Bhavin Turakhia: The Man Who Is Building A Slack Killer

Blame it on the drive common in rich men. Like Elon Musk, a man he idolises, Bhavin Turakhia believes one way to beat the competition is by running harder.

Google Cloud Region In Sydney Now Live – Tweets By Greyhound Research

On June 20, 2017 Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Sydney.

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Flipkart Aims To Bag Snapdeal For $400M

Flipkart’s acquisition of Snapdeal could come through in July, at a valuation that is much less than had been initially envisaged. While Snapdeal is gunning for $1 billion from Flipkart, the latter is only willing to pay $350-400 million.

Uber After Travis Kalanick: The Most Valuable Startup Faces The Ultimate Test Of Its Business Model

Any interview or write-up of Kalanick’s does not fail to mention his ‘brash’ behaviour. Though that trait worked for him ever since he dropped out of school and started up, that has now led to his being sidelined in his own company and the board asking him to step down as the CEO.

Google’s Announcement To Intensify Cloud War in Australia & APJ

On June 20, 2017 Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Sydney. Per the company, this is their first GCP region in Australia and the fourth in Asia Pacific. This announcement comes in close heels of the company’s recently launched region in Singapore and an upcoming launch in Mumbai, India.

Can a former OYO Rooms executive build a rival hotel aggregator that lasts?

Much before she was caught by the entrepreneurial bug, Ankita Sheth had already plunged into the world of startups. As the head of acquisitions at OYO Rooms, the SoftBank-backed hotel aggregator, she had helped its founder, Ritesh Agarwal, build up the company’s business, connecting customers with available hotel rooms across India.

Will Flipkart’s One-Stop App Script A WeChat-Like Success Story?

Earlier this week, it was reported that India’s largest e-tailer Flipkart was looking to become an “everything app,” using which customers can order food, avail on-demand services, hail a cab or even buy daily essentials. The question is: Can Flipkart replicate the WeChat magic in India?

Digital Payments: Paytm’s Biggest Contender Will Be WhatsApp Or Amazon?

With FreeCharge to be acquired Paytm and MobiKwik a distant second, there is only one clear leader in the digital wallet space currently. Paytm has surpassed several others in this segment and positioned itself well to rise the demonetisation wave.

Travis Kalanick Should Take Onus Of Brash Work Culture At Uber, Whether He Stays Or Steps Aside

Travis Kalanick and Uber have been in the news for the wrong reasons. The latest is that the 40 year-old Founder and CEO may be forced to go on leave temporarily or his role as a CEO may be curtailed.

IT Layoffs: Do Startups Offer A Ray Of Hope To Those Retrenched? Not Really; Here’s Why

With fears of massive layoffs in the IT sector heightening, the professionals in major companies are in a mad scramble to find out avenues that would give them employment. Would startups — termed job creators — be able to take back some of the available talent in the IT sector?

Amazon Pay Plans Mobile Recharges, Could Be Tough Competition For Paytm, MobiKwik

Paytm and MobiKwik, India’s largest mobile wallet companies, had better pad up for their biggest competition yet. For, Amazon is preparing to enter the mobile recharge segment, which accounts for nearly one-third of spending on mobile wallets, with Amazon Pay.

Is Microsoft’s Update To Surface Pro Enough To Move The Needle?

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Quikr’s Quick-Fire Acquisitions: Is It Time To Consolidate Now?

When cross-category classifieds company Quikr announced the acquisition of home services startup Zimmber earlier this month, it marked the firm’s eleventh buyout in less than two-and-a-half years.

Why Flipkart Needs More Than SoftBank To Take On Amazon

Online retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt. is said to be close to a merger with smaller rival Snapdeal as it looks to fend off Amazon.com Inc. Yet, that may not be enough in a battle with the deep-pocketed American giant that has caught up with the homegrown rival.

Buoyed By Big 10 Sale, Flipkart To Further Expand Private Label

Online marketplace Flipkart expects its private-label category to contribute 10 per cent of its overall transactions in the next 12 months, to boost its flagging earnings and fill gaps in its products.

However, industry watchers have some concerns. The question is will people accept this.

Top CHRO Priority For 2017 – Getting HR Analytics Right

Since the beginning of 2017, I have addressed till date in excess of 100 CHRO enquiries from across the globe – ranging from the west coast of the US to the east coast of Australia and everything in between. One recurrent theme which stands out from all of these enquiries is the growing need for HR Analytics & richer, timely, actionable reports.

MobiKwik Stops Cashback To Start Loyalty Programme, Reduce Burn By 25%

Just like the growth of ecommerce companies in India was fuelled by discounts, mobile wallet companies such as Paytm and MobiKwik grew on the back of cashbacks — sometimes as high as 100% of the transaction amount.

Sanchit Vir Gogia & Anshoo Nandwaani on GSMA AMO Awards 2017 Judging Panel

Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst and CEO Greyhound Research & Anshoo Nandwaani, VP and Principal Analyst, Greyhound Research are part of the esteemed judging panel of GSMA Asia Mobile Awards 2017 or AMO Awards 2017.

Oracle To Offer Plug-And-Play AI Solution To Marketers

The battle of the marketing Clouds is hotting up with Oracle announcing the launch of its Adaptive Intelligence Applications (AIA) — a plug-and-play artificial-intelligence solution.

How IBM India Is Becoming Digital

Contrary to popular opinion, even technology companies have to invest continually to push digital so that they can innovate and stay relevant to their customers. International Business Machines Corp.’s (IBM’s) sharpening focus on digital is a case in point.

