Funding up by 18% in November
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- State of funding: Up by 18% in November
- Accelerator for Web3 startups: Foundership
- 4 listed unicorns lose Rs 2 lakh crore in a year
Here’s your trivia for today: When was the equal sign (=) first used?
While the Indian startup ecosystem is yet to see funding activity similar to H1 2022, November offers some good news. In the month gone by, startups raised $1.4 billion across 133 deals—an 18.1% month-on-month (MoM) increase in deal flow, as per analysis by YourStory Research.
- The ecosystem seems to be moving away from leverage as November saw a 67.7% MoM decline in debt financing worth $115.8 million.
- The share of early-stage and growth-stage deals saw a respective improvement of 25.6% and 42.8% in November.
- Co-working, SaaS, and heathtech and healthcare services attracted the most funding, while Bengaluru topped all cities in terms of inflow.
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, , , and saw some of the biggest declines in their value this year, according to the '2022 Burgundy Private Hurun India 500’ list—down 68%, 59%, 50%, and 48% respectively—cumulatively losing Rs 2 lakh crore. In total, the 500 companies listed are worth a total of Rs 226 lakh crore.
Most valuable companies:
- The total value of the top 10 companies remained flat at Rs 72 lakh crore ($872 billion), equivalent to 37% of India’s GDP and 31% of the total value of the 2022 list.
- Reliance Industries took the top spot with a valuation of Rs 17.3 lakh crore—47% higher than the second-most valuable company, TCS.
- The average age of companies featured in the list was 37 years, three years younger than last year.
News & updates
- Dark times: International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva said the chance of global growth falling below 2% next year was increasing due to the continued effects of the war in Ukraine and simultaneous slowdowns in Europe, China, and the US.
- Feedback group: Netflix is planning to expand its group of previewers beyond its current base of 2,000-plus subscribers to include tens of thousands of users around the world early next year. The program, called the Netflix Preview Club, began more than a year ago.
- Priciest cities: New York and Singapore have emerged as the joint-most expensive cities to live in. The cost of living in 172 of the world’s major cities rocketed an average of 8.1% over the past year, driven by factors including the war in Ukraine and supply-chain snarls.
When was the equal sign (=) first used?
Answer: In 1557, Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde used the equals sign in The Whetstone of Witte.
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