After lurching from one disaster to another in 2016, Japan’s Softbank is hitting all the right notes this year.
Flipkart, the country’s largest e-commerce marketplace, has received an investment of $2.5 billion from SoftBank Vision Fund, giving it the much-required arsenal to continue in pole position for the next 18-24 months, as it fends off competition from global behemoth Amazon.
SoftBank’s new $93 bn Vision Fund is putting $2.5 bn into online retailer Flipkart, in the biggest private investment to date in India’s technology sector.
Online retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt. is said to be close to a merger with smaller rival Snapdeal as it looks to fend off Amazon.com Inc. Yet, that may not be enough in a battle with the deep-pocketed American giant that has caught up with the homegrown rival.
Hike Messenger’s new office at the Aerocity in Delhi was designed by Kavin Mittal, its 27-year-old CEO. That is in keeping with Mittal’s career choices; he chooses to build his own things. He could have joined any of the several businesses of Bharti Enterprises, which his father Sunil controls. But Kavin Mittal chose to build a new one, though he kept it under Bharti’s equal-stakes venture with Japan’s telecom and Internet giant SoftBank.