Globally tech startups are observing a protracted funding winter, however some firms have efficiently closed their funding spherical, albeit smaller than anticipated. Two days after studies stated Sharechat was set to lift $300 million from Google and others, math tutoring platform Cuemath has racked up $57 million and fintech agency Slice has bagged $50 million. More on this and different prime tales in in the present day’s version of ETtech Top 5.

Also in this letter:
■ Binance’s enterprise arm closes $500 million crypto fund
■ Aditya Birla Group enters ecomm roll-up space
■ Slack launches in India, to assist companies arrange ‘digital HQs’

Cuemath, Slice and MoEngage increase large rounds amid funding winter

Three Indian startups introduced what in in the present day’s local weather are massive(ish) offers – a rarity in the continued funding winter.

MoEngage: Customer engagement platform MoEngage stated in the present day that it has raised $77 million in Series E funding, led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and B Capital, with participation from the corporate’s current buyers Steadview Capital, Multiples Alternate Asset Management, Eight Roads Ventures, and Matrix Partners India. This is Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s first funding in an Indian SaaS firm.

Cuemath: The math tutoring startup has raised $57 million in a spherical led by US-primarily based Alpha Wave Global at a valuation of $407 million. This, it claims, is twice the valuation it commanded in its final funding spherical in December 2020.

The firm plans to make use of the funding to strengthen its product outcomes and for acquisitions and partnerships.

It operates in greater than 70 international locations and plans to extend this to over 100 international locations by FY2023.

Slice: The card-primarily based lending and fee options supplier has raised $50 million as a part of new fundraise led by current investor Tiger Global. Japan-based GMO Venture Partners has come in as a brand new investor.

Slice is seeking to prolong the financing spherical and lift at the very least one other $50 million amid a wider slowdown in massive funding offers. While the continued fundraise has not but closed, it’s anticipated to worth Slice at over $1.5 billion, sources instructed us.

The fintech agency grew to become a unicorn after elevating $220 million final November from Tiger Global and Insight Partners.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru-based Bellatrix Aerospace has concluded an $eight million funding spherical led by BASF Venture Capital GmbH, and early-stage VC Inflexor Ventures.

Freeze units in: On Monday, Reuters reported that Mohalla Tech, ShareChat’s guardian firm, has raised practically $300 million in recent funding from Google and others.

But such offers for Indian startups, which have been nearly commonplace in 2021, have turn into scarce in 2022.

We reported on Monday that large-ticket funding rounds have suffered an enormous blow in the previous two months.

Funding slow.
From April to May 16, there have been solely 9 funding rounds of greater than $100 million, totalling a bit over $2 billion. There have been 27 such offers in January-March, in line with information sourced from New York-based analytics platform CB Insights.

Binance’s enterprise arm closes $500 million crypto fund

Binance Labs, the enterprise capital and incubation arm of crypto change Binance, has closed a $500 million fund from buyers akin to DST Global, Breyer Capital and others.

The new fund will make investments in initiatives that goal to increase the use circumstances of cryptocurrencies and enhance the adoption of Web3 and blockchain expertise.

Quote: “The goal of the newly closed investment fund is to discover and support projects and founders with the potential to build and to lead Web3 across DeFi, NFTs, gaming, Metaverse, social, and more,” stated Changpeng Zhao, founder and CEO of Binance.

Launched in 2018, Binance Labs has incubated over 100 crypto initiatives from greater than 25 international locations. Its portfolio contains in style initiatives like Polygon and Axie Infinity.

Big on crypto: Just a couple of days in the past, VC big Andreessen Horowitz had additionally introduced a $four.5 billion crypto fund, signalling robust demand for digital currencies amongst buyers regardless of the current Terra crash.

Global crypto guidelines for banks: Meanwhile, world regulators introduced they’re engaged on finishing particulars concerning how a lot capital banks ought to maintain to cowl crypto belongings. The new guidelines might see stablecoins and different tokens be handled like bonds, deposits and commodities.

