Startup News of the Week - May 2021

Ansh Mehrey Ansh Mehrey Alan Joseph Alan Joseph
Jul 3, 2021 54 min read
Startup News of the Week - May 2021

The startup world this week is mostly concentrated towards the international news. The major news for the week is international which include a ransomware attack on Kaseya, ban of Didi in China, UK competitor regulator accusing Amazon and Google, a failed entrepreneur turning into a billionaire, etc. The domestic news comprise of BharatNet extending its services to the rural areas and a competitor of Tesla entering into India.  

Weekly Startup News - 3 July to 10 July

Kaseya an IT based firm has been under a ransomware attack

10 July 2021. The US base IT firm has been under a ransomware attack where a piece of its software has been compromised. It is reported that around 800 to 1500 companies have been affected due to the attack.

Bharat Net to widen its services to the rural areas of India covering the major villages in the country

9 July 2021. Bharat Net has recently announced to widen its connection and services to around 3.61 lakh villages in around 16 different states in India. The broadband connection will be offering a high-speed data and enable better access to the rural India towards e-services that are offered by various Government Agencies.

The competitor of Tesla, Triton EV has plans to launch its vehicles in India

8 July 2021. The EV manufacturing company has signed a MOU with the government of Telangana in order to set up its manufacturing unit. The company is said to create a potential competition for Tesla in India and has already been able to grab a number of orders for its EVs.

The Government of China has banned Didi which is a ride hailing app

7 July 2021. The Chinese Government has taken down the app and removed it from the app store. It is believed that the government is increasing the regulations on the companies that are listed on the stock exchanges outside the country.  

Takanori Nakamura who had failed in the Silicon Valley has turned to be a billionaire

6 July 2021. Takanori Nakamura who is a CEO that failed in the Silicon Valley has been a successful entrepreneur in his home country. The stock price of his company has seen a surge providing a returns of around 4500%.

The competition watchdog of UK is planning for a probe against Amazon and Google

4 July 2021. The competition regulatory authority of UK has accused the major tech giant against the fake reviews that are published on their websites over their products and services and for misleading the customers.

Weekly Startup News - 26 June to 2 July

The toll booths of the country will be replaced with GPS Imaging

2 July 2021. The Government has announced that it would remove all toll booths across the country within a year and will continue the collection of tolls through GPS imaging on the vehicles instead of using toll booths. This was conveyed by the Road Transport and Highways Minister of the country, Nitin Gadkari.

The Financial Minister of the country has announced a new PPP project

2 July 2021. The Finance Minister of the country, Nirmala Sitharaman had conveyed a new simpler and more efficient and effective approval process for the PPP projects as well as financing of the core infrastructure projects that will be formulated in the country. This new formulation will help the CPSEs (Central public sector enterprises) to fasten up the asset monetization.

The Government had announced various economic relief measures for startups and businesses

2 July 2021. The Finance Minister of the country, Nirmala Sitharaman had addressed the press conference on 28 June 2021 and has discussed about various economic relief measures. The Finance Minister has addressed various reliefs for the sectors affected due to Covid-19.

The Government has announced some latest Tax exemptions

July 1, 2021. Anurag Thakur who is the Minister of state in the finance ministry had confirmed about the tax exemptions and the development regarding it. He conveyed that the amount paid by an employer to an employee or any other person for the treatment of Covid-19 for the year 2019-20 and the subsequent years will not be taxed.

UK has banned the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance

30 June 2021. The Financial Regulator of Britain has ordered Binance which is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges around the globe, to stop all the regulated activities conducted by the crypto exchange. The Financial Regulator has also issued a warning for the consumers about the platform which is coming under critical observation globally.

The biggest cruise company, Carnival is facing a shortage in its ships

29 June 2021. Carnival is the world’s biggest cruise company. The CEO of Carnival has conveyed that there is a huge demand for travel and the number of strips is outnumbered by the demand. The CEO of Carnival Corp has stated that the demand across its 9 cruise lines is rapidly increasing and added that the Americans are enthusiastic and eager to get back on the water.

Anil Agarwal has announced that he will not pass on his business to the family

28 June 2021. The Chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal has conveyed on 26 June 2021 that the company will be institutionalized no matter what and it will not go to his family. He added that the company cannot be run in a defensive mode.

27 June 2021. El Salvador has become the first country in the entire world to accept Bitcoin as a legal tender after the country’s congress had approved it on 9 June 2021. The proposal was laid down by President Nayib Bukele in order to accept the cryptocurrency, this was a move that has delighted the supporters of the digital token.

The famous economist Paul Krugman has conveyed that he thinks bitcoin is a cult

26 June 2021. Paul Krugman who is one of the prominent critics of digital coins and digital assets had posted a tweet on the microblogging platform predicting the downfall of the world’s most famous and one of the favourite Digital tokens, Bitcoin. He also described the digital token as a cult that cannot survive for an indefinite period.

The Super rich in India had seen a dip in their wealth during the year 2020

26 June 2021. According to a report from Credit Suisse, the wealth of India’s super-rich has seen a dip of around 4.4% to USD 12.38 trillion in the year 2020. One of the major reasons for the dip in the net worth of India’s super-rich is due to the rupee’s fall during the situation of Coronavirus Pandemic in the year 2020

Weekly Startup News - 19 June to 25 June

Twitter has rolled out a new feature on its platform called Tips Jar

25 June 2021. The social media giant has released a new feature on its platform which is called Tip Jar. This feature will be available on the micro blogging platform in India where the users can contribute money in the form of tips to their favourite content creator or an organization according to their choice and wish. The social media platform has got into a collaboration with the Indian based payment gateway in order to roll out this feature.

The Internet Freedom Foundation has accused Clubhouse for collecting excessive data

25 June 2021. Internet Freedom Foundation has accused the social media platform of collecting excessive data and undermining the right the right to privacy based on information. The foundation added that the social media platform’s practices are against the principle of data minimization and informed consent. In a blog post, the Internet Freedom Foundation has conveyed that it collects more data than the required amount in order to provide the services.

The Reliance Industry had conducted its 44th AGM

25 June 2021. One of the major key takeaways from the Annual General Meeting of Reliance is its clean energy business. The company has stated that it would invest around INR 75, 000 crore in a new clean and green energy business over the phase of next 3 years. Another takeaway is about the partnerships of Jio and the introduction of a new phone under the brand Jio with the collaboration with Google. The company also announced the launch of JioMart collaborating with Facebook.

The leather exports of India has seen an increase in the year 2021

24 June 2021. The leather, footwear and the export of its products have seen an increase in its export value to around USD 641.72 million in month of April – May 2021. The council of Leather Exports had provided the information. The council for leather exports and the organization for apex trade promotion of the leather and leather products industry has also conveyed that the leather exports will maintain a similar trend in their growth and is expected to continue for the next few months.

TATA Motors and TATA Power have build the largest solar carport in India

24 June 2021. Tata Motors and Tata Power have joined together in order to set up one of the largest grid synchronized, behind the meter solar carport of the county. The carport is located in Pune at the car plant of Tata motors. The company has said that the 6.2-megawatt carport is the largest solar carport  in the country.

The Amazon warehouse in the UK has reported to have destroying around 10,000 items every week

24 June 2021. A new report has stated that Amazon is estimated to destroy around millions of unsold items on a yearly basis. The items include books, electronics and now even the face masks due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. It was found as per the new investigation conducted on the company. Footage was collected from one of the fulfillment centers of Amazon among the 24 centers.

Warren Buffet has resigned from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

24 June 2021. The billionaire and the most famous investor in the world, Warren Buffet has announced that he is resigning from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has donated more than half of his wealth towards donation and charitable purposes since he had pledged 15 years ago in order to give away his fortune by running Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Facebook has started to test VR ads on the Oculus headset

23 June 2021. The company has begun testing advertisements on the Oculus headset which is a Virtual reality headset. This testing was done with partnerships with several game developers which include Resolution games.

