Manish Singh

Manish Singh covers India for TechCrunch. He previously wrote for VentureBeat, CNBC, The Outline, CNET, Mashable and NDTV. You can reach out to him at m(@)

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India’s Reliance partners with Nvidia to build large language model

Reliance Industries’ Jio Platforms has partnered with GPU giant Nvidia to work on building a large language model that is trained on India’s diverse languages, the two firms said Friday, a

NFT startup Rario founders to leave a year after $120 million funding

Founders of Rario, the cricket NFT startup in which India’s Dream11 led a $120 million funding round last year, are leaving the two-year-old firm, people familiar with the matter said. Ankit Wad

Oyo India chief, Europe head quit amid public listing deliberation

Two senior executives at Oyo have left the budget-hospitality startup, mere months before the company plans to list. Ankit Gupta, who joined the unicorn startup in 2019 and served as its India chief e

Telecom companies in India want tech firms to pay for network usage

Telecom operators in India, the second largest wireless market, would like internet companies to compensate for using their networks, a recommendation they’ve made to the local regulatory body,

Hero MotoCorp, GIC to increase stake in Ather with $108 million investment

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s top two-wheeler maker, and Singapore sovereign fund GIC are investing $108 million in Ather Energy, a promising electric vehicle startup in India whose fast-growing f

Indian fintechs amplify payments soundbox pitches to woo merchants

Some of India’s biggest fintech startups are making deeper inroads into soundboxes, unveiling a new push to the pocket-sized devices whose chimes are fast becoming the new “ka-ching”

Walmart pays $3.5B to increase stake in India’s Flipkart

Walmart has spent $3.5 billion this year to acquire shares from certain Flipkart stakeholders and resolve liabilities with some PhonePe shareholders, illustrating just how aggressively it’s bett

Y Combinator removes Indian startup from batch over ‘irregularities’

Storied venture firm Y Combinator has removed an Indian startup from its batch after discovering “irregularities” at the firm, several people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. Medo

Garena relaunches Free Fire in India a year after ban

Garena is relaunching Free Fire in India, a year and a half after the popular mobile title was banned in the South Asian market over national security concerns. The firm, owned by South Asian giant Se

Dunzo, backed by Reliance and Google, delays employee salaries again

Dunzo informed its employees on Wednesday that it would not be able to meet the postponed deadline for their monthly wages as trouble mounts at the hyperlocal delivery startup that expended over $150

PhonePe dives into stock and mutual fund arena

India’s PhonePe is getting into stock and mutual fund investment, the latest in a series of expansions by the Walmart-backed payments app as it looks to leverage its 450 million-plus user base t

Byju’s is restructuring businesses

Three senior executives are leaving Byju’s as part of a restructuring at the edtech group, the Indian startup said Tuesday. Mukut Deepak, who led the classes 4-10 business; Himanshu Bajaj, head

Reliance’s financial services unit to offer insurance, merchant lending

Jio Financial Services, the financial services unit of Mukesh Ambani-run Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, plans to expand to merchant lending and insurance, Ambani said at Reliance’s ann

Reliance appoints Ambani’s children to board in succession plan

Mukesh Ambani will lead Reliance Industries for five more years and groom and mentor his children to take the $200 billion Indian oil-to-telecom giant to greater heights of growth and value in the dec

Zepto becomes India’s first 2023 unicorn with $200 million fresh funding

Instant grocery delivery startup Zepto has raised $200 million in a new funding round at a valuation of $1.4 billion, it said Friday, at a time when most other firms in the category have either died o

Reliance tests sound box payment system amid financial services push

India’s Paytm introduced the innovative sound box, a pocket-sized speaker designed to instantly validate and announce successful payments to merchants. It has deployed millions of these devices

Qatar fund invests $1B in Ambani’s Reliance Retail at $100B valuation

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is investing $1 billion in Reliance Retail as India’s largest retail chain looks to expand its operations and enter new categories. The Qatar Investment Autho

Snap overhauls India’s organizational structure, appoints new head

Snap has restructured its reporting system in India and named Pulkit Trivedi as the new country head, underscoring the increasing importance of the South Asian market to the company. Snapchat’s

Reliance spin-off Jio Financial Services slides on market debut

For years, the Indian market has been anticipating a public debut of Reliance Retail and Jio Platforms. But in a surprise move late last year, Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man and chairman of c

Peak XV ramps up dealmaking following Sequoia split

Peak XV Partners, the most influential venture firm in India and Southeast Asia, has signed more than 10 term sheets and witnessed three exits in the 10 weeks since it announced a split with Sequoia,
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