India Dealbook: Charlie Chatter, VDeliver, Bottr.me & Open raise funding

TV chat software firm Charlie Chatter has raised $300,000 from digital marketing company Langoor while logistics startup VDeliver has received a funding from Corvus ventures and others. In other funding updates, chatbot creator Bottr.me has secured a funding from 500 Startups among others even as fintech firm Open has got $250,000 funding.

TV chat software co Charlie Chatter gets $300k funding

Australian firm Charlie Chatter has received a $300,000 funding from digital marketing company Langoor, according to an Economic Times report citing company’s top management.

Charlie Chatter is a TV chat software company which has patented a technology that allows users to overlay chat and notifications to different displays, including TVs and handheld devices.

The company plans to raise another $700,000 from Ahmedabad-based Langoor in the next year as it moves from a mobile app to a dongle-based service, the report said.

Logistics firm VDeliver raises pre-Series A funding

Logistics company VDeliver has raised an undisclosed amount in a pre-Series A round led by VC firm Corvus Ventures and Mumbai-based MAPE Advisory Group.

R. Ramaraj, co-founder, Sify Technologies and Anil Bhansali, managing director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd also took part in this round.

The Hyderabad-based company will use the money for developing new products and services.

“For several businesses, getting deliveries right is essential. We believe the strong understanding of business operations and technology that VDeliver brings will help it become an indispensable partner to companies looking to optimise their delivery function,” said Mahesh Reddy, MD, Corvus Ventures.

Bottr.me gets funding from 500 Startups, Purvi Capital, others

California-headquartered Bottr.me which allows users to create an AI-based virtual avatar, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from 500 Startups; Purvi Capital; Rajan Anandan, vice-president, Southeast Asia and India, Google; and Abhishek Gupta from TLabs.

The startup will use the proceeds for expanding its team and product development, according to an Inc42 report. It was founded by Abhimanyu Godara, Mayank Agarwal, Arjun S Kumar and Uday Krishan.

“Chatbots have the potential to replace apps and websites in the near future for one sole reason. They offer user experience in the most rawest and natural form – conversation. Messaging and AI have been the biggest trends of this decade and a horizontal platform with network efforts has huge potential to make this happen,” said Abhimanyu Godara.

Fintech co Open secures $250k funding

Fintech company Open has secured $250k in funding from PayU India CEO Amrish Rau and managing director Jitendra Gupta.

The capital will be used for branding and expansion of the 12-member team, according to an article in The Economic Times.

Founded in May by husband-wife duo Anish Achuthan and Mabel Chacko, the startup will offer digital banking, bookkeeping, invoicing and other services to micro-entrepreneurs.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs have started moving to app-based banking, and Open offers a whole range of services,” Rau told ET.

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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.

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.