Last January, Google and KPMG conducted a study titled ‘Impact of Digitisation on SMBs in India’. It presented a gloomy picture of Small and Medium businesses (SMBs) in the country, highlighting that a staggering 68 per cent of SMBs...
Milk-tech and micro-delivery startups have been in news for raising funds, consolidations and shutting shops. The segment has heated up after BigBasket and Swiggy have shown interests in it. While BigBasket is acquiring Pune-based RainCan, Swiggy is in an...
Saurabh Kumar, a designer in an e-commerce company, studied computer science before he decided to follow a profession in designing. He regrets that he lost precious years of his life in learning something which he didn’t intend to follow as...
Content aggregation and short news serving formats in India have been developing for the past several years. InShorts, for example, focuses on an English-language oriented readership, which is perceived to cater to users who are more 'informed'. DailyHunt, on...
Be it loan disbursal, wealth creation, SMEs financing, peer to peer lending, or any other vertical, the opportunities in the Indian fintech space are multiple. While startups in such business tend to weed out the friction and offline touchpoints...
When you are an early stage startup especially in e-commerce segment, it is very rare that you look out for an IPO route to raise funds. But unusual things can be expected from young startups that tend to re-write...
In April 2016, more than 350 million Indians were online and millions more were connecting to the Internet for the first time. Google was quick to see an opportunity in this segment and announced the biggest plan to connect...
Did you ever call up a customer care service to get your in-warranty air-conditioner or washing machine or any other consumer durable fixed, but couldn’t get it done for free as you had lost the warranty card or invoice...
With growing Internet and smartphone penetration, messaging apps have become lifeline for peer to peer or business to peer communications. Besides giving uninterrupted access to share things instantly,  messaging apps have evolved and gradually helping users to shop, consume...
With the emergence of e-commerce in the consumer segment, online channel has become a priority for the majority of SMEs in the past couple of years. While 2011-13 period in B2B was largely dominated by the likes of JustDial...
Education has always been underserved in India. Despite the best efforts by the government and private institutions, receiving a quality education is still a challenge. Two years ago, Rohit Manglik, an alumnus of NIT Surathkal, who was then working...
Securing government jobs is the best option considered by most of the students in India. And it has been continuing for ages. Students in tier II and III cities and rural areas tend to prioritise public sector job as...
Edtech startup Unacademy has raised fresh funds to the tune of Rs 3.84 crore from existing investors - Sequoia Capital, Saif Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, and Blume Ventures. The capital infusion is learned to be extended part of Bengaluru-based startup's...
Being a bachelor, student or an unmarried couple in India may have some individual advantages in life but when it comes finding the right accommodation the road becomes tougher. In a country where a majority of the population is...
People living in south Mumbai can hire the Kaali Peeli taxi from the Uber app. This is a much-needed move for the Mumbaikars who can now order the second lifeline of Mumbai to their doorstep. This is the first ever...
With the penetration of smartphone and Internet, consumption pattern of news has changed in a big way. Unlike sourcing information from media houses directly (through website, newspapers, and television), tech-savvy young audience preferred short and handy news apps such...
SoftBank-backed hotel brand Oyo is launching operations in Dubai by the next month. The Gurugram-based company has already hired Manu Midha to head its Middle East business. It’s currently hiring Oyo captain (AGM) in the largest city of UAE....
Women-centric digital community platform POPxo has raised Rs 37 crore in a round led by Chinese Mobile company Oppo and South Korea's Neoplux. In the latest round, the Delhi-based startup also saw participation from existing investors including IDG Ventures India,...
The travel agency sector has long been blacklisted by NBFCs and banks, with lending institutions dithering in providing loans to travel agencies owing to high default rates. The perception about the industry, however, seems to be changing. The emergence of...
Cricket is not merely a sport, it is modern-day opium for its lovers in India. It is most popular and watched sport in the country. The excitement, thrill, and passion, it generates among millions of cricket fans is unmatchable. Even...
The blockchain is hot. Everyone, including a guy who’s remotely attached to the technology world, has been discussing it voraciously. For a majority of enthusiasts, blockchain is all about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. However, cryptocurrency is just an example of...
The years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 witnessed mushrooming of co-working spaces in major metros in India. The co-working companies were aimed at fulfilling the need of workspaces in the burgeoning startup ecosystem in the country. By 2017, it...
The payment ecosystem has been evolving at quite a fast pace in India. From cash to card to NFC to mobile wallet to sound, we have come a long way when it comes to consumer-to-merchant payment. In the list of...
The unprecedented rise of traffic in metros such as Delhi (NCR) and Bengaluru has made intra-city commute painful, time consuming and irritating. A 10-km distance sometimes requires hours to complete in Bengaluru. While the emergence of the on-demand cab...
It’s rare that funded startups attain profitability during their early years of inception as they are notorious for burning capital without caring about profitability. Nevertheless, some startups are the exception who manage to become profitable in quick time. One such...
In the past few years, non-banking lenders, especially digital lenders, have mushroomed in India, and their loan books have expanded over 20 per cent year-on-year, according to some estimates. Alongside the growth of online lenders, a whole ecosystem is developing...
In 2009, Emerson, a US multi-national was looking for architects and contractors who could do office interior design and renovation project in Noida - it was a challenging brief because the high-quality execution was required at breakneck speed. "It was...
The concept of living is changing in India. Many married millennials prefer to stay in a rented apartment than spend a few lakhs to buy a house, probably following the learnings of famous writer Robert Kiyosaki. He explains that...
It is often not easy for people to save money in a systematic way. The reason is simple: We live in an ecosystem that is consumer-driven or require spending. One who spends cannot save and one who wants to...
Blockchain is hot globally. Of course, China won’t miss this new wave of the new revolution. On February 9, China’s tech giant NetEase released the testing model