Startup news and updates: daily roundup (Jan 28, 2021)

YourStory presents this daily roundup of the latest startup news and updates from the Indian startup ecosystem and beyond. Here's the roundup for Thursday, Jan 28, 2021.
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Learnt English hearing sports commentary; want to define online schools of tomorrow: Byju Raveendran

At TiECon Delhi-NCR, Byju Raveendran, Founder-CEO of BYJU'S, spoke about edtech in a post-COVID-19 world and how his company plans to define the online schools of tomorrow.

Byju Raveendran, Founder and CEO, BYJU'S

Pandemic accelerated digital adoption by a decade: Satya Nadella, Microsoft

In a conversation with Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Group CEO of Flipkart, on the sidelines of the Resurgence TiEcon Delhi-NCR event, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said, "Technology has become core to how we think about business productivity — right from hiring to scaling."

Facebook 4Q results soar, in prelude to an uncertain 2021

Social media giant Facebook's monthly user base grew 12 percent to 2.8 billion. It ended 2020 with 58,604 employees, a 30 percent increase from a year earlier. But the company predicted uncertainty for 2021 and said its revenue in the latter half of the year could face significant pressure. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Jio, HDFC Bank named in world's 'Top 25 Strongest Brands' list; Tata India's most valuable brand (Report)

Reliance Jio and HDFC Bank feature among the world's 'Top 25 Strongest Brands,' with Jio making it to the coveted top five. Moreover, the venerable Tata Group continued to be India's most valuable brand, as per Brand Finance.

Reckitt Benckiser leads Rs 45 Cr investment in Bombay Shaving Company (Funding)

British multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser has led a Rs 45 crore funding round in Visage Lines Personal Care Pvt. Ltd., the owner company of the brand Bombay Shaving Company. The investment will support the company’s plans to scale its operations and provide access to RB’s global scale, expertise, and mentorship.

Apple doubled business in India in last quarter, says CEO Tim Cook

Apple touched a new high with its latest quarterly results as it posted all-time record revenue of $111.4 billion, up 21 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.68, up 35 percent. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

GrowFix raises $2M investment led by Zerodha's Rainmatter Capital, Better Capital (Funding)

Alternate debt assets platform GrowFix has raised $2 million seed funding led by Zerodha's fund - Rainmatter Capital with participation from Better Capital. The funding will be used to develop technology to underwrite risks, educate investors about new-generation debt assets.

Gaming platform MPL raises $500,000 from employees (Funding)

E-sports and mobile gaming platform Mobile Premier League (MPL) on Wednesday said it has raised $500,000 (about Rs 3.65 crore) from existing employees as part of its Employee Investment Plan. The Employee Investment Plan, which was announced in December 2020, was open to all employees of MPL.

LottieFiles raises $9M in Series A round led by Microsoft's M12 Venture Fund (Funding)

LottieFiles, a community platform for designers and developers who create motion graphics, has raised Series A funding of $9 million led by M12, Microsoft's Venture Fund, with participation from existing investor 500 Startups.

Chingari open to hiring TikTok employees who lost their jobs as ByteDance wraps up India ops

TikTok competitor Chingari is open to hiring employees who lost their jobs after ByteDance announced it is wrapping up India ops in the wake of the permanent ban on Chinese apps.

Chiratae Ventures appoints Andreas Hettich to its global advisory board (Corporate)

Chiratae Ventures on Thursday announced the appointment of Andreas Hettich to its global advisory board. Andreas is the Chair of the Hettich Group Advisory Board — a leading manufacturer of furniture fittings with annual revenue of €1.1 billion.

Andreas Hettich, Chair of Hettich Group Advisory Board

The future of retail will be omnichannel, say experts

At the TiEcon Delhi-NCR 2021 virtual event held on Wednesday, the founders of Lenskart, Clovia, and boAT discussed the future and viability of omnichannel sales, which involves both online and offline retail.

Actor Robert Downey Jr launches venture fund Footprint Coalition Ventures

American actor and producer Robert Downey Jr announced the launch of his venture fund Footprint Coalition Ventures at the WEF's Digital Davos event. The media and investment group aims to combine high impact media with early-stage and opportunistic growth stage investments.

Source: Marvel

Space dept, defence min agree to vacate spectrum worth Rs 60,000 Cr for 5G services

The space department and defence ministry are learnt to have agreed to vacate spectrum valued at around Rs 61,000 crore for 5G services, according to official sources. This was the first set of radiowaves identified by the government for enabling 5G services in the country.

Aditya Birla Fashion to acquire 51pc stake in designer brand Sabyasachi

Leading fashion company Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL) announced on Wednesday that it has got into a strategic partnership with designer brand Sabyasachi Couture. Additionally, the company has signed an agreement to acquire 51 percent stake in Sabyasachi brand.

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Biomedical molecular data startup Elucidata raises $5M in pre-Series A round led by IvyCap Ventures

Biomedical molecular data firm Elucidata on Thursday said it has raised $5 million (around Rs 36 crore) in a funding round led by IvyCap Ventures. The pre-Series A funding round also saw participation from Hyperplane Venture Capital and a few angel investors, Elucidata said in a statement. 

Indonesia startup Ula raises $20 M in Series A round led by Quona Capital and B Capital Group

Ula, an Indonesia-based marketplace app that uses technology to modernise distribution and credit for small retailers, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round led by Quona Capital and B Capital Group.

Edited by Megha Reddy

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