Girish Ramachandra, Founder & CEO, Shopalyst
The development was first reported by The Economic Times. An email sent to a Kalaari Capital spokesperson did not elicit a response till the time of writing this report. The founders of Shopalyst could not be reached for a comment.
Founded in 2014 by Vibin Balakrishnan, Mohan Kumar Krishnan, Girish Ramachandra and Sajeesh P J (all ex-employees of Infosys), Shopalyst creates digital storefronts for its customers. It allows retailers to sell products directly on popular websites and applications.
According to the news report, Shopalyst had earlier raised $250,000 from Basab Pradhan (ex-head of global sales and marketing at Infosys) and Kanwaljit Singh (founder of early stage investment firm Fireside Ventures).
Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys, sits on Shopalyst’s advisory board.
Shopalyst has tie-ups with e-commerce majors such as Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong and Snapdeal.
Kalaari Capital, which has $650 million under management, invested in around a dozen Indian startups since January, according to VCCEdge, the data research platform of VCCircle and Techcircle.in. Recently, Kalaari strengthened its ranks by adding senior industry executives. Early this year, Tata Sons' chairman emeritus Ratan Tata joined Kalaari as an advisor.
Last month, Kalaari invested in Bestdealfinance.com (an online marketplace for loan fulfilment services) and e-commerce analytics firm Unilog.
In August, Kalaari participated in a funding round at YourStory, whose content and events compete with some offerings from Techcircle.in and VCC Events, which are both part of the 10-year-old VCCircle Network.
In March, News Corp acquired VCCircle Network.