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November 29, 2014

Why Lightspeed said yes to mobile dating app Vee

Extracts from a post on the Lightspeed Ventures India blog (emphasis mine):

Traditionally, young Indian women and men have struggled to meet new and like-minded people owing to various socio-cultural constructs. Consequently, most social interactions are limited to friends and family. Online dating, while promising, could not solve this problem. Fake profiles, in-appropriate behavior, cumbersome matching process, low internet penetration were some of the key challenges that prevented online platforms to flourish.
...Vee leverages the power of mobile along with a product approach that is entirely focused on women. Through features such as anonymous browsing, male loyalty enforcement (limited simultaneous connections), abuse reporting – Vee places the power in the hands of women with an aim to become a trustworthy platform for them. In addition, mobile based hyper-local elements enable instant and relevant matching.
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November 24, 2014

Deal Alert: Rajan Anandan, Patni Bros, other angels invest Rs 5-Cr in Aureus Analytics

Singapore- and Mumbai-based financial analytics firm Aureus Analytics has raised over Rs 5 crore ($850,000) in an angel round of funding led by Steven Sule, partner in investment firm Naste Advisors with participation from Rajan Anandan and Nirvana Venture founders Amit and Arihant Patni. Murugappa Group scion Arun Venkatachalam also participated in the round, which was raised through deal-making platform LetsVenture, whose co-founder Shanti Mohan is also an investor in Aureus Analytics. 

Aureus, founded last year by former BFSI software specialists Anurag Shah, Ashish Tanna and Nitin Purohit, has an R&D team in Mumbai. The company provides predictive analytics and big data ready platforms for insurance companies and banks. 

 
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November 23, 2014

How Piramals cracked the Private Equity in Real Estate puzzle

From the Forbes India profile:
Given the scope of its services, while all realty funds have a takeover clause in their contracts, Piramal Fund Management has the actual capability to do so if a developer reneges on his commitment. Take, for instance, the fact that no other fund offers construction finance or has funds for specific situations like the apartment fund or the Mumbai Redevelopment Fund.  
As a result, Piramal Fund Management has Rs 12,000 crore to invest in real estate across the country. It helps that Piramal Enterprises is flush with funds and has over Rs 4,000 crore of investment riding on the venture.   
...This is particularly relevant since, as Jijina points out, work doesn’t end once the money is lent. It is important to track the investment, he says, because, for instance, the telltale signs of a default with a developer start to show far before the actual non-payment issue crops up. For instance, if cement is being diverted from one project to another, Jijina expects his employees on the ground to communicate that fact. Or if a developer is not honouring his commitments to suppliers, that must be reported back too.
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Deal Alert: Chennai Angels leads Rs.6-Cr investment in jewellery e-tailer Velvetcase

Mumbai-based online designer jewellery marketplace Velvetcase has raised more than $1 million in a funding round led by Chennai Angels. Jacob Kurian, partner at PE firm New Silk Route; Arihant Patni, cofounder of Nirvana Ventures, and Jerry Rao, former CEO of MphasiS, also participated. Velvetcase also allows customers to send their own designs, which are then converted into the final piece of jewellery. 

 
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November 19, 2014

Deal Alert: Flipkart founders invest in gaming start-up MadRat Games

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, have made an investment in an offline games start-up MadRat Games. The other investors who have participated in the funding round of about $1 million (about Rs 6.2 crore) include the founders of IT outsourcing firm GlobalLogic - Rajul Garg, Sanjay Singh, Manoj Agarwala and Tarun Upadhyay. MadRat, founded in 2010, started out by launching a Hindi word game Aksharit. The firm, which distributes its products primarily through offline stores, plans to use the funds for branding, marketing and expansion. Its existing investors Blume Ventures and First Light Ventures did not participate in this round. 

The company started by IIT graduates Rajat Dhariwal, Manuj Dhariwal and Madhumita Halder has launched over 70 board games, puzzles and toys. 

