“It’s easier to raise four $20 million funds than one $100 million fund,” the founder of one of India’s leading social venture capital firms remarked to me recently over lunch. He has been on the road for nearly 10 months to raise his latest fund and is yet to hit the ‘first close’ milestone. In the venture capital and private equity universe, the first close denotes a certain threshold of money that a firm raises for a new fund before it can start making investments.
Outside of SoftBank, there are barely any takers for stakes in even the most prized start-up assets in this market. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/MintExits in India’s venture capital market, according to data compiled by Chennai-based researcher Venture Intelligence, touched $2.7 billion last year, up an impressive 56% from the previous year. The exits rally, going by the data reported, has been propped up by a handful of big ticket deals. Three, in particular, are noteworthy.
Reports suggest that Tiger will be left with a reported 20% stake in Flipkart, on par with SoftBank. Photo: Hemant Mishra/MintBefore this year is through, two imminent deals will determine how the fortunes of India’s venture capital (VC) industry play out in the upcoming year. Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. holds the strings to both deals.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".