All stories by Ranju Sarkar
Ratan Tata's start-up scorecard: 41 hits, 2 missesRediff.com7 Jun 2019
These start-ups include high-growth companies such as Ola, Paytm, Lenskart, UrbanClap and Urban Ladder. Nearly half of these have gone on to raise follow-on funding, a key measure of success for start-ups. A few have become unicorns, the term for start-ups valued at $1 billion or more.
Why investors are putting their money on venture debtRediff.com27 May 2019
In 2018, venture debt providers cumulatively deployed Rs 1,300 crore. This year, the market is expected to absorb venture debt of Rs 1,800 crore to Rs 2,000 crore. So what makes this asset class so attractive?
With $150 mn funding, BigBasket is the latest unicornRediff.com7 May 2019
Bigbasket's founder V S Sudhakar said his company was reengineering its supply chain to allow for faster delivery to its resellers and to reduce the time from farm to customer.
SoftBank on prowl to woo 'future stars'Rediff.com19 Mar 2019
Keen to back start-ups while they are half-unicorns, SoftBank plans to invest $100 million in a firm with $500-million valuation.
Why angel investors have turned cautiousRediff.com31 Jan 2019
The 'angel tax' and notices to start-ups and angel investors from the income tax department was certainly a dampener. However, a bigger factor is the lack of exits.
As big funds vanish, start-ups stare at M&A for survivalRediff.com9 Mar 2018
Experts argue that the top two players in each category will receive funding sooner or later, but for laggards, the market is still challenging
'For every house built, three to five jobs are created'Rediff.com3 Mar 2018
In an email interview with Ranju Sarkar, International Finance Corporation's South Asia director Mengistu Alemayehu explains why the firm is bullish on building affordable homes in India.
Why top angel investors are going slow on funding start-upsRediff.com25 Jan 2018
Few angels have seen exits; till that happens, they won't be rushing to invest again.
Analjit Singh to raise Rs 2,000 cr for boutique hotels & vineyardsRediff.com24 Jan 2018
Four years after setting up a "home away from home" in the Franschhoek winelands of Cape Town, he is increasing his investments in the hospitality sector in South Africa.
How students can pick the right college course for their careerRediff.com2 Jan 2018
Univariety offers career guidance that is rooted in the real world.
The march of the millennial food brandsRediff.com26 Nov 2017
Start-ups line up food street with new-age menu.
Consumer firms catch the fancy of venture capitalistsRediff.com15 Nov 2017
As consumers in India seek variety and innovative products, there's a lot of interest among investors for healthier products.
6 million reasons why you should know this cancer scientistRediff.com27 Sep 2017
Dr Manjiri Bakre's OncoStem is revolutionising breast cancer treatment. And has raised $6 million to do more!
This start-up can help the next 100 million loan seekersRediff.com22 Sep 2017
Credit Vidya helps lenders assess credit and fraud risk for thin-file and new-to-credit customers.
Step aside, Siri & Alexa: Liv.Ai understands IndiansRediff.com6 Sep 2017
Liv.Ai makes speech recognition software that allows people to transact in their native languages.
Sebi lens on angels could lead to crowdfunding rulesRediff.com9 Aug 2017
Sebi wants angel networks to follow public and private placement norms
Byju's, Ola, Flipkart: One Chinese company is investing millions in them!Rediff.com8 Aug 2017
Tencent reinforces India's consumer internet story. Ranju Sarkar reports.
Why India loves a one-stop beauty storeRediff.com5 Jul 2017
Right marketing and product strategy have helped Falguni Nayar build a beauty retail business.
A time of curiosity for exciting brandsRediff.com23 Jun 2017
As the funnel of good-quality early-stage companies are built, mid-stage and growth capital always follows, says Fireside Ventures founder Kanwaljit Singh.
Worst over, funding crunch eases for start-upsRediff.com22 Jun 2017
There were fewer Series-B deals this year versus last, but more money was raised