 
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Deal Alert: Blume invests Rs 3-Cr in online travel info services firm RailYatri

Blume Ventures has led a Rs.3 crore investment round in Noida-based Stelling Technologies, which owns and operates web and mobile app RailYatri.in. The company had earlier raised funding from Ujama Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based angel investment firm. Proceeds from the latest round will be used to grow the technology platform as well as for marketing initiatives. 

Founded by Manish Rathi, Kapil Raizada and Sachin Saxena in 2011, RailYatri is a web and mobile-based tool that provides consumers rail travel-related information, including, live train status. Its monetisation model is based on taxi bookings and allowing customers to order food on the go. It has tie-ups with taxi services firms across 30 cities and food vendors across 300 stations. 

 
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November 16, 2014

Deal Alert: Villgro invests in 7 new startups

Social enterprise incubator Villgro has invested in seven start-up taking its incubation portfolio to 10 companies. Kamal Kisab, Flybird Innovations, VectorDoc, SustainEarth, SkillTrain, MicroX Labs and Bempu, all early-stage companies, have secured funding in the range of Rs 10-15 lakh. All seven start-ups have prototypes of products that will be ready for the market over the next six-nine months. 

 
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Fund Alert: Bill Gates invests in Unitus Seed Fund

Bill Gates has made a personal investment in impact investment fund Unitus Seed Fund. Unitus invests in India through two funds — Unitus Seed Fund India, a Sebi-registered venture capital fund, and Unitus Seed Fund LP, an offshore venture capital fund. Gates' investment has been made in the offshore fund. The co-founder of Microsoft has joined VC investor Vinod Khosla and a group of Seattle-area techies in backing Unitus Seed Fund. 

Source: Economic Times

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November 13, 2014

Deal Alert: Online clothing brand VoxPop raises Rs.6-Cr in fresh funding

Web-only merchandising brand VoxPop Clothing has raised INR 6 crore ($1 million) led by existing investor Blume Ventures. The funds would be utilised to increase product category in higher margin products, ramp up team and widen brand partnerships. The online portal develops and retails limited edition T-shirts in partnership with global and domestic entertainment and sports brands like Disney, Marvel and Mumbai City Football Club. Blume along with other investors had made a $400,000 (INR 2.4 crore) investment in the company last year.

 
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Deal Alert: YourNest, Udaan Angel Partners invest in online ads firm NLPCaptcha

Simpli5d Technologies, which operates digital ad platforms like NLPCaptcha, NLPVideo and NLPMobile, has raised seed funding led by Your Nest Angel Fund with participation from Udaan Angel Partners. The funds would be primarily used for building the team, product & infrastructure enhancement and expanding operations to new geographies. Rammohan Sundaram, CEO - IbiboAds at ibibo Group, had joined the company's board in March 2013, regulatory filings reveal. 

Source: Nextbigwhat
 
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Deal Alert: USF invests in e-marketplace operator for mini-trucks Blowhorn

Unitus Seed Fund has led the seed round investment in Bangalore-based Blowhorn, an online marketplace for last mile logistics. Blowhorn offers a tech platform connecting owners of mini-trucks to consumers who want to move goods. Blowhorn’s technology is currently being offered in Bangalore and can used by both consumers and by truck owners & drivers, to move goods or household possessions around the city. 

Source: Nextbigwhat.com

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November 12, 2014

"Incremental reforms will push up growth, but fail the youth": Former Chief Economic Adviser Shankar Acharya

