Groww looks to expand offerings

The Bengaluru-based company now offers direct investments in mutual funds, stocks, initial public offerings, digital gold, and exchange traded funds. It is backed by fintech investor Ribbit Capital, YC Continuity Fund, and Propel Ventures, apart from Tiger Global and Sequoia. The company has raised more than $142 million from investors, of which $113 million came … Read more

Vaccitech, startup behind Oxford Covid vaccine tech, falls 20% in Nasdaq debut

American depositary shares of Vaccitech fell nearly 20% in their Nasdaq debut on Friday, giving the co-inventor of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford University a market value of about $464 million. The biotech firm’s shares opened at $13.62, below the initial public offering (IPO) price of $17 apiece for 6.5 million … Read more

Zomato files papers for ₹8,250 crore IPO

Zomato said revenue from operations rose from ₹466 crore in FY18 to ₹2,604 crore in FY20. Food delivery app Zomato Ltd., backed by China’s Ant Group, on Wednesday filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to raise ₹8,250 crore. The IPO would comprise fresh issue of … Read more

StashAway to raise $25 million USD in Series D funding round led by Sequoia Capital India

  DUBAI, UAE, April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — StashAway is raising $25 million USD in its Series D funding round led by Sequoia Capital India, one of the region’s leading venture capital firms. StashAway’s existing investors, Eight Roads Ventures, the global investment firm backed by Fidelity International and early investor in Alibaba; and Square Peg, the largest venture capital fund in Australia, also participated in the round. The … Read more

‘I’ve never seen it this frenzied

In the first quarter this year, U.S. startups raised $69 billion from investors—41% more than the previous record, set in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to data firm PitchBook Data Inc. The average valuation for startups at all stages also reached a new high, and more than tripled from last year to $1.6 billion … Read more

Toshiba CEO resigns, shares surge on bidding war expectations: Details here

Toshiba Corp CEO Nobuaki Kurumatani resigned on Wednesday amid controversy over a $20 billion buyout bid from CVC Capital Partners and the conglomerate’s shares surged on reports that more suitors were planning offers. Toshiba Chairman Satoshi Tsunakawa will become chief executive, the company said in a statement.   The statement gave no reason for the … Read more

Silicon Valley’s pro-Trump VCs and founders once donated millions to Trump. They’ve gone quiet after last week’s insurrection on Capitol Hill.

Sequoia’s Doug Leone donated over $100,000 to Trump’s 2020 election efforts and also donated to Josh Hawley’s 2018 Senate campaign, public records show. As other pro-Trump business people and tech CEOs condemn last week’s Capitol Hill insurrection, Leone has remained quiet, alongside other, deep-pocketed Trump supporters in Silicon Valley. The Capitol Hill riots have renewed … Read more

Udaan gets $280 million funding boost, now valued at over $3 billion

Udaan, the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform, has kick-started the new year with a fund-raise of $280 million, largely from its existing investors including China’s internet giant Tencent. Venture funds Lightspeed Venture Partners, DST Global, GGV Capital and Altimeter Capital are existing investors who have also contributed to this round. There are two new investors — … Read more