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Indian-origin founders, TikTok India, Twitter India, Grofers going public through SPAC and more!
1. At two buzzy US startups, Indian-origin founders
Their rise marks a shift from the Indian-American dream of past decades, when the ideal career path would see a techie secure stable jobs at large and profitable IT companies and rise up the ranks. While Indian-American executives have had a dream run helming storied tech companies — Google, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe are all currently led by such leaders — success stories as founders at major startups have been less common
“Indians are part of the cultural fabric of Silicon Valley today, and there is a mild stereotype that an Indian will be successful owing to their legacy with tech in the Valley. In the 80s, Indians did face heavy discrimination, and they were considered ‘outliers’. But the community came together and uplifted each other,” said India-American technology entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa
2. ByteDance in Talks to Sell Its Indian TikTok Assets
ByteDance Ltd. is said to be exploring a sale of the India operations of TikTok to rival unicorn Glance, in an attempt to resuscitate the once-thriving short video sharing app that’s been banned indefinitely in the South Asian nation.
The discussions have been initiated by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. conglomerate, according to people familiar with the talks, who declined to be identified because the talks are private as well as early and complex. SoftBank is a backer of Glance’s parent InMobi Pte as well as TikTok’s Chinese parent, ByteDance.
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