Writing in Business Standard, former chief economic adviser to the government Shankar Acharya has evaluated the notable economic and financial developments during the first six months of Modi Sarkaar. Extracts:
Both the July Budget and subsequent developments have made plain this government's aversion to attempting "big bang reforms" through legislative amendments to populist entitlement laws (rural employment, food security, education), the onerous new land acquisition act, the Indira Gandhi vintage, job-destroying central labour laws or even the notorious, retrospective "Vodafone amendment". However, since the disappointing July Budget, clear signs of a pragmatic, incremental approach to policy improvements have emerged.
...Will incrementalism work? That's the big question. As Zhou Enlai reportedly said about the success of the French Revolution, it's too early to tell. One has also to ask whether there really is an alternative? The so-called "big bang reforms" of the early 1990s relied more on administrative measures (within the framework of extant legal authority) than on legislative changes. The latter are always more challenging for a government, especially when the ruling party is far short of a majority in the Rajya Sabha. One can also take hope from Mr Jaitley's recent reported statements that where legislative amendments are deemed essential (as perhaps in the case of the land acquisition act), they will be vigorously pursued.
My guess is that this multi-strand, incrementalist approach could achieve quite a lot. Economic growth may rise from 5-5.5 per cent this year to 6-6.5 per cent in 2015-16 and perhaps cross seven per cent by 2016-17. But such improvement will not yield the pace of job creation that the "youth bulge" requires. For that we need a more urgent and focused dismantling of constraints to labour-intensive manufacturing, whether they be labour laws, infrastructure deficiencies, foreign trade restrictions or skill shortages.
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Deal Alert: Kalaari Capital leads Series A funding for online payments firm Instamojo

Kalaari Capital is leading the Series A funding for Mumbai-based Instamojo with participation from existing investors Blume Ventures and 500Startups. Two-year-old Instamojo helps small business owners, like private tutors and office lunch service operators, collect payment directly from their customers by sharing a link through their website, social media and mobile channels such as SMS or WhatsApp.


 
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Deal Alert: Outbox Ventures, angels invest $400-K in travel site Tripoto

Travel community portal Tripoto has raised seed level funding of $400,000 led by Outbox Ventures with participation from Palaash Ventures and angel investors. Tripoto provides a platform for travellers to share and discover travel itineraries & stories, plan their trips, upload travel photos and maps, write reviews and connect with like-minded individuals. Angel investors that participated in this round include Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal – Founders of Snapdeal; Sachin Bhatia – Founder, Makemytrip; Shanti Mohan – Founder, LetsVenture; Nikunj Jain – Founder, Inoxapps; Arvind Vohra – Director, Gionee India and Romi Mahajan. 

Tripoto was founded in 2013 by ISB alumni Michael Lyngdoh and Anirudh Gupta. The website claims around 300,000 monthly unique visitors and over 650,000 unique page views.

 
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Deal Alert: Nexus Venture Partners invests in SDN Analytics company Arkin Net

Arkin Net is coming out of stealth mode with $7 million in funding, led by Nexus Venture Partners,to revolutionize the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) market – projected to be $8B by 2018. Arkin Net is building the industry’s first multi-vendor SDN operations platform that will transform how enterprises operate their software-defined datacenters. With Google-like ease-of-use, organizations will have an entirely new way to search, view and share operational data without spending significant time or money on retraining their staff. 

Enterprises moving to software-defined datacentersface a big challenge

As organizations adopt a software-defined datacenter strategy, they are virtualizing their networks.The operational visibility required to successfully maintain these new software-defined networks is non-existent; the transition from initial deployment to day-to day operations is the biggest challenge. IT departments quickly realize that they are missing the right solution and will need to spend vast amounts of money on retooling and retraining. The overall approach to network operations is stuck in the old command prompt world; it’s time for a new way – a better, smarter, faster way. 

Enter Arkin Net with a consumer approach to an enterprise problem

Google changed the way you look for information, Twitter changed the way you get your news alerts and Pinterest changed how you share - why not apply these simple consumer principles to enterprise software? With a consumer approach, the Arkin Net platform will enable enterprises to analyze, visualize and share operational data as easily as a Google search. This fresh approach brings unprecedented visibility across the physical and virtual layers, breaking the traditional IT silos. 

“At Arkin Net we live by one guiding principle - make software-defined datacenter operations simple and effortless, regardless of the vendor or strategy a customer has chosen,” said Shiv Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder of Arkin Net. “With networking evolving and network operations stuck in the past, a truly transformational approach is needed. And to realize this, we have assembled a diverse, highly skilled team of datacenter, networking, big data and consumer design experts. The excitement is real and the momentum we are seeing from our initial customers validates our approach and belief.” Arkin Net is testing its groundbreaking solution with several large enterprise customers, and is refining its platform to prepare for a product launch. 

