Friday, 19 August, 2022
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Topic: Softbank

SoftBank Vision Fund’s Munish Varma resigns from Paytm board

Varma resigned on 14 March due to 'personal commitments and other pre-occupations,' Paytm said. Varma also quit from the board of PB Fintech the same day.

India’s used car website Cars24 raises $450 mn from SoftBank, Tencent, others

The round values Cars24 at $1.84 billion, almost doubling from the end of last year. It’s starting conversations about an IPO and aims to go public in 18 to 24 months.

Microsoft invests $5 million in Oyo to develop AI-driven hotel technologies

Oyo carries a valuation of $9.6 billion after Microsoft's investment, third in the country behind Byju’s and Paytm. The startup is due to file IPO documents in the coming weeks.

Cars24 to raise $350 mn from SoftBank, others, aims for IPO

The fundraising would value India’s biggest online marketplace for used automobiles at close to $2 billion. It plans to go public in 18 to 24 months.

Mindtickle, funded by Softbank, is the latest unicorn in India’s fast growing tech industry

Mindtickle, based in Pune and San Francisco, hit a valuation of $1.2 billion. It provides what it calls sales readiness technology that companies can customise with their own content and data.

Lenskart raises $220 million as India’s tech industry mints more unicorns than ever before

Valued at $2.5 billion, according to founder Peyush Bansal, Lenskart plans to use the capital to expand online sales and add brick-and-mortar stores in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

‘Absolutely untrue’ – Oyo’s Ritesh Agarwarl denies bankruptcy claim after Rs 16 lakh claim

Oyo, one of the larger startups in the SoftBank Group’s portfolio, was struggling to restructure and whittle down loss-making operations even before the pandemic obliterated travel.

After Byju’s, Unacademy scores big, gets $150 million funding at $1.45 billion valuation

Bangalore-based Unacademy has made a mark for itself in test preparation by offering lessons on everything from civil service and banking to programming languages.

Oyo is in trouble in Japan but parent SoftBank has a plan to fix it

Oyo Japan is creating a six-member management oversight panel to deal with its virus-stricken business. Its headcount has shrunk by 450 since October.

How 2019 saw Masayoshi Son go from tech guru to struggling venture capitalist

SoftBank’s bad year goes well beyond WeWork as investors are starting to get the feeling that whatever Masayoshi Son brings to the public is troubled.

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Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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