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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Neobank Fi finalizing funding at $700 million valuation

Indian neobank Fi is in advanced stages of talks to raise about $100 million at a $700 million valuation, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Alpha Wave Global, formerly known as Falc

Swiggy backs bike taxi platform Rapido in $180 million funding

Swiggy has led a $180 million financing round into bike taxi startup Rapido as the Indian food delivery giant looks to broaden its fleet network across the country, the two firms said on Friday. Rapid

Tata to open up super app Neu to outside brands

Tata Group plans to expand the family of services it offers on its recently launched Tata Neu super app to include services from outside the Indian conglomerate group, the company’s top executiv

WhatsApp permitted to extend payments service to 100 million users in India

The National Payments Corporation of India, the payments body that oversees the widely popular UPI instrument, has given approval to WhatsApp to extend its payments service to 100 million users in the

India’s Meesho likely to postpone new funding amid market uncertainty

Meesho has let go over 150 employees and is looking to eliminate at least as many more positions as the Indian social commerce attempts to streamline its operations following an ongoing struggle to pu

In major reversal, Elon Musk is not joining Twitter’s board

Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man and the largest shareholder of Twitter, will no longer be joining the social media firm’s board, CEO Parag Agrawal said late Sunday, in a surprising r

Coinbase suspends buy orders in India days after launch

Crypto giant Coinbase has suspended support for UPI payments instrument on its app in India, making its eponymous exchange nonfunctional again for any purchase orders less than four days after launchi

Indian payments body refuses to acknowledge Coinbase’s India launch

The National Payments Corporation of India, the governing body that oversees UPI in the country, said in a statement that it is not aware of any cryptocurrency exchange using UPI payments instrument,

Indian giant Tata takes on Amazon and Ambani’s Jio with super app Tata Neu

The Indian conglomerate Tata Group, a $103 billion company whose business spans multiple industries from salt and software to telecom and steel, is ready to embrace consumer technology. The 154-year-o

Coinbase debuts crypto trading in India

Coinbase is adding support for the popular UPI payment instrument in India, making its eponymous cryptocurrency exchange functional in the world’s second-largest internet market for the first ti

Twitter rival in India Koo will let users self-verify

Indian social media app Koo introduced a voluntary self-verification service to its users on Wednesday in an unusual step that it believes will bring credibility and trust on its platform. The Bengalu

Dailyhunt and Josh apps parent firm raises $805 million at $5 billion valuation

At a time when a number of startups are finding it difficult to raise capital, VerSe Innovation, the parent firm of news aggregator app Dailyhunt and short video app Josh, said on Wednesday it has rai

India blocks 22 YouTube channels over national security concerns

India has banned 22 YouTube “news” channels for spreading disinformation on subjects concerning the national security and public order. The banned YouTube channels had amassed a combined t

At long last, web3 makes a push to fight Google Maps

Over a decade ago, a group of employees at Yahoo were struggling to compete with Google Maps as the younger firm aggressively outspent its rivals and scaled its offering with a grand vision and unmatc

India orders antitrust investigation into Zomato and Swiggy conduct

The Indian antitrust watchdog ordered a wide-ranging investigation into the conduct of food delivery firms Zomato and Swiggy on Monday over whether they are operating as “neutral” followin

Crypto giant FTX in talks to invest in Indian gaming startup MPL

India’s Mobile Premier League, or MPL, is in talks to raise capital from a number of investors including the crypto exchange FTX as the mobile gaming startup prepares to make a web3 push, three sour

Indian giant Tata Group to debut super app on April 7

Indian conglomerate Tata Group plans to debut its long-anticipated “super app,” called TataNeu, to the public on April 7, the company has disclosed on its app and Play Store page. Years in

People are sending 7 billion voice messages on WhatsApp every day

Like most smartphone users in India, I use WhatsApp a lot. But I have never sent anyone a voice message — ever. Turns out, others do. WhatsApp said on Wednesday that users on its gigantic messag

India’s Games24x7 valued at $2.5 billion in new funding

Games24x7, a Mumbai-headquartered startup that owns and operates multiple mobile games, has raised $75 million in a new financing round, it said on Wednesday. The new round — a name for which wa

India’s Slice gears up to take on PhonePe and Google Pay with UPI support

A new player is preparing to enter India’s crowded and yet duopoly-sided UPI payments market. Bengaluru-headquartered Slice, which became a unicorn late last year, plans to introduce UPI payments fo
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