Jasra Inc: Digital Transformation & Strategy | Manoj Jasra http://jasrainc.com Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:59:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.34 Tune in tomorrow and watch five startups compete at Pitchers & Pitches http://jasrainc.com/tune-in-tomorrow-and-watch-five-startups-compete-at-pitchers-pitches/ http://jasrainc.com/tune-in-tomorrow-and-watch-five-startups-compete-at-pitchers-pitches/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:59:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/tune-in-tomorrow-and-watch-five-startups-compete-at-pitchers-pitches/ By Marquise Foster Ever hear the expression, “every master was once a disaster?” Now apply that to developing a well-crafted pitch. It takes practice and honest feedback to make a masterful pitch, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you participate in our next Pitchers & Pitches. It’s 50 percent competition, 50 percent masterclass and […]

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By Marquise Foster

Ever hear the expression, “every master was once a disaster?” Now apply that to developing a well-crafted pitch. It takes practice and honest feedback to make a masterful pitch, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you participate in our next Pitchers & Pitches. It’s 50 percent competition, 50 percent masterclass and 100 percent free.

Join us tomorrow, August 13, at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT as five randomly chosen Digital Startup Alley exhibitors present their rapid-fire pitches to a panel of TC editors and expert VCs. (take a peek at this session’s competitors and judges below).

Get ready to take notes, ask questions — this is an interactive educational event — and apply what you learn to pump up your own 60-second pitch. Here’s another reason to pay close attention to the live pitches; the viewing audience decides which founder throws the best pitch. It’s a competition after all, with a prize and everything.

And it’s a pretty awesome prize if we do say so ourselves. The winner walks away with a consulting session with cela, a company that connects early-stage startups to accelerators and incubators that can help scale their businesses.

Anyone can attend Pitchers & Pitches …read more

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Digital mortgage company Habito completes £35M Series C http://jasrainc.com/digital-mortgage-company-habito-completes-35m-series-c/ http://jasrainc.com/digital-mortgage-company-habito-completes-35m-series-c/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/digital-mortgage-company-habito-completes-35m-series-c/ By Steve O’Hear Habito, the London startup that has spent the last few years moving the mortgage process online, including offering its own mortgages beyond acting as a broker, has completed £35 million in Series C funding. The newly disclosed round — comprising an earlier Series C equity raise and a more recent Series C […]

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By Steve O’Hear

Habito, the London startup that has spent the last few years moving the mortgage process online, including offering its own mortgages beyond acting as a broker, has completed £35 million in Series C funding.

The newly disclosed round — comprising an earlier Series C equity raise and a more recent Series C extension in the form of a convertible loan note, was led by new investors Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group and mojo.capital, with participation from various existing investors including Ribbit Capital, Atomico and Mosaic Ventures.

The convertible loan was also matched by the U.K. taxpayer-funded Future Fund, set up by the government to help mitigate the coronavirus crisis’ affect on the country’s venture-backed startup ecosystem. It brings the total raised by Habito to just over £63 million since launching in 2016.

In a call, Habito founder Daniel Hegarty that the new investment will be used by the company to continue digitising aspects of home financing and buying which still remain a pain-point for homebuyers and sellers.

The fintech/proptech started out by offering a digital mortgage brokerage, promising to help you secure a new mortgage and monitor the competitiveness of your existing mortgage. The idea was to make …read more

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Google rolls out virtual visiting card in India http://jasrainc.com/google-rolls-out-virtual-visiting-card-in-india/ http://jasrainc.com/google-rolls-out-virtual-visiting-card-in-india/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:26:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/google-rolls-out-virtual-visiting-card-in-india/ By Manish Singh Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to add more LinkedIn -esque functionalities into its search engine. The company said […]

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By Manish Singh

Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to add more LinkedIn -esque functionalities into its search engine.

The company said it has rolled out the feature, called people cards, first in India because of the special affinity people in the world’s second largest internet market have shown toward looking up their own names on the search engine. People cards currently only supports English.

