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[Funding roundup] Threedots, MatchLog, NowPurchase raise early-stage deals



Threedots raises $4M in seed round led by Kalaari Capital

Threedots, a community investing platform, has raised $4 million in seed round of funding led by Kalaari Capital as it looks to guide the new breed of young investors into capital markets.

The others who participated in this seed round of funding include Better Capital, iSeed, Cloud capital, Kunal Shah (Cred), Lalit Keshre (Groww), Jitendra Gupta (Jupiter), Amrish and Sweta Rau (Pine labs), Ramakant Sharma (Livspace), Rohit MA (cloud9), Giri Malpani (Malpani Family), Mohit Daga, and others. This startup will use this capital for product development and hiring.

Threedots founders (from left): Prakhar Bhardwaj, Rishu Garg and Akul Agarwal

Founded in March 2021 by BITS Pilani alumni – Rishu Garg, Prakhar Bhardwaj and Akul Agarwal and former employees at Groww, Threedots app offers users a daily dose of financial news and a finance centric community apart from stock investing. It aims to bridge the gap between market experts and users.

Rishu Garg, Co-founder, Threedots, said, “Our vision is to make Threedots the next-gen community investment platform where people can learn, discuss and invest all at one place. Our goal is to shape and empower the investment ecosystem in India.”

MatchLog raises $3M in Pre-Series A round

MatchLog, a tech startup focused on the logistics sector, has raised $3 million in its Pre-Series A round through Blue Ashva Capital, Rainmatter Climate, and Capital-A.

The capital raised will be deployed to further develop the tech platform for AI and machine learning based pairing of cargo across India, grow the multi-modal share in addition to road transport, and expand its footprint to more ports in India and around the world.

MatchLog founder Dhruv Taneja

Commenting on the fundraise, Dhruv Taneja, Founder, MatchLog, said, “We will start with India and then expand to the Middle East, Africa and South East Asian markets in the next 12-18 months. At MatchLog, our mission is to reduce at least 100 million tonnes of carbon through our platform in the coming five years.”

According to MatchLog, its technology platform reduces the turnaround time in the shifting of containers at the ports thereby bringing down the amount of fuel consumed. It claimed that in 2021 alone, saved more than one million kgs of carbon emission through its efforts.

NowPurchase raises $2.4M in seed round

NowPurchase, a Kolkata based B2B marketplace for the metal manufacturing industry, has raised $2.4 million in a seed funding round led by Orios and InfoEdge Ventures. Angel investor Neeraj Arora also participated in the round.

This startup plans to use the new funds towards expanding its procurement business by establishing a global supplier base and expanding into other parts of India. Besides, the capital will be used for hiring and product development.

NowPurchase was founded in 2017 by Naman Shah and Aakash Shah, with an initial investment of $300,000 from Nipha Group. This startup provides its users with a WhatsApp bot to discover prices and stock in real-time, a technically trained team to provide on-ground service and quality assurance. Besides, its proprietary software to optimize the manufacturing process.

Sahicoin raises $1.75 million in seed round of funding

Sahicoin, a social platform for crypto users, has raised $1.75 million in a seed round of funding led by Alameda Ventures (FTX), Better Capital Ventures, and other institutional investors.

Sahicoin will this fresh round of funding to scale the team across engineering and product, and grow the platform.

Founded in August 2021 by IIT Kanpur alumni Amit Nayak, Ankush Rajput, and Melbin Thomas, the platform aims to enable crypto enthusiasts to make faster and better investing decisions by bringing together industry experts as well as new investors to share crypto updates, trends, knowledge, and intelligent signals. 

Sahicoin founders (from left): Ankush Rajput, Amit Nayak and Melbin Thomas

Amit Nayak, Co-founder and CEO of Sahicoin, said, “Since crypto is global by nature, our growth too, is not just limited to India. We plan to partner with key exchanges, DeFi, and NFT players, which will expedite the onboarding of the next billion users onto the crypto ecosystem.”

Diginoor raises $1M in seed round, a NFT marketplace based in Chennai, has raised $1 million in seed round of funding from Contrary Capital, Polygon Fund and angel investors such as Sandeep Nailwal, Kunal Shah, and Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi.