The Battleground Mobile India is said to be banned soon again in the country

22 June 2021. Krafton which is the developer company of the mobile game had decided to roll out a new version of the game in India after the ban of its previous version of the game PUBG. The company had released a new game concentrating only on the Indian market named Battlegrounds Mobile India. However, the efforts of the company in order to make a comeback in India are expected to be crushed as the parliaments in India have reported having called for a ban on the new version of the game.

A software firm, MicroStrategy has been reported to hold over 10,000 bitcoins

21 June 2021. MicroStrategy is estimated to hold bitcoins of over 100,000 in pieces that are worth more than USD 3 billion after a recent purchase from the company. The company is said to have spent around USD 489 million in order to purchase around 13,005 tokens.

The TATA Group has joined with Airtel in order to bring 5G solutions to India

21 June 2021. The telecom major Airtel has announced that it has got into a strategic partnership with Tata group in order to implement its 5G network solution in the country. Airtel has conveyed that the company would be the pioneer for testing and launching the native solution as part of its plans for India in rolling out 5G solutions.

The Air Taxi Startup, Kitty Hawk that is backed by Larry Page has acquired 3D Robotics

20 June 2021. The Air Taxi startup of Larry Page named Kitty Hawk has reported that it was making moves to the M&A space and conveyed that it has acquired 3D Robotics. The acquired company was once said to be a rival of the Chinese company DJI which is well known for the manufacturing of Drones.The profile of Kitty Hawk has mostly been to operate in Stealth and revealed that they were working on developing remote piloted vehicles.

The co-founder of Gofers has announced to leave the company

19 June 2021. Saurabh Kumar who is the co-founder of the online grocery e-commerce platform Grofers has announced that he would be leaving from the company. He had conveyed to his employees that he will no longer continue in the company’s day to day functions but added that he would continue to be the shareholder and a board member of the company.

The co-founder of Coinbase has stated that he believes NFTs to be worthless in 3-5 years

19 June 2021. Fred Ehrsam who is the co-founder of Coinbase conveyed in an interview that he feels that the NFTs are going to lose their worth. On 16 June 2021, he had conveyed in an interview that 90% of the NFTs would eventually become worthless. He also added in his interview that he believes that people shouldn’t dismiss the doge coin.

Weekly Startup News - 12 June to 18 June

Government has announced that the MSME sectors can be registered by using Aadhar card and PAN card

18 June 2021. The Government of India has announced that it has simplified the process of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country and also added that the enterprises would require only a PAN card and an Aadhar card to register their business in India. Nitin Gadkari who is the minister for Road Transport and Highways and also for the micro, small and medium enterprises had announced about making the process for the registration of MSMEs simplified.

Amazon has launched free online course on Machine Learning

17 June 2021. Amazon India has announced that it would launch a Machine Learning programme which will be a summer school. The programme aims to focus on making students ready according to the industry requirements. The company has conveyed that the programme will be conducted free of cost and the applications for the summer school programme were announced to begin on 14 June 2021.

Government has issued new guidelines regarding Gold Hallmarking

17 June 2021. The Union Ministry or the consumer affairs, food and public distribution had conveyed on 16 June 2021 that Hallmarking on gold jewelry and other related items is going to be mandatory from the proposed date. It is conveyed that the ministry had also issued particular guidelines in regards to hallmarking based on a lot of consultations with the stakeholders

Man claiming to be the Country head of Oracle has been accused for using the Goodwill of the company

16 June 2021. There was a report published which said that the head of Oracle India and his wife were booked for cheating customers. The couples had been cheating the customers by collecting a huge amount in advance for their personal business projects. It is said that the amounts were collected by using the Goodwill of the Oracle company. The case was charged by the Gurugram police where they charged a case against the country head of Oracle India Pradeep Agarwal and his wife Meenu Agarwal under the section 406, section 420 and section 506 of the JPC and also sent them a notice to their residence regarding the case on 14 June 2021 in the millennium city.

Coca Cola lost an amount of USD 4 billion due to an act of Cristiano Ronaldo

16 June 2021. The Portuguese Football team captain had removed two bottles of Coca- Cola before the beginning of the press conference of Euro 2020. The action from Cristiano Ronaldo had cost the company around USD 4 billion dollars as the shares of the brand had fell later on after the incident.

Tesla threatened the Chinese bloggers for posting negative comments about the company

15 June 2021. The Chinese based bloggers had conveyed that the electric car maker Tesla had threatened to sue them after the bloggers had posted negative comments about the company on the social media platforms. The Chinese bloggers had said that Tesla had informed them that they would file a defamation case against the bloggers since they had posted negative comments about the electric car maker on the social media platforms.

Thailand bans Meme coins, NFTs and other exchange tokens

15 June 2021. Thailand had conveyed that they have introduced a selective ban on the cryptocurrency market which focuses on meme coins, Fan tokens and Non-Fungible Tokens. The Securities and Exchange Commission Board has set a prohibition for the exchanges dealing with the digital assets from providing the services related to these assets.

Elon Musk to sell his last remaining house

14 June 2021. Elon Musk had conveyed through Twitter that he is going to sell his last remaining house. The tweet was posted on 9 June 2021 which is a week after Elon Musk and other billionaires were criticized for the payment of their tax returns. He added that it is a special place and would want to find a large family who would want to live there.

SBI to withdraw the tag of fraud it had laid on RIL

14 June 2021. The State Bank of India had conveyed that they would choose to withdraw the tag placed on Reliance Infratel which is a Reliance company that comes under the Anil Ambani group which is a Reliance communications tower and Fiber company. The bank had filed an affidavit in NCLT Mumbai stating that they would want to remove the Fraud tag on the company.

Netflix has entered into the e-commerce through Netflix shop

14 June 2021. Netflix has announced the launch of its online e-commerce store called Netflix shop. The online store will be selling the Merchandise of the Netflix original series. The sales are expected to start with the famous Netflix original series that is Stranger Things and the Witcher. The online store has been launched and Netflix shop is the first retail outlet that is owned and operated by Netflix which sells products directly.

India to spend around USD 7 billion for boosting Ethanol Production

13 June 2021. India has announced that the country is planning to spend an amount of USD 7 billion in order to boost Ethanol production as the country is planning to reduce the dependency on importing the foreign oil and to increase the roll out of much more greener sources of energy.

Flipkart to deliver vaccines in Telangana through drones

13 June 2021. The e-commerce giant of India, Flipkart had announced that it was going to test the drone delivery facility of the company by delivering vaccines in the state of Telangana. The company conveyed that it would use the learnings from its supply chain that is tech enabled in order to use drones for delivering vaccines and medical supplies in the state partnering with the Government of Telangana.

Facebook has made an announcement to launch its own smartwatch in the year 2021

12 June 2021. Facebook has conveyed that they would release a smartwatch under their brand during the 2022 summer. They have also conveyed that they would release the second and third generations of the watch in the coming years. The first smartwatch of Facebook is expected to be priced at around USD 400 (around INR 29,000) which could have certain changes in the coming years.

Weekly Startup News - 6 June to 11 June

The ED has issued a notice to the largest cryptocurrency exchange in India, WazirX

11 June 2021. The Enforcement Directorate has announced that it has sent a notice towards the largest cryptocurrency exchange of India, WazirX and its directors regarding a money laundering investigation. The notice provided is for going against the law of FEMA 1999 (Foreign Exchange Management Act). The cryptocurrency exchange has been said to be involved in the transactions involving cryptocurrencies which are estimated to be a worth of INR 2,790.74 crores.

