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Paytm raises US$1.4B from SoftBank to take on Amazon, Flipkart-Snapdeal combine

Paytm plans to invest approximately US$1.6 billion over the next three to five years to bring half a billion Indians to the mainstream economy 

Tinder rules in Asia, but data shows it is fuelling competition

The fact that the most popular dating apps are largely variation on Tinder's swiping features demonstrates that easily finding dates with a few finger swipes has an universal appeal among young generations 

Indian startup Deyor Camps raises funding to provide tents, mud cottages to adventure travellers; to expand to SEA, E. Africa

The round was led by Venture Catalysts, with participation from Japanese VC firm REAPRA Ventures and a couple of angel investors 

Indian budget hotels booking startup OYO Rooms close to raising US$250M led by SoftBank: Report

SoftBank was looking to infuse a whopping US$500 million in this round, but OYO's early investors opposed the move 

Rakuten India appoints former Flipkart Senior Director Sunil Gopinath as new CEO

Gopinath quit Flipkart in July last year after a two-year stint when the e-commerce firm was going through a rough patch 

Agritech is giving a globally vital industry a facelift, startups take centerstage

Here are 11 startups making things easier for the industry that feeds the world. 

Former PIMCO Japan Managing Director Makoto Takano to invest US$4.6M in Indian startups

The money will be invested through GHV Accelerator, which is on track to launch a US$54M fund for startups in health-tech, fintech, adtech and B2B marketplaces 

Tokyo and Seoul should take a leaf from the Singapore fintech playbook

Japan and South Korea are playing a catch-up game to Singapore when it comes to fintech, but there is reason for optimism with potential partnerships across the region 

Despite the fintech boom, robo advisors in Japan have yet to make their mark on the industry

Robo-advisors in Japan are facing difficulties in winning clients and are increasingly looking for new ways to increase their managed assets