PhonePe receives over Rs 740 Cr from parent

By Team YS
November 23, 2022, Updated on : Wed Nov 23 2022 05:37:57 GMT+0000
PhonePe receives over Rs 740 Cr from parent
In its second major fundraise this year, Flipkart-owned digital payments platform PhonePe has received a fresh capital infusion of about Rs 742 crore from its Singapore-based parent.
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Hello Reader,


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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about 


  • PhonePe receives over Rs 740 Cr from parent 
  • Lumhaa: Building digital memory jars
  • AUM targets Indian founders with new fund


Here’s your trivia for today: Which is the longest-running science-fiction television show?



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PhonePe receives over Rs 740 Cr from parent

In its second major fundraise this year, Flipkart-owned digital payments platform PhonePe has received a fresh capital infusion of about Rs 742 crore from its Singapore-based parent.


Staying on course:


  • The year has been significant for PhonePe as it moved its domicile from Singapore to India in September, as a run-up to its public listing plans. 
  • In a separate filing, the company reported a standalone revenue from operations of Rs 1,640 crore in the financial year 2021-22, up from Rs 690 crore in the previous fiscal. 
  • It intends to integrate hundreds of thousands of Indian apps such as Indus App Bazaar to its PhonePe Switch, which already has some mini apps integrated. 
PhonePe



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Women entrepreneurs

Lumhaa: Building digital memory jars

How many times have we clicked an image or perhaps shared a fun note with a friend, only for these memories to be later lost to a cloud dump? 


Lumhaa - The Memory Jar Company helps users file their memories in digital memory jars. Its founder Shriya Sekhsaria believes the biggest competitor for the startup is future discounting. 


A core memory:


  • Lumhaa has received funding from Princeton University and a few angel investors. The founder declined to disclose current revenues.
  • Shriya says Lumhaa’s growth started becoming significant when users helped redesign the product based on what they liked.
  • The platform makes money in two ways: physical products (from Rs 75 to Rs 1 lakh), and contracts with organisations at a starting price of Rs 1,000 a month. 
Lumhaa

Lumhaa shop products




Venture Capital 

AUM targets Indian founders with new fund


United Arab Emirates (UAE) based AUM Ventures is launching its maiden venture capital fund. It is an early and pre-growth stage VC fund that supports tech-enabled and consumer-focused Indian entrepreneurs. The VC firm is targeting $30 million for the new fund.


Building blocks


  • AUM Ventures helps entrepreneurs set up regional operations, as well as raise follow-on capital from global investors, to allow market expansion.
  • It is licensed and regulated by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre of the UAE’s capital Emirate.
  • It has so far invested in 11 companies including Skyroot Aerospace, Smiles.ai, and GlobalFair.
Venture capital funding




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Which is the longest-running science-fiction television show?


Answer: Doctor Who, which premiered in November 1963. 




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