Users can create people cards about themselves by signing into their Google account and then looking up their name on Google search. This will prompt a new option called “add me to Search” or “get started”; tapping which will open a form that asks users to provide a bio (description) of themselves, their picture (by default, Google fetches the image associated with a user’s Google account), links to their website and social media profiles, and optionally, their phone number, address, work and education details, and email address.

Google said the more information a user provides, the easier it would …read more

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VPN booms as countries around the world mull TikTok bans http://jasrainc.com/vpn-booms-as-countries-around-the-world-mull-tiktok-bans/ http://jasrainc.com/vpn-booms-as-countries-around-the-world-mull-tiktok-bans/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2020 03:32:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/vpn-booms-as-countries-around-the-world-mull-tiktok-bans/ By Rita Liao As countries around the world ban or threaten to restrict TikTok, interest in virtual private networks has spiked. The use of VPNs can let users access an online service from an encrypted tunnel and thus bypass app blocks. “We are seeing an increasing number of governments around the world attempting to control […]

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By Rita Liao

As countries around the world ban or threaten to restrict TikTok, interest in virtual private networks has spiked.

The use of VPNs can let users access an online service from an encrypted tunnel and thus bypass app blocks. “We are seeing an increasing number of governments around the world attempting to control the information their citizens can access,” observes Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN, which claims to have over 3,000 servers across 94 countries. “For this reason, VPNs are used to access blocked sites and services by many worldwide.”

Indeed, ExpressVPN’s website saw a 10% week-over-week increase in traffic following the U.S. government’s announcement of a potential TikTok ban. The VPN service recorded similar trends in Japan and Australia, where it saw a 19% and 41% WoW increase in traffic respectively after the governments said they might block TikTok.

When India officially shut down TikTok, ExpressVPN saw a 22% WoW jump in web traffic. In Hong Kong, where TikTok voluntarily pulled out following the enactment of the national security law, the VPN service logged a 10% WoW traffic growth.

Not a ‘magic bullet’

VPNs have long been a popular solution for people to elude restrictions …read more

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IPO mistakes, fintech results, and the Zenefits ‘mafia’ http://jasrainc.com/ipo-mistakes-fintech-results-and-the-zenefits-mafia/ http://jasrainc.com/ipo-mistakes-fintech-results-and-the-zenefits-mafia/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2020 20:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/ipo-mistakes-fintech-results-and-the-zenefits-mafia/ By Alex Wilhelm Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. It’s broadly based on the weekday column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free. And it’s made just for you. You can sign up for the newsletter here. With that out of the way, let’s talk money, upstart […]

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By Alex Wilhelm

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. It’s broadly based on the weekday column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free. And it’s made just for you. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

With that out of the way, let’s talk money, upstart companies and the latest spicy IPO rumors.

(In time the top bit of the newsletter won’t get posted to the website, so do make sure to sign up if you want the whole thing!)

BigCommerce isn’t worried about its IPO pricing

One of the most interesting disconnects in the market today is how VC Twitter discusses successful IPOs and how the CEOs of those companies view their own public market debuts.

If you read Twitter on an IPO day, you’ll often see VCs stomping around, shouting that IPOs are a racket and that they must be taken down now. But if you dial up the CEO or CFO of the company that actually went public to strong market reception, they’ll spend five minutes telling you why all that chatter is flat wrong.

Case in point from this week: BigCommerce. Well-known VC Bill Gurley was incensed that shares …read more

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Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent http://jasrainc.com/daily-crunch-trump-bans-transactions-with-bytedance-and-tencent/ http://jasrainc.com/daily-crunch-trump-bans-transactions-with-bytedance-and-tencent/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:30:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/daily-crunch-trump-bans-transactions-with-bytedance-and-tencent/ By Anthony Ha Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020. The big story: Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat Both orders will take […]

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By Anthony Ha

Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020.

