TechStory https://techstory.in Everything about tech entrepreneurs , startups, businesses and more! Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:54:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://i1.wp.com/techstory.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-Screen-Shot-2016-08-15-at-3.06.44-PM.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 TechStory https://techstory.in 32 32 85994639 Ability Games acquires Ahmedabad-based game development company https://techstory.in/ability-games-acquires-ahmedabad-based-game-development-company/ https://techstory.in/ability-games-acquires-ahmedabad-based-game-development-company/#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:53:42 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311757 Ability Games, a Kolkata based gaming platform, has now acquired an undisclosed stake in the Yudiz Solutions, a development company which is based out of Ahmedabad. The acquisition will allow the Ability Games to stretch out its growth and develop in house games. This will also offer the company the scope for improving the existing […]

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Ability Games, a Kolkata based gaming platform, has now acquired an undisclosed stake in the Yudiz Solutions, a development company which is based out of Ahmedabad.

The acquisition will allow the Ability Games to stretch out its growth and develop in house games. This will also offer the company the scope for improving the existing products as well as to bring innovative gaming products for the gaming audience.

Navneet Makharia, Director of Ability Games, said, “This is a strategic acquisition on the part of Ability Games, keeping in view the future growth prospect of the company. We will now be covering the various line of products in real money gaming, play money gaming, and various sports information. Now all our products will be developed in-house, and we will work on 100 percent proprietary softwares.”

Ability Games was founded in the year 20117 by the Navneet Makharia. It is even aiming to revolutionize the online gaming industry with real online money and play money gaming products.

Some of the major startups in the gaming industry include the League11, Dream11, BalleBaazi, SportsKeeda, HalaPlay, Paytm First Games, and much more.

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ShopKirana secured $10 million in series B round https://techstory.in/shopkirana-secured-10-million-in-series-b-round/ https://techstory.in/shopkirana-secured-10-million-in-series-b-round/#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:47:39 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311754 ShopKirana, which is an Indore based B2B supply chain startup has now secured $10 Million in a funding round of Series B from the Incubate Fund, NPTK Emerging Asia Fund, Better Capital, Info Edge. The platform will be going to be used to expand its presence in some of the major two-tier cities. Sumit Ghorawat, […]

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ShopKirana, which is an Indore based B2B supply chain startup has now secured $10 Million in a funding round of Series B from the Incubate Fund, NPTK Emerging Asia Fund, Better Capital, Info Edge.

The platform will be going to be used to expand its presence in some of the major two-tier cities.

Sumit Ghorawat, cofounder, ShopKirana, said, “ShopKirana platform has the ability to place an international brand in local Kirana stores and has the power to take a local brand to India scale.”

ShopKirana was founded by the Sumit, Deepak, and Tanutejas in the year 2015. Space offers a platform for connecting individuals’ retailers directly with the suppliers.

“ShopKirana empowers small retailers by servicing them better, faster, cheaper, and enabling them to compete against organized retail and eCommerce. The supply chain efficiencies they have brought about using technology and data analytics is industry-leading,” said Kitty Agarwal, head- corporate development/VC at Info Edge.

The website of the company shows that it has 100000 stores across the 30 cities. It even claims to reach more than 50 million customers across the Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, UP, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.

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Flipkart Launches Videos And Instagram-Like Ideas Feed For users https://techstory.in/flipkart-launches-videos-and-instagram-like-ideas-feed-for-users/ https://techstory.in/flipkart-launches-videos-and-instagram-like-ideas-feed-for-users/#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:42:03 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311751 Flipkart, which is a leading eCommerce platform in India, which is based out of Bangalore, has now revealed two new products ‘Flipkart ideas’ and ‘Flipkart Videos.’ While the Flipkart videos is a self-explanatory, Flipkart Ideas is an Instagram meets Pinterest like a feed with the links to buy products and get inspiration. The company explained […]

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Flipkart, which is a leading eCommerce platform in India, which is based out of Bangalore, has now revealed two new products ‘Flipkart ideas’ and ‘Flipkart Videos.’ While the Flipkart videos is a self-explanatory, Flipkart Ideas is an Instagram meets Pinterest like a feed with the links to buy products and get inspiration.

The company explained by saying that the Flipkart Videos will be going to bring up with a curated range of shows, movies, and entertainment series for all its customers.

“Our video content offering is focused on three primary aspects, keeping in mind our understanding of the market: free, curated, and personalized. We believe that our customers shouldn’t pay extra for premium content and hence our offering is different from anything else that is currently available,” the company further added.

