India: CashKaro secures $10m from Korea Investment Partners, Kalaari

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Cashback and coupons site CashKaro has raised $10 million in a Series B funding round led by Korea Investment Partners (KIP) and existing investor Kalaari Capital, per an announcement.

Gurugram-based CashKaro had previously raised Series A and angel round of funding from Kalaari Capital, Ratan Tata, and London-based angel investors.

“We felt that it was the right time to raise money and use it to tactically scale up marketing, open new brand building avenues, user-acquisition, product development, and hiring new talent. Our new social cashback app EarnKaro was launched about a year ago and seeing its fast growth, we are all very excited to deploy more funds towards its expansion,” Rohan Bhargava, co-founder, CashKaro.com said.

The company claimed that EarnKaro already has over 1 million registered resellers on its platform. Users simply turn e-commerce links into EarnKaro links and then share them on their WhatsApp, Telegram, YouTube and other social channels. When someone shops via this link, users earn profit in the form of real cash.

Meanwhile, CashKaro acts as a marketing channel for 1500+ ecommerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Ajio. Brands pay CashKaro commission for every completed transaction, and CashKaro passes a large portion of this as cashback to its members. The cashback can be redeemed as cash in a bank account or as Amazon/Flipkart gift vouchers.

“We have seen CashKaro from its early days and are fortunate to be a part of their journey. They have grown more than 5x in the last 12 months, have been ROI focused and they are a clear market leader today. Their latest product innovation EarnKaro has shown impressive capital efficient growth in just a few months and is already treading close to other social commerce startups in the country in terms of Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV),” Rajesh Raju, managing director of Kalaari Capital.

CashKaro and EarnKaro brands are operated by Pouring Pounds India Pvt Limited, which is a subsidiary of UK-based Pouring Pounds Ltd.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.