Articles by Saritha Rai

SoftBank-Backed Indian Fintech Startup Seeks IPO Valuation of More Than $3.5B

Online insurance platform Policybazaar aims to go public in 2021 at a valuation north of $3.5 billion, potentially becoming the first of India’s mega-startups to debut as its digital economy booms. The startup plans to secure about $250 million in …

India in Lockdown Rushes to Maintain Back Office Functions for Global Businesses

Companies in India are scrambling to ensure that the millions who staff the back offices of Wall Street banks and take on work outsourced by firms from airlines to insurers can keep going as the nation mandates increased work from …

India Weighs Comprehensive Data Privacy Bill, Similar to EU’s GDPR

A draft of a sweeping data privacy bill has been submitted to India’s government that, if enacted, will restrict the transfer and storage of information on more than 1 billion people by global technology corporations from Facebook Inc. to Google. …

SoftBank Eyeing Entry into Insurance, Banking in Japan

SoftBank Group Corp. plans to announce within days that it will start a mobile digital payments service in Japan by the end of 2018 as billionaire founder Masayoshi Son seeks to expand in the sector, people familiar with the matter …

Japan’s SoftBank Eyes Taking Stake in India Insurance Startup: Sources

SoftBank Group Corp. is in talks to back leading online insurance aggregator PolicyBazaar at a valuation of at least $800 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The two sides are examining how the Japanese company can take a …

India’s Paytm Wants to Create World’s Largest Digital Bank; Insurance to Be Offered

Paytm Payments Bank aims to create the world’s largest digital bank with 500 million accounts, envisioning an online financial services provider of everything from wealth management to credit cards and stock market trading. The bank, backed by [India’s] largest digital …

Uber Provides Free Accident Insurance for More Than 450,000 Indian Drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. rolled out a free insurance program for more than 450,000 drivers registered on its ride-hailing app in India, seeking to attract more drivers. The San Francisco-based company, which this week chose a new chief executive officer, said …