The big story: Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat

Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but its specific impact is unclear since Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will apparently not identify what transactions are covered until then.

This comes after Trump had already said that he was banning TikTok unless the app is sold to an American owner. (Specifically Microsoft, which has acknowledged that it’s in acquisition talks.)

TikTok hit back against the order by saying that it was “issued without any due process” and would risk “undermining global businesses’ trust in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law.”

The tech giants

Facebook extends coronavirus work from home policy until July 2021 — Facebook has joined Google in saying it will allow employees to work from home until the middle of next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Netflix’s latest effort to make inroads …read more

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Mashroom raises £4M for its ‘end-to-end’ lettings and property management service http://jasrainc.com/mashroom-raises-4m-for-its-end-to-end-lettings-and-property-management-service/ http://jasrainc.com/mashroom-raises-4m-for-its-end-to-end-lettings-and-property-management-service/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/mashroom-raises-4m-for-its-end-to-end-lettings-and-property-management-service/ By Steve O’Hear Mashroom, the London proptech that offers an “end-to-end” lettings and property management service, has raised £4 million in new funding. Backing comes from existing unnamed private investors and matched funding from the U.K. taxpayer-funded Future Fund. It brings total funding to date for the company to £7 million. Pitching itself as going […]

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By Steve O’Hear

Mashroom, the London proptech that offers an “end-to-end” lettings and property management service, has raised £4 million in new funding.

Backing comes from existing unnamed private investors and matched funding from the U.K. taxpayer-funded Future Fund. It brings total funding to date for the company to £7 million.

Pitching itself as going “beyond the tenant-finding service” to include the entire rental journey — from property advertising, arranging viewings, credit history checks, maintenance, to end of tenancy and dispute resolution — the self-service platform lets landlords list their property, which tenants can then rent easily.

This includes digital credit and reference checks and the signing of rental agreements and tenancy renewals. In addition, open banking is employed to collect rental payments and provide real-time payment information to landlords.

“Letting and renting is, for the most part, still a fragmented, bricks-and-mortar industry,” says Mashroom founder and ex-venture capitalist Stepan Dobrovolskiy. “The experience as a landlord or tenant normally still involves a traditional estate agent who acts as intermediary and charges a hefty fee. While plenty of new players have come along with tech to solve certain points in the experience, we are the first to look at the entire process from end to end”.


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Infermedica scores $10M Series A for its ‘AI-driven’ diagnosis and triage platform http://jasrainc.com/infermedica-scores-10m-series-a-for-its-ai-driven-diagnosis-and-triage-platform/ http://jasrainc.com/infermedica-scores-10m-series-a-for-its-ai-driven-diagnosis-and-triage-platform/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/infermedica-scores-10m-series-a-for-its-ai-driven-diagnosis-and-triage-platform/ By Steve O’Hear Infermedica, the Poland-founded health tech startup that offers an AI-driven platform for preliminary diagnosis and triage, has raised just over $10 million in Series A funding. The round is led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and digital health fund Heal Capital. Existing investors Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, […]

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By Steve O’Hear

Infermedica, the Poland-founded health tech startup that offers an AI-driven platform for preliminary diagnosis and triage, has raised just over $10 million in Series A funding.

The round is led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and digital health fund Heal Capital. Existing investors Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, and Dreamit Ventures also participated.

Infermedica says the investment will be used for platform R&D to further enhance its patient triage and symptom checking features and clinical decision support analysis. The company is also planning to expand operations in Germany and the U.S. The new capital means the startup has raised $15 million in total to date.

Founded in 2012 in Wrocław by CEO Piotr Orzechowski, Infermedica describes itself an “AI-driven, customisable, multi-language” platform that aids patient care and healthcare service delivery. Like a plethora of competitors, such as Ada Health, Babylon and Your.MD, it combines the expertise of doctors with its own algorithms to offer symptom triage and advice to patients.

