Wincourse acquire social learning startup Mappr
Delhi-based education technology firm Wincourse has acquired 85% stake in social learning startup Mappr for an undisclosed amount, reports the Mint. According to Wincourse, it’s currently developing a complete suite of edu-tech solutions, and the acquisition of Mappr will help it do so.
Founded in 2014, Mappr is a social networking platform for students, teachers and parents. Teachers can create discussion groups, take polls and upload videos etc. Following the acquisition, both Mappr founders will move to non-executive roles in the company. Wincourse currently acts as an aggregator of tutors, and offers its services in Delhi and Bangalore with plans to expand to other cities soon.
Truly Madly goes app-only
Online dating app TrulyMadly has gone app only, reports Vccircle. The platform previously operated a desktop website as well. According to the company 98% of its users use the mobile app most of the time, and hence it would now focus on developing the app only.
Earlier in March, TrulyMadly had raised Rs 35 crores from Helion Venture Partners and Kae Capital. The company had said then that the funds would be used to build a social network for singles in India, invest in developing original content and invest heavily in bolstering their product and tech team. Founded in 2014 by Sachin Bhatia (co-founder MakeMyTrip.com), Hitesh Dhingra (founder, Letsbuy) and Rahul Kumar (ex-AVP, Product, MakeMyTrip.com), TrulyMadly lets users discover each other via shared interests and profiles.
Uber to start accepting cash payments across India
Online cab hailing service Uber will start accepting cash payments for rides across all 22 cities that it currently operates in, reports Vccircle. The cab aggregator recently rolled out cash payments for users in Bangalore and Delhi, and plans to do so soon in Mumbai. Uber mentions that the cash payments will be rolled out slowly, and that all users might not yet be able to avail this option.
Uber started accepting cash payments in India in May this year, starting with Hyderabad. Globally, Uber does not accept cash payments in any other country and had said before that it hopes it to better understand customer behaviour and usage patterns so that it could deliver more efficient payment models in India. In India, the company recently launched in Nagpur and Nashik as well.
Lookup partners with hyperlocal services Road Runnr
Bangalore based Messaging app Lookup has partnered with Road Runnr for deliveries across Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The platform claims that any store keeper can sign up to provide deliveries through Lookup. A link for tracking the delivery will be sent by the company in the chat.
In May, Lookup raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. In January this year, the platform raised $382,000 in seed funding from Japanese investors Teruhide Sato and DeNA Co. The company had previously raised $160,000 from Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan and $100,000 from MKS Switzerland in December last year. Lookup was founded by Deepak Ravindran and claims to have answered over 3 million queries by its customers. The platform claims to have reached 1 million users with over 800k downloads of the Android app.
MakeMyTrip changes its loyalty program
Online travel booking platform MakeMyTrip has revamped its loyalty program and re-launched it as My Rewards. The program will offer various benefits to members like a free hotel room-night voucher of Rs 3500 on 4 completed bookings. Payback points are also given to members using the platform.
Last month, MakeMyTrip launched an Android app which lets users book round trip train tickets in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. The company said that it was investing in services supported by regional content. Last November, the company had said that it was launching a Hindi app with plans to support 4 more languages in the first half of this year. MakeMyTrip currently offers 4 apps on the Play Store: Flight booking, IRCTC booking, Trip ideas and Hotel Right Now, all of which are in English with the exception of the IRCTC app.
Turant Delivery acquires Zippon
Turant Delivery, an on-demand logistics aggregator, has acquired Zippon for an undisclosed amount, reports Vccircle. Post acquisition, Venkatesh CL, co-founder and CEO of Zippon, will join the Turant team.
Turant currently operates in Delhi and Mumbai, and will be expanding to Bangalore post this acquisition. Both the platforms offer similar services, offering relocation and trucking services. As of now, Zippon claims to have partnerships with over 15 packers to move users in Bangalore. Neither platforms own trucks, rather they provide a booking platform similar to Ola or Uber.