India: Auto platform Droom raises Series B led by Beenext, Japan’s Digital Garage

Online automobile market place Droom has raised an undisclosed amount in its Series B round led by Singapore’s Beenext and Japanese incubator and venture capital firm Digital Garage.

The funds will be used for its planned expansion into southeast Asia later this year apart from strengthening its platform and presence in India.

“We are still operating at the floor in India. There is a huge untapped market here, so we want to strengthen our position here first,” said Droom founder and CEO Sandeep Aggarwal, adding that company was looking for an overseas foray by November. It is targeting markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Prior to this round, the company raised $16 million in three rounds including two tranches of seed funding.

Founded in April 2014, Droom is a marketplace for new and used automobiles and services. It competes with Mumbai-based CarTrade, which raised $142 million in January from Temasek and March Capital.

Existing investors, Lightbox Ventures and Beenos, also participated in the latest round along with new institutional investors from China and Japan, Droom founder Sandeep Aggarwal said, at a media conference.

While the size of the deal was not disclosed, earlier news reports had said the company was in talks to raise around Rs 200 crore ($30 million).

“The amount raised is significantly higher than the Series A that Droom raised in July 2015,” Aggarwal said.

Beenext, founded by Japanese e-commerce entrepreneur and investor Teruhide Sato last year, has invested from its $60-million fund. The firm will be investing half of that amount into Indian startups.

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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.