The RBI has revised the ATM transaction charges for the bank customers

11 June 2021. The Reserve Bank of India has provided the permission for the banks to increase the charges regarding cash and non-cash Automated Teller Machine for exceeding the number of free financial transactions available on a monthly basis from next year i.e., 2022.

Apple conducted its WWDC event online for the year 2021

10 June 2021. The most recent WWDC was held online due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The WWDC 2021 was a free session for all developers. All the developers from worldwide could attend the conference and also get access to the future versions of iPadOS, iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.

A new corporate tax deal was approved in the G7 summit

10 June 2021. The group of 7 countries that are commonly known as G7 countries has decided on implementing the historical tax system on the global tech and multinational companies which will be a global tax. This proposal and decision are made with the aim to reduce the tax evasions conducted by the companies where they generally shift their operation base to the regions with a lower tax rate.

The Income Tax Department launched a new website for filing tax returns

9 June 2021. The new e-filing website was launched by the Income tax Department where the website packs in several interesting features and details that are expected to make the Income Tax returns process more smoother and faster.

ISRO launched a free online course on Machine Learning and Deep Learning

9 June 2021. ISRO has invited applications for a 5-day free online course from interested candidates. The course would cover Machine Learning to Deep Learning: A journey for remote sensing data classification. This is a short course that can be completed within a period of 5 days and also provides a certificate for the participants.

The Nigerian Government had announced the ban of Twitter in the country

9 June 2021. Nigeria had blocked access to Twitter across the country after it had removed a tweet dated June 1, 2021, from its President, Muhammadu Buhari's account. The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture of Nigeria had conveyed through a series of tweets on 4 June 2021 that the government has suspended the social media app Twitter indefinitely.

The Anonymous group released new video which is considered to be a critical takedown on Elon Musk

8 June 2021. Anonymous group has conveyed through the video that the reputation enjoyed by Elon Musk is not deserved by him and added their viewpoints through the video. They have conveyed that the public image that he had been carefully creating has been removed and people have begun to see him as a narcissistic rich dude who is an attention seeker.

Zomato has announced that it would make its food delivery 100% electric

8 June 2021. Zomato has announced that they were planning to adopt to shift their food delivery service to Electric vehicles by the end of 2030. The company had also conveyed through a blog post that they would join the EV-100 which is a global initiative by the companies in order to shift towards Electric Vehicles.

Zerodha has released a new feature called Nudge on its trading platform

8 June 2021. Zerodha has launched a new feature on their trading platform which will help the traders to learn from their mistakes. The new feature launched by the Zerodha will help traders to maintain a journal through the platform.

AMC Entertainment has seen a surge in its stock price of around 2900%

7 June 2021. The AMC Entertainment had seen a recent surge in its share price, which touched an all-time high on 2nd June 2021. The stock is considered to be a meme stock as the increase in the stock price was driven because of the hype over the social media channels.

Clubhouse in plans to monetize its platform in India

7 June 2021. The audio-chat platform has conveyed that they were soon planning to release a payments service in India. As of now, the clubhouse payment service is available only in the United States. The executive of the company had conveyed that before releasing its payment service on a global level, the company wants to ensure that the experience would be smooth.

SoftBank Vision Fund has been in talks with Flipkart to invest USD 700 million

6 June 2021. SoftBank has held discussions with the e-commerce giant, Flipkart to invest an amount of around USD 600 – USD 700 million during the funding round. Certain sources have claimed that the funding which is being raised by Flipkart is much more larger which is expected to be around USD 2 billion.

Weekly Startup News - 30 May to 5 June

Maruti Suzuki has seen a decline in the sales for the month of 2021

4 June 2021. Maruti Suzuki has reported a decline of around 71% in their sales during the month of May 2021. The reason for the decline in sales was due to the stoppage of production for reducing the usage of oxygen for industries and supplying it for hospitals.

Tesla has registered a trademark to enter into the restaurant industry

4 June 2021. Tesla under Elon Musk has recently filed a trademark under its brand in the restaurant industry. This is considered as a sign by the Californian company to venture into the restaurant business. The company has filed an application for three new trademarks with the US Patent and the Trademark office.

The Government of India has announced to avail an INR 2 crore loan for the hospitals

3 June 2021. The Government of India through its Emergency credit line Guarantee scheme has announced to provide a INR 2 crore loan to the health care institutions in the country in order to set up oxygen plants.

Paytm has launched its new physical VISA debit card

2 June 2021. Paytm after the success of its virtual debit card has now launched its physical debit card which can be used for both domestic and international payments. It enables the users to upgrade to a contactless payment

Indian economy is considered to be growing faster than any other economy in the world

June 1, 2021. The economist had predicted Indian economy to have a growth rate of 10% during the year 2021. This was after various economists had cut down predictions on their economy. The predictions on the economy is based on the consumer behavior in the country.

The silicon six have been accused for evading 100 billion in Tax

31 May 2021. The silicon six tech companies have been accused by the fair tax foundation for inflating the tax payments by almost USD 100 billion. It was found that during the year 2011 to 2020 the firms have paid less in tax than the national figures mentioned on their annual reports.

Dubai coin had seen a surge of 1000% in 24 hours which was later claimed by the Dubai government to be a phishing scam

30 May 2021. The digital coin saw a surge of more than 1,000 % in the time span of 24 hours. This was because numerous media had reported the digital coin to be the official digital coin of Dubai. The Dubai Government had responded conveying that it was not an official digital coin or cryptocurrency of the country and warned the investors claiming it to be a phishing scam.

The RBI has stopped fresh stock of INR 2000 rupee notes

30 May 2021. The number of Rs 2000 notes in the Indian economy has been reduced in the year 2021 from its peak in 2017-18. In the FY 21, the RBI has pulled out notes worth 57 crores.

Weekly Startup News - 23 May to 29 May

Zerodha co-founders to get INR 100 crore salary

29 May 2021. The co-founders of Zerodha Nithin Kamath and Nikhil Kamath are set to take home a remuneration of INR 100 crore as shown by the regulatory filing. They are the highest paid co-founders and directors of the Indian startup ecosystem.

Jeff Bezos has announced that he would step down from the CEO of Amazon

29 May 2021. Amazon CEO and the founder Jeff Bezos had announced in the Annual Shareholder Meeting of the company that he would step down as the CEO of the company he had founded around 3 decades ago on 5 July 2021. He added that he would hand over the position of CEO to Andy Jassy who has been a part of Amazon from the year 1997.

India and UK are in talks to get into a Free Trade Agreement

28 May 2021. The United Kingdom has been trying to negotiate with India in terms of a free trade agreement between both the counties. The UK has launched a 14-week consultation process in order to seek the opinions from the public as well as businesses before negotiating on the agreement

Jack Ma has announced that he would be stepping down as the President of Hupan University

28 May 2021. Jack Ma has announced that he will step down from the elite business school he had founded back in 2015. This is because of the crackdown on the influence of the billionaire in the Chinese society. The retreat from the academy is because the regulators of China have increased the pressure on Jack Ma.

Amazon has acquired MGM studios which is the second largest acquisition in the history of Amazon

28 May 2021. Amazon has  acquired the legendary MGM studios which is a significantly legendary media company. The deal is said to be around USD 8.45 billion. This is considered to be one of the boldest moves in the entertainment industry.The deal will help Amazon Prime to take a forward step in the streamlined business

Barbeque Nation has recorded a profit for their quarterly results despite lockdown in the major cities

27 May 2021. Barbeque Nation had projected a profit of INR 6.1 crore for the March quarter when compared to a loss of INR 27 crore in the previous year. The company has developed an integrated digital ecosystem which had proved to be beneficial during the pandemic.

