Manish Singh

Manish Singh is a senior reporter at TechCrunch, covering India’s startup scene and venture capital investments. He also reports on global tech firms’ India play. Before joining TechCrunch in 2019, Singh wrote for about a dozen publications, including CNBC and VentureBeat. He graduated in Computer Science and Engineering in 2015. He is reachable on manish(at)techcrunch(dot)com.

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Peak XV’s Piyush Gupta is leaving firm to start own secondary-focused VC fund

Piyush Gupta, one of the operating leaders at Peak XV Partners, is leaving the firm at the end of this month to start his own fund, four people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. Gupta joined P

Fintech CRED secures in-principle approval for payment aggregator license

CRED has received the in-principle approval for a payment aggregator license in a boost to the Indian fintech startup that could help it better serve its customers and launch new products and experime

India’s VerSe acquires Apple News+ rival Magzter

VerSe, the parent firm of Indian news aggregator app Dailyhunt, has acquired the popular digital newsstand firm Magzter, which competes with Apple News+.

India scrambles to curb PhonePe and Google’s dominance in mobile payments

The NPCI plans to meet various fintech startups this month to develop a strategy to address the market dominance of PhonePe and Google Pay in the UPI ecosystem.

Jio Financial, BlackRock to tap India’s wealth management market

Jio Financial Services, part of the Indian conglomerate Reliance, is forming a joint venture with U.S. asset manager BlackRock to set up a wealth management and broking business in India, the two firm

ShareChat’s valuation drops below $2B after new funding round

Social media startup ShareChat's valuation has cratered below $2 billion from nearly $5 billion in a new funding round.

Meta trials its AI chatbot across WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger in India and Africa

Meta has confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing Meta AI, its large language model-powered chatbot, with WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa. The move signals how M

Apple alerts users in 92 nations to mercenary spyware attacks

Apple sent threat notifications to iPhone users in 92 countries on Wednesday, warning them that they may have been targeted by mercenary spyware attacks. The company said it sent the alerts to individ

Indian ride-hailing giant Ola quits UK, Australia and NZ in international pullback

Indian ride-hailing giant Ola is shutting down its operations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, six years after expanding to international markets.

Avendus, top India venture advisor, seeks $300 million for new PE fund

Avendus, India’s leading investment bank for venture deals, is looking to raise about $300 million for its private equity unit, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The Mumbai-ba

Amazon takes on India rivals with Bazaar, a low-cost fashion store

Amazon has quietly introduced a “special store” called Bazaar in India, featuring affordable and trendy fashion and lifestyle products, as it ramps up efforts against Walmart-owned Flipkar

India’s Zepto zooms to $1.2B in annualized sales in 29 months, Goldman says

Indian quick-commerce startup Zepto has surpassed the annualised sales milestone of $1 billion within 29 months of its inception, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note Thursday, citing Zepto management. Zepto

Sachin Bansal’s fintech Navi seeks $2B valuation in its first major external fundraise

Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal is in talks to raise capital for his new startup, Indian fintech Navi. Bansal is talking to investors to raise at a valuation of around $2 billion, three sources fami

Microsoft unbundles Office and Teams globally following years-long criticism

Microsoft has introduced new versions of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscription services that exclude its business collaboration chat offering Teams following scrutiny from the European Union regul

Byju’s founder floats share offer to make peace with estranged investors

Founder Byju Raveendran is making a last-ditch attempt to placate the embattled Indian startup's disgruntled investors.

India court permits Byju’s key shareholder meeting for $200M rights issue

Byju’s secured favorable outcomes in two court hearings Thursday, paving the way for the embattled edtech startup to move ahead with the extraordinary general meeting scheduled for Friday. On Th

Accel rethinks early-stage startup investing in India

By any benchmark, Accel is among the top venture firms in India. With nearly two dozen Indian unicorn startups, including several category leaders, Accel’s track record speaks for itself. Yet th

PayPal backs Indonesian insurance startup Qoala in $47M funding

PayPal Ventures’ latest investment is in an Indonesian startup that provides personal insurance products covering a variety of risks, including accidents, phone screen damage, and ticket cancell

Stability AI CEO resigns because you’re ‘not going to beat centralized AI with more centralized AI’

Stability AI founder and chief executive Emad Mostaque has stepped down from the top role and from the unicorn startup‘s board, the buzzy firm said Friday night, making it the second hot AI star

US DOJ’s blockbuster lawsuit against Apple is headline grabber but poses limited near-term impact

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple Thursday, accusing the company led by CEO Tim Cook of engaging in anticompetitive business practices. The allegations include claims that A
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