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1. SoftBank-Backed Fintech Startup Seeks $3.5 Billion Value in IPO
Sometimes all you need is one event that can set the narrative for the future decades to come.
Policybazaar going public could be the narrative setting event for the Indian tech ecosystem.
Online insurance platform Policybazaar aims to go public in 2021 at a valuation north of $3.5 billion, potentially becoming the first of India’s mega-startups to debut as its digital economy booms.
The startup plans to secure about $250 million in a round of financing at a $2 billion-plus valuation before a September 2021 initial public offering, co-founder Yashish Dahiya told Bloomberg News.
2. Zoom to open technology center in Bengaluru
“India is a strategically important country for Zoom and we expect to see continued growth and investment here,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom. “We plan to hire key employees for the technology center over the next few years, pulling from India’s highly-educated engineering talent pool. This facility will play a critical role in Zoom’s continued growth.”
3. After Pichai, IBM’s Arvind Krishna dials PM to talk India plans
IBM has committed to increase investments in India, the technology company’s chief executive Arvind Krishna told Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a video conference call on Monday.
IBM has over 100,000 employees in India working for its global operations as well as the local market. In fiscal year 2019, IBM India reported revenues of $3.8 billion.
India-born Krishna, who took over as CEO of IBM in April, also expressed confidence in the PM’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) and briefed him about his company’s investment plans in India
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Snapchat’s India daily user base more than doubled in Q2: Evan Spiegel Link
Netflix expands its India content slate with eight new original titles Link
Saas-based Zeotap raises $42 Mn Series C funding round Link
MPowered raises $21 million from group of US-based HNIs Link
Trell set to raise $10 Mn Series A round led by Samsung and KTBN Link
Deep connected vehicles startup Sibros raises $12M led by Nexus Venture Partners Link
Bijnis bags $10 million funding led by Matrix, Sequoia Link