Meesho hits a rough patch with down round concerns

The Bengaluru-based e-commerce startup is stuck between rapidly scaling the business and wanting a better valuation.

At a company-wide town hall a few months ago, disappointment awaited the employees of Meesho. Founder and CEO Vidit Aatrey broke the news suddenly. A big, promising investor had pulled out of the e-commerce startup’s latest funding round. Aatrey didn’t reveal who the investor was, just that it had unexpectedly backed out. As a result, there were going to be financial changes—budgets cut and targets revised—even as Meesho continued to look for money elsewhere. 

For more than nine months now, the company has been on the road to raise money. Late last year, the idea was to raise a billion …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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