Ola’s Aggarwal, Bhati Lowest-Paid Unicorn Founders, Yet Raked In Millions

Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, co-founders of cab-aggregator Ola, may be the proverbial poster boys of Indian e-commerce, but they are the lowest paid among all unicorn—a business valued at more than a billion dollars—founders in the country.

Facebook Tying Up With Entrepreneurs To Solve India’s Low-Internet Connectivity Problem

In attempt to end India’s poor connectivity problem, Facebook is tying up with entrepreneurs to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public places across the country. It’s being called ‘Express Wi-Fi’, the project will provide internet connectivity to people in zero connectivity areas.

Facebook Brings Express WiFi To India, Partners With Airtel For 700 Hotspots

Called Express WiFi, the new programme, which is a follow up of the banned Free Basics platform, ties up with entrepreneurs to help them set up public WiFi hotspots and helping them provide internet to a lot of citizens in poor or no connectivity areas — the “intent” behind Free Basics platform.

After Google, Uber Launched UberEats In India

Google App recently launched Hyperlocal Services App Aero. The App had been launched in the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai. Currently it aggregates food delivery, beauty, home maintenance, household repairs, fitness training as well as physiotherapy. Following the launch of Aero, Uber also launched UberEATS to rival services offered by Google, Zomato, foodpanda and Swiggy.

Bored Of Zomato, Foodpanda? UberEATS Launched In India

On-demand technology-based cab hailing services firm Uber launched UberEATS – a food delivery service similar to foodpanda, Swiggy and Zomato– on Tuesday to tap what it claims is an $15 billion unorganised sector in India.

Uber Bites Into Tough-Nut-To-Crack Food Delivery Market

Cab-hailing giant Uber has entered the $15-billion food delivery market in India even as multiple startups shut shop and existing ventures such as Swiggy, Zomato and Foodpanda continue to bleed.

Greyhound Radio: Bringing Digital Transformation Home

Below is the replay of a recent Panel Discussion led by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Bringing Digital Transformation Home at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

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Greyhound TV: Bringing Digital Transformation Home

Below is the replay of a recent Panel Discussion led by Sanchit Vir Gogia on the topic: Bringing Digital Transformation Home at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

Watch the video here.

Ola’s Cab-Leasing Arm Swings To A Loss In FY16

Ola Fleet Technologies Pvt. Ltd, the cab-leasing arm of taxi aggregator Ola, has posted a loss of Rs 13.3 crore for FY16 compared to a profit of Rs 3.9 crore the previous year, show filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC).

Catch Greyhound Research at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017

Catch Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Research at Dimension Data Leadership Connect 2017.

What is the event about?

We are experiencing unprecedented change and disruption in the industry today. Business and technology paradigms are changing at a pace that has never before been seen and the innovative use of technology to adapt to these changes is becoming the only way forward.

To address this change, Dimension Data is organising the Leadership Connect, a gathering aimed at bringing together CxOs involved in Digital Transformation journeys.

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Fireside Chat Topic: Bringing Transformation Home

Greyhound Research’s Chief Analyst & CEO, Sanchit Vir Gogia (SVG), will be at the event to share insights on Digital Transformation from across the globe and in the region. Separately, SVG will chair a fireside chat session (participants below) on how can CxOs tailor Digital Transformation for their respective organisations.

Have a question for SVG?

Tweet to us on @s_v_g@Greyhound_R or email us on connect@greyhoundgroup.com and we’ll get the conversation brewing!

When & Where? 

April 19, 2017, Mumbai

April 20, 2017, Bengaluru


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Catch Greyhound Knowledge Group at STARup 2017

Catch Sanchit Vir Gogia and Anshoo Nandwaani as Keynote Speakers at STARup 2017 on May 6 -7, 2017 at Bengaluru, India.

What is STARup?

STARup is a gathering of over 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate representatives and government officials and influencers from the Indian, Israeli, Asian and European startup ecosystem. STARup, first launched in 2016, saw 700 leaders in the startup community coming together.

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Is This Flipkart’s Last Fundraise On Road To IPO?

India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart’s recent fundraise of $1.4 billion (around Rs 9,000 crore), the biggest-ever in the country’s burgeoning consumer internet sector, has undoubtedly filled its coffers for now, but it also begs some important questions. Will this be the company’s last round of external funding as it looks to turn profitable? Is a stock-exchange listing by 2019 Flipkart’s next destination?

Snapdeal Pay Hike: Face-Saving Gimmick Or Bid To Retain Talent?

Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, which runs online marketplace Snapdeal, is reportedly giving out pay hikes of up to 15% to its employees even as talks of its merger with India’s biggest e-commerce company Flipkart are fast progressing.

Behind The Success Of A Startup Is Passion, Not Money: 3 Business Women Decode Their Stories

For every such startup that has managed to cross over to the success corner, there have been many that have fallen by the wayside and some of these, after hitting a high note of success and popularity and instant recall with its target audience.

Why Our Startups Stutter Even As Indians-Led Enterprise Firms Scorch Silicon Valley

Shutdowns. Funding crunch. Falling valuations. Firings. By pretty much any metric, India’s consumer internet companies have been going through a rough patch.

Cloudy And Clueless: Why SaaS Startups Are Yet To Impress In India?

Software-as-a-service companies are yet to meet their promise of profitability in India. The pricing and customer profile, which is the long tail of SMBs globally, are yet to bear fruit. All these businesses have registered offices and business in the USA, which they say add a lot more to their topline than what the data collected in India suggests.