Flipkart secures $1 billion in funding, eyes $1 billion more

21 Mar 2017 | Written by Anish Chakraborty; Edited by Gogona Saikia
Flipkart- Of funding, valuations & being a unicorn!

Flipkart manages to secure $1billion in funding in a bid to stay ahead of the competition.

Some of the major backers involved were Microsoft Corp., EBay Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd.

The e-commerce giant eyes to go for another round in the upcoming months in a bid to acquire $1 billion more.

Although impressive, this funding was on a lower-valuation than it had before.

In context: Flipkart- Of funding, valuations & being a unicorn!

21 Mar 2017Flipkart secures $1 billion in funding, eyes $1 billion more

DetailsMajor milestones: Flipkart's history of funding till now

Flipkart started the journey in 2007 with Rs. 4 lakh as initial-capital.

In 2009, Accel India invested $1million, Tiger Global invested $10 million.

In 2013, it raised $200 million from existing investors and $160 million from others.

Flipkart got $1billion in funding from GIC Singapore in 2014. The same year it raised $700 million more.

Another $700 million was raised from existing-investors in 2015.

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Who's at the helm?

10 Jan 2017Who's at the helm?

After the latest management reshuffle Kalyan Krishnamurthy, an erstwhile MD at Tiger Global Management is the one who is now calling the shots after being appointed as the CEO of Flipkart.

Co-founder Binny Bansal is the group CEO.

Founder Sachin Bansal is the executive chairman of the Flipkart group, a position which he assumed in January 2016 after receding from the top spot.

The crossover game

Paytm is on its way to becoming an e-commerce upstart from its roots as a payment company, where it has already solidified its stance. Flipkart too owns a payment platform called PhonePe but has not seen much success in the payment category.

JourneyRise and fall of the e-commerce giant

2009: Valuation of the firm is a tad bit lower than $50 million.

2010-11: Valuation reaches $1 billion mark.

2014: Things take a leap, valuation goes up to $11 billion.

2015: Flipkart's valuation reaches its zenith at $15.5 billion.

2016: In a reversal of fortune, Morgan Stanley values Flipkart at measly $5.6 billion.

2017: Flipkart enters funding round with valuation of $10 billion.

10 Apr 2017Flipkart raises investments from Tencent, Microsoft; buys

Flipkart has raised investments worth $1.4bn from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft, at a post-transaction valuation of $11.6bn.

In lieu of equity, eBay sold its arm to Flipkart. It will continue to function as an independent entity, under Flipkart.

Tencent, which joined as a strategic investor, is a leading provider of online value-added services in China, with experience in integrating social media and e-commerce.

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01 Aug 2017eBay closes sale of India arm to Flipkart

Four months after announcement of the sale, Flipkart has closed the acquisition of eBay's India arm.

This comes a day after Snapdeal called off seven-month-long talks with Flipkart regarding a potential merger. eBay also owns a minority stake in Snapdeal.

After eBay's $500mn investment in Flipkart, the latter will handle operations of In lieu, eBay will also receive an undisclosed equity