Inditex the parent company of Zara has announced to close down all its store in Venezuela

27 May 2021. The parent company of Zara, Pull&Bear and Bershka, Inditex has conveyed that in the next few weeks it would close all its shops in Venezuela. The companies Zara, Pull&Bear and Bershka have been operating as franchises in Venezuela since the year 2007 even though it is owned by Inditex SA.

WhatsApp has sued the Indian Government in regards to the new norms to be followed by the social media companies

26 May 2021. On 25 February, the Government of India had passed new norms for the social media firms to operate in India by giving them a deadline. WhatsApp had not accepted to the new IT norms laid down by the government rather the company moved towards the Delhi High Court against the traceability of the IT clause, the company has pointed out that it is unconstitutional.

Experts have conveyed that they believe that the GDP of India would be 10% this financial year

26 May 2021. The Indian business magnate, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has conveyed that he expects that the country would have a 10% growth for this fiscal year. Even multiple analysts and financial agencies have downgraded the GDP for the country for the present fiscal year.

A US firm, Landomus group has announced that it would invest USD 500 billion in India

25 May 2021. Landomus Group which is a lesser-known US firm has announced that it would like to invest an amount of USD 500 dollars in the form of equity into India’s National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP). The announcement was made in the form of an advertisement in a newspaper where the company made an appeal to the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi.

Bangladesh have seen an increase in their GDP which is higher than that of India

24 May 2021. The Per Capita Income of Bangladesh have seen an increase of up to USD 2,227 which is considered to be higher than India by USD 280 where India’s per capita income is USD 1,947. The major reason for the growth of the per capita income of Bangladesh is due to the Awami League which took charge in the year 2009 according to Information and Technology minister of Bangladesh, Tarana Halim.

The CEO of Snapchat said that the application "wouldn't exist without Apple's iPhone"

23 May 2021. Evan Spiegel who is the CEO of Snapchat had recently conveyed that the mobile application Snapchat wouldn’t exist without Apple’s iPhone. This was regarding the new policy of Apple where they had conveyed that they would charge 30% fees on any in-app transactions on various platforms.

Weekly Startup News - 16 May to 22 May

Air India has announced that there has been a data breach of around 45 lakh customers

22 May 2021. Air India has conveyed that the data of millions of passengers have been compromised due to a cyber attack and it involves the personal data of the passengers registered between 26 August 2011 and 20 February 2021.

The CEO of SHIFT has revealed the reason for the 5,300 % surge in the stock price of the company

21 May 2021. The CEO of the company Masaru Tange has shared the strategy where he says that increasing the pay of his engineers is the secret behind the surge in the stock price of his company. He conveyed that he acquired smaller firms and increased the pay of the workers.

The CEO of ByteDance and the founder of TikTok has announced that he will be stepping down from the CEO position

21 May 2021. Zhang Yiming has announced that he will be stepping down from the post of CEO. He had announced it through a memo sent to the employers citing the reason as he lacks some of the skills required by an ideal manager.

China has banned the financial institutions and payment companies from the transaction of cryptocurrencies

20 May 2021. The three major financial industry Associations of China have directed all the financial institutions and payment companies to not offer any services related to cryptocurrencies to their clients such as currency exchanges, trading, registration, clearing and settlement.

WazirX has launched a programme to compensate its users who lost money on Shiba Inu Coin

20 May 2021. Indian Cryptocurrency exchange WazirX had  announced that it has taken certain measures to compensate the users who have lost their money investing in the Shiba Inu Coin (SHIB) after it was listed on the exchange for a price higher than its actual value. the company will provide WRX Airdrop which is equivalent to the amount of loss incurred by the users. The eligible users will receive the WazirX tokens for the next 4 months

Google Pay has launched a new feature which will let their US users to transfer money to India and Singapore

20 May 2021. Google Pay has announced that it would let users in the United States to send money to their friends, family and relatives in India and Singapore. This is an official mark of the entry of Google Pay into the remittance service market. They have partnered with Western Union and Wise to enable this feature.

Amazon have been accused on various social media forums for practicing "Hire to Fire" policy

20 May 2021. Certain people who have been claiming to be working in Amazon have been posting allegations against the company on various social media forums conveying that the company is involved in a Hire to Fire policy. It is mentioned that the company is hiring people for meeting their annual targets and to fire them later.

The UN has announced that investment in infrastructure will help in reviving Indian economy

19 May 2021. According to a UN expert, India has to heavily invest on its infrastructure if they want to recover from the widespread economic destruction faced by the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UN has said that India will have to invest in its digital and health infrastructure.

A new company named Elonspace Ltd has been registered in the UK

18 May 2021. There has been a recent filing on the Companies House which is the official business registrar of the United Kingdom. The newly registered company was a sole proprietorship which was registered under the sole director named Elon Musk PhD and the name of the company was Elonspace Ltd.

Alibaba Group has recorded a loss for the first time in years

17 May 2021. The top e-commerce platform of China had recorded a loss of 7.66 billion yuan  for its first quarterly results. This is the first time the company has recorded a loss in its history after going public in the year 2014.

Airtel has launched a new platform for Digital Gold investment

16 May 2021. Airtel Payments Bank had announced a new feature that will let the users invest in Digital Gold. They have launched a digital platform called DigiGold  for its customers to make an investment in digital gold.

Weekly Startup News - 9 May to 15 May

Google has been fined an amount of USD 123 million by the watchdog of Italy

15 May 2021. Google has been fined by the watchdog of Italy which is estimated to be around USD 123 million for abusing its dominant position in the market. The case is related to the modified version of Google’s OS which is used in cars known as Android Auto.

The United States under Joe Biden's administration has announced to issue startup visa for Entrepreneurs

15 May 2021. The door for the foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States of America has been reopened under the administration of Joe Biden. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had announced that it is withdrawing a proposed rule which was issued under the administration of Trump.

Tesla has announced that it would no longer accept bitcoins for purchasing cars

14 May 2021. Tesla has announced that it has suspended the use of bitcoins for the sale of its electric vehicles. Elon Musk had shared a statement on Twitter that conveyed the message saying that the move from the company is suspending bitcoin is due to environmental reasons.

India has seen an increase in its exports

13 May 2021. The exports of India during the month of April have seen a significant rise. The exports of India during the month of April have increased to up to 197 % due to the low base effect. The country has also seen an increase in imports of around 165.99 %.

Amazon has banned Chinese Sellers from its digital platform

13 May 2021. Amazon one of the largest based e-commerce giant has removed certain made in china, sold on amazon gadgets from its e-commerce platform. Gadgets of companies such as Aukey and Mpow has been disappeared from the digital platform.

Flipkart has announced that it would cover insurance for its sellers

12 May 2021. Flipkart which is owned by Walmart has announced that it will cover insurance for all its platform sellers in India and waive additional fees. It also announced that it would not charge cancellation and storage fees from its sellers that are listed on their platform

PUBG has registered a new corporate office in Bangalore, India

12 May 2021. The popular battle royale game PUBG mobile India is said to relaunch in India but with a new game and a new title name called as Battlegrounds Mobile India. The company is expected to have a local office, around 100 employees and is expected to have an investment of USD 100 million.

RBI has announced that it is reopening the loan restructuring programme

11 May 2021. The Reserve Bank of India  had announced it has reopened the one-time loan restructuring programme for individual borrowers. This programme will let the banks to let their borrowers to reschedule the payments they need to make or to extend the moratorium period to a maximum of two years.

Google has announced a new working policy for its employees

10 May 2021. Google has announced a new working policy for the company’s employees that is a hybrid model. The new working model will allow most of the employees to work out of their office for 3 days in a week and the rest employees to work remotely every day.

GSV Asset Management is in talks to acquire Forbes Media

10 May 2021. Forbes which is one of the biggest business magazines is said to be acquired soon. There have been exclusive talks between Forbes Magazine LLC and GSV Asset Management in acquiring the former company. The deal will increase the valuation of Forbes Media by more than USD 600 million.

