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Startups scaling faster, back to back two $100 million rounds within 3 months, Zetwerk, PhonePe, and more!
1. Indian gaming platform Mobile Premier League valued at $945M in $95M fundraise
The time it takes for startups to reach scale has reduced massively in India.
India has 500 million internet users
Cheapest data globally
India accounts for 14% of global app installs
India has the most sophisticated only payments infrastructure globally
The digital infrastructure is available. If you have a great product-market fit, you can scale at a lightning speed.
MPL is a great example.
From $0 to $950M valuation within 27 months of existence.
Mobile Premier League (MPL) has raised $95 million in a new financing round, just five months after it secured $90 million as the two-and-a-half-year-old Bangalore-based esports and gaming platform looks to grow in international markets.
The new $95 million round, a Series D, was led by Composite Capital and Moore Strategic Ventures and gave the Indian startup a post-money valuation of $945 million, it said.
2. Google-backed Dailyhunt and Josh’s parent firm raises over $100 million
Dailyhunt and short video app Josh, said on Monday it has raised over $100 million as part of a Series H financing round from Qatar Investment Authority and Glade Brook Capital Partners.
The announcement follows another $100 million+ investment the startup secured from Google, AlphaWave, and Microsoft in December last year. That tranche of investment, also part of Series H, had turned Dailyhunt into a unicorn (giving it a valuation of $1 billion or higher). The startup has to-date raised about $430 million.
Dailyhunt, co-run by Virendra Gupta and former Facebook India head Umang Bedi, is a popular news and entertainment app that serves more than 285 million users each day in 14 local languages in India.
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MediBuddy raises $40 million in Series B funding link
Indian health tech startup Phable raises $12 million to serve patients with chronic conditions link
Sugar Cosmetics closes Series C funding round, valuation doubles link