How to Land an Investment From Serena Williams’ VC Firm

Serena Williams launched Serena Ventures in 2014 and has invested in over 60 companies. In March, the firm announced it had raised an inaugural fund of $111 million. Williams’ partner shares how to win an investment from the fund, which gets 200 pitches a week. Last week, amid the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, … Read more

Gullak raises ₹10 cr funding from Better Capital & Stellaris Venture Partners

Automated savings and investment platform Gullak has announced raising ₹10 crore in a pre-seed round led by Better Capital and Stellaris Ventures Partners. The round also saw participation from several angel investors such as Vimal Kumar and Sheetal Lalwani (co-founders at JusPay), Shan MS (chief growth officer, JusPay), Ramanathan RV (co-founder at Hyperface), Maya Kunnath … Read more

Why It Could Take Years for Startup Valuations to Stop Plunging

The plunge in startup valuations could last years, say VCs at the firm Redpoint Ventures. The situation is similar to the dot-com bust after the 1999’s tech boom, they say. But one big difference from two decades ago is the record piles of cash VCs are sitting on now. Venture capitalists were partying like it … Read more

Fintech Bolt Is Raising Funding, Looking for a $14 Billion Valuation

Bolt, a San Francisco fintech startup that provides an online checkout solution for other companies, is still in talks to raise new money at a valuation of $14 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter. The deal comes only weeks after Bolt closed $355 million in a Series E round, valuing it at … Read more

Ninety One raises ₹225 crore in Series A funding round; valued at ₹1,000 crore

Sustainable mobility brand, Ninety One has raised ₹225 crore (or roughly $30 million) as a part of its latest Series A funding, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The round saw A91 Partners LLP infusing around ₹160 crore, with participating investors including Fireside Ventures, Avaana Capital and Tital Capital infusing another ₹65 crore … Read more

Study abroad platform Leap raises $ 55 million in Series C round

Overseas education company, Leap, on Wednesday said it has raised $55 million (or roughly Rs400 crore) as a part of its Series C funding round, led by Owl Ventures. The round also saw participation from Harvard Management Company, Inc, along with existing investors Jungle Ventures and Sequoia Capital India. This round comes just six months … Read more

India startup funds top China in July after 8 years

Global venture capitalists and private equity investors are allocating more funds to India as China steps up regulatory clampdown on its tech companies. India overtook China in July for the first time since 2013 in VC funding, according to a Bloomberg report. Indian startups raised nearly $8 billion in July, while funding to Chinese firms … Read more