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Three months after formal launch, News Corp’s Infracircle “takes a break”

Infracircle, the infrastructure-focused vertical publication from News Corp-owned VCCircle, appears to have stopped functioning just three months after its official launch. Even though the site went online sometime in July 2016, the publication was formally launched on December 16th 2016, at an event in Delhi which had among its attendees, according to its own report “three Cabinet ministers, top bureaucrats and industry honchos”; its last story appears to have gone up on March 14th 2017, so the site was live for less than a year. A notice on the homepage of Infracircle.in says that it is “taking a break”, and intends to use the break to “fill in the gaps and come back with a product that is richer and sharper”. “There will be no InfraCircle newsletter from today onwards and the site, too, will go into hibernation”, it adds while asking readers to follow the group’s core publication VCCircle.

Another group publication, Techcircle.in*, has recently been merged into VCCircle, now christened VCC Startups, and it appears that the Techcircle brand has now been retired; what used to be the Techcircle Payments Forum is now called the News Corp VCCircle Payments Forum (which is a bit of a mouthful, tbh). VCCircle also runs the deal data research platform VCCEdge.

Founded by Sahad PV, VCCircle (Mosaic Media Ventures) was acquired by Newscorp in March 2015 for an undisclosed amount. The company monetizes primarily through events and workshops. Sahad PV left the company in March 2016. News Corp also has investments in PropTiger, a real estate portal which merged with Housing.com earlier this year. The other is financial planning site BigDecisions.com.

The notice on the Infracircle site

Dear Readers,

InfraCircle, your favourite platform for all the news and information on infrastructure sector in India, is taking a break. In the past few months, we strived to ensure you were on top of all the developments in the industry as and when they happened. Yet, we have identified a few chinks in our offering. We intend to use the​ break to fill in the gaps and come back with a product ​that is richer​ and sharper.

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There will be no InfraCircle newsletter from today onwards and the site, too, will go into hibernation.

Meanwhile, do visit vccircle.com to read about all the investment-related developments in the infrastructure space.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your patronage.

– Team InfraCircle

Disclosure: Techcircle, and now VCC Startups, have areas of overlap with MediaNama

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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