The users can start watching videos by identifying their interests, and Flipkart will show the suggestions accordingly. Some of the Bollywood movies are also available with the Viacom Voot. All channels can be followed for future updates just like on YouTube. The genres available are action, romance, drama, adventure, and among others.

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HR Tech Startup Talview Raises $6.75 Mn https://techstory.in/hr-tech-startup-talview-raises-6-75-mn/ https://techstory.in/hr-tech-startup-talview-raises-6-75-mn/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:16:42 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311744 Talview, which is a Bangalore and California based human resource tech startup has now secured $6.75 million in the Series A funding round from the Eileses Capital, Emergent Ventures, Inventus Capital and Storm Ventures. Talview will now be going to use the funds to create an artificial intelligence-based enabled human resource technology platform Insta hiring, […]

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Talview, which is a Bangalore and California based human resource tech startup has now secured $6.75 million in the Series A funding round from the Eileses Capital, Emergent Ventures, Inventus Capital and Storm Ventures.

Talview will now be going to use the funds to create an artificial intelligence-based enabled human resource technology platform Insta hiring, according to the report which has been revealed.

“With this fresh round of funding, we are advancing our Instahiring platform with powerful AI technologies and machine learning models to make recruitment faster than ever before,” said Sanjoe Tom Jose, chief executive officer, Talview.

Talview was founded by Tom Jose, Jose, and Subramanian K in the year 2017.

The instahiring platform will combine three techniques – enabling anytime interviewing, automation of routine recruiter tasks, and capturing and reusing data across the hiring process.

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Dunzo gets $2 mn from venture debt, Alteria Capital https://techstory.in/dunzo-gets-2-mn-from-venture-debt-alteria-capital/ https://techstory.in/dunzo-gets-2-mn-from-venture-debt-alteria-capital/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:09:42 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311741   Dunzo Digital, which is a Bangalore based hyperlocal logistics app, has now secured $2.04 million with a combination of both the equity and venture debt funding provider Alteria Capital. Around $1.82 Million was secured with the help of debt round by issuing the Series D of non-convertible debentures while the rest of them was […]

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Dunzo Digital, which is a Bangalore based hyperlocal logistics app, has now secured $2.04 million with a combination of both the equity and venture debt funding provider Alteria Capital.

Around $1.82 Million was secured with the help of debt round by issuing the Series D of non-convertible debentures while the rest of them was issues using the Series C1 class of compulsorily convertible preference shares according to the report which has been revealed.

“We at Dunzo have constantly wanted to steer the narrative & conversation in the ecosystem to a better product, user experience, and what makes a dent in the business,” a spokesperson for Dunzo said in an e-mailed response.

Dunzo was founded by the Ankur, Dalir, Mukund, and Kabeer in 2015. It started off as a chat-based task management app that even allows the users to create a to-do list. It even fulfills tasks like the restaurant and groceries deliveries, home services, and instant local courier services. The platform uses both human operations and artificial Intelligence to offer its services.

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In Conversation with Mr Manjunath Gowda, CEO, WildTrails https://techstory.in/mr-manjunath-gowda-ceo-wildtrails-interview-interaction-conversation-2019/ https://techstory.in/mr-manjunath-gowda-ceo-wildtrails-interview-interaction-conversation-2019/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 20:24:08 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311729 WildTrails is a wildlife start-up based out of Bangalore that gives users complete details of sightings of many species, across most of the top national parks and reserves. The company has bought sightings data analytics into planning wildlife holidays. Recently, we had the honour of conducting an interview with Mr Manjunath Gowda, CEO, WildTrails. Here […]

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WildTrails is a wildlife start-up based out of Bangalore that gives users complete details of sightings of many species, across most of the top national parks and reserves. The company has bought sightings data analytics into planning wildlife holidays.

Recently, we had the honour of conducting an interview with Mr Manjunath Gowda, CEO, WildTrails.

Manjunath Gowda, CEO of WildTrails

Here is the complete interview:

Q. Tell us about your company.

We are a 2.5-year-old company which deals with the end-to-end wildlife holiday management company. We provides an easy way of seeing all possible wildlife trips for some of the top exotic wildlife destinations across the world with an end-to-end trip right from your flights, to wildlife resorts to wildlife safaris to  pickup/drops from local airports to even local experiences & that you probably don’t want to miss including 16-hr support via direct chat with our world-class support staff via our App.

Myself, Manjunath Gowda and Geeta Gouri are the co-founders and both are software engineers by background butare hardcore wildlifers.