"As we introduce SDN into our own and our customer’s data centers, physical and virtual visibility is important," said Dr. Masahisa Kawashima, Vice-President at NTT i3.“Arkin Net is vital to our datacenter strategy and willchange the way networks are analyzed, visualized and operated in the future.” 

The funding round was led by Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from industry veterans including, B.V. Jagadeesh (Ex-CEO NetScaler and Nutanix Investor), Alan Cohen (Chief Commercial Officer of Illumio, Ex-VP Nicira) and Semil Shahof Haystack Fund. 

“Software-defined networks are core to the evolution of software-defined datacenters (SDDC). Arkin Net's data driven approach subsumes the inherent complexities and brings in consumer grade simplicity to SDDC operations,” said Jishnu Bhattacharjee, Managing Director at Nexus Venture Partners. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the Arkin Net team to help build a seminal company unlocking the power of next generation data centers.” 

About Arkin Net

Arkin Net is removing complexity and modernizing the operations of software-defined datacenters. With a modern consumer approach, the Arkin Net multi-vendor SDN operationsplatform operates seamlessly across virtual and physical layers,breaking traditional IT silos and providing unprecedented visibility. Based in Mountain ViewCA and Pune India, Arkin Net was founded by Virtualization and Big Data Experts and is backed by Nexus Venture Partners as well as several industry luminaries. For more information or to receive updates, please visit us at www.arkin.net or send e-mail to press@arkin.net. Follow us on twitter at @arkinnet. 

About Nexus Venture Partners

Nexus Venture Partners is India’s leading venture capital fund, with offices in India and Silicon Valley. Nexus team consists of entrepreneurs who have founded and scaled large global companies. The team has invested in a variety of companies leading to numerous successful public offerings and M&A transactions. It has over $600mn under management with an active portfolio of over 50 companies across Technology, Internet, Media, Consumer, and Business Services sectors. The Nexus team plays an active role in helping entrepreneurs and management teams build market leading businesses. Nexus partner companies include Cloud.com (acquired by Citrix), Gluster (acquired by Red Hat), Komli, Pubmatic, DimDim (acquired by Salesforce), Snapdeal.com, Netmagic (acquired by NTT Com), Unmetric, ScaleArc. 


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November 11, 2014

Deal Alert: Bookmycab acquires Hyderabad's CabonClick.com

Mumbai-based Bookmycab.com has acquired Hyderabad-based CabonClick.com, an fellow online taxi booking service provider. The acquisition gives Bookmycab access to over 150 cabs. Bookmycab plans to increase the number up to 1,000 in a span of six months.

Source: Business Standard


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November 07, 2014

Selling a Rs.400 bulb for Rs.10 and other Brilliant Ideas to Reduce the Fiscal Deficit

Dr. Ajay Shah has timely and extremely well argued post on the government's plans to subsidise LED bulbs costing Rs.400 to be sold for Rs.10! Hopefully the decision makers will take note and switch off this yet-another-money-sucker-in-making proposal before it, well, sees light of the day. Extracts from Dr. Shah's post:
The guiding question, in all design of government, should be: What's the market failure? I am not able to see a market failure in the working of the market for LED bulbs.
...Energy efficiency is just one part of economic efficiency. An LED lamp is a big up front payment and then a stream of gains in the future. Whether the LED lamp is worth putting in depends on (a) The magnitude of each gain (i.e. how much you use that lamp) and (b) The discount rate. If the interest rate is high, it will make sense to buy a Tungsten bulb instead. 
...we should be hard headed in how we thinking about what government does. Most of what government in India does is not the job of government; most of what government ought to do in India is not being done. The rocket science that we require in India is the great organising principle of the market economy -- the Bond-Currency-Derivatives Nexus.
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November 06, 2014