Ceat tyres has recorded a rise in its profit for the Q3

9 May 2021. Ceat Ltd which is a company under the RPG group had announced that it has recorded a profit of around INR 132.34 crores for the Q3 of the financial year. The company said that it is because of the increase demand in the replacement market.

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1mg has seen an increase in the demand in its digital platform

7 May 2021. The company has said that there has been an increase in the medicines such as Fabiflu and Doxzee which is said to treat the mild cases of Covid-19. The company said that there was an increase of around 40x to 50x in the month of April 2021 compared to March 2021.

Reliance Industries saw a rise in its profits in 2021

7 May 2021. Reliance Industries have announced that it has seen a rise in its profits of up to 35% for the year ended 31 March 2021. The company has also announced a dividend of INR 7 per share.

Pandola announced that it would only sell lab grown diamonds

6 May 2021. Pandola which is one of the world's largest jeweler said that from now on, it would remove mined diamonds from their glass showcases and sell only lab grown diamonds. This is a step taken by the company due to the preferences of the younger consumers and for sustainability.

Verizon sold Yahoo and AOL to Apollo Capital Management

6 May 2021. Verizon has announced that it sold its Yahoo and AOL properties to Apollo Capital Management for a deal which is said to be for USD 5 billion. The company has sold its properties for almost half the value it paid to acquire them.

Bill and Melinda Gates have decided to end their 27 years of marriage

5 May 2021. Bill Gates and Melinda Gates had announced through a twitter post that they would be ending 27 years of their marriage but would continue to work together in Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which is one of the largest foundation of the world.

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Twitter acquires the news reader service Scroll

5 May 2021. Twitter has announced that it has acquired Scroll which is a subscription based service that provides news articles without advertisements, pop-ups and other promotions. The company has plans to introduce Scroll to the publishers on Twitter's platform

Apple has rolled out a new update for its iPhone users worldwide

4 May 2021. Apple has rolled out a new update on its operating system called iOS 14.5. The update will let the users choose to provide data to the mobile app developers.

Facebook has launched a new tool in its mobile application in India

3 May 2021. Facebook has launched a new finder tool on its mobile application in India. The tool is launched in partnership with the Government of India in order to help the people in order to book and receive their vaccinations.

FDA might ban menthol cigarettes in the United States

2 May 2021. The food and drug administration of the United States has announced its plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavor additive cigars by next year in order to reduce the cigarette consumption in the country.

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TATA Group has received an approval from CCI to acquire BigBasket

May 1, 2021. TATA Group has received the approval from Competition Commission of India to acquire the unicorn grocery delivery startup BigBasket. TATA Group will acquire 64.3 % stake in the startup through its digital arm TATA Digital.

Castrol India has recorded a huge profit in the Q1 of 2021

30 April 2021. In the first quarterly results announced by one of the largest automotive and industrial lubricant firm Castrol India, the company has witnessed a huge profit and an increase in the net income of almost double the amount of previous year.

Nomura Holdings has reported a loss of USD 2.3 billion

30 April 2021. Nomura Holdings which is a Japanese brokerage firm has recorded a steep loss in the first quarter of 2021. The firm has said that the losses are from the collapse of a U.S investor Archegos Capital Management.

Tesla is planning to make every home a distributed power plant

30 April 2021. Tesla wants to make every home a distributed power plant by taking a step in changing their company policy by selling Solar products coupled with energy storage products.

Elon Musk had announced about a competition worth USD 100 million

29 April 2021. Elon Musk on World Earth Day had announced a competition which is hosted by XPRIZE. The competition will be based on Carbon Removal and the awards are worth USD 100 million.

Bill Gates in an interview said that he believes the world to be normal by 2022

29 April 2021. In an interview with Sky News, the billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates had shared his view that he believes that the world will be completely normal by the end of 2022. He believes that the vaccine drives will be effective by the end of the next year.

Amazon's AWS has open sourced one of its device software

28 April 2021. Amazon Web Services has recently made an announcement which said that it would open source one of its device software which is known as AWS DeepRacer. It was introduced to let the developers learn Machine Learning in a fun way. The open sourcing is expected to increase the interest of the developers and will enable them to develop the skills of Machine Learning.

Paytm has announced of the launch of a new platform to learn about wealth

28 April 2021. The Digital Fintech startup has announced the launch of a new platform which will help its users to learn and discuss about various topics such as stock market, IPO, futures and options, mutual funds, personal finance, etc. through live videos from industry experts.

RBI restricted American Express and Diners Club International from adding more customers

28 April 2021. RBI has barred American Express and Diners Club International from onboarding new customers on its payment system in India. The ban will come into effect from 1 May 2021.

The unicorn startup Delhivery has announced that it will import oxygen concentrators to India

27 April 2021. The logistics and supply chain startup's co-founder Sahil Baura had announced that the company had made arrangements to import oxygen concentrators and other essential services from China. The essential services will reach the country through charters by 28 April 2021 and 20 April 2021.

Securities and Exchange Board of India has appointed a new CEO and MD for NCDEX

26 April 2021. Earlier in this month Vijay Kumar who was the former Managing Director and the CEO of NCDEX had left the position from the exchange after the completion of his extended term. After the completion of the period of Vijay Kumar SEBI, had appointed Arun Raste who will be the new CEO and MD of NCDEX for the term of 5 years.

The Digital Platforms has seen an increase in their user base of up to 100% in the year 2020.

26 April 2021. According to a report from PayU Insights, the digital platforms and the digital apps had seen a huge surge in their user base of over more than 100% is due to the coronavirus pandemic and the mass restrictions laid down by the countries. There has been an increase in various sectors which include UPI Sector, OTT segment, Gaming sector, e-commerce segments and the Ed-tech sectors across the country. The North Eastern region of India has seen the major growth during the year 2020.

Facebook is preparing to monetize Instagram Reels

26 April 2021. Facebook Inc had announced that it is planning to start testing the ads in its Instagram platform in the reels section. In the first stage Facebook said it will concentrate in the countries such as Australia, Germany, Brazil and India. In India, Facebook has plans to test various other features and one among them would be to provide a feature for the content creators to share their Reels videos on their Facebook accounts as well. They also have plans to test a new feature which would be Facebook's sticker Ads for the stories posted on Facebook.

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2 Indian Twitter clone Koo bags investment from Silicon Valley Investors

Apr 2, 2021. The Indian Twitter clone, Koo has bagged investment from prominent Silicon Valley based investors and early Twitter and Clubhouse investor Naval Ravikant along with Balaji Srinivasan, former CTO at Coinbase. While the upcoming funding round is expected to be led by Tiger Global at a valuation of $100 million, the previous funding round was lead by 3one4 capital and raised $4.1 million in February, 2021. This round also saw the participation of Kalaari Capitals and Blume Ventures including others.

1 Fintech startup Easebuzz $4 Mn in Seed funding round led by 8i Ventures and others

Apr 1, 2021. The Mumbai based Fintech startup, Easebuzz has raised about $4 million in seed funding round led by 8i Ventures, Varanium Capital, along with Guild Capital. A software platform designed for B2B companies and startups, Easebuzz endeavors to help them grow their enterprises. According to the corporation, the fresh funds will be deployed to strengthen product teams, enhance marketing efforts, along with increasing number of payment based APIs for SMEs.

India's first Unicorn, InMobi reportedly planning US IPO valued between $12 and $15 Bn

Mar 31, 2021. InMobi Pte, that develops advertisement serving algorithms to help optimize ad rankings that appear on smartphones, is planning to list in the US by the end of this year. InMobi has thus far received a total funding amount of over $320 million from 6 investors, and has also made 9 acquisitions including Aerserv, Metaflows, and Sprout among others. It also raised $25 million in a single venture fund, the InMobi Indie Game Developers, in the July of 2014.

