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Google backs India’s ShareChat in $300 mn funding spherical at $5 bn valuation

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The guardian firm of India’s ShareChat has raised practically $300 million in contemporary funding from Alphabet Inc’s Google, media big Instances Group and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, valuing the social media agency at practically $5 billion, two sources concerned within the deal discussions advised Reuters.

A deal is about to be introduced as early as subsequent week, the sources added.

ShareChat’s guardian firm, Mohalla Tech, didn’t reply to a request for remark. Google and Temasek didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark, whereas Reuters couldn’t instantly attain the Instances Group.

That is Google’s second key funding in India’s quick video area, having beforehand backed Josh, which competes with ShareChat’s sister agency Moj.

Google’s funding in a bearish marketplace for Indian start-ups exhibits the urge for food for the quick video sector and the start-up’s funding thesis, one of many sources stated. India’s tech start-ups, which raised a file $35 billion in new funds in 2021, have been struggling to boost funds as company governance issues loom giant for traders dealing with a brand new uncertainty in international markets.

Brief video apps like Moj and Josh shot up in reputation after India in 2020 banned ByteDance’s TikTok and another Chinese language apps following a border conflict with China.

ShareChat at present has 180 million month-to-month energetic customers. Moj, together with Mohalla’s lately acquired MX TakaTak, has a mixed person base of 300 million, in line with one of many sources.

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ShareChat was final valued at $3.7 billion in a $266 million funding spherical from traders together with Alkeon Capital and Temasek. The agency additionally counts Twitter and Snap amongst its traders.

If the bid by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to purchase Twitter goes by, Mr. Musk could have probably a stake of between 6% and eight% in ShareChat, the supply added.

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