How A Silicon Valley Networking Firm Has Turned To Invest In Indian Startups

Darren Li Media Coverage

Private network and conference-producer GWC has been pulling together innovators and executives in the mobile tech space since 2008, but the Silicon Valley and Beijing-based business has since turned early-stage investor, stepping up it’s investments in Indian startups. “Most investors in Silicon Valley don’t invest out of Silicon Valley, let alone [outside] the US,” says GWC, (also known as the …

Here’s a VC’s Take on Two Important Funding Trends Expected in 2017

Darren Li G-Startup Worldwide, Media Coverage

Foreign funds and two or more funds coming together for a single round of funds are two key trends that are set to emerge in 2017. But are how  does an entrepreneur deal with these two trends? Entrepreneur India spoke to Anand Lunia, General Partner at IndiaQuotient, on funding trends  and checks entrepreneurs should make prior to picking an investor. …

Three Indian Startups Win Top Honours At A Competition That Helped Launch Didi Chuxing

Darren Li G-Startup Worldwide, Media Coverage

What’s common between three early-stage Indian startups – StockViews, Numberz, WorkIndia – and China’s largest ride sharing app make Didi Chuxing? All four emerged winners at G-Startup Worldwide, a startup competition organised by Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC). In 2013, a year after Didi Chuxing (formerly known as Didi Kuaidi) launched in China, it won an award for the most …

Great Wall Club Innovator Fund plans more deals in India

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Silicon Valley-based early stage investor GWC Innovator Fund plans to step up seed investments in India by backing five to ten startups in a year from its new $20 million fund, its co-founder Barret Parkman told Techcircle. GWC Innovator Fund is an offshoot of Great Wall Club (GWC), the company that conducts mobile and internet startup conferences worldwide under the …

Can VCs Add Value Beyond the Money?

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Dave McClure of 500 Startups had a very interesting remark about the VC environment. He said, “Most VCs don’t work hard, they think they are great stock pickers!” Post this comment in one of the key VC panels at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Bangalore,which was chaired by marquee investors from the Indian ecosystem and was moderated by Entrepreneur …

G-Startup Worldwide at GMIC Bangalore 2016 Winners Announced

Darren Li G-Startup Worldwide, Media Coverage

  G-Startup Worldwide, a global startup competition held at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) events to find the most innovative, early stage startups, is honored to announce the winners for its 2016 Bangalore competition. The G-Startup Worldwide competition at GMIC Bangalore is where entrepreneurs from around the globe gathered to pitch world leading VC judges for the first prize …

‘The app is the magic’ and 30 more innovation insights from GMIC 2015

Darren Li Media Coverage

The annual Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC), held in India for the second time by GWC, drew dozens of startups, innovators, investors and mobile powerhouses to Bangalore. With the theme ‘Mobile Everything – Connecting Innovation,’ the speaker lineup included the founders of Indian billion-dollar ‘unicorn’ players such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, Ola and InMobi. There were also heavyweights from China …

Nandan Nilekani commits $200,000 to Nudge Foundation

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Infosys co-founder and former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani has committed $200,000 (Rs 1.32 crore) investment into The/Nudge Foundation, a non-profit launched by former InMobi executive Atul Sathija in July this year. In addition to this, the entity has also raised $50,000 (Rs 33 lakh) from the Great Wall Club, $75,000 (Rs 49 lakh) from InMobi and $40,000 (Rs 26 lakh) …

India to lead mobile Net: Apus CEO

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In his keynote address at the Global Mobile Internet Conference held in Bengaluru on Thursday, Tao spoke about the similarities between India and China in terms of population, GDP and growth rates, and how China’s present maybe a pointer to India’s future in mobile internet and innovation. He, however, believes India will take a leap of its own. Tao divided China’s …

Chennai Based HyperVerge Emerges Winner At The G-Startup Competition At GMIC

Darren Li G-Startup Worldwide, Media Coverage

GMIC, India’s largest mobile conference, has announced HyperVerge as the winner of their flagship startup competition, G-Startup held in Bangalore yesterday. The emerged winner at the competition, HyperVerge, is a Silicon Valley and Chennai based startup founded in 2014 by Kedar Kulkarni, Vignesh Krishnakumar, Kishore Natarajan, Saivenkatesh Ashokkumar and Praveen Kumar. The startup uses deep learning to organize images. It …