Founded in 2021 by Shaamil Karim and Yash Rathod, Diginoor aims to make NFT adoption mainstream in India with curated Indian entertainment content adapted for the Web 3.0 space.

Diginoor is focused on Indian cinema to bring them on the blockchain platform. It has partnerships with film production houses like AVM, Reliance Entertainment

Diginoor founders Shaamil Karim (left) and Yash Rathod

Diginoor co-founder Shaamil Karim said, “We started Diginoor to sell NFTs of iconic Indian cinema content, right from Rajinikanth dialogues to metaverse Kabali suits. We plan on using these funds to hire a talented team across functions and tap into the plethora of content in the Indian media industry.”

SaaS startup Trainn raises $700,000 in seed round

Trainn, a Chennai based SaaS startup focused on video technology, has raised $700,000 in a seed round of funding led by Speciale Invest.

The others who participated in this round include Arka Venture Labs, founders of Chargebee, Shan Krishnasamy – CTO of Freshworks, and Abhishek Goyal – Co-founder of Tracxn.

Trainn founders Vivekanandhan Natarajan (left) and Sumana Abirami Ammaiyappan

Trainn aims to use this capital to expand its team, go to market plans and product development. The startup aims to help SaaS businesses drive meaningful ROI, increase adoption and customer retention through customer education, while also reducing support costs and expensive in-person training.

GameEon Studio raises $200,000

GameEon Studios, a Mumbai-based game development company, has raised a $200,000 round led by Indian Angel Network (IAN). The round was led by IAN’s Angel investors Mrunal Jhaveri and Ajay Upadhyaya.

GameEon Studios aims to utilise these funds to develop in-house games and strengthen the distribution pipeline with the content built.

Founded by Nikhil Malankar in 2013, GameEon Studios has developed over 150 games distributed worldwide via multiple distribution channels. The startup is currently developing an open-world game based in Mumbai city.

The startup’s primary target audience is gamers in the age group between 18 and 24.

Nikhil said, “Gaming is now a part of everyday life for a lot of people. We at GameEon Studios want to bring an immersive experience to all our gamers. It can simulate many real-life situations in a virtual environment.”

Insurtech startup Finsall raises Rs 12 Cr

Insuretech startup Finsall has raised Rs 12 crore in a pre-Series A round of funding from its existing investors – Unicorn India Ventures and SEA Fund along with a clutch of other investors.

Finsall plans to use the fresh funds for scaling its technology platform, signing new insurance partners with an aim to increase its market share in the Indian insurance premium financing market. It is also looking to enter into lending partnerships with banks and NBFCs.

Finsall is an end-to-end technology process for insurance premium financing and has built a multi-lender platform for banks and NBFCs.

Tim Mathews, Co-founder & CEO, Finsall, said, “We currently have customers in more than 500 cities pan India with a special focus on under banked and underserved rural pockets. We have also opened financing for multiple products within the insurance industry to continue our scale up and build a strong business model.”

Reloy raises Rs 5 Cr led by Inflection Point Ventures

Reloy, the real estate industry focused digital platform startup, raised Rs 5 crore in a Pre-Series A round of funding led by Inflection Point Ventures, Fawkes Fund, the family office of Greenpanel and Greenlam, and angel investors.

Reloy will use this funding round for expanding operations and product development for a commercial launch.

Reloy founder Akhil Saraf

Started in 2018, Reloy is engaged with leading real estate developers to smoothen the entire process of property sale with various digital tools through their customer loyalty programmes.

Akhil Saraf, Founder and CEO, Reloy said, “Consumer expectations have grown dramatically, while housing as a product hasn’t grown beyond the four walls. The next type of housing is going to leverage digital amenities to solve unique homeowner problems and create conveniences around this asset ownership.”

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8 Ways You Can Save Yourself and Others From Being Scammed



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Statistics on the number of scam websites that litter the internet are disturbing. During 2020, Google registered more than 2 million phishing websites alone. That means more than 5,000 new phishing sites popped up every day — not to mention the ones that avoided Google’s detection. In 2021, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported nearly $7 billion in losses from cybercrime that is perpetrated through these sites.

