Sharechat Raises $300M at a Big Valuation of $5B

Mohalla Tech which owns Short video app Sharechat has raised nearly $300 million in funding from Google, Times Group, and Temasek Holdings.

This investment becomes tech giant Google’s second investment in the short video space in the country after it backed Bengaluru-based unicorn VerSe Innovation’s Josh.

The deal values the social media company Mohalla Tech at $5 billion, Reuters reported on Monday, citing two sources familiar with the discussions.

The space has been garnering lot of attraction in India after the government banned TikTok in 2020. Considering its popularity in India, a lot of homegrown clones of TikTok came up after the ban to capture the market.

Mohalla Tech, which owns Sharechat was founded by IIT Kanpur alumni Ankush Sachdeva, Farid Ahsan and Bhanu Singh in 2015.

It was last valued at $3.7 billion after it raised $266 million in December last year. Backed by investors including Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Snap Inc, Twitter, and India Quotient, it entered the unicorn club in April 2021.

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