How ShopClues collapsed from a promising unicorn to an also-ran3 min read . Updated: 04 Nov 2019, 10:17 PM IST
- ShopClues was simply unable to raise fresh funding after its $100-million round in 2016 led by Tiger and GIC
- ShopClues will fetch a valuation of $80 million, said two people close to the company, requesting anonymity
In January 2016, ShopClues became India’s fourth unicorn firm valued over a billion dollars at $1.1 billion. It was no mean feat at a time when Unicorns were rare unlike present day when there are more than 30 such startups that enjoy a billion dollar plus valuation, nearly a third added in 2019 alone. But in a little less than four years, it has gone from an early unicorn to outcast, having held merger discussions with every e-commerce firm in the country and outside, finally selling the business at a 90% discount to its peak valuation. As per the details of the transaction which became known Thursday evening, ShopClues will merge with Singapore’s online retailer Qoo10 Pte. Ltd in an all stock deal. While the deal still hasn’t closed, with documentation and board approval pending, it appears that ShopClues will fetch a valuation of $80 million, said two people close to the company, requesting anonymity.