What exactly are scam websites? Scam websites refer to any illegitimate website that is used to deceive users into fraud or malicious attacks. Many scammers operate these fake websites and will download viruses onto your computer or steal passwords or other personal information.

Reporting these sites as they are encountered is an important part of fighting back. In other words, if you see something, say something. Keeping quiet, even if you avoid falling prey, allows the scammers to aim at another target.

Perhaps you’ve received a suspicious link in an email? Or maybe a strange text message that you haven’t clicked on. Fortunately, there are many organizations out there that have launched efforts aimed at reducing the threat that they pose. In general, these organizations put scam websites on the radar by collecting and sharing information about them. In some cases, they prompt an investigation into the scammers behind the sites.

Related: Learn How to Protect Your Business From Cybercrime

It’s free to report a suspicious website you’ve encountered, and it takes just a minute. Here are eight ways you can report a suspected scam website to stop cyber criminals and protect yourself and others online.

1. The Internet Crime Complaint Center

The IC3, as it is known, is an office of the FBI that receives complaints from those who have been the victims of internet-related crime. The IC3 defines the internet crimes that it addresses to include illegal activity involving websites. Complaints filed with the IC3 are reviewed and researched by trained FBI analysts.

2. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

CISA, which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, targets a wide range of malicious cyber activity. It specifically requests reports on phishing activity utilizing fraudulent websites. Information provided to CISA is shared with the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a non-profit focused on reducing the impact of phishing-related fraud around the world.


The site, run by the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network, is for reporting international scams. It is supported by consumer protection agencies and related offices in more than 65 countries. A secure version of their site is used by law enforcement agencies to share info on scams.

4. Google Safe Browsing

While Google does not have a mechanism for reporting all varieties of website scams, there is a form for reporting sites that are suspected of being used to carry out phishing. Reports made via the form are managed by Google’s Safe Browsing team. Google’s Transparency Report provides information on the sites that it has determined to be “currently dangerous to visit.”

Related: Is That Instagram Email a Phishing Attack? Now You Can Find Out.

5. PhishTank

This service was founded by Cisco Talos Intelligence Group to “pour sunshine on some of the dark alleys of the Internet.” Phishtank includes an ever-growing list of URLs reported as being involved in phishing scams. To date, it has received more than 7.5 million reports of potential phishing sites. It says that more than 100,000 of the sites are still online.

Related: 6 Ways Better Business Bureau Accreditation Can Boost Your Business

6. Antivirus Apps

Antivirus providers such as Norton, Kaspersky, and McAfee have forms that can be used to identify pages that users feel should be blocked. Scam sites would definitely fall under that category. With some antivirus platforms, reporting forms can only be accessed by registered users. Norton’s is open to anyone.

7. Web host

There is a chance that the DNS service hosting the scam site will take action to shut it down. There are a variety of online resources that can help you to find the DNS of a particular site. Once you identify it, send a message to their customer service reporting the site in question and the experience that you had.

8. Share your experience on social media

This is actually more like sounding an alarm than filing a report, but it might protect one of your connections who stumbles upon the same site or is targeted by the same type of scam. At the very least, it could draw attention to the fact that scam sites affect real people. A post on Facebook about a close call you had with a scam might better equip your network to avoid any dangerous entanglements. If it does, they’ll thank you.

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LastPass hacked, OpenAI opens access to ChatGPT, and Kanye gets suspended from Twitter (again) • TechCrunch



Aaaaand we’re back! With our Thanksgiving mini-hiatus behind us, it’s time for another edition of Week in Review — the newsletter where we quickly wrap up the most read TechCrunch stories from the past seven(ish) days. No matter how busy you are, it should give you a pretty good idea of what people were talking about in tech this week.

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Instafest goes instaviral: You’ve probably been to a great music festival before. But have you been to one made just for you? Probably not. Instafest, a web app that went super viral this week, helps you daydream about what that festival might look like. Sign in with your Spotify credentials and it’ll generate a promo poster for a pretend festival based on your listening habits.

LastPass breached (again): “Password manager LastPass said it’s investigating a security incident after its systems were compromised for the second time this year,” writes Zack Whittaker. Investigations are still underway, which unfortunately means it’s not super clear what (and whose) data might’ve been accessed.

