Inside India’s largest crypto exchange

On Wednesday, CoinSwitch Kuber announced it has raised $260 million in a Series C round from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Coinbase Ventures, and existing investors Paradigm, Ribbit Capital, Sequoia Capital India, and Tiger Global.
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On Wednesday, CoinSwitch Kuber announced it has raised $260 million in a Series C round from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Coinbase Ventures, and existing investors Paradigm, Ribbit Capital, Sequoia Capital India, and Tiger Global.

This marks the first-ever investment by a16z in an Indian startup. CoinSwitch Kuber also becomes the second Indian crypto startup to enter the unicorn club after CoinDCX in August 2021

In 2021, the Indian startup ecosystem has seen the entry of 30 new unicorns so far, surpassing projections and expectations. 

CoinSwitch Kuber, started in 2017 by Ashish Singhal (CEO), Govind Soni (CTO), and Vimal Sagar (COO), is also India’s largest crypto platform — with over 11 million registered users.

Speaking to YourStory on how it all began, Ashish says

“Govind, Vimal, and I are all computer science engineers...We always loved tech and tried our hands at various innovations, participating and winning several hackathons. The idea for CoinSwitch came from one such hackathon.”

The goal was to make crypto easy to understand and accessible for the Indian masses. After the Supreme Court overturned RBI’s ban on crypto transactions, the startup launched CoinSwitch Kuber in June 2020. And there has been no looking back since. 

Going forward, the founders look to turn CoinSwitch Kuber into a complete investment destination and platform with crypto and traditional financial instruments available for retail as well as institutional investors. Click here to see the full video.


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  • The Good Glamm Group, previously MyGlamm, has acquired mom and baby D2C brand The Moms Co to further strengthen its growth across South Asia. While the details of the deal are undisclosed, sources directly aware of the development have confirmed the amount of the acquisition to be around Rs 500 crore.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“There needs to be an amalgamation between crypto and traditional financial instruments of investment. The younger generation, especially, will want to diversify beyond crypto. So, we aim to become an investment platform for the masses and simplify every use case.” 

Ashish Singhal, CEO, CoinSwitch Kuber


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