I Run a Fintech - Updates (21/06)

Weekly updates on fintech India as it happened!

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🤓 Events

  • If you are keen on learning about Account Aggregator Framework (AA), there is a session that is being conducted by Vinay Kesari, who specializes in fintech, tech, law & policy

  • He will be talking about the Account Aggregator (AA) RBI directive, master direction, about personal data protection current bill, the status of the market

  • Charges are Rs.599

  • You can register here

📜Quote of the Week

“India Needs Low Cost, High Volume Products, Interoperability of Accounts and Flow-based Lending to Give a Push to Financial Integration” - Amitabh Kant

📣Open Role Spotlight

Bharat Pe is on hiring spree across Tech, Risk/Underwriting, Product, Data Science, Finance, HR, Sales (Account Managers), Business Development (Machines/POS), Insurance

  • A google form needs to be filled where they want you to fill in your details, upload your CV, and provide your current and expected CTC upfront.


🏦Credit Cards and Banking

🚀Product Launches

SBI YONO has relaunched its Aadhaar based account opening facility
  • It is a paperless, registration with the facility to open your savings account using PAN and Aadhaar and a couple of your application details.

  • No change in the RBI guidelines on opening a full KYC account digitally, so this account will continue to have limited functionalities. You will still have to visit your nearest SBI branch to access extended features.

Bajaj Finserv has launched pocket insurance across various categories starting from Rs.79/year
  • Some interesting insurance products here:

    • Spectacle Insurance

    • Key Replacement Insurance

    • Wallet Care Insurance

    • Trek Insurance

    • Domestic Holiday Cover

    • Pilgrimage Cover

    • Home Appliances Cover like TV, Washing Machine, etc

    • Mumbai Local Train Cover

  • I like how they are decoupling the use-cases and creating products around it.



🚀Product Launches

Instamojo launches premium store on their platform for small businesses at a monthly charge of Rs.799

An eCommerce store that can be entirely managed on Instamojo platform, which includes hosting + design + inventory management + payments + customer CRM

This is a great extension to their platform, which will empower SMEs and new-age businesses to spend less time building websites and focus more on expanding their user base and creating better products.

Paytm Launches contactless bus ticketing
  • Paytm is really at the frontline of contactless product innovation.

  • A QR code-based payment service which will be provided to the passengers in the bus across various places combined with Paytm Soundbox

  • It would be interesting to know how Paytm is going to scale since it would require experimenting with high-velocity onboarding and offboarding buses in high-density cities

Paytm upgrades postpaid services for kirana stores upto Rs. 1 lac
  • Last week I mentioned how Paytm has extended its postpaid services to kirana stores for the customers.

  • The extension has been made with a limit of Rs. 1 lac which means you can buy your groceries on credit across kiranas and various other supermarkets like

    • Reliance Fresh

    • Apollo Pharmacy

    • Shopper’s Stop

    • Croma

    • Haldiram's

  • Their postpaid product has three variants (interesting name in the variants)

    • Lite

      • Limit of Rs.20,000 with convenience charge between 0% - 4% on monthly spends

    • Delite & Elite

      • Both will have a limit between Rs.20,000 and Rs.1 lac with no convenience charge, however, there is no information on how they are differentiating between Delite and Elite

Paytm launches two products to increase frictionless payments for merchants
  • Earlier when you had to make a payment via Paytm, it would redirect you to a web-URL to show you all your accounts or your wallet balance.

  • The introduction of SDK and Blink Checkout (a JS script) will load all your Paytm accounts within the same screen so that you can select the pre-configured mode of payment (it could be your wallet, cards, net banking, postpaid)

  • Demo of All-in-one SDK

Cred quietly launched lending as a feature (Stash) on its platform
  • CRED has quietly Beta’d personal loans on its platform to a small set of users basis some pre-approval criteria set by their banking partner.

  • The process is smooth, in few steps (literally), you could get a loan up to Rs.4 lac into your account by just :-

    • Pulling your cKYC records

    • Selection of EMI

    • Setting up Auto-Debit account

  • The product is priced at an interest rate of 14.5%, and it seems to be in partnership with IDFC First Bank


OneScore App has launched its flagship product Metal “OneCard” Credit Card
Mobikwik has launched “Biller Stack” a PWA (Progressive Web Application) and partnered with Flipkart, Ixigo, Snapdeal 

The biller stack enables users to make utility bill payments directly from the Ixigo, Snapdeal, and Flipkart app.

PWA (read Paytm Blink Checkout) has picked up where different players are launching SDKs and JS-based in-app integrations to increase usage of their products within the existing partnership apps.


💲 Funding

Rural Fintech startup Jai Kisan raises Rs 30 cr from NABARD-backed fund

Jai Kisan has built products for rural India where it provides financing for equipment, contractors, invoice financing for dairy and poultry players.

GetClarity Fintech Services is a blue-collared financial services provider raised a round of $1m

It’s a PFM (Personal-Finance Management) platform that helps blue-collared employees to meet their monetary and non-monetary goals like saving money for retirement, buying a house, investing in tax saving instruments, etc.

GoldenPi raises Rs 3.5 crore funding from Zerodha-backed Rainmatter Capital

Zerodha’s incubator fund called Rainmatter Capital invested in GoldenPi which curates lists of “AAA” to “A” debenture bonds for investors

🔑 Mergers and Acquisitions

Infibeam Avenues acquires 100 pc stake in corporate credit card issuance firm Cardpay Technologies

Infibeam Avenues which is a parent company of CC Avenue & Bill Avenue has acquired corporate credit card provider and spend management platform - CardPay Technologies for $1 million

InCred acquires fintech platform Qbera

At $10-15 million deal, Incred acquired Qbera to expand its distribution portfolio.

Last year, Qbera had posted that they had disbursed Rs.100 Cr ($13.9 million) of personal loans on their platform

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