India: How Bhavish Aggarwal-led Ola swung a funding flip

Ola bought TaxiForSure in a deal worth $200 million nearly 18 months ago to consolidate its status as India’s most attractive cab-hailing app and widen its lead over Uber Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

When Ola Electric Mobility Pvt. Ltd, the electric vehicle unit spun off from ride-hailing startup Ola, said in July that it had raised about $250 million from SoftBank Group Corp., it became the fastest firm to become a unicorn after Udaan, a business-to-business commerce platform. Ola Electric took just two and a half years to attain the unicorn tag, which refers to startups valued at $1 billion or more. The company had previously raised 400 crore in March from Tiger Global Management and Matrix Partners India, which, like SoftBank, are large minority investors in Ola’s parent ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

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