Ranju Sarkar

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Ratan Tata's start-up scorecard: 41 hits, 2 misses

Ratan Tata's start-up scorecard: 41 hits, 2 misses

Rediff.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 debt

Why investors are putting their money on venture debt

Rediff.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 unicorn

With $150 mn funding, BigBasket is the latest unicorn

Rediff.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'

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 cautious

Why angel investors have turned cautious

Rediff.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 survival

As big funds vanish, start-ups stare at M&A for survival

Rediff.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'

'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-ups

Why top angel investors are going slow on funding start-ups

Rediff.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 & vineyards

Analjit Singh to raise Rs 2,000 cr for boutique hotels & vineyards

Rediff.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 career

How students can pick the right college course for their career

Rediff.com2 Jan 2018

Univariety offers career guidance that is rooted in the real world.

The march of the millennial food brands

The march of the millennial food brands

Rediff.com26 Nov 2017

Start-ups line up food street with new-age menu.

Consumer firms catch the fancy of venture capitalists

Consumer firms catch the fancy of venture capitalists

Rediff.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 scientist

6 million reasons why you should know this cancer scientist

Rediff.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 seekers

This start-up can help the next 100 million loan seekers

Rediff.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 Indians

Step aside, Siri & Alexa: Liv.Ai understands Indians

Rediff.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 rules

Sebi lens on angels could lead to crowdfunding rules

Rediff.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!

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 store

Why India loves a one-stop beauty store

Rediff.com5 Jul 2017

Right marketing and product strategy have helped Falguni Nayar build a beauty retail business.

A time of curiosity for exciting brands

A time of curiosity for exciting brands

Rediff.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-ups

Worst over, funding crunch eases for start-ups

Rediff.com22 Jun 2017

There were fewer Series-B deals this year versus last, but more money was raised

Sowing seeds for fries and profits

Sowing seeds for fries and profits

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

Utkal Tubers is selling potato seeds in new areas and seizing the opportunity to create a Rs 100-crore firm.

Sowing seeds for fries and profits

Sowing seeds for fries and profits

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

Utkal Tubers is selling potato seeds in new areas and seizing the opportunity to create a Rs 100-crore firm.

SoftBank gets ready for 3rd Indian innings

SoftBank gets ready for 3rd Indian innings

Rediff.com25 May 2017

With a new $100-billion technology fund, SoftBank is likely to go after market leaders.

Nowfloats: They help small businesses go online

Nowfloats: They help small businesses go online

Rediff.com16 Mar 2017

Ranju Sarkar finds out more about Nowfloats, the start-up that is used by 240,000 businesses that reach 13 million consumers.

In pursuit of gourmet Asian food

In pursuit of gourmet Asian food

Rediff.com6 Mar 2017

Ranju Sarkar discovers 48East -- a Bengaluru-based food start-up that delivers flavours from 48 Asian countries to your doorstep.

New funds ride fourth wave of venture capital

New funds ride fourth wave of venture capital

Rediff.com2 Mar 2017

The past few years have seen the first cycle of mergers and acquisitions, exits, and track-records being created.

When investors turn entrepreneurs

When investors turn entrepreneurs

Rediff.com9 Feb 2017

Venture capitalists are leveraging their experience to build something new.

'India is the best place globally for ventures over next couple of decades'

'India is the best place globally for ventures over next couple of decades'

Rediff.com7 Feb 2017

In an interview with Ranju Sarkar, the founders of Stellaris Venture Partners -- Ritesh Banglani, Alok Goyal and Rahul Chowdhri -- share discuss their unique founder network and why they are bullish on India.

Ready for the Startup India Learning Programme?

Ready for the Startup India Learning Programme?

Rediff.com18 Jan 2017

The 4 week online learning programme is available in English and Hindi, and will soon be offered in some regional languages.

Start-ups in 2016: A year of funding crunch (and it isn't over yet)

Start-ups in 2016: A year of funding crunch (and it isn't over yet)

Rediff.com30 Dec 2016

Investors spent much of 2016 cleaning house. And a VC tells Ranju Sarkar, "There's still some bad news left in the portfolios (of VC firms). What happens to Ola and Flipkart will drive sentiment in future."

Private equity exits: 12 quick takeaways

Private equity exits: 12 quick takeaways

Rediff.com27 Dec 2016

Total exit value breached the $10 billion mark for the first time to touch $10.3 billion this calendar, from $9.4 billion in 2015

Platform deals see a big push from investors

Platform deals see a big push from investors

Rediff.com17 Nov 2016

Decision to build or buy a platform is a function of price but buyouts are helping large investors create a medium and influence outcomes.

Tatas might find it tough to get an outsider

Tatas might find it tough to get an outsider

Rediff.com26 Oct 2016

Tatas' best bet would be to find an insider who understands the systems, say headhunters

Nandan Nilekani commits 5% assets to start-ups

Nandan Nilekani commits 5% assets to start-ups

Rediff.com12 Sep 2016

Invests $50 mn in 11 entities in just over a year, commits $25 mn more; prefers putting money in firms trying to solve India-specific problems

Is India Inc well equipped to tackle fraud?

Is India Inc well equipped to tackle fraud?

Rediff.com26 Aug 2016

57% of the respondents indicated that their organisations did not conduct independent fraud risk assessment

Not just Nikesh Arora, many execs move out from VC firms

Not just Nikesh Arora, many execs move out from VC firms

Rediff.com4 Aug 2016

People move from investment banking to growth equity or from venture capital to growth equity or entrepreneurship, depending on what's attractive at different points of life.

Airtel tops transparency chart in corporate reporting

Airtel tops transparency chart in corporate reporting

Rediff.com12 Jul 2016

Tata companies perform well while major firms in emerging markets do badly.

Why are start-ups getting less money?

Why are start-ups getting less money?

Rediff.com30 Jun 2016

However, seed-stage deals have shrunk less this year than VC rounds.

How Lenskart is defying the start-up trend

How Lenskart is defying the start-up trend

Rediff.com23 May 2016

The eyewear market in India is worth $3 billion.

Indian garment companies help Bangla tiger roar

Indian garment companies help Bangla tiger roar

Rediff.com18 Apr 2016

More than Indian exporters, it is Indian business families based in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong which have exploited the Bangladesh advantage

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