1947 Tech 🇮🇳: 116
Once a week newsletter: Insights on Tech, markets, startups, venture capital, and foreign investments in India
1. Donald Trump’s H-1B visa suspension: An explainer
This will hurt the US economy but on the other side, it will enhance the Indian economy.
We in India have already rolled the red carpet for our bright and hard-working talent who is looking to move back.
Come back and LET’S BUILD!
Let’s build the tech ecosystem in India, Let’s build India.
Ash Lilani @AshLilaniI keep thinking of @1kunalbahl today and how a US visa issue led him to come home and be a catalyst in the creation of @snapdeal. I hope we see many many more such success stories come out of this. US's loss and India's gain.
2. Zerodha’s Rs 60–65 crore Esops buyback plan values firm at $1 billion
Discount brokerage Zerodha will spend Rs 60–65 crore ($9M) to buy back employee stock ownership plans (Esops) this year, at a self-assessed enterprise value of Rs 7,000 crore, or around $1 billion.
This is significant because it’s the first time that a valuation is being ascribed to Zerodha, which has never picked up external capital.
There is so much room to grow in this space. To put things in perspective:
India is an emerging market and has one of the lowest retail investor participation in the world, standing at 4.45%. The US, in contrast, has almost 50% participation.
3. Ashish Gupta, the angel who struck gold in Flipkart sale to Walmart
Not many people know about Ashish Gupta as he keeps it very low keep.
He might be the most successful angel investor in India.
Ashish Gupta was the first angel investor in Flipkart who invested Rs10 lakh ($14k) in 2009, stands to make $20 million
Gupta stands to make an even bigger killing from his bet on software maker MuSigma in which he again made an angel investment, albeit a larger one than his Flipkart bet, and got an exit at roughly $50 million
A few tweets:
Worth your attention:
Abu Dhabi state investor Mubadala plans to grow Asia portfolio Link
Angel investors urge Indian startups to identify growth opportunities amidst the COVID-19 crisis Link
Funding from Chinese investors may dry up for Indian startups Link
AngelList’s ‘Carta for India’ product helps startups manage cap table and employee grants for free Link
Zomato’s Pankaj Chaddah announces the launch of his startup — Mindhouse Link