Q. What inspired you to start your venture in this particular domain? What is unique about your products/services?

I have been visiting various parks in India and whenever I used to visit Kabini, I used to be intrigued by the “Todays Sightings” which they used to write on a white board there and I started seeing a pattern and when I followed it, I was almost guaranteed sightings and this intrigued me a lot and was the real basis of the sightings based platform.

We are the world’s first and only company to successfully bring sightings data analytics into planning Wildlife Holidays. We are also the pioneers in applying data mining & analytics, AI, Machine learning to deliver a truly customized wildlife experience at a scale that is unmatched today allowing us to reduce the time to book a trip from few weeks to just a few hours.

We bring Sighting Index (SI) which gives you a good probability of where to go to sight a particular animal/bird – this is our USP as we churn data for last 3 years and determine the SI.

3. Tell us more about the industry and the competition in this particular segment.

Industry is still considered a niche segment but overall it’s a billion dollar industry in India and it’s a 100s of billion dollar industry across the world and also it’s growing at 25% in India and at 20% worldwide. There are a few competitions like Thomas Cook, Make my trip etc as they do wildlife packages but they are NOT a dynamic customized & personalized package creation tech.

Q. What kinds of challenges have you faced in founding your company and in the subsequent time period?

I am a serial entrepreneur and this is my fourth company and hence sort of experienced in setting up and running companies in India. Nevertheless govt has done getting funds from abroad such a painful task, sometimes I felt it was not worth setting up start-ups in India.

Q. How have you distributed your initial funds so far? Do you have any plan to raise funds in the near future?

Used it for initial setting up company, development and marketing.

Now we are in black and doing good business and are profitable in unit economics. Yes we will go for funding now for scaling.

Q. What are the addressable market and underlying opportunity you are going after?

Indian domestic market is big so is the overseas market for Indian wildlife and of course African Safaris.

Q. Would like to throw some light on the start-up scenario of the country?

Very vibrant and doing extremely well but I feel all initiatives announced by the central govt are not reaching the deserving start-ups’ and I feel may be misused and also they should not work on giving us funds but work on easing policies to run a start-up.

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Fintech Firm ClearTax introduces Reward Program for its Users https://techstory.in/fintech-firm-cleartax-introduces-reward-program-for-its-users-2019/ https://techstory.in/fintech-firm-cleartax-introduces-reward-program-for-its-users-2019/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:56:47 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311726 13 August 2019, India: ClearTax has introduced rewards program for taxpayers for choosing ClearTax for income tax filing. The company simplifies tax filing and offers investment options. Archit Gupta, Founder, and CEO, ClearTax said, “In an effort to reward our loyal customers and to make it exciting for new ones to file income tax returns, […]

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ClearTax

13 August 2019, India:

ClearTax has introduced rewards program for taxpayers for choosing ClearTax for income tax filing.

The company simplifies tax filing and offers investment options.

Archit Gupta, Founder, and CEO, ClearTax said, “In an effort to reward our loyal customers and to make it exciting for new ones to file income tax returns, we have launched rewards to complement their lifestyle while enabling them to e-file in a hassle-free way.”

ClearTax’s customer loyalty rewards program allows taxpayers to get rewards worth ₹10,000 once they complete their filing of ITR through either the newly-launched Android app of ClearTax for ITR filing or log on to ClearTax website for rewards.

Usres will get vouchers and discounts from the mainstream online consumer brands spanning across industries such as travel, ecommerce, fitness, among others. The list of coupons will be available in the “My account” section on ClearTax platform which users can access once they complete their ITR filing.

ClearTax is a technology company that helps people, enterprises and the government with tax, compliance and mutual fund investments. It was incubated in Y Combinator and are funded by Silicon Valley investors, including PayPal co-founders Peter Theil’s Founders Fund, Max Levchin and also by Scott Banister, who was an early investor in Facebook and Uber.

ClearTax’s investors include Composite Capital, Sequoia Capital and SAIF Partners. ClearTax is a product by Defmacro Software Pvt Ltd.

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Self-drive Mobility Platform Zoomcar Partners with ixigo to Offer Self-drive Car Rentals https://techstory.in/zoomcar-partners-with-ixigo-2019/ https://techstory.in/zoomcar-partners-with-ixigo-2019/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:51:23 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311721 13 August 2019, India: Self-drive Mobility Platform Zoomcar has strategically executed a deep product partnership with ticketing and travel portal ixigo. The partnership will enable users to avail Zoomcar self-drive services on ixigo’s platform. The company will provide 20% discount as inaugural offer. Apart from the discount offer, Zoomcar is planning various other initiatives with […]

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Zoomcar

13 August 2019, India:

Self-drive Mobility Platform Zoomcar has strategically executed a deep product partnership with ticketing and travel portal ixigo.