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HealthPlix Technologies raised $13.5 Mn as part of Series B funding

Mar 31, 2021. HealthPlix, a digital health platform that helps clinics and medical offices to expand their horizons and retain their patients, has raised $13.5 million as part of its ongoing Series B funding led by Lightspeed. While the funding round also saw the participation of JSW Ventures and Kalaari Capital, the healthcare startup is looking to grow five times by enhancing the number of doctors in concerned geographies, adding new towns and medicinal specialties in its portfolio, along with bolstering its team and product.

RBI's Recurring Payments Rules Change may disrupt subscription based startups

Mar 30, 2021. Beginning this April, auto debit payments for mobile, utility bills, and other subscriptions based services such as Startups and streaming services will be temporarily suspended with the arrival of new regulations pertaining to recurring payments by RBI. The new rules require the banks to send a notification to the customer five days prior to the payment date, and the amount can be debited only once the customer has affirmed. Moreover, for payments over INR 5000, the banks will need to send an OTP to the customer to confirm the payment.

BYJU'S becomes India's second highest valued startup after $460 Mn investment

Mar 29, 2021. BYJU'S, an edtech startup and platform that offers personalized learning programs for K-12 students, has become the second most valued startup in India after a funding of $460 million. While it has thus far raised a mammoth $2.3 billion in funding from about 31 investors and has made 8 acquisitions as of yet, BYJU'S is also looking to acquire US based reading platform, Epic. By the end of this round investors have acquired a 3.53% stake in the company, while its valuation is estimated to reach $15 billion with an investment of over $700 million.

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DotPe raises $27 Mn in Series A funding from Google, PayU, and others

26 Mar, 2021. DotPe, an O2O technology startup that helps and offers an E-commerce and payments platform to offline businesses has raises $27 million in Series A funding from investors like Google, Info Edge, and others, raking up the total funding amount to $35.5 million. The Gurugram based startup is looking to deploy the funds in accelerating product development and expanding its markets, also scaling its technology. While the Google investment came through its $10 billion India Digitization Fund, Info Edge has doubled its stake in the company.

Sequoia Capital closes second seed fund at $195 Mn for Surge Accelerator

25 Mar, 2021. The Silicon Valley based Venture Capital firm Sequoia has closed its second seed fund at $195 million as part of its accelerator program Surge. While the funds will be deployed for venture investment, Sequoia is already one of the leading investors in India, having funded Indian unicorns including BYJU'S, OYO, Zomato and others. Sequoia also closed an India focused seed fund at $200 million and plans to raise a second fund for the same. Sequoia has thus far made 1472 investments, including 139 diversity investment, also having acquired FACES Cosmetics along the way.

Dream11 parent Dream Sports raises $400 Mn ahead of IPL 2021

24 Mar, 2021. Mumbai based sports tech startup Dream Sports has completed a $400 million secondary investment led by TVC, D1 Capital Partners, and Falcon Edge. The funding round closed ahead of this year's IPL season and saw the participation of Tiger Global, Steadview Capital, and TGP Ventures among others. While this is the first investment by TVC in an Indian startup, other investment including Tencent Holdings and Kalaari Capital are looking to sell their shares. With this funding round, Dream Sports also hit $5 billion valuation.

IIFL launches $280 Mn fund for Tech Startups in Pre-IPO Rounds

23 Mar, 2021. The asset management arm of India's leading Financial Services Company IIFL has launched an INR 1500 Cr fund to invest in the pre-IPO and late stage rounds of tech and business startups. The fund also offers a green shoe option worth INR 500 Cr, making a total of $276 million. IIFL has thus far raised a commitment of $55 million, and plans for the final close to take place in June, and is looking to invest in companies with a profitability path. IIFL has also made about 15 investments and 8 lead investments with their latest funding in Policy Bazaar having taken place the previous month.

FinTech company True Balance raises $10 Mn for its NBFC arm

22 Mar, 2021. The Gurugram based digital wallet based startup has raised $10 million in debt financing led by Northern Arc, a Chennai based non Banking Finance Company, taking its total funding amount to $99 million with 17 investors. True Balance is an RBI authorized app, and is managed by Balancehero India Pvt. Ltd, and the funds will be deployed for expansion of its lending business in India. Founded in 2014, True Balance aims to assist with utility financial payment platform for unbanked users to serve in their living requirements.

Chinese Investors Exit KreditBee in Series C Funding Round

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22 Mar, 2021. Finnov-owned and a digital lending platform KreditBee has raises $75 million from investors including Premji Investment and Alpine Capital, and is looking to use the funds to offer secure lending services along with other financial services such as insurances. A month after raising the funds, KreditBee has garnered another $70 million funding led by NewQuest Capital Partners and Motilal Oswal Private Equity, which has also led to the exit of its early stage Chinese Investors including Xiaomi Corp, Shnunwei Capital, and Kunlun.

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SaaS AI Startup Detect Technologies, expanding to South America and Europe

19 Mar, 2021. The Chennai based SaaS startup Detect Technologies after bolstering its presence is countries like Canada and Singapore with deep AI capabilities, is now looking to expand in newer markets in South America and Europe. While currently offering its services to over 25 enterprise clients, across various niche such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, steel, metal and pharmaceuticals among others, Detect Technologies is aiming at an enhanced industrial productivity with real-time monitoring and actionable solutions.

SpaceTech Startup Pixxel raises $7.3 Mn in Seed Funding Round

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18 Mar, 2021. The Bengaluru based space technology startup, Pixxel has raised $7.3 million is Seed Funding from investors including Techstars and Omnivore VC. With a funding of $5 million in the previous year, Pixxel's current valuation amounts to about $13 million, and while it has announced its foray into hyperspectral imaging, Pixxel looks to provide high resolution images with a constellation of Earth imaging satellites. In contrast to the multispectral satellites used today, the Hyperspectral satellites will project up to 50 times more information in narrower bands.

LivveHomes, a rental space startup raises $5 Mn from Angel Investors

18 Mar, 2021. The Kerala based Rental Space Startup has recently raised $5 million in its second funding round from angel investors, placing its valuation at about $6.5 million. The real estate startup offers online deposit and payment platforms for both, owners and tenants, and has said that the fresh funds will be deployed to stabilizing the organization's operations and offer a uniform set of furniture across its different properties. The funds will also be useful in enhancing organizational efficiency and expanding the property.

Jungle Ventures invest in Overseas Education Platform Leap to enter EdTech Market

17 Mar, 2021. The Venture Capital Firm, Jungle Ventures has invested $17 million in the EdTech platform Leap in its Series B funding round, which looks to deploy the funds into further expanding its portfolio and strengthening its team. Having raised $5.5 million and catering to the needs of 20K students in the previous year, Leap looks to assist over 150K students in the current year with counselling, Visa, and educational loans. With this investment, Jungle Ventures has officially entered the EdTech market.

Fintech Startup Yap raises $10 Mn in Series B funding led by Flourish Ventures

16 Mar, 2021. The FinTech startup and infrastructure provider Yap has raised $10 million in its Series B funding round with investors including Flourish Ventures and Omidyar Network India, along with the existing investors. As per estimations, Yap's valuation post the Series B funding is close to $70 million, with 20 banking partners and over 300 brands seeking to employ its products. Yap's API platform enables digital and fintech platforms to offer customized solutions to their users by connecting with other fintech platforms.

