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#Dealwire – Shopclues Acquires 2 Startups to Enhance Seller Support & More


#Dealwire is your dose of notable M&A announcements in the technology ecosystem. The firms included in this segment include Shopclues, UpGrad, Pyoopil, FirstCry, Mahindra Retail, BabyOye, Play Your Sport, DirectGround, MSG91, ToSMS, Google, FameBit, Facebook and InfiniLED.

Shopclues Acquires 2 Startups to Enhance Seller Support

Gurgaon-based eCommerce marketplace, Shopclues, has acquired 2 startups in a deal which is yet to be announced officially. The company which claims to have over 5 lakh merchants onboard, has bought the two firms in order to improve its Seller Support platform.

In July 2016, the company had acquired digital payments startup – Momoe. The above mentioned acquisitions happened around the same time period. Read More

UpGrad Acquihires Pyoopil

eLearning firm UpGrad has acquihired mobile training platform Pyoopil for an undisclosed sum.

Pyoopil was founded in 2013 by Harsh Tripathi, Ankan Adhikari, and Tushar Banka. It offers SaaS based solutions to enterprises for employee training. This acquisition will help UpGrad foray into the corporate training segment. Read More

FirstCry Buys BabyOye for Rs 362 Cr in Cash & Stock Deal

eCommerce portal for infant care products, FirstCry, is acquiring BabyOye’s franchise from Mahindra Retail for Rs 362 crore in cash and stock. The split of the deal will comprise Rs.354.6 crore worth of stock and Rs.7.5 crore in cash.

FirstCry, which was founded by Supam Maheshwari in 2010, has also raised Rs 226 crore in fresh investment. Mahindra Group had acquired BabyOye in January 2015, and merged it with its Mom & Me franchise. Read More

Play Your Sport Acquires Sports Discovery and Booking Platform Directground

Delhi-based sports blog, Play Your Sport, has bought sports discovery and booking platform, Directground. The latter was founded by Arun Singh Chauhan and Neha Singh in November 2015.

Play Your Sport was founded in 2015 by Supriya Mamgain and Varoon Kapoor. It had raised an undisclosed amount of investment in Pre-Series A round. Read More

Enterprise Messaging Solution Provider MSG91 Buys ToSMS

Indore-based enterprise messaging solutions provider MSG91 has acquired Kolkata-based ToSMS, for an undisclosed amount. Founded in the year 2013 by Manas Chowdhury, ToSMS offers Web-based solutions to consumers that include personalised SMS and Voice solutions. Read More

Google Acquires Influencer Video Marketing Startup FameBit

Google has announced the acquisition of FameBit, a platform that connects video creators with brand marketers. This move comes when Youtube channels are exploring native advertisement as a monetisation channel beyond Youtube ads. The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.

Santa Monica, California-based FameBit was founded by David Kierzkowski and Agnes Kozera in 2013. It allows creators to monetise from brands through sponsorships and paid promotion, and claims to have powered 25,000 branded videos till date. Read More

Facebook’s Oculus Acquires Irish Startup InfiniLED

In a bid to improve Oculus’ virtual reality capabilities, the Facebook owned company has acquired Ireland-based InfiniLED. The financial terms and details of the deal remain undisclosed.

Founded in 2010, the firm has developed ILED (inorganic LED) displays offering low cost power-efficient alternative. This deal will help Facebook in lowering down Oculus headset’s manufacturing costs. Read More

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