E-commerce site and consumer internet search platform AskMe has shut down and is in the process of laying off its 4000 odd staff. The reason behind the shut down is being stated as severe cash crunch according to a report in The Economic Times.
While the AskMe.com portal is still live, none of the orders placed there are being accepted. According to sources who have spoken to ET, one of the reasons for the shut down is also being speculated as the unplanned exit of one of its principal investor Astro Holdings.
Astro Holdings, which held a 97 percent stake in AskMe Group exited after making its last cash investment of Rs 150 crore. AskMe had even written to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Registrar of Companies to prevent Astro Holdings from leaving without meeting its liabilities and commitments, but it was all in vain.