ChatGPT opens up: This week, OpenAI widely opened up access to ChatGPT, which lets you interact with their new language-generation AI through a simple chat-style interface. In other words, it lets you generate (sometimes scarily well-written) passages of text by chatting with a robot. Darrell used it to instantly write the Pokémon cheat sheet he’s always wanted.

AWS re:Invents: This week, Amazon Web Services hosted its annual re:Invent conference, where the company shows off what’s next for the cloud computing platform that powers a massive chunk of the internet. This year’s highlights? A low-code tool for serverless apps, a pledge to give AWS customers control over where in the world their data is stored (to help navigate increasingly complicated government policies), and a tool to run “city-sized simulations” in the cloud.

Twitter suspends Kanye (again): “Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s (aka Ye) Twitter account after the latter posted antisemitic tweets and violated the platform’s rules,” writes Ivan Mehta.

Spotify Wraps it up: Each year in December, Spotify ships “Wrapped” — an interactive feature that takes your Spotify listening data for the year and presents it in a super visual way. This year it’s got the straightforward stuff like how many minutes you streamed, but it’s also branching out with ideas like “listening personalities” — a Myers-Briggs-inspired system that puts each user into one of 16 camps, like “the Adventurer” or “the Replayer.”

DoorDash layoffs: I was hoping to go a week without a layoffs story cracking the list. Alas, DoorDash confirmed this week that it’s laying off 1,250 people, with CEO Tony Xu explaining that they hired too quickly during the pandemic.

Salesforce co-CEO steps down: “In one week last December, [Bret Taylor] was named board chair at Twitter and co-CEO at Salesforce,” writes Ron Miller. “One year later, he doesn’t have either job.” Taylor says he has “decided to return to [his] entrepreneurial roots.”

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I expected things to be a little quiet in TC Podcast land last week because of the holiday, but we somehow still had great shows! Ron Miller and Rita Liao joined Darrell Etherington on The TechCrunch Podcast to talk about the departure of Salesforce’s co-CEO and China’s “great wall of porn”; Team Chain Reaction shared an interview with Nikil Viswanathan, CEO of web3 development platform Alchemy; and the ever-lovely Equity crew talked about everything from Sam Bankman-Fried’s wild interview at DealBook to why all three of the co-founders at financing startup Pipe stepped down simultaneously.


What lies behind the TC+ members-only paywall? Here’s what TC+ members were reading most this week:

Lessons for raising $10M without giving up a board seat: has raised $10 million over the last two years, all “without giving up a single board seat.” How? co-founder Henry Shapiro shares his insights.

Consultants are the new nontraditional VC: “Why are so many consultant-led venture capital funds launching now?” asks Rebecca Szkutak.

Fundraising in times of greater VC scrutiny: “Founders may be discouraged in this environment, but they need to remember that they have ‘currency,’ too,” writes DocSend co-founder and former CEO Russ Heddleston.

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Building global, scalable metaverse applications



Previously we talked about the trillion-dollar infrastructure opportunity that comes with building the metaverse — and it is indeed very large. But what about the applications that will run on top of this new infrastructure?

Metaverse applications will be very different from the traditional web or mobile apps that we are used to today. For one, they will be much more immersive and interactive, blurring the lines between the virtual and physical worlds. And because of the distributed nature of the metaverse, they will also need to be able to scale globally — something that has never been done before at this level.

In this article, we will take a developer’s perspective and explore what it will take to build global, scalable metaverse applications.

As you are aware, the metaverse will work very differently from the web or mobile apps we have today. For one, it is distributed, meaning there is no central server that controls everything. This has a number of implications for developers:


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  • They will need to be able to deal with data that is spread out across many different servers (or “nodes”) in a decentralized manner.
  • They will need to be able to deal with users that are also spread out across many different servers.
  • They will need to be able to deal with the fact that each user may have a different experience of the metaverse, based on their location and the devices they are using due to the fact not everyone has the same tech setup, and this plays a pivotal role in how the metaverse is experienced by each user.

These challenges are not insurmountable, but they do require a different way of thinking about application development. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Data control and manipulation

In a traditional web or mobile app, all the data is stored on a central server. This makes it easy for developers to query and manipulate that data because everything is in one place.

