Swiggy and Zomato want to replace our lunchboxes; Nykaa is now a soonicorn

2nd Apr 2019
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Swiggy and Zomato want to replace our lunchbox


When Swiggy started as an online food delivery platform, the BITS Pilani alumnus-founded startup was trying to change consumer behaviour and get people to eat out – well, technically order in – food more often, and do it online. Zomato soon followed suit. It’s a simple idea: ensure that busy workaholics can order quick meals and snacks without having to trawl through a zillion options. But can the likes of Swiggy and Zomato ensure delivery that is just as fast?




GoGreenBOV: from being written off to coming back with 16 patents in EVs


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Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Facebook cracks down on fake pages, groups, accounts


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Nykaa raises funds, becomes a ‘soonicorn’


Online beauty retailer Nykaa, which acquired fashion styling and ecommerce platform 20Dresses last week, has raised Rs100 crore ($14 million) from Singapore-based TPG Growth IV SF. Its valuation has now reportedly touched $724 million, making it a strong contender for the revered unicorn club in its next round of funding. In this round, Nykaa has sold 2,83,287 shares to TPG Growth.



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