17 Mar 2020
Paytm hires former Coverfox CEO

1. LGT Lightstone Aspada leads $7M funding round in micro-lender SmartCoin Bengaluru-headquartered micro-lending startup SmartCoin has raised about $7 million (about Rs 52 crore) in a fresh financing round, led by LGT Lightstone Aspada, the India-focused impact investment arm of LGT Lightstone. The four-year-old company, which uses artificial intelligence…

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07 Mar 2020

1. As coronavirus pandemic spreads, demand for remote-work startups spikes The remote-work boom was recently highlighted in Zoom’s earnings report. Its results bested expectations, and in its earnings call, the company said that it was seeing rising demand for its product in the wake of COVID-19, even if most…

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23 Jan 2020
Google Cloud gets a Secret Manager

1. Oct launches a social network built around augmented reality Octi has created a new social network that uses augmented reality to connect the act of seeing your friends in real life with viewing digital content, like their favorite YouTube videos and Spotify songs. When I wrote about the…

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11 Jan 2020

1. Boeing’s ousted CEO departs with $62 million, even without severance pay. Boeing Co’s ousted chief executive officer, Dennis Muilenburg, is leaving the company with $62 million in compensation and pension benefits but will receive no severance pay in the wake of the 737 MAX crisis. In addition to…

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11 Oct 2019

1. InnovationQore launches in India with Rs 50 crore funding start InnovationQore is in talks to raise more from private equity and venture capital firms, Ganesh Raju, the CEO, said. Turbostart plans to invest and accelerate at least 100 startups in the next two years. Source: ET 2. Social e-commerce…

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08 Oct 2019

1. Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal investing $700 m in $1.5-B fresh round Investment to be routed via RA Hospitality and financed by the $2-2.2b debt Oyo CEO had raised. “With the CCI approval now in place, the company will get a capital infusion of $1.5 billion for this mission,…

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03 Oct 2019

1. Windows 10X introduced by Microsoft for dual-screen devices At its annual Surface hardware event in New York, Microsoft today announced the expected set of updates to its existing hardware lineup. The biggest surprise, though, was surely the announcement of the company’s dual-screen Surface Neo, which will go on…

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30 Sep 2019

1. Startups can find solutions to problems faced by India: Paytm senior executive “Entrepreneurs in India can identify any problem that they wish to work on and support the government,” Saurabh Jain, Build for India Head, Paytm said. About his company, the official said even though Paytm has been…

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27 Sep 2019
People Startup Discussion

1. Become profitable, stop gimmicks. Softbank’s Son gives ‘very public lesson’ to startup founders WeWork isn’t SoftBank’s first intervention. Its investment in Uber Technologies Inc. included a deal to block. controversial co-founder Travis Kalanick from taking a CEO or chairman position. Even as his lieutenants were laying the groundwork…

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26 Sep 2019

1. Big tech regulation shouldn’t sweep up startups, Uber CEO says ​​Tough regulation could stifle innovation and block the next wave of significant technology companies from even existing in the first place, Khosrowshahi said. Europe has led the charge on tech regulation for years, enacting landmark privacy regulation that…

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