Why Everyone & His Uncle Likes Doing Dr.Raghuram Rajan's Job

Every time a monetary policy review is round the corner (like now), everybody from the Finance Minister to twitter-friendly industrialists decide to front run Dr.Rajan to get media attention. In a new column titled "Celebrity central bankers" Prof. Kenneth Rogoff, who like Dr. Rajan is a former chief economist of the IMF, says "much discussion of central-bank pronouncements and decisions grossly exaggerates their economic significance" and highlights some vested interests that benefit from the hoopla. Extracts (emphasis mine):
For starters, the public perception that central bankers are omniscient makes them an attractive whipping boy for politicians. Moreover, the digital revolution in media has elevated the role of business news, one of the few profit centres for print and broadcast journalism in many countries. Central bankers' pronouncements are of interest to businesspeople - especially in the financial sector - and businesspeople are of interest to advertisers.
Finally, and perhaps least appreciated, is the fact that central-bank policy pronouncements are almost unique in having clear and predictable effects on financial markets, at least in the very short run (which can be a day or less)..And with trillions of dollars swirling around global financial markets, this predictability creates a fat target, with investors willing to make massive bets when they are pretty sure they are right, even if the profit for each dollar is small.
...It is not as if they change interest rates all of the time. Nor have they developed new, more robust models for analysing the economy. On the contrary, major central banks' growth and inflation forecasts in the years since the financial crisis have consistently overestimated both growth and inflation - and by wide margins.
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Deal Alert: Paypal Start Tank to incubate two new start-ups

PayPal India has selected two new tech start-ups - Clockwork Interviews Pvt Ltd and Demach Software India Pvt Ltd - for its ‘Start Tank’ Incubation Center in Chennai from among 11 other startups that presented their business pitch at the Start Tank Incubation Challenge final on October 31, 2014. The selection was organized as part of PitchFest in partnership with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Chennai. Clockwork Interviews is a hiring analytics company. Demach Software is the maker of Konotor, an user-engagement solution for mobile apps. 

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Deal Alert: POPxo.com secures INR 3 Cr from Rajan Anandan, Chennai Angels, others

Google India Head Rajan Anandan, Chennai Angels (represented by CaratLane’s Mithun Sancheti), Hussein Kkanji and others have invested INR 3 crore in POPxo.com, a 7-month old digital lifestyle website focused on women. Started by Priyanka Gill, a lifestyle journalist and Namrata Bostrom, a management consultant, POPxo claims to have crossed more than a million users and gets more than 4 million page views monthly. It is currently run by a team of 10 women based out of Delhi and Mumbai. 

Source: Yourstory.com
 
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November 04, 2014

Deal Alert: Kalaari leads $2-M Series A for real estate portal Grabhouse

Grabhouse, the property search and listings site owned by Mumbai-based Cryptopy Technologies, is raising $2 million in a Series A round of funding led by Kalaari Capital. Seed stage investor India Quotient will participate in the round.

From the Venture Intelligence PE Deal database: India Quotient had invested in Grabhouse in Nov-13 and Jul-14. 

 
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Deal Alert: Nexus invests in big-data powered marketing SAAS company: Blueshift

Blueshift Labs, a big data-powered marketing SaaS company, today announced that it has raised a $2.6 million Series-Seed round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Nexus Venture Partnerswith participation from angel investors including Tim Kopp (former CMO of ExactTarget), Neil Tolaney(Personalization Mall.com and former investor at Technology Crossover Ventures), and Anand Rajaramanand Venky Harinarayan (founders of Kosmix, @WalmartLabs, Junglee and MilliwaysVentures). 

Blueshift’s Predictive Marketing Automation software enables ecommerce marketers to convert visitors into repeat buyers and increase activation& retention rates. By using Blueshift, marketers can easily create behaviorally targeted campaigns across multiple channels including email, Display RTB and mobile push notifications. By abstracting away heavy-duty data science into actionable intelligence, Blueshift helps marketers zoom in on the right customers with the highest purchase intent, and helps craft the right combination of products and promotions for each user.

