Alia Bhatt Joins Long List Of Star Startups Investors: Why Entrepreneurs Rope In Celebrities

The most popular way to start up would be to have an idea, funds and then the best heads to run it. Of course not necessarily in that order always. But even if you get the fundamentals right, that will not ensure your startup will be the talked about and known. Having a celebrity to not only endorse but also to put her money in the venture seems to work wonders in the overcrowded startup space. The latest celebrity to invest in a startup is Bollywood star Alia Bhatt who has taken a minority stake in fashion tech startup StyleCracker.

Nokia 2.0: Connecting People, Yet Again

A smooth and updated android experience, an upgradable customer segment and design is what HMD Global is focussed on to bring the Nokia name firmly in the spotlight for smartphones.

Quikr Plans To Deliver Groceries At Your Doorstep

Online classifieds platform Quikr plans to roll out an on-demand delivery service, taking on the likes of Swiggy, BigBasket and Amazon Now.

IBM Brings Cloud-Native Environment To Private Clouds

IBM has announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds.

Indian Businesses Onboard Facebook Messenger Setting Up Rivalry With Whatsapp

Businesses in India such as BigBasket, Swiggy and HouseJoy are quietly signing up for a Facebook feature that allows them to target, connect, and transact with customers on Messenger, the social media giant’s instant messaging platform.

Memo To Infosys: Stop Squabbling With Murthy And Get Back To Work ASAP

There was a time when the Infosys’s quarterly results set the tone for the $150 billion Indian IT service sector’s performance. The bellwether’s numbers influenced not just its own shares but even the benchmark IT indices on Indian bourses. But on Oct. 24when the country’s second-largest IT company posted its financial results for July-September 2017 (Q2), the spotlight wasn’t on its net profit or revenue. Instead, it was mostly on the tussle between founder NR Narayana Murthy and the newly-appointed leadership.

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus Alexa-Powered Smart Speakers Launched in India; Prime Music Coming Soon

Amazon said it is bringing Alexa as well as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus smart speakers to India, its fastest growing marketplace, as the company looks to extend its lead over Google Assistant-powered Google Home, and Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod in the smart speakers market. The company also said it will soon be bringing Amazon Prime Music, its music streaming service in the country. India is the fourth market after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany where Amazon has officially made Alexa and its smart speakers available, the company said.

The Private Labels Flywheel Starts Turning At Amazon India, To Be 25% Of Sales

It is every large format retailer’s wet dream to own brands, also called private labels. These in-house brands not only make a healthy contribution to the bottomline, they also help with service unmet market needs and plan inventories. The vagaries of the market are no different for Amazon.

E-Comm Race: The Clock Is Ticking For Flipkart

As another festival season gets over, Flipkart could be running out of time to stay ahead of the race as another round of deep discounting may have hurt the e-tailer more than Amazon, which has access to unlimited resources at its command unlike its cross-country rival.

To Reach India’s Small Businesses, Microsoft Bets on a Big, Blue Bus

Imagine the struggle a large technology company faces in India. You want to cater to the millions of mom and pop stores in the country, but they are happy offline. As companies scramble for ways to bridge the gap, Microsoft may have found something – to get people onto the information highway, it’s hitting the highway itself.

Are Companies Using Digital Tech To Their Advantage?

A panel at ‘Mint’s’ Enterprise Technology Summit evaluates the progress that companies have made by using blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Narayana Murthy Clashes With Infosys Board Again In Midst Of CEO Hunt

Infosys Ltd co-founder Narayana Murthy publicly criticised the company’s board again, just as directors try to recruit a chief executive officer to replace one who resigned out of frustration with such clashes.

PayPal, A Pioneer That Introduced Digital Payments To The World, Now Wants To Ride India’s Boom

American online payments firm PayPal is looking at a bigger payoff from its bets in India. The company, which set up a startup incubator in Chennai in 2013, has now decided to start taking equity in the firms that join its programme, which was free till now. So far it has churned out 10 companies in four batches.

Apple iPhone 7 256GB Variant Discontinued To Boost iPhone 8 Sales

Apple has discontinued what has often been called the “best iPhone model” — iPhone 7 256GB. In fact, reports suggest that Apple might have stopped selling this variant of the iPhone 7 on the same day as the iPhone 8 was launched – September 12. The move is hardly surprising, and Apple is keen to push sales of its newest offering that has had a slow uptick thus far. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus have a 256GB variant, but ever since they launched, it is the iPhone 7 that has benefited most.

Infy Q2 Results: Analysts Expect Concrete Guidance, Stability

Ahead of Infosys’ second-quarter earnings announcement, analysts expect the outcome of the board meeting to reflect on long-term stability in the business along with short-term confidence-building measures like a date for share buyback and employees’ salary hike.

Busting The Myths of Artificial Intelligence

Conversations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) range from the extremely progressive views on the possibilities it offers to the other side of the spectrum where the chatter is all humdrum and the fear of losing jobs to machines overtakes everything else. Well, the fact is, both perspectives are right and matter equally.

Google Searches For More Corporate Clients

With an aim to capture market share from Amazon and Microsoft, Google is luring corporates with its machine learning and AI technologies at attractive price points.

Episode 5: Greyhound TV Dealing With Digital – In Conversation With Bjorn Engelhardt

We at Greyhound believe the change to digital is first personal and then professional. Catch Bjorn Engelhardt, SVP – APJ, Riverbed Technology in an exclusive conversation with Anshoo Nandwaani, Principal Analyst, Co-Founder & CHRO, Greyhound on our latest Greyhound TV series, Dealing With Digital, a Greyhound Studios production.

