Startup news and updates: daily roundup (January 12, 2023)

YourStory presents the daily news roundup from the Indian startup ecosystem and beyond. Here's the roundup for Thursday, January 12, 2023.

Startup news and updates: daily roundup (January 12, 2023)

Thursday January 12, 2023,

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Ace Turtle strengthens management with two leadership hires     

Ace Turtle has hired Amit Kriplani as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Punit Aggarwal as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 


Amit Kriplani brings over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, having held various leadership positions at top technology companies such as Amazon India, Flipkart, Simplilearn and ace turtle.


Punit Aggarwal is a Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of experience in finance and accounting. Prior to joining Ace Turtle, Punit was Director of Finance at Flipkart. He has also worked at Ola, Cisco, Adobe, GE and Vodafone. At Ace Turtle, Punit will head the finance function and oversee all financial, regulatory and investor relations activities.

Tech Mahindra joins hands with Microsoft 

Tech Mahindra and Microsoft, have announced a strategic collaboration to enable cloud-powered 5G core network modernisation for telecom operators globally.

The 5G core network transformation will help telecom operators to develop 5G core use cases and meet their customers’ growing technological (Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), IoT (Internet of Things), and edge computing) requirements. It will further enable them to modernise, optimise, and secure business operations and develop green networks with reduced costs and a faster time to market.

CleverTap and Storyly join forces for real-time personalised user journeys

B2B (business-to-business) SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform for customer engagement and retention, CleverTap announced its integration with Storyly, the user engagement platform that embeds full-screen, interactive, and immersive Stories in mobile apps and websites.

This integration will make it easier than ever for marketers to leverage the power of both platforms to deliver data-driven, real-time personalised user flows for their most engaging campaigns.

BluSapphire appoints industry veteran Luis Curet to lead revenue generation

Full-stack cybersecurity platform BluSapphire Cyber Systems has appointed industry veteran Luis Curet as Vice President–Sales to lead its revenue generation in the US.


Luis comes with 25 years of experience in the technology industry, primarily in computer networking and cybersecurity. He has served in multiple go-to-market (GTM) executive roles, leveraging his experience in sales, marketing and customer success.


A University of Wisconsin–Madison alum, Luis has worked with IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley, Texas Instruments, Philip Morris, and many government agencies.


In 2022, BluSapphire Cyber Systems raised $9.2 million as part of its Series A round. The round was led by Barings Private Equity India, with participation from cross border VC firm Dallas Venture Capital, Binny Bansal-backed xto10x, RPG Ventures, and Merisis Venture Partners.

Advantage Club expands its global footprint, appoints Matthew Willis as Senior VP & GM, North America

Advantage Club, a global employee engagement platform, has appointed Matthew E. Willis as Senior Vice President and General Manager in North America. This appointment is part of the company's overall expansion plan in the North American market. He will drive revenue growth and ensure the success and support of Advantage Club customers across diverse industries in North America.

Matthew has over two decades of experience in technology, finance, retail and professional services. He has also served as a mentor and investor to various early-stage companies. In his current role, Matthew will bolster Advantage Club's efforts to build deep customer engagements and expand growth in North America.

Before joining Advantage Club, he held various senior leadership positions at CareerBuilder, where he scaled the enterprise and mid-market divisions. Matthew also served as VP and GM of North America at Broadbean Technologies, where he successfully scaled the North American business to 5x MRR.

Scaler appoints Manish Pansari as Senior VP

Scaler, a tech upskilling startup, has appointed Manish Pansari as its Senior Vice President - Business at InterviewBit and Scaler. Manish will lead the Data Science and Machine Learning business, providing differentiated and aspirational offerings for technical skilling. With an immediate focus on the Indian market, he will be responsible for scaling the DSML vertical.


With over 20 years of experience, Manish has led business, operations and senior consulting roles across diverse organisations like Myntra, Jabong, Betterplace and Kearney and managed clients across geographies, including the US, Japan, China, South-East Asia, Middle East and India.

(The copy will be updated throughout the day with the latest news)

Edited by Affirunisa Kankudti