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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Episode 2: Greyhound TV Brass Tacks – Dell EMC 14G Servers Tech Specs

Catch Rudramuni B, Vice President & Center Head, Dell EMC and Sudha KV, Vice President at Dell EMC in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound on our Greyhound TV expert dialogue series, Brass Tacks, a Greyhound Studios production.

How Neemuchwala Broke The Jinx At Wipro

As Abidali Neemuchwala completes six quarters as the chief executive of India’s third largest IT services firm, he seems to have figured out a way to break the jinx of sluggish growth that the company has seen for years.

Key Takeaways From Infosys Saga

Allegations and counter-allegations have been flowing thick and fast since Vishal Sikka resigned as managing director and CEO of IT bellwether Infosys. Crises at Infosys opens up the Pandora box which has led head hunters analyse the key takeaways.

SC Rules That The Right To Privacy Is A Fundamental Right; Analysts Expect Stronger Data Privacy Laws

The Right to Privacy is now a fundamental right. A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court pronounced this verdict on Thursday morning. It was a unanimous decision with all the nine judges in favour of the Right to Privacy. The constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that “right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution.”

इंडि‍यन कॉरपोरेट वर्ल्‍ड में अभी नहीं है बाहरी CEO की जगह, सि‍क्‍का का ‘कि‍स्‍सा’ बनेगा मॉडल

इन्‍फोसि‍स के चीफ एक्‍जीक्‍युटि‍व और एमडी पद से वि‍शाल सि‍क्‍का के इस्‍तीफे ने एक बार फि‍र यह जता दि‍या कि‍ भारत में फाउंडर्स के अलावा बाहरी सीईओ की कोई जगह नहीं है।

Ideal If New CEO Is Close To Murthy

A replacement for Vishal Sikka, the first non-founder to become the CEO and MD of Infosys, must be an internal candidate who has risen up the ranks and is favoured by co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, industry analysts said.

Episode 2: Greyhound TV Dealing With Digital – In Conversation With Sanchit Vir Gogia

We at Greyhound believe the change to digital is first personal and then professional. Catch Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO, Greyhound in an exclusive conversation with Anshoo Nandwaani, Principal Analyst, Co-Founder & CHRO, Greyhound on our latest Greyhound TV series, Dealing With Digital.

How Telecom Gear-Maker ITI Turned Around

Thirteen years after it filed with the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR), ITI, the public sector-backed telecom equipment maker, has embraced change and turned its focus into new areas such as data centres and Internet of Things (IoT).

IT Industry Wants To Collaborate With Government, Academia For Reskilling

It took just 25 years for IT to become pervasive in India. The proliferation of mobile phones, reduction on duties for components, coupled with the Government of India’s Digital India and Make in India policies, have been the main drivers of this growth.

SoftBank’s $2.5 B Gives Flipkart More Ammo

Flipkart, the country’s largest e-commerce marketplace, has received an investment of $2.5 billion from SoftBank Vision Fund, giving it the much-required arsenal to continue in pole position for the next 18-24 months, as it fends off competition from global behemoth Amazon.

SoftBank Puts Its Eggs In Flipkart’s Shopping Basket

SoftBank’s new $93 bn Vision Fund is putting $2.5 bn into online retailer Flipkart, in the biggest private investment to date in India’s technology sector.

Episode 1: Greyhound TV Dealing With Digital Conversation With Meheriar Patel

We at Greyhound believe the change to digital is first personal and then professional. Catch Meheriar Patel, CIO, Essar Retail & AGC Networks in an exclusive conversation with Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Knowledge Group on our latest Greyhound TV series, Dealing With Digital.

Snapdeal Ends Merger Talks With Flipkart; To Go Solo

Snapdeal called off the USD 950 million-takeover (over Rs 6,000 crore) by Flipkart, apparently over differences in valuation and terms of what could possibly have been the largest deal in the Indian e-commerce space.