In a chat with TechCircle, Ananth Narayanan, CEO of Myntra, says both Jabong and Myntra will continue to function ...

25 August, 2016 | More »

Sanjay Sethi & Radhika Aggarwal, co-founders, ShopClues

E-commerce will mirror physical retail market dynamics: ShopClues co-founders

ShopClues, an ecommerce marketplace that focuses on non-metro markets, has so far raised around $200 million and half of that amount is still in the bank. The company has plans to expand organically through one or two double-digit million buyouts and smaller technology acquisitions. ShopClues believ...

22 August, 2016 | More »

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Sulekha’s Satya Prabhakar on leveraging technology and growth strategy

At a time when startups in the home services space are finding it difficult to get customers, Sulekha—one of the legacy players and an online and mobile platform that connects users with local service providers—is marching ahead with a broad customer base and is also profitable. In a chat with T...

11 August, 2016 | More »

Amit Jain, CEO & Co-Founder,
GirnarSoft, CarDekho

There is no scope for a third player in online auto classifieds: CarDekho’s Amit Jain

Jaipur-based Girnar Software Pvt. Ltd, which runs automotive classifieds portal Cardekho.com, is arguably the biggest non-metro startup in India. Its valuation has grown almost eight times in three-and-a-half years to around $380 million when it last raised money in March from Google Capital and Hil...

8 August, 2016 | More »

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We are not looking at 105th fashion e-tailer or 217th hyperlocal delivery firm: GSF’s Sawhney

GSF Accelerator has announced the launch of its fifth batch where it will select five startups for a three-month programme. The startups selected under the programme will spend two months in India to refine their products, followed by trips to San Francisco. The selected startups will be mentored by...

29 July, 2016 | More »

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Half a million Indians have used Airbnb globally, says country head Bajaj

For private accommodation listing site Airbnb, India is a priority market which holds a promising potential. In a chat with Tech Circle, Airbnb’s country head Amanpreet Bajaj talks about the road ahead for Airbnb in India where its operations are still at a nascent stage, and why government polici...

25 July, 2016 | More »

Dhruv Shringi, Co-founder, Yatra.com

We didn’t want to compromise growth by going in for M&A, says Yatra’s Dhruv Shringi

One of India’s fastest growing online travel agents and consumer travel platform Yatra Online has entered into a merger agreement with Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed special purpose acquisition firm. The deal, which values Yatra Online at $218 million, was announced on July 14...

14 July, 2016 | More »