Image Credits: Infermedica

Notably, the company operates a B2B model, working with insurance companies, telemedicine companies, and health systems that want to offer digitally delivered symptom-checks. It positions itself as “API-first,” as well as whitelabeling its platform …read more

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Jakarta-based Wahyoo gets $5 million Series A to help small eateries digitize their operations http://jasrainc.com/jakarta-based-wahyoo-gets-5-million-series-a-to-help-small-eateries-digitize-their-operations/ http://jasrainc.com/jakarta-based-wahyoo-gets-5-million-series-a-to-help-small-eateries-digitize-their-operations/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:51:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/jakarta-based-wahyoo-gets-5-million-series-a-to-help-small-eateries-digitize-their-operations/ By Catherine Shu Wahyoo’s team, including CEO Peter Shearer (third from left) While growing up, Peter Shearer watched his mother get up every day at 2AM or 3AM to prepare for her catering business. For many people who own small food businesses in Indonesia, “everything is handled on their own, so I really, really wanted […]

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By Catherine Shu

Wahyoo’s team, including CEO Peter Shearer (third from left)

While growing up, Peter Shearer watched his mother get up every day at 2AM or 3AM to prepare for her catering business. For many people who own small food businesses in Indonesia, “everything is handled on their own, so I really, really wanted to create a system so they can have better operations and get more quality of life,” Shearer told TechCrunch.

His startup, Wahyoo, was founded in 2017 to help small eateries, called warung makan, digitize and automate more tasks, from ordering supplies to managing finances. Today, Wahyoo announced that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Intudo Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on Indonesia.

Other investors in the round included Kinesys Group, Amatil X (the corporate venture program of Coca-Cola Amatil, one of the world’ five largest Coca-Cola bottlers), Arkblu Capital, Indogen Capital, Selera Kapital, Gratyo Universal Indonesia and Isenta Hioe. The capital will be used on hiring, developing Wahyoo’s tech platform and expanding beyond the Greater Jakarta area.

In a press statement about the investment, Intudo Ventures founding partner Patrick Yip said, “Small-and medium enterprises represent one of the major engines …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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TaxScouts raises £5M Series A to expand to Europe, first stop Spain http://jasrainc.com/taxscouts-raises-5m-series-a-to-expand-to-europe-first-stop-spain/ http://jasrainc.com/taxscouts-raises-5m-series-a-to-expand-to-europe-first-stop-spain/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/taxscouts-raises-5m-series-a-to-expand-to-europe-first-stop-spain/ By Steve O’Hear TaxScouts, the U.K. tax preparation startup founded by TransferWise and MarketInvoice alumni, has raised £5 million in Series A funding for European expansion. Leading the round is Octopus Ventures, with previous investors SpeedInvest, Seedcamp and Finch Capital, following on. Also participating is Clocktower Technology Ventures, the U.S. venture capital firm specialising in […]

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By Steve O’Hear

TaxScouts, the U.K. tax preparation startup founded by TransferWise and MarketInvoice alumni, has raised £5 million in Series A funding for European expansion.

Leading the round is Octopus Ventures, with previous investors SpeedInvest, Seedcamp and Finch Capital, following on. Also participating is Clocktower Technology Ventures, the U.S. venture capital firm specialising in financial technology.

Aiming to build a “pan-European” tax filing service, first stop outside the U.K. is Spain, with TaxScouts having already appointed a Madrid-based country manager. It says it has chosen Spain based on the size of the market and the complexity of the local tax system, and will expand to further European markets in the near future.

Image Credits: TaxScouts

Combining “automation” with a network of human accountants, TaxScouts’ service is designed to support you through your annual tax filing preparation and submission. The company charges a simple flat fee — currently £119 in the U.K. — and promises a quick turnaround, typically just 1-2 days.

To achieve this, the web app walks you through your tax status, income and expenses without assuming too much prior knowledge. This includes asking you to upload or take a photo of any required documents, such as invoices …read more

Source: Tech Crunch

    

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