Apple alum’s finance operations startup raises funds to broaden globally – TechCrunch

Bluecopa, an Indian startup constructing a finance operations automation platform for high-volume firms, has raised $2.3 million to broaden its providing within the international market.

The seed funding spherical was led by Mumbai-headquartered Blume Ventures, with participation from Titan Capital, T-Fund, Speciale Make investments, Bharat Founders Fund, T2D3, Amplify and Power Ventures.

It was additionally joined by Chargebee founders Krish Subramanian and Rajaraman Santhanam, Rohit Chennamaneni of HR administration platform Darwinbox and Asad Khan and Jay Singh of cross-browser testing instrument LambdaTest.

“Simply to take an analogy, say Salesforce for gross sales, Marketo for advertising and marketing, GitHub for builders, there’s a giant whitespace within the finance house,” stated Nilotpal Chanda, co-founder and chief enterprise officer of Bluecopa, in an interview with TechCrunch.

Bluecopa was based in 2021 by Chanda and his fellow entrepreneurial teammates Raghavendra Reddy and Satya Prakash Buddhavarapu. The trio beforehand labored collectively at tax administration platform Optotax, which was acquired by neobanking platform Open in February final yr. Tuplejump, one other startup Buddhavarapu based, was acquired by Apple in 2016.


Bluecopa co-founders Raghavendra Reddy, Satya Prakash Buddhavarapu and Nilotpal Chanda (from left to proper). Picture Credit: Bluecopa

Not like a standard platform that requires particular experience to function, Bluecopa’s providing is touted to work with no particular information necessities. It additionally claims to work with all the present SaaS instruments in addition to Excel, Google Sheets and all different platforms that finance groups use.

“It’s a layer that connects to all these instruments within the group, fetches knowledge, cleans, consolidates, normalizes after which supplies all that data in a really human consumable format,” Chanda defined.

The instrument gives an Excel-like interface that finance specialists can simply use to know their firms’ accounts, he stated. “Basically, the instruments out there as we speak usually are not very user-friendly. It additionally takes lots of time to implement them,” he stated.

Anaplan and Google Ventures-backed Vareto are amongst a few of the opponents of Bluecopa. Nonetheless, Chanda informed TechCrunch that the gestation interval together with his platform is far smaller because it takes simply 4 to 6 weeks to get it deployed at a company. The answer additionally claims to have a value benefit over different related platforms out there out there.

“If you happen to have a look at construct versus purchase proportion, the TCO [total cost of ownership] is far, a lot decrease — virtually 85 to 90% price financial savings,” Chanda said.

Bluecopa is focusing on its platform at high-transaction, high-volume companies, together with e-commerce firms. “We’re already chatting with very giant, key logos within the area,” Chanda stated, including, “we’re additionally onboarding lots of early adopters within the U.S. and North American markets.”

The Hyderabad-based startup avoided revealing any of its purchasers.

“We’re at an implementation stage,” the chief stated. “It’s deployed for a smaller sub-department in a big e-commerce firm. Except and till we go stay full bang, we — each events — usually are not very comfy in disclosing,” he stated.

Anirvan Chowdhury, vp at Blume Ventures, informed TechCrunch that Apple’s acquisition of Buddhavarapu’s startup performed a necessary position within the enterprise fund’s funding resolution in Bluecopa.

“The GTM and enterprise mannequin was the most important issue,” Chowdhury stated. “However the truth that somebody has constructed a product, which was Tuplejump that Satya constructed, was primarily a product that would have competed with Snowflake. And the highest software program firm on this planet has seen sufficient worth that that is the product I wish to purchase… that’s an enormous validation.”

Particulars on valuation weren’t introduced, although Chowdhury informed TechCrunch that it’s “upwards of $10 million.”

“It is a hair-on-fire downside, notably in excessive transaction quantity industries comparable to e-commerce, logistics, monetary companies and so on. Fixing these features can enhance gross sales by 20% and profitability by 30%,” stated Buddhavarapu, in a ready assertion.

“Bluecopa helps the ten million finance group throughout the globe to considerably cut back time to resolution cycles and concentrate on the numbers that matter,” he said. The startup has a staff of 17 folks. With the brand new funding, it’s planning to rent extra expertise and develop its client base — alongside enhancing the platform.

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