In a distributed metaverse, however, data is spread out across many different servers. This means that developers will need to find new ways to query and manipulate data that is not centrally located.

One way to do this is through the blockchain itself. This distributed ledger, as you know, is spread out across many different servers and allows developers to query and manipulate data in a decentralized manner.

Another way to deal with the challenge of data is through what is known as “content delivery networks” (CDNs). These are networks of servers that are designed to deliver content to users in a fast and efficient manner.

CDNs are often used to deliver web content, but they can also be used to deliver metaverse content. This is because CDNs are designed to deal with large amounts of data that need to be delivered quickly and efficiently — something that is essential for metaverse applications.

Users and devices

Another challenge that developers will need to face is the fact that users and devices are also spread out across many different servers. This means that developers will need to find ways to deliver content to users in a way that is efficient and effective.

One way to do this is through the use of “mirrors.” Mirrors are copies of the content that are stored on different servers. When a user requests content, they are redirected to the nearest mirror, which helps to improve performance and reduce latency.

When a user’s device is not able to connect to the server that is hosting the content, another way to deliver content is through “proxies.” Proxies are servers that act on behalf of the user’s device and fetch the content from the server that is hosting it.

This can be done in a number of ways, but one common way is through the use of a “reverse proxy.” In this case, the proxy server is located between the user’s device and the server that is hosting the content. The proxy fetches the content from the server and then delivers it to the user’s device.

Location and devices

As we mentioned before, each user’s experience of the metaverse will be different based on their location and the devices they are using. This is because not everyone has the same tech setup, and this plays a pivotal role in how the metaverse is experienced by each user.

For example, someone who is using a virtual reality headset will have a completely different experience than someone who is just using a desktop computer. And someone who is located in Europe will have a different experience than someone who is located in Asia.

Though it may not be obvious why geographical location would play a part in something that is meant to be boundless, think of it this way. The internet is a physical infrastructure that is spread out across the world. And although the metaverse is not bound by the same physical limitations, it still relies on this infrastructure to function.

This means that developers will need to take into account the different geographical locations of their users and devices and design their applications accordingly. They will need to be able to deliver content quickly and efficiently to users all over the world, regardless of their location.

Different geographical locations also have different laws and regulations. This is something that developers will need to be aware of when designing applications for the metaverse. They will need to make sure that their applications are compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.

Application development

Now that we’ve looked at some of the challenges that developers will need to face, let’s take a look at how they can develop metaverse applications. Since the metaverse is virtual, the type of development that is required is different from traditional application development.

The first thing that developers will need to do is to create a “space”. A space is a virtual environment that is used to host applications.

Spaces are created using a variety of different tools, but the most popular tool currently is Unity, a game engine used to create 3D environments.

Once a space has been created, developers will need to populate it with content. This content can be anything from 3D models to audio files.

The next step is to publish the space. This means that the space will be made available to other users, who will be able to access the space through a variety of different devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Finally, developers will need to promote their space. This means that they will need to market their space to users.

Getting applications to scale

Since web 3.0 is decentralized, scalability is usually the biggest challenge because traditional servers are almost impossible to use. IPFS is one solution that can help with this problem.

IPFS is a distributed file system used to store and share files. IPFS is similar to BitTorrent, but it is designed to be used for file storage rather than file sharing.

IPFS is a peer-to-peer system, which means that there is no central server. This makes IPFS very scalable because there is no single point of failure.

To use IPFS, developers will need to install it on their computer and add their space to the network. Then, other users will be able to access it.

The bottom line on building global, scalable metaverse applications

To finish off, the technology to build scalable metaverse applications already exists; but a lot of creativity is still required to make it all work together in a user-friendly way. The key is to keep the following concepts in mind:

  • The metaverse is global and decentralized
  • Users will access the metaverse through a variety of devices
  • Location and device management are important
  • Application development is different from traditional development
  • Scalability is a challenge, but IPFS can help

Clearly, we can’t have an article series about building the metaverse without discussing NFTs. In fact, these might be the key to making a global, decentralized, metaverse work. In our next article, we will explore how NFTs can be used in the metaverse.

By keeping these concepts in mind, developers will be able to create metaverse applications that are both user-friendly and scalable.

Daniel Saito is CEO and cofounder of StrongNode

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