Verizon selling Yahoo, AOL unit to Apollo in $5-billion deal

AOL and Yahoo are being sold again, this time to a private equity firm. Verizon will sell Verizon Media, which consists of the pioneering tech platforms, to Apollo Global Management in a $5 billion deal. Verizon said Monday that it will keep a 10 per cent stake in the new company, which will be called … 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

‘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

Razorpay’s valuation triples in six months on latest fundraise

Business payments and financial services startup Razorpay has raised $160 million as part of its Series E round co-led by existing investors, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and Sequoia India, at a valuation of $3 billion. Last October, the firm had secured $100 million in a round led by GIC and Sequoia India at a … Read more

How Lijjat Papad wrote its success story with only Rs 80 for seed capital

The fairytale success of Lijjat Papad — a multi-million-dollar venture founded by seven women in a crowded Mumbai tenement in 1959 with seed capital of 80 rupees ($1.10) — belies its revolutionary feminist aspirations. The cooperative employs 45,000 women across India, offering them a job for life as “co-owners” of the enterprise, whose wafer-thin snacks … Read more

Zerodha founder Nikhil Kamath shares his story

Nikhil Kamath, along with his elder brother Nithin Kamath, co-founded Zerodha, India’s biggest stock brokerage company in terms of volume. The brother also founded True Beacon, an asset management company. The brothers entered Forbes’ list of India’s 100 richest 2020. The younger brother, in a recent interview, laid bare his life’s story. From being a … Read more

Analysts say $35 billion AI startup’s UiPath’s pending IPO will be a monster hit if it can help companies automate post-COVID-19

The company, which automates mundane office tasks with robotic software, filed Securities Exchange Commission paperwork on Friday to sell stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PATH. More than three-dozen investors – including Accel Partners, CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), Sequoia Capital, and Kleiner Perkins – have put nearly $2 billion into … Read more

$7 billion Deliveroo is preparing for a blockbuster float. Here’s the who’s who of executives and investors steering it to IPO.

Amazon-backed food delivery startup Deliveroo is anticipated to float in 2021, marking a rare high-profile British technology float. Like rival Uber Eats, Deliveroo allows consumers to order restaurant food via an app and relies on a network of gig economy cyclists and motorcyclists to make the deliveries. During the coronavirus pandemic, it has expanded into … Read more