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Indian digital ledger startup raises $60m to expand offerings

Khatabook counts Tencent, Unilever Ventures as investors

Khatabook has raised about $60 million in the Series B round led by American investment firm B Capital Group. 

BENGALURU, INDIA -- Bengaluru-based digital ledger startup Khatabook has raised around $60 million in a Series B fundraising round, money that the company said it would use to ramp up product and service offerings.

The latest fundraising was led by American investment firm B Capital Group and brought in new investors such as Unilever Ventures and Rocketship.VC. Existing investors Sequoia Capital India, Partners of DST Global, Tencent Holdings, GGV Capital, RTP Global, Hummingbird Ventures, and Falcon Edge Capital also participated.

Angel investors including Kevin Weil, Alexander Will, Kunal Shah, Kunal Bahl, and Rohit Bansal, too, wrote checks to the company.

With the fresh funds, the 18-month-old startup plans to expand its business. It is now building technology solutions around "financial services and a large merchant-focused distribution platform." The company had raised $25 million in its Series A round in October.

Started by Ravish Naresh, Jaideep Poonia, Dhanesh Kumar and Ashish Sonone, Khatabook works with millions of small- and medium-sized businesses to digitize their accounting books.

Such companies typically keep ledgers in which they note down creditors' names and the amount they owe. Khatabook's mobile app allows them to digitize this process, making it more streamlined and easily accessible. The app also enables them to send reminders to creditors and allows them to make payments through the app.

Khatabook was a part of Sequoia's early-stage accelerator program Surge. Within a year of rolling out its app in December 2018, it amassed five million merchants. Khatabook claims to have eight million active merchants now using its app which supports 11 local languages.

The company said more than one million merchants upload data and use the app daily for transactions worth $200 million.

According to Kabir Narang, B Capital Group general partner and co-head of Asia, SMEs will drive the Indian economy in the era of COVID-19 as they need digital tools to make their businesses more efficient and to grow.

Sensing the largely untapped Indian market, a host of SME-focused online accounting and payment solution companies have cropped up over the last two years. Khatabook competes with the likes of Morningside and Tiger Global-backed OkCredit, and Vyapar, a mobile-based business accounting software for small businesses.

For the original story from KrASIA, click here.

KrASIA is a digital media company focused on technology-driven businesses and trends across the Asia-Pacific region. It is part of 36Kr, a tech news portal based in Beijing. Nikkei has a minority stake in 36Kr.

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