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Dazo shuts down operations

In what seems the inevitable consolidation in the food startup business, Bangalore-based food Dazo has shut down its operations, reports NextBigWhat. The start up had raised an undisclosed amount in a round of seed funding from CommonFloor from  Sumit Jain (co-founder and CEO, CommonFloor), Aprameya Radhakrishna (co-founder, TaxiForSure), Alok Goel (former CEO, FreeCharge), Rajan Anandan (MD, Google India), Amit Agrawal (Country Manager, Amazon India) among others.

The startup provided users with on-demand food with an option to choose from 8-10 menu items for lunch and dinner. According to the platform, users could place an order in just 3 taps. The platform was available only in Koramangala and Bagmane Tech Park in Bangalore where it claimed to serve over 150 orders a day.

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Zo Rooms launches premium category of rooms

Online hotel room booking service Zo Rooms has launched a premium service called Zo Prime, reports NextBigWhat. To begin with, Zo Prime will have 500 rooms across metros and is expected to expand this category to 10,000 rooms within next 12 months across the country. Zo Rooms says it will be aggregating 3-star hotel rooms for this category and prices them at Rs 2,000. Some of the services in the rooms include WiFi, breakfast, early check-in, international calling, 8 inch mattresses, 32 inch LCD TV, air-conditioned rooms, bathtubs, doctor on call, wake-up calls, airport transfers and foreign exchange.

In August, Zo Rooms raised $30 million from existing investors Tiger Global Management and Orios Venture Partners. In July, the company raised an undisclosed amount from the same investors, an amount pegged at $5 million.

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Keys Hotels partners with AxisRooms

Keys Hotels, a chain of budget hotels and resorts, has partnered with Bangalore-based hotel distribution platform AxisRooms. As per the agreement, AxisRooms will automate Keys Hotels’ online bookings. Keys Hotels in turn will align its inventory and rates with the platform.  AxisRooms’ distribution partners include online travel agencies such as MakeMyTrip, Expedia, Booking.com, Cleartrip, Yatra among others.

AxisRooms raised an undisclosed amount for funding from SeedFund in 2013. It currently offers three products – AR ConnectAR Book, and AR Corp. These products allows hotels to manage their B2B partners, hotel contacts, SME/corporate clients, analyse and communicate with clients, and provides a virtual revenue manager.

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Snapdeal’s Shopo launches peer-to-peer chat option

Snapdeal’s mobile marketplace Shopo for small businesses has launched a peer-to-peer chat service, reports YourStory.  Buyers on Shopo can now chat and exchange views, product images, browse simultaneously through multiple selections with their social groups and friend lists. There’s also an option for users to chat in Hindi.

Snapdeal said it is fashioning Shopo along the lines of Alibaba Group’s Taobao marketplace which facilitates consumer-to-consumer (C2C) retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores. It was reported that Snapdeal will invest $100 million in Shopo in September.

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Unikrn buys DotaProHub

Seattle-based Unikrn, a startup which focuses on e-sports betting, has acquired DotaProHub for an undisclosed amount, reports TechCircle. DotaProHub founders Swaroop Hegde and Aditya Mukherjee would be moving to Unikrn’s base in Seattle. The company provides statistics and analytics for Defence of the Ancients video game. DotaProHub combines historical and real-time data from every Dota 2 professional match to generate in-depth statistics in the form of dynamic visualisation for automated analysis.

Unikrn had recently raised $7 million in a fresh round of funding led by Binary Capital, taking the total capital it mobilised to $10 million.