The partnership will enable users to avail Zoomcar self-drive services on ixigo’s platform. The company will provide 20% discount as inaugural offer.

Apart from the discount offer, Zoomcar is planning various other initiatives with ixigo as well, the dompany said in a statement.

Zoomcar is aiming to tap into ixigo’s dominant mindshare of travellers and active users by getting into an in-app partnership with them.

Greg Moran CEO and Co-Founder, Zoomcar said, “At Zoomcar, we are determined to make shared mobility services easily accessible and available to the users. To the same end, we are glad to partner with ixigo and offer our self-drive option to its large pool of users. Such collaborations, we believe, will pave the way for the mainstreaming of alternative mobility services, ensuring that users get a seamless experience.”

Rajnish Kumar, Co-founder, ixigo said, “Indian travellers are increasingly opting for a holistic and exclusive vacation experience making on-demand car rentals one of the biggest travel trends of the year. We are confident that through our in-app partnership we will provide our users a seamless booking experience right from planning a trip to making it easier for them to explore vacation spots and the areas nearby.”

Zoomcar is engaging in API based product partnerships with relevant large distribution consumer companies and to shape new demand dimensions for exponential growth.

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ITC Infotech partners with RPA Firm Automation Anywhere to Introduce New Digital Workforce Solution https://techstory.in/itc-infotech-partners-with-automation-anywhere-2019/ https://techstory.in/itc-infotech-partners-with-automation-anywhere-2019/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:31:53 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311717 13 August 2013, India: ITC Infotech has introduced a unique digital workforce solution by equipping every employee with a digital BOT, in partnership with RPA Firm Automation Anywhere. ITC Infotech intends to leverage Automation Anywhere’s Digital Workforce Platform to empower its global workforce. By offering personal digital BOTs, it will enable employees automate and execute […]

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ITC Infotech

13 August 2013, India:

ITC Infotech has introduced a unique digital workforce solution by equipping every employee with a digital BOT, in partnership with RPA Firm Automation Anywhere.

Automation Anywhere

ITC Infotech intends to leverage Automation Anywhere’s Digital Workforce Platform to empower its global workforce. By offering personal digital BOTs, it will enable employees automate and execute repetitive tasks and functions, the company said in a statement.

Sudip Singh, MD & CEO, ITC Infotech said, “As a leading technology services company, we are truly embracing automation across our organization to ‘Amplify Human Potential’. We are an organization committed to driving the adoption of automation and see immense potential in the digital amplification of our workforce.”

Sudip Singh, added, “This initiative will also deliver higher efficiencies across client engagements. We are excited to partner with Automation Anywhere, and lead the way in creating a truly digital workforce of the future.”

Mr. Milan Sheth, EVP IMEA, Automation Anywhere, said, “At Automation Anywhere, our vision is to create a world where every employee will work side by side with a software bot or digital workers, making the employees exponentially more productive and far more fulfilled. ITC Infotech’s pioneering plans are closely aligned with our promise of creating an Intelligent Digital Workforce.”

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GetNatty secured seed funding round https://techstory.in/getnatty-secured-seed-funding-round/ https://techstory.in/getnatty-secured-seed-funding-round/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:01:36 +0000 https://techstory.in/?p=311713 GetNatty, which is a Vadodara based fashion-focused e-commerce startup, has now secured an undisclosed amount in the funding round of seed led by the clutch of investors. The investors include the Edupedia Co-Founder Parth Patel, Grihapravesh Chairman Abhay Khumar and Indian Revenue Service Officer Binod Choubey. The company will now be going to use the funds to […]

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GetNatty, which is a Vadodara based fashion-focused e-commerce startup, has now secured an undisclosed amount in the funding round of seed led by the clutch of investors.

The investors include the Edupedia Co-Founder Parth Patel, Grihapravesh Chairman Abhay Khumar and Indian Revenue Service Officer Binod Choubey.

The company will now be going to use the funds to develop its latest technology arm and explore some of the new revenue streams.

GetNatty is a marketplace for local designers and designer wear. It also provides an AI-enabled personal stylist and even plans to use predictive analytics and Business Intelligence to help designers on the marketplace.

“We will continue to experiment and bring in new revenue formats, be it in the form of new business channels, fashion events, geographies and product launches which will add real value to the fashion community in India,” Kaizad Hansotia, CEO and founder of GetNatty, said.

GetNatty is among some of the few startups in the fashion-focused e-commerce segment that have been trying to find their feet in a market dominated by players such as the Myntra-Jabong.

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