Edtech acquisitions take the slow lane
Cooling down from the pandemic high, when large companies exhibited a frantic rush to close acquisitions, the edtech sector is poised for a measured phase of M&As.
Monday May 15, 2023,
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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about
- Edtech acquisitions take the slow lane
- Building B2B commerce solution
- Innovating with technology
Here’s your trivia for today: What is Superman's birth name?
Edtech acquisitions take the slow lane
While India's edtech sector made headlines over the last two years with acquisitions reaching $1 billion, the M&A activity has since cooled down. Industry experts told YourStory edtech firms—both unicorns and smaller companies—will take more calculated bets going forward as the market conditions continue to be unfavourable.
- Siddharth Shah of Malpani Ventures notes that most of the capital raised in the last two years did not fund early-stage companies, which has left them with little gunpowder.
- Narayanan Ramaswamy of KPMG notes that either larger players acquire smaller biz to increase capacity, or small players come together to compete with the giants.
- With edtech companies trying to burn less cash, most of these deals are likely to be a mix of cash and stock. However, companies prefer to use their inflated equity.
Building B2B commerce solution
Rahul Garg wanted to fix India's manufacturing issues. So, in 2015, he quit his job to start —a simple, one-stop, completely digitised B2B platform that offered doorstep delivery to manufacturing sectors and infrastructure companies.
B2B vs B2C:
- B2B is a multi-decision maker for large organisations, which means the decisions you make and their implications create more of an impact on a professional level for people.
- Moglix started with the right-to-play and right-to-win dimensions. Unlike B2C, B2B does not directly connect with the customers.
- Garg explains the B2B TG is 35-65-year-olds. They are completely different from the usual 15-45-year-old B2C TG in their buying behaviour.
Innovating with technology
YourStory hosted VECROS, 3rditech, Codemate.ai, and Trestle Labs—startups in various stages of growth but each unique and innovative in their own ways. In an unfiltered chat with Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO of YourStory, the founders talk about the origin of their ideas and how they’ve built their ingenious products.
- trains people to operate drones. Its drones can be used for real-time inspection and monitoring purposes, and can be operated remotely.
- is an auto-correcting tool for programmers which fixes errors as they type out the code.
- enables blind and visually-impaired people to access any kind of content, be it printed, handwritten or digital.
News & updates
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What is Superman's birth name?
Answer: Kal-El. On his home planet of Krypton, it means "child of the stars".
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