Venture Capital Firm, Endiya Partners launches its first accelerator program

15 Mar, 2021. An early stage venture capital firm, Endiya Partners that works with entrepreneurs in digital and healthcare sectors has launched its first accelerator program. Through this program, the VC firm looks to identify and mentor startups with great potential in different niche including SaaS, Semiconductors, AI and ML, Blockchain, and IOT, among others. Frontier Tech Ignite (X) Program is its first accelerator program through its collaboration with Applied Ventures, the venture arm of Applied Materials.

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Juicy Chemistry, personal care startup raises $6.3 million in Series A funding

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12 Mar, 2021. The Coimbatore-based personal care D2C startup Juicy Chemistry raised $6.3 Mn in Series A funding round led by Belgium based Verlinvest. After over five years of being bootstrapped, the startup looks to deploy its fresh funds in expanding in the E-commerce domain along with Omnichannel distribution and reach new geographies. While the company also raised an undisclosed amount in an Angel Funding in 2019, it is expected to close its financial year with a revenue rate of INR 25 Crore, that is over three times larger than the previous year. Now that the demand for self care products has resumed after repeated lockdowns, Juicy Chemistry is all set to compete with big brands including Nykaa and Plum.

Icertis raises $80 million in Series F funding led by B Capital Group

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11 Mar, 2021. Icertis, a SaaS startup is now valued at $2.8 Bn after the series F funding round, led by an existing investor B Capital Group along with other participants including Greycroft, Meritech Capital Partners, PSP Growth and others. While the company's valuation jumped to three times of its valuation at the previous funding round, it looks to increase the workforce by 30-40% along with investing in its AI and Blockchain development, and sales and marketing potential. Icertis, a contract life-cycle management company, is now the second most valued SaaS unicorn in the Indian Startup Ecosystem behind Freshworks, and helps clients manage their contracts.

Captain Fresh, Seafood supply chain startup secures $3 million funding

10 Mar, 2021. In a Seed funding round that saw the participation of Matrix and other investors, the Seafood Supply Chain Startup and a B2B Seafood Marketplace, Captain Fresh has raised $3 Mn, and is looking to deploy the funds to bolster its sourcing and distribution networks. Previously in the August of 2020, it had raised $2.3 Mn in a Pre-Series A funding round, and has since registered a revenue growth of over ten times, closing in to about a million dollars per week. Since it was established in 2019, Fresh Captain has been supplying fresh water fish and other seafood to over 500 retailers across different trades, and has bolstered its presence in some major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru.

Ecom Express secures $20 million funding from UK's CDC group in follow-on investment

9 Mar, 2021. The Delhi based logistics solutions provider Ecom Express has recently raised $20 Mn from the UK based impact investor CDC group. While CDC group had previously invested $36 Mn for the logistics startup in the December of 2019, Ecom looks to use the current funds for strategic investments, partnerships, expansions and acquisitions. This investment will also help India to create 8000 new jobs along with the initial target of 15000 roles, prioritizing women empowerment, and contributing to the need of 8.1 million jobs to maintain the employment rate in India. Recently, Ecom also entered Bangladesh's market by investing $11 Mn in their E-commerce logistics firm, Paperfly.

Online InsurTech startup Turtlemint raises $46 million in Series D funding

9 Mar, 2021. Turtlemint, the Mumbai based InsurTech startup founded in 2015, has recently raised $46 Mn in Series D funding round in the aftermath of relaxation of insurance FDI rules. The Series D funding round closed to place Turtlemint to a valuation of $69 Mn, while the company now claims to be working with 100K insurance advisors with a customer base of 1.5 Mn. The startup looks to deploy the funds to extending its network of distributors and further enhancing and developing product capabilities along with marketing. The company now competes with some of the industry giants like PolicyBazaar and BankBazaar, and has recently cut short its expenditures and slashed its employee's salaries owing to the pandemic.

Riskcovry, the insurance tech startup bags $5 million in Series A funding

9 Mar, 2021. Riskcovry, the Mumbai based InsurTech startup that offers an 'Insurance-in-a-box' model has recently raised $5 Mn from Omidyar India, and is expecting to sell over 200K insurance policies in the current financial year. Founded in 2018, Riskcovry is a business-to-business-to-customer (B2B2C) startup, and enables and offers insurance infrastructure for platforms to sell insurance policies and products. In a short span, Riskcovry has garnered various clients including ZestMoney and FuturePay, and offers plug-to-play technology to its 50 partners across different sectors and industries. While the pandemic shut down a lot of business, it sure induced a growth in insurance value chain companies.

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Shopclues, the one-time unicorn continues to drift towards declining revenue

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5 Mar, 2021. Once a unicorn with a valuation of over a billion dollars, Shopclues' revenue continued to decline until it was acquired by a Singapore based Qoo10 Pte in the December of 2019, at a valuation of $70-$100 million. While the decline in revenue was witnessed since March of 2018 with the operating revenue not even surpassing INR 90 Crore, the expenses have also been cut down drastically by about INR 363 Crore. Founded in 2011, Shopclues was an Indian startup, and witnessed healthy growth and strong revenue until the year 2015, but as soon as the company made efforts to expand its horizons the losses grew by leaps and bounds, and the company reported a loss of INR 101 Crore in the financial year 2015 compared to a revenue of INR 79 Crore.

Blume Ventures announces $48 million fund 1X for follow-on rounds

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5 Mar, 2021. The venture capital firm Blume Ventures, founded by Karthik Reddy and Sanjay Nath is close to deploying the cycle of its $102 million fund, and is looking to expand its portfolio. Blume Ventures is an early stage investor with portfolio companies including Dunzo and Instamojo, and expects about 10 of its portfolio companies grow into unicorns in the next decade as startups cling to Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Blume Ventures closed its INR 350 Crore Fund 1X in January bringing in stakes of 6 portfolio firms, while the secondary sales allowed for the exits of its limited partners in Fund I. The Fund IX will further invest in these firms in upcoming Series funding to increase their stakes.

Singapore based tech insurance platform raises $9.4 million, will divert most to India Entity

4 Mar, 2021. Singapore based tech insurance startup, Symbo raises $9.4 million, and has stated that the majority of the funds will be allocated to its Indian arm. The platform offered by Symbo is used by agents, third party administrators and brokers across the country as well as Southeast Asia to distribute a variety of insurances, both tech and life based. The InsurTech platform stated that the funding round was led by CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund and Think Investment, a San Francisco based investment firm, with other investors including Integra Partners and Insignia Ventures. Symbo said that it is looking to use the funds to in its core technology and leadership team for key areas.

Cashify, the online Gadget selling platform raises $15 million from Olympus Capital

4 Mar, 2021. Cashify is an online platform for selling electronic goods for instant cash and was founded in 2015 by Amit Sethi, Mandeep Manocha and Nakul Kumar. In addition to selling users' products, Cashify also sells its own brand of refurbished smartphones called PhonePro. Prior to the recent funding, Cashify had previously raised $13 million in 4 funding rounds by 8 investors with the last round closing in 2018 at $12 million. In the current funding round, Cashify has raised $15 million from Olympus Capital Asia, a New York based middle-market private equity firm. The firm's co-founder said that they were looking to accelerate investment in electronic reuse and recycling sector to reduce carbon footprint.

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Payments Startups Invited by LIC to bid for mega insurance contract

3 Mar, 2021. India's largest insurance company, the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has invited payment aggregator companies and fintech startups to enable digital payments of insurance premiums for over 250 million customers. The opportunity can be used to catapult any payments processor in the country to success with a preexisting user base, and Indian startups such as PayU and Juspay could be potential candidates and major contenders for this role. LIC rolled out the request for proposal (RFP) in the February of 2021, with a contract valid for 5 years, and an invitation to the Bengaluru based payments processor, Razorpay to bid for the contract.

