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印度电商Udaan获2.25亿美元融资,成立26个月跻身独角兽

近日,B2B电商Udaan完成了2.25亿美元C轮融资。这家公司由Sujeet Kumar、Amod Malviya和Vaibhav Gupta三位前Flipkart员工创立。本轮融资由DST Global和光速创投联合领投。据外媒报道,这笔资金的注入,将让Udaan成为印度最快跻身独角兽的创企。

Flipkart是印度最成功的的电商平台之一,今年年初它被沃尔玛以160亿美元的价格收购。Kumar、Malviya和Gupta曾分别是Flipkart的运营总裁、首席技术官以及商业融资分析副总裁。他们于2016年离开了这家公司。

在建立这家B2B公司后不久,三人于2016年获得了光速创投领投的1000万美元A轮融资,今年年初它又获得了光速创投领投的5000万美元融资。

光速创投印度的总经理Bejul Somaia告诉外媒:“我们很幸运能够见证这家公司在最近几个季度里,以非常快的速度进行扩张。这家公司的首要原则方法就是要解决印度独有的重大问题,我们正是被这一点所吸引。”

Udaan的移动应用连接着印度15万家贸易商、批发商和零售商,它能让中小型企业直接和制造商进行交易。现在这款应用里有销售电子设备和消费品,公司还计划让工业品、新鲜果蔬、办公用品等尽快上架。

目前这家公司成立仅26个月,很少有公司能在这么短的时间内成为一只独角兽。除了3D打印创企Desktop Metal,以及Craigslist的竞争对手Letgo。这两家公司分别在21个月以及24个月里成为了独角兽。

而印度创企的独角兽更是稀少,历史上没有哪家印度创企比Udaan更快。按需配送平台Swiggy花了4年时间,于今年年初成为了独角兽。另一家配送创企Zomato更是花了将近10年,才在2017年时估值达到了14亿美元。

Looks like Sujeet Kumar, Amod Malviya and Vaibhav Gupta’s decision to jump ship from Flipkart to focus on their own venture is paying off.

The trio announced this morning that their B2B e-commerce startup Udaan had raised $225 million in Series C funding co-led by DST Global and Lightspeed Venture Partners, with capital coming out of the latter’s growth fund. The cash infusion, according to Indian media reports, makes Udaan the fastest-ever Indian startup to be valued at over $1 billion.

Flipkart, one of the most successful e-commerce platforms out of India, sold to Walmart in a $16 billion deal earlier this year. Kumar, Malviya and Gupta, which were the former president of operations, CTO and SVP of business finance and analytics at Flipkart, respectively, departed the company in 2016.

Shortly after setting up the B2B marketplace, the three raised $10 million in a Series A led by Lightspeed in late 2016—then another $50 million earlier this year, also led by Lightspeed, with participation from the venture capital firm’s India office.

Bejul Somaia, a managing director at Lightspeed India that’s been on the Bengaluru-based company’s board since that A round, confirmed the latest funding to TechCrunch.

“We have been fortunate to see the company scale very rapidly from close quarters,” Somaia told me via email. “We’re drawn to the company’s first-principles approach to solving significant problems that are unique in the Indian context.”

Udaan’s mobile app connects 150,000 traders, wholesalers and retailers in India, enabling small- and medium-sized businesses to do business directly with manufacturers. Right now, electronics and consumer goods are for sale on the app, with plans for the company to make industrial goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, office supplies and more available soon.

At just 26 months of age, there are few companies that have raced—or shall we say trotted—into the unicorn club at such a speed. Recent examples include the 3D printing company Desktop Metal, which crossed the threshold 21 months after its founding. Plus, there’s the Craigslist competitor Letgo; it became a unicorn in just two years.

Indian startup unicorns, of which there are fewer, have historically taken longer to earn their unicorn horns.

On-demand delivery platform Swiggy, for example, became a unicorn earlier this year, about four years after it was founded. Zomato, another delivery app, garnered a $1.4 billion valuation in 2017 after nearly 10 years in business.


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