The prevalence of data-driven marketing is undeniable. According to Gartner, CMOs are projected to spend more on IT than CIOs by 2017. “Blueshift’s mission is to enable marketers to use the power of big fast data to build deeper relationships with their customers,” said Vijay Chittoor, co-founder & CEO of Blueshift. “Customers are interacting with brands and e-tailers across multiple digital touchpoints and CMOs are increasingly realizing the need to develop unified cross-channel communication with their users.” 

Blueshift has demonstrated strong results with beta customers like Naturebox, an Internet Retailer 500 company. “Blueshift has become an essential partner for us in improving retention & activation rates. With a very easy integration, we are able to run multiple automated campaigns on email & Display RTB, all powered by Blueshift's segmentation,” said Kenneth Chen, co-founder & CMO of Naturebox. “We are seeing upto 148 percenthigher conversion rates when we use Blueshift’s predictive intelligence in our campaigns. Blueshift truly feels like a product built for marketers by marketers.” 

The Blueshift team is comprised of an experienced group of marketers who led the development of platforms that drove $3 billion in gross annual sales at Walmart &Groupon; they have a deep background in applying big data to help brands and e-tailers engage with their customers. 

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to partner with the team as they pioneer Predictive Marketing Automation for e-commerce,” said Kittu Kolluri, general partner at NEA. 

"Blueshift's data driven workflow automation vastly simplifies the complexities that B2C marketers are facing with explosion of data and proliferation of channels," says Jishnu Bhattacharjee, managing director at Nexus Venture Partners. 

About Blueshift Labs

San Francisco-based Blueshift Labs is the leader in Multichannel Predictive Marketing Automation for ecommerce. Using the power of behavioral targeting and predictive analysis, Blueshift enables ecommerce marketers to convert visitors to their site and app into repeat buyers. The Company is funded by prominent venture capital and angel investors, including New Enterprise Associates, Nexus Venture Partners & Great Oaks VC. 

About NEA 

New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) is a global venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors and geographies. With approximately $13 billion in committed capital, NEA invests in technology and healthcare companies at all stages in a company’s lifecycle, from seed stage through IPO. The firm's long track record of successful investing includes more than 195 portfolio company IPOs and more than 320 acquisitions since its founding in 1977. In the U.S., NEA has offices in Menlo Park, CA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition, New Enterprise Associates (India) Pvt. Ltd. has offices in Bangalore and Mumbai, India and New Enterprise Associates (Beijing), Ltd. has offices in Beijing and Shanghai, China. For additional information, visit www.nea.com. 

About Nexus Venture Partners 

Nexus Venture Partners is a leading Venture Capital firm with over $600mn under management, and an active portfolio of over 50 companies across technology, Internet, media, consumer, and business services sectors. The team has invested in a variety of companies leading to numerous successful public offerings and M&A transactions. Nexus portfolio companies include Cloud.com, Gluster, Pubmatic, DimDim, helpshift, 0xdata, Elastic Box, Snapdeal.com, Netmagic, Druva and Unmetric. To learn more about Nexus Venture Partners, visit:www.nexusvp.com. 

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November 03, 2014

Deal Alert: Vishal Gondal invests in Flipsicle

KK Raghava founded Flipsicle, a New York-based startup focused on creating a new kind of social network, has attracted $2 million in angel funding from 10-12 investors, including Vishal Gondal, founder and CEO of technology and fitness firm, GoQii, Neeraj Arora of Whatsapp, and Kleiner Perkins' design partner John Maeda. The venture wants to build a social network that brings together different perspectives on a variety of subjects. It does that by allowing users to ask questions and respond to them with pictures. 

 
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Deal Alert: Khosla incubates start-up to enable bank transactions via kirana stores

Khosla Labs, launched by investor Vinod Khosla, has incubated a technology startup to drive financial inclusion Novopay Solutions in Bangalore under the guidance of Srikanth Nadamuni. Novopay is a mobile payment company that uses the Aadhaar biometric scanner to allow people to conduct banking transactions from neighborhood shops. Novopay has launched services in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore, and plans to offer them across the country. 


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