Retail Tech Primaseller acquired by Gurugram based Logistics Unicorn, Delhivery

3 Mar, 2021. The Gurugram based logistics unicorn Delhivery acquired Primaseller, a SaaS retail tech startup for omnichannel sellers for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is expected to strengthen technical aspects of the company, and help them bolster their long term vision to be the E-commerce operating system in India. In the February of 2018, Delhivery had also announced the acquisition of the Indian business of Dubai based logistics firm, Aramex. Delhivery was founded in 2011, and possesses a network of 18K pin-codes and 2.5K cities along with trucking terminals in 3 major cities in India including Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi.

Weekly Startup News - 20 Feb to 27 Feb

FundVice, the investment banking firm looking to support startups with ₹330 Crore fund

26 Feb, 2021. FundVice, an investment banking private equity firm has announced that it will support the startup ecosystem in India with an investment of about Rs 330 crore, including investment from its new fund Ryoma ventures. While the company aims to close 50 deals worth INR 250 crore by the end of 2021, it has also announced a sector agnostic fund worth INR 80 crore. The Managing Director of FundVice and Ryoma Ventures said that some promising and revenue generating startups in India are in dire need of the right investors, and that the fund was initiated to support such startups. FundVice is soon looking to close this fund with the present investors, while also collaborating with other investors.

Agrotech startup Clover launches Deep Rooted, a D2C app for cultivation and supply chain

25 Feb, 2021. Clover has launched a direct to customer mobile application called Deep Rooted, a demanded backed cultivation and supply chain solution for fruits and vegetables. While Deep Rooted is focused on quality and consistency, Clover is looking to invest in building a farmer-facing input-output technology for supply chain and cold storage facilities. With Deep Rooted, Clover is hoping to be India's largest virtual farmer with an allround agronomy intervention for supply along with an omnichannel presence. Moreover, Clover also stated that its B2B experience in dealing with over 90 customers will help in effortless management of the consumer focused B2C brand.

Infra.Market enters the Unicorn club after raising 100 million in Series C funding

25 Feb, 2021. After raising $100 million in Series C funding round led by Tiger Global, Infra.Market has entered the Unicorn Club with Avendus Capital as its financial advisor. The startup reached the valuation of a billion dollars in less than 20 months since its seed funding round in April 2019, and had earlier raised $20 million in December of 2020 in Series B funding round led by Evolvence India Fund. Infra.Market currently has over 400 clients including some big names like Larsen & Toubro and Tata Projects. Infra.Market is an online marketplace where companies in the infrastructure and real estate business can procure construction material at reasonable prices.

Former Paytm Money CEO's startup Raise Financial raises funds from Unicorn founders

25 Feb, 2021. Raise Financial, a startup focused on wealth management solutions and financial service distribution, has raised seed round capital from some well known unicorn founders. The fintech startup is planning to launch its first product in the second half of this year, and is looking to offer its services in metropolitan and tier 1 cities. Raise Financial has garnered investment from the likes of CRED founder Kunal Shah, Flipkart Chief Executive Kalyan Krishnamoorthy along with PhonePe co-founders Sameer Nigam and Rahul Chari. According to the former Paytm CEO, he has invested in his personal capacity as well, and looks to deploy the funds for hiring employees.

EdTech startup Leverage Edu has raised Rs 47 crore in Series A funding round

24 Feb, 2021. Leverage Edu, the edtech startup has raised Rs 47 crore in its Series A funding round led by Tomorrow Capital, while Blume Ventures and DSG Consumer Partners also participated in the round. The startup announced that it aims to use the funds to strengthen its grasp in tier 3 and 4 cities along with smaller towns. Leverage plans to organize seminars and workshops to help students recognize the courses they need to follow and guide them along the way. Moreover, with a reasonable grasp in the US and UK, Leverage is also planning to expand to Canada and Australia. The startup was launched in 2017 as a University Admissions Company to help students with career guidance, and has stood by the title.

Innovaccer becomes the first Indian Health-tech Unicorn after Series D funding

24 Feb, 2021. Innovaccer, a healthcare Software as a Service startup has raised an undisclosed amount in Series D funding round led by Tiger Global, and has become the first Indian healthcare startup to join the Unicorn club. The Noida and San Francisco based startup was valued at $350 million the previous year after the Series C funding round raising $105 million. Innovaccer was founded by two IIT Kharagpur graduates and an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, and analyses health reports and data to provide insights to healthcare workers, hospitals, and insurance companies. While the company deals with global clients and hence faces equally intense competition from global brands like eClinicalWorks and Healthecare.

PayPal to shut Domestic Payment Business in India

5 Feb, 2021. PayPal, the online payments solution has announced that it will close down business in India beginning from April 1, and will prioritize international sales for Indian businesses. PayPal is a payments service, that enables users to make online payments on applications for booking tickets and other amenities. Since April however, PayPal will no longer allow domestic transaction services.

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Zomato collaborates with MoHUA onboarding 300 street vendors

5 Feb, 2021. In an endeavor to create a more sustainable fast food delivery ecosystem for street vendors, Zomato has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to onboard 300 street vendors. The onboarding encompasses 6 major cities including Bhopal, Raipur, Patna, Vadodara, Nagpur, and Ludhiana. While this venture is currently in its first phase, it could expand owing to the popularity of street food and could create better earning opportunities for street vendors.

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Newton School Raises Funds in Series A Funding by RTP Global

With its learner base growing exponentially since the fourth quarter of the previous year, the Bengaluru based skill development startup Newton School has raised $5 million in Series A funding lead by RTP Global. Newton School is more focused on graduates and working professionals who aim for top tier companies. With over 700 enrolled students, Newton School has partnered with Zomato, Unacademy, Motorola, and other companies and also made it to the Inc42 30 Startups of 2020, owing to its growth. The funds are to be used to expand the user base further in 2021.

PhonePe allocates Stock Options Worth $200 million to its Employees

5 Feb, 2021. Fintech enterprise PhonePe has recently allotted $200 million worth of stock options among its 2200 employees. Flipkart announced its partial spin-off of PhonePe, a month after which PhonePe announced the Stock Option Plan. The Stock Option Plan is aimed at the company's core value, that is, long term focus and organization-first thinking. The company aims to develop an internal culture and remove internal competition, and through this initiative, it seeks to remove variable pay based on individual performance.

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Pepperfry Revenue Grows by 26% Trimming Advertising Costs

5 Feb, 2021. Pepperfry has witnessed a boost in revenue by 26% amounting to over INR 260 crores for the financial year 2020 owing to the reduced advertising costs and more focus on an omnichannel. The biggest expenditure that the company faced was that of Employee Benefit, and while the previous year its losses increased by 72%, Pepperfry managed to lower them to 33% the following year. While the operations revenue comprises mostly of the commission from suppliers, the company also has 10 private label brands including Woodsworth, Mintwud and others.

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Ixigo Acquires Train Booking Platform Confirmtkt

5 Feb, 2021. The Gurugram based travel E-commerce platform Ixigo announced its acquisition of Confirmtkt for an undisclosed amount of cash and stocks. The deal dictates that Ixigo founders will now be the Confirmtkt board members, while the current investors will exit and the companies will still function independently. Since both Ixigo and Confirmtkt are online train reservation platforms, this acquisition will enhance the customers' experience a great deal with the combined resources of both corporations.

Internet Startup i2e1 (Information to Everyone) Seeks to Make Internet Extremely Affordable

8 Feb, 2021. With an aim to digitize India, the Delhi based Internet Startup i2e1 endeavors to reduce the cost of internet such that it becomes accessible even at tea stalls. When established in 2015, the startup founders worked on user analytics and advertising solutions, and helped retailers offer free WiFi to customers along with integrated promotional offers. In the later years, it came up with yet another way of providing low cost internet services through the current public WiFi solution after TRAI initiated PM-WANI concept in 2016, and the previous month, i2e1 launched its first public data office.

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