How The Oldest IT Company IBM Is Discovering Its India Story

A sense of excitement, of jumping into something green or greener, pervades right through IBM India offices today. The organisation is in the midst of transforming itself to focus on the Indian market. It is metamorphosing with the aim to grow the more profitable India business, even as globally IBM has reported 21 quarters of declining revenues.

Reviving Growth: To Solve Jobs Mess, Boost Entrepreneurship By Easing Processes To Start Up, Shut Down

With less than two years to go for the next general election, the government’s report card has become too unpleasant with failures at multiple levels. The economic situation is so bad that State Bank of India in a recent report pointed out that slowdown that is now experienced is real and not technical. Many economists have called for more public spending to arrest the slide. Clearly, the biggest blot on the government as of now is the miserable failure in keeping the promise to create millions of jobs.

The Google-HTC deal is good for Google, bad news for Apple and Samsung: Analysts

Google’s announcement that it would acquire the bulk of HTC’s smartphone research and design division came as a surprise, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected.

India’s Transition To Digital Has Caused A Spike In Cyber Attacks, But They Can Be Fought

India’s rapid transition to a cashless economy since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization drive has exposed new avenues for virulent cyber threats across the nation.

Smart Cities, FinTech StartUps And IoT Top Dell EMC’s Agenda

Bidding for smart city projects, working with startups and launching a slew of products for an increasingly digital world are among the things that Dell EMC is planning , as it completes one year of the merger between Dell Inc. and EMC Corp.

Festival Season Sales: E-commerce Is Battling Note Ban, GST Blues; Paytm Mall May Just Muddy The Waters More

For Indian e-commerce firms, already struggling to shrug off the ill-effects of demonetisation and goods and services tax, this festival season is likely to be crucial. What has made the situation all the more tricky is the entrance of a new deep-pocketed player, Paytm Mall.

How iPhone 8, iPhone X Will Impact The Premium End Of Smartphone Market

Analysts say that Apple has created a new “premium-plus” category with the new launches, but the biggest beneficiary could be the iPhone 7.

India Still Not Apple Of Tim Cook’s Eye?

Apple’s new iPhones will be available in India at the same time as in the US and other major markets. Yet, Apple seems to have ignored India in some other areas, which could indicate its market priorities. Before launching the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the X, Apple CEO Tim Cook showcased two of the company’s important products — the Apple Watch and the Apple TV 4K. While the company won’t be launching the cellular version of the Apple Watch in India, the Apple TV 4K is also expected to be launched in the country only by next year.

To Communicate Empathy, IT Companies Must Let The Actions Do The Talking

Earlier this week I accidentally came across a video from a multinational that makes enterprise software aimed to help organizations better manage operations and customer relations. This video features the company’s top honcho who talks at length about how their company is establishing trust with customers and employees using ’empathy’. To set the context for the commentary below, I have been tracking this company over the past decade and have a solid understanding of their technology, operations, people, and culture.

About Time Technology Executives Stop Drinking The Marketing Kool-Aid

As an industry analyst, I have the privilege of attending global industry events and exchanging ideas with some of the brightest executives from the world of technology. While I may not always agree with these executives and their employers’ perspectives, the discussion is almost always intellectually stimulating.

Hurtling Into Digital Age, India Stacks Up 3 Billion Entries

That whoosh you hear is of India’s 1.3 billion people speeding along into the decidedly digital age of the future. And it shows in the 3 billion transactions about to be logged by IndiaStack, the open source initiative to help businesses develop a unified software platform, on the back of the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and last year’s demonetisation drive.

Episode 3: Greyhound TV Brass Tacks – Dell EMC 14G Servers Use Cases

Catch Manish Gupta of Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia of Greyhound on our Greyhound TV expert dialogue series, Brass Tacks, a Greyhound Studios production.

Private Equity Firms See Gold In Mid-Size Indian IT Firms

Indian IT firms, especially in the mid-tier segment, have seen a rise of private equity firms placing stakes on them. While faster technology at mid-size IT services companies have attracted PE firms such as Blackstone, Carlyle, ChrysCap, Bain Capital, The Baring Asia and others to invest in the sector; PE-backed companies have seen faster growth at a time when their large listed peers slowed down due to uncertain market.

Vodafone May Extend IBM Contract To Cover Idea Too 

Vodafone has begun an exercise to extend its outsourcing contract with IBM to cover Idea Cellular as well, besides kicking off work to streamline and standardise all its own IT processes ahead of the proposed $23-billion merger between the phone companies.

How Apple Is Taking AI To The Masses

Engineers and product managers at Apple’s headquarters at Cupertino these days are obsessed with the idea of embedding artificial intelligence (AI) into every aspect of consumer’s digital touch points. That’s because Apple chief Tim Cook wants AI to be like air, all pervasive yet invisible.

Microsoft Lesson For Indian Cos

What happened with Cyrus Mystry in Tata seems to have happened with Vishal Sikka in Infosys. The letter sent by founders to Infosys board raising governance concerns has given rise to nagging suspicion that remote controlling of a company by former promoters may be an emerging trend in Indian corporate that are restructuring and reinventing themselves to come to terms with the new business realities.

A Cure For Sikka Finally Found

Corporate tussles have rarely been as public as the one between Infosys founder and former CEO N.R. Naray­ana Murthy and MD and CEO Vishal Sikka. That wrangle, which led to the latter’s resignation, has brought to focus many issues at the company.

After A Stormy 2016, Softbank Has Smartly But Cautiously Picked Up The Pieces In India

After lurching from one disaster to another in 2016, Japan’s Softbank is hitting all the right notes this year.