Weekly Summary: E-commerce & Grey Market; Mobile Payment Landscape & More


Weekly Summary: E-commerce & Grey Market; Mobile Payment Landscape & More

This week Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion, a big event in the tech world.

There was some interesting activity in the Indian funding space too. Mobile payment solution Ezetap raised $8 million in a Series B round, VC firm Mayfield raise a second India fund worth $108 million, and Paul Singh is planning to make a comeback as a Venture Capitalist.

With a slew of fundings and launches, there is a resurgence among mobile payment startups in India. We have posted a look at the past, present and future of mobile payment startups in the country.

Here is a curated list of all the important happenings from this week.

Weekly Summary
Weekly Summary (image credit: shutterstock)

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Of WhatsApp, Russia And The Real Story [Curated Reads]

——— Channel : Indian Startups / Resources

Why It Is Difficult to Build a WhatsApp From India. No, It’s Not About the Product.

Noida-based Startup Oogwave Wants to Pip Box and Asana

How WebKul Bootstrapped & Sold to 20,000 Customers Around the World

HashTaag: A Startups Only Networking Site to Validate Ideas

Startup Roundup: Studentdesk, FindYahan, ClickYourCab

Google Lunar Xprize Picks Team Indus & 5 Others to Compete for $ 6 mn Milestone Prizes!

Housing Launches New Projects Platform; Includes a 3D View of New Projects

——— Channel : India Online

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360 Degree Views of Indian Heritage Monuments to Go on Google Maps

Why Dhingana Didn’t Click

With TrulyMadly, Former MMT, Letsbuy Co-Founders Seek to Disrupt Online Matchmaking

DIY E-commerce Platform Bigcommerce Expands into India

Government’s New Data Portal is Here & It’s Great; Now Can We Shoot for Real Time Data?

Excise Duty on Mobile Phones To Be Restructured to Encourage Domestic Manufacturing [Budget 2014]

Times Internet to Bring TechRadar to India; Adding to Ad Inventory

Facebook Talks to Host NaMo, Kejriwal; Takes a Leaf Out of Google’s Playbook

——— Channel : APPS/ Stuff

RBI Expert Committee Recommends Bundled Banking Apps for All New Phones

Messaging App Hike Crosses The 15 Mn User Mark; Over 80% of Users Under 25

Why Most Gaming Ventures Fail?

Exclusive: GupShup Pivoting to TeamChat Enterprise App. Will That Work?

Facebook Acquires Whatsapp: 4 Numbers & 4 Tweets that are Lessons for a Lifetime

Updated: Is Kapil Sibal Giving us A Goli (Tablet)?

Indian Broadband Subscribers Cross 55.20 Mn Mark, Over 109.3 Mn MNP Requests Made: TRAI

Find the Right Fare to Pay Cabs/Autorickshaws Using MeterUp!

HashCube’s Journey in taking Sudoku Quest Game Global

There Are 200 Million Airtel Mobile Subscribers In India Today

After Bangalore, Patna Launches Free Public WiFi Stretch. It’s 20 Km Long!

With MakeMyDish, Create Dishes With Whatever Ingredients You Have at Hand

Startup Peardoc Helps You Convert HTML to PDF ; Adds Powerful Features And Controls

—–––– Channel: Indian Startup Funding

After 60+ Investments in 3 Years, Blume Ventures Goes into Reserve Mode; Coming Soon: Second Fund

Paul Singh to Return as a VC; Plans to Raise $50 Mn for Funding.

MayField Raises $108 mn Second India Fund

Payments Startup Ezetap Secures $8 Mn Series B Funding From Helion & Others

CA Technologies Invests in IDG Ventures India to Focus on India’s Enterprise Software Startups

Updated: Cochin Based Wearable Tech Startup Fin Successfully Raises $100,000 on Indiegogo

Mobile Ad Retargeting Startup SilverPush Secures Funding from Palaash Ventures & Others

Bangalore-based Modern Family Doctor Raises Funding from Bamboo Finance

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