Startup India: Flipkart says Indian markets not yet ready for large Internet listing

The logo of India's largest online marketplace Flipkart is seen on a building in Bengaluru, India, April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

The co-founder of Flipkart, India’s biggest e-commerce company, said on Saturday that the country’s stock markets were not yet ready for a large Internet listing.

Sachin Bansal’s comments at a startup conference in New Delhi came days after a rejig in the top management that was viewed by some as a step toward a stock market listing.

“Indian markets are not yet ready for a large Internet company listing but we would absolutely love to list here when the time comes,” he said.

But India’s junior minister of finance Jayant Sinha told the same conference that listing of Internet stocks on Indian markets would be a big boost for the economy.

India’s market regulator has eased some rules to make it easier for home grown start ups to list their shares on local bourses.

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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.