India has 100 unicorns. Now what?
The unicorn may be a mythical creature, but in the startup ecosystem, it is becoming commonplace. In fact, data suggest the Indian startup ecosystem births a new unicorn every two weeks.
“The unicorn tag is a milestone. As an investor, we look at it as more long-lasting, and while these startups may not last or even have a drop in valuation, the idea of a unicorn as a concept has lasted long (for maybe 16 centuries), and we believe, looking at the growth trajectory and other factors, this particular startup may be lasting.”
As per YourStory Research, India currently has 92 active unicorns.
Open — the latest addition to the list — takes the count to 100 when we consider and , which were acquired by Walmart and Tata Group, respectively; and that got listed in the past, and Hike, Shopclues, Snapdeal, and Quikr that lost their unicorn tags due to an eventual drop in valuation.
In an insight-packed conversation, four leading technologists — Krishnan Parameswaran, CTO and Co-founder,; Anil Bhat, Co-founder of ; Srivaths Varadharajan, COO, Spice Money; Prasanna Ranganathan, Founding member, Epifi; and Radhesh Shankaranarayanan, Director and GM - Medium Business India, Dell Technologies — discuss how businesses can future-proof themselves and unlock the true power of data by leveraging the cloud.
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