Tiger Global’s Stake In Razorpay To Increase With ESOP Buyback Plan

US-based hedge fund and venture investor Tiger Global Management is buying back the shares of 140 employees at payments firm Razorpay via an employee stock option (ESOP) plan, a statement by the Bengaluru-based startup said. The investor is buying the…

A Tech Billionaire and The Case of The Bumbling Blackmailers

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has a reputation as a rough place, with one of the highest levels of crime in the country. In May, a dozen local politicians received WhatsApp messages that threatened harm to their families unless they paid $14,000. Yet…

India Has Already Hit Record Number of $1 Billion Startups This Year

You get a clear sense of Policybazaar’s target audience the first time you watch Yama, the Hindu god of death, drag a bedridden man to hell for failing to buy insurance. In a series of melodramatic TV spots, the fearsome deity,…

Visa, Mastercard, Amex In Breach As Deadline For Data Localisation Passes

As the deadline for payment companies to comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) data localisation rule ran out, major payment network players, including Visa and Mastercard, were in breach. While there was no official word on the status…

Digging Deeper – Data localisation: RBI deadline ends

The RBI's deadline of 15 October for all payment system operators to comply with the central bank’s data localisation norms just went by. Companies like Visa, American Express, Facebook, PayPal, Mastercard, Google and WhatsApp are required, as per the Reserve…

Visa, Mastercard, Amex In Breach As Deadline For Data Localisation Passes

As the deadline for payment companies to comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) data localisation rule ran out, major payment network players, including Visa and Mastercard, were in breach. While there was no official word on the status…

RBI Unlikely To Extend Oct 15 Deadline On Data Localisation

The Reserve Bank of India is unlikely to extend the October 15 deadline for the payments ecosystem players to set up a facility to store transaction-related data in India. Those players that do not comply with the central bank’s April…

Walmart’s Acquisition of Flipkart – Key Questions Answered

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MapmyIndia 2.0: Battling For Supremacy

A long-drawn battle for supremacy is underway in India’s online navigation space and the country’s oldest mapmaker, MapmyIndia, is busy readying its war chest to slug it out. MapmyIndia, owned by CE Info Systems that was founded by the husband-wife…

As MapmyIndia enters Google territory, can it beat the Goliath of internet?

It was a late January morning. Bitter winter had just taken leave of Delhi. Rakesh Verma, founder and CEO of MapmyIndia, settled down in his Jaguar, tapped on the built-in navigator and entered the destination: Kailash Colony Metro Station, barely…

WhatsApp: The New Business Card, Storefront, And Cash Register

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“WhatsApp wins India’s payment wars!” No. That’s fake news.

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After A Stormy 2016, Softbank Has Smartly But Cautiously Picked Up The Pieces In India

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Snapdeal Ends Merger Talks With Flipkart; To Go Solo

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Did Axis Bank Lap Up FreeCharge For A Song, Or Pay A Tad Too Much?

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India Contributes To Amazon’s 77% Profit Plunge: Why Company Will Still Continue To Invest Here

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Axis Bank buys FreeCharge for USD 60 Million

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Can FreeCharge Be The Trump Card For Amazon’s India Play?

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Amazon Pay Gets $20 Mn From Parent, Rolls Out Third-Party Payment Services

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WhatsApp Has Business Chat, Payment Sectors In Its Sights

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Digital Payments: Paytm’s Biggest Contender Will Be WhatsApp Or Amazon?

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Amazon Pay Plans Mobile Recharges, Could Be Tough Competition For Paytm, MobiKwik

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MobiKwik Stops Cashback To Start Loyalty Programme, Reduce Burn By 25%

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Is This Flipkart’s Last Fundraise On Road To IPO?

India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart’s recent fundraise of $1.4 billion (around Rs 9,000 crore), the biggest-ever in the country’s burgeoning consumer internet sector, has undoubtedly filled its coffers for now, but it also begs some important questions. Will this be…

India’s E-Commerce Groups Urge To Stop Alibaba

A decade after allowing Amazon to start what would become India's largest online marketplace, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal appealed for government protection against his former employer. "Alibaba could approach the e-commerce unit as a complement to Paytm's core business, hoping…

How Start-Ups Die Plop!

Start-ups, the playfield of the young and the restless, have had a hard reality check. Sanchit Vir Gogia, Founder & CEO, Greyhound Knowledge Group, calls 2016 “a year of anxi­ety” for Indian start-ups, with “a much-needed mar­ket correction” that saw…

Indian Startups Should Focus On Sustainability, Stop Chasing Unicorn Tag

The next company that is being greenlighted to enter the prestigious Unicorn club of startups is Oyo Rooms, a SoftBank-backed budget hotel aggregator. On Oyo’s likelihood of becoming a unicorn, Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and CEO, Greyhound Research, said…

Are Job Cuts At Snapdeal A Precursor To Its Merger With Alibaba And Paytm?

If Snapdeal follows the rule of the game, the company would deny any kind of merger talks with rival Paytm, or with investor Alibaba, unless a deal is concluded, at least verbally. “It will offer a new lease of life…

Uber-Reliance Jio Partnership Signals Larger Battle In Mobile Wallets

Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio’s partnership with Uber, the American cab-hailing company announced on Monday, signals a larger battle in the mobile wallet space where Paytm leads with over 160 million users. Airtel could not gather the critical user base while…

Dance Of The Damned: Is The Paytm Founder Celebrating Too Soon?

At 43, Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s energy level is palpable, as he danced on “Malhari” the song from actor Ranveer Singh’s movie Bajirao Mastani, at the annual Paytm event. But Sharma forgot that in the era of internet, on which Paytm’s…