India nonetheless waits for crypto guidelines: Back residence, it appears to be like just like the crypto business should wait a very long time for rules.

On Monday, we reported that the union authorities is planning a recent session paper on cryptocurrencies quickly, although a legislation on the digital belongings is prone to take time, in line with secretary of financial affairs Ajay Seth.

Last December, the federal government listed a cryptocurrency invoice in the course of the winter session of Parliament however it was not launched.

In the price range for 2022-23, it imposed a 30% tax on beneficial properties constructed from digital digital belongings, together with a 1% tax deducted at supply on all crypto transactions. It later clarified that taxation didn’t imply legalisation.

Aditya Birla enters crowded ecomm roll-up space with Tmrw

Aditya Birla Fashion
The Aditya Birla Group has introduced the launch of its new ‘house of brands’ entity, Tmrw. Over the following three years, it’ll purchase and incubate greater than 30 manufacturers in the style and way of life section.

The group has appointed former Facebook, Bain and Kalaari Capital govt Prashanth Aluru as cofounder and CEO of Tmrw. It stated it will leverage the networks of Aditya Birla Group and Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd to construct the enterprise.

Quote: “The formal launch of our D2C (direct-to-consumer) business, Tmrw, is a key milestone for the company. This venture has the potential to become a significant growth engine by tapping into the new wave of entrepreneurial energy in India,” stated Ashish Dikshit, MD of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd.

Crowded home: Tmrw will probably be coming into an already crowded ecommerce roll-up space in India. On Tuesday we reported that Mensa Brands, based by former Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan, is aggressively increasing into worldwide markets together with the US, Middle East and Canada.

But Mensa’s trajectory differs from that of most of its friends, all of which acquired large sums from buyers in 2021.

While these firms began out with the identical goal and related funding rounds, properly-funded ones akin to Mensa and Globalbees have cornered a considerable chunk of investments and purchased a plethora of manufacturers, as we reported on April 20. This has left smaller gamers akin to Upscalio, Goat, 10Membership, Powerhouse91, Evenflow and Bzaar struggling to catch up.

Slack formally launches in India, to assist companies arrange ‘digital HQs’

Slack CEO and Co-founder, Stewart Butterfield Rahul Sharma, Country Manager, India, Slack
Workplace communication app Slack has formally entered India, with the goal of serving to firms easily handle operations amid rising adoption of a hybrid working mannequin.

Strong India presence: India is one in every of Slack’s prime 10 markets for paid groups globally. The firm has been working in the nation for the previous 4 years and has a product engineering group in Pune.

Startups like Zomato, Dreamsports, Razorpay and Meesho amongst its distinguished shoppers in the nation.

Quote: “We have a big footprint in large world tech firms with a significant presence in India, like IBM, Amazon, Oracle, and Intuit. India can also be a significant focus for Slack as a result of presence of huge programs integrators like Wipro and TCS,” stated Rahul Sharma, nation supervisor, Slack India.

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Salesforce forecasts robust revenue, brushes apart inflation issues

Cloud software program big Salesforce revised its full-12 months revenue steering to $four.75 a share from the earlier forecast of $four.63, on the again of hovering demand for its companies.

The firm reported a 24% rise in its first quarter revenues to $7.41 billion. Net earnings declined to $28 million from $469 million in the identical quarter final 12 months.

No strain: Despite an unsure macroeconomic setting and rising inflation, Salesforce stays assured on account of a rising demand from firms amid elevated adoption of hybrid working fashions.

“Macroeconomic or geopolitical headwinds might present up ultimately, however Salesforce is properly positioned to capitalise on enterprise spending on digital transformatio, and the corporate has a reasonably resilient mannequin,” SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Steven Koenig stated.

Shares of the corporate soared eight% in prolonged buying and selling, after plunging 37% earlier this 12 months.

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Today’s ETtech Top 5 e-newsletter was curated by Zaheer Merchant in Mumbai and Ruchir Vyas in New Delhi. Graphics and illustrations by Rahul Awasthi.