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Google will invest $10 billion in India’s tech sector, with nearly half going to telecoms giant Jio Platforms. Google joins a growing list of American technology companies and other investors backing projects in India. India will need to attract...
Investment management firm Circulate Capital is seeding companies that prevent ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia, raising $106 million. The fund recently invested $6 million in plastic recycling companies in India and Indonesia aims to show the...
The H-1B visa ban may U.S. tech its top spot in the worldH-1B workers in U.S. may feel compelled to go back to home countries, making those places more competitiveIndia, the No. 1 origination country of H-1B...
Micro-mobility services in India expected to benefit in post-pandemic world.  Investors have poured more than $9 billion into micro-mobility companies worldwide this year. Commuters worldwide may be hesitant to return to taking buses and trains to the office, creating...
India’s massive informal sector has had no protection as the country’s economy has been nearly paralyzed by the lockdown imposed to ease the COVID-19 outbreak. Agriculture and healthcare are sectors that impact investors might want to explore in...
China was hurt by pandemic but India is unlikely to benefit. India’s poor response to the pandemic provides little incentive for investors India’s economy is expected to outpace China’s larger one this year but slip behind again in 2021.
India’s confirmed coronavirus cases lag much of the world — less than 200 in a nation of 1.3 billion. Whether India’s use of technology and antibiotics has prevented infections or if the country simply has missed cases...
India is proving to be a hotspot for renewable energy. Renewables will soon be responsible for more than a fifth of India's electricity generation, Power Minister R. K. Singh said this week. Behind the...
Investors’ faith that India would keep building was on display in 2019, even as forecasts project growth to cool even further. Buoyed by a surge in infrastructure-focused deals, private equity investments gained 2.8% to...
Facebook is taking the fight against fast-growing Chinese video app TikTok to one of the hottest markets in the world for downloads.The U.S. social media giant plans to launch its short-video sharing app Lasso in India, most...
Paytm’s billion-dollar round showcases investors continue to see opportunities in serving the underbanked in markets like India. “The very business model of acquiring customers and small businesses and bringing them to the formal financial...
Twitter led the latest $100 million round in an Indian social media app ShareChat, according to a TechCrunch report over the weekend, as the social media giant looks to compete with Facebook’s WhatsApp in the Indian market.
Amazon may be taking a huge step into India’s bustling food delivery market, seeking to improve its mixed record in deliveries. The largest online retailer is in talks to acquire Uber Eats’ operations in...
WhatsApp’s delayed digital payment system in India is moving closer to a start, as it addresses privacy concerns before becoming the latest entrant in a market projected to hit $1 trillion by 2023. WhatsApp Pay...
Byju’s, which has been called India’s first edutech unicorn, continues its fundraising spree with a $150 million investment led by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which will help the company with its efforts to expand globally.
India’s booming online insurance market is drawing more investors, attracted by the subcontinent’s vast population, opening insurance market and widening middle class. The latest sign of the burgeoning market: the $18.9 million funding round for RenewBuy, a...
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