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IndiaMART aims to help Indian MSMEs get online through latest round of fundings

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New Delhi: Announcing a new round of financing led by Amadeus Capital with participation from Westbridge Capital, the Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund in addition to Intel Capital, IndiaMART is all set to use the funds raised to further strengthen its leadership position in the business to business segment. With this MSME’s are likely to be benefited as the company plans to help them get online. It will assist more of India’s entrepreneurs to launch businesses, restock their shelves, and connect with more business opportunities.

On the announcement of the Series C funding, Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, IndiaMART said, “As pioneers in this field, we understand that there lies a huge untapped opportunity with Indian MSMEs as well as big corporate buyers who consolidate their forces through IndiaMART. While businesses have been followers in adopting internet, more so in India, globally B2B is a much larger opportunity. The Indian B2B sector itself is set to grow by 2.5 times and touch $700 billion by 2020. Given the socio-political and environmental forces in the country we foresee larger strides being taken by MSMEs in the coming years. We are elated that we share the same synergies with our new investors.”

This is the first investment in an Indian company by Amadeus Capital Partners, the global technology investor that has a near twenty-year track record investing in sectors including communications, semiconductors, medical technology, and enterprise and infrastructure software.

Bhavani Rana, who led the investment on behalf of Amadeus Capital, commented, Leading the Series C financing into IndiaMART, India’s most successful B2B classified listing marketplace, represents Amadeus Capital’s first direct investment in India. The investment fits Amadeus’ strategy of backing entrepreneurs benefiting from increased penetration of digital technology in emerging markets. As MSMEs in India increasingly come online, IndiaMART offers buyers a trusted platform and tools to search from over 30 million products and connect with reliable competitive suppliers. Through its subsidiary Tolexo, IndiaMART is able to utilise data to help consummate transactions within the platform. We are excited to be working with founders Dinesh and Brijesh as they grow and expand into new market segments.”

“IndiaMART is at the intersection of commerce, payments, and finance,” said Ganesh Rengaswamy, a Partner of Quona Capital, the investment manager of the Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund. “That strategic position will help lead to IndiaMART’s success. By providing much-needed commerce, financing and payment solutions to India’s MSMEs, IndiaMART can address the key bottlenecks that impair small businesses’ access to both resources and capital. Doing so will ultimately create the most comprehensive platform for India’s MSMEs, and a vital resource for the country’s entrepreneurs.”

“As a leading platform connecting and bringing millions of SMEs online, IndiaMART is well aligned with Intel’s efforts of enabling a Digital India – bringing the benefits of computing to help improve productivity, competitiveness and ease of doing business for the SME sector,” said Amit Behl, Investment Director, Intel Capital India. “We look forward to working with our new investor partners and IndiaMART’s management team as they continue to develop more innovative services for SMEs.”

 

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Tesla bags 200,000 orders for its futuristic ”Cybertruck”

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New Delhi: Elon Musk is back with a bang with his all-new “Cybertruck”. Irrespective of the controversies the all-new Tesla Cybertruck has gathered, it is one of the most radical wheels that has gone on sale in recent times and is becoming quite popular by the day.

Elon Musk took to Twitter to share that Tesla has already received 200k orders since the launch of the “Cybertruck” which was actually 3 days ago(22 November).

Tesla Cybertruck’s production is expected to begin in late 2020. The electric pickup truck is available in three trims — single motor RWD with a range of over 250 miles, dual-motor AWD with a range of more than 300 miles and tri-motor AWD with a range in the north of 500 miles.

The single motor RWD variant of the Cybertruck can go from 0 to 60 mph in below 6.5 seconds and has a towing capacity of over 7,500 pounds, while the dual-motor AWD trim can make 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and boasts of a towing capacity of more than 10,000 pounds. Tesla claims that the tri-motor AWD variant of the vehicle is good for 0-60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and gets a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.

Given its relative performance and price, the Cybertruck could be a massive success for Tesla as it enters into the largest segment in the US market. Almost three million pickups were sold to consumers in 2018. If Tesla can carve off a tiny sliver of that, it’ll go a long way toward taking Tesla’s annual sales to the next level.

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