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India’s HomeLane raises $30M to expand its online furniture and design platform


HomeLane, a Bangalore-based startup that runs an eponymous online marketplace of furnitures and their design, today announced it has raised $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its proprietary technology.

The financing round, dubbed Series D, was led by Evolvence India Fund (EIF), Pidilite Group, and FJ Labs. Existing investors Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, and JSW Ventures also participated in the round, which pushes the five-year-old startup’s all-time raise to $46 million.

HomeLane helps property owners furnish and install fixtures in their new apartments and houses. The Bangalore-based startup says it has 16 experience centres in seven Indian cities. The startup plans to use the fresh capital to broaden its technology infrastructure and expand to eight to ten additional cities.

HomeLane competes with other online furniture sellers such as Livspace and Urban Ladder, as well as brick-and-mortar stores. Founders Rama Harinath and Srikanth Iyer say that their startup differentiates by offering a one-stop shop — it sells everything from fitted kitchens and wardrobes to entertainment units and shoe racks — and by providing guaranteed on-time delivery and after-sale services to help homeowners finish projects.

The site allows property owners to upload floor plans, which are reviewed by interior designers who provide product suggestions, price quotes, and 3D pictures of how furnishings and fixtures will look after they are installed.

Iyer, who serves as the chief executive of HomeLane, claimed that the startup is inching closer to being EBIDTA profitability — which does not include taxes, and a range of other expenses. That would be a notable turnaround for HomeLane, which reported a net loss of $4.1 million on revenue of $5.6 million in the financial year that ended in March 2018.

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