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Breaking: Rario Founders Exit Following a $120 Million Funding – The Inside Story



Rario logo — Signifying a pivotal shift in leadership and strategy at the cricket NFT startup following a monumental funding round led by Dream11.

In a move that has left the industry buzzing, the Rario founders exit the startup, marking the end of an era just a year after securing $120 million in a funding round led by India’s Dream11. This departure signals a period of transformation for the two-year-old firm as insiders revea.

Ankit Wadhwa, the acting CEO, and Sunny Bhanot, the CTO, are allegedly being nudged out as Dream11, the startup’s principal investor, seeks to consolidate greater control over Rario’s operations. As part of this reshuffling, several other positions within the startup are facing elimination, a move aligned with the parent company Dream Sports’ initiative to trim operational costs.

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The Circumstances Surrounding the Rario Founders Exit

Rario emerged on the scene with a strong backing, boasting names such as cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and Alpha Wave Global among its supporters. Despite this robust foundation, the startup finds itself grappling with diminishing consumer interest in NFTs, a global trend that has witnessed a significant dip in digital asset values and transaction volumes.

The journey started promisingly, with Rario aggressively securing rights to sell an array of cricket NFTs on its dynamic platform. A valuation of approximately $250 million during its previous funding round underscored the startup’s potential, with the founders even liquidating a part of their stake in that phase.

However, recent quarters narrate a different story, sketching a trajectory of declined platform popularity as the global economy experiences a slowdown and NFTs find fewer takers. The challenge lying ahead for Rario involves sustaining valuable partnerships, including ties with Cricket Australia, IPL franchises Gujarat Titan and Punjab Kings, and other significant cricket leagues globally.

As Rario navigates these choppy waters, the industry and fans alike are eager to witness how the startup, once a frontrunner in the cricket NFT space, will reinvent itself. Despite the turmoil, Rario still holds an enviable portfolio of partnerships which include cricket stalwarts and high-profile leagues globally.

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