Insights from YourStory’s Investor Summit 2021
In a first-of-its-kind event in India, YourStory’s Investor Summit 2021 concluded with several impactful sessions, setting the stage for the next Flipkart and BYJU’S to emerge from the country’s startup ecosystem.
The all-virtual event encompassed a stellar line-up of speakers, insightful sessions, diverse representation from the funding and startup ecosystem, and abundant networking opportunities.
Delivering the welcome address, YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma said it was a great time to be an entrepreneur.
“Given the lack of opportunities for interactions this year, we wanted to bring the investors to you. And help you have meaningful, relevant, and precise conversations. So, make sure that you connect with every investor who is here today,” she said.
A SaaS-oriented panel titled “Tailwinds in SaaS in 2021” discussed how more B2B companies were being founded now, which wasn’t the case 10 years ago. The panel comprised Blume Ventures’ Sanjay Nath, Prime Venture Partners’ Shripati Acharya, Chiratae Ventures’ Venkatesh Peddi, Stellaris Venture Partners’ Alok Goyal, and Amazon Web Services’ Siddhartha Ahluwalia.
An investor panel on startup funding with Rupesh Mishra, Co-founder of PagarBook; Mitesh Shah, Co-founder of Inflection Point Ventures; and Apoorva Sharma, Principal at Stride Ventures, said funding avenues such as bootstrapping, debt, and equity funding — all have their merits when approached and leveraged correctly.
In a panel discussion titled ‘The Valuation Playbook,’ Nitin Golani, Vice President of Growth Strategy and Corporate Development, BYJU'S, said that valuation is a combination of both art and science, and is also based on the future potential of an organisation.
Further, Pankaj Makkar, Managing Director of Bertelsmann India Investments, talked about why entrepreneurs must think about the right to win and create profit instead of just thinking about the right to exist.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, B2B ecommerce platform IndiaMart became the hub for all those looking to procure masks and related products during the nationwide lockdown. The company was founded in 1996 with seed money of Rs 40,000 and went public in 2019.
In a conversation with YourStory, Founder and CEO Dinesh Agarwal charts the making of India’s earliest B2B marketplace for business products and services that focuses on providing a platform to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, as well as individuals.
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News & Updates
- The government extended the deadline for linking PAN with biometric Aadhaar by three months till June 30. The income tax department took the decision to extend the deadline in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- On April Fools' Day, many Indian startups decided to play pranks with fictitious stories. Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal tweeted that the company was launching a driverless electric car, Pepperfry announced the launch of 'Furniture Mutual Fund', Razorpay said it will allow people to pay in memes, and Flipkart said it was accepting bitcoins.
- IT services major Wipro said it will acquire cybersecurity, DevOps, and quality engineering services firm Ampion for $117 million. Earlier, it had announced the acquisition of London-headquartered Capco, a global management and technology consultancy.
- With over Rs 5 lakh crore worth of transactions, UPI crossed a new benchmark according to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), indicating a 145 percent growth in UPI transaction value over the last year.
- Rajinikanth will be conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award — India's highest award in cinema. For this year's award, the jury included Asha Bhosle, Subhash Ghai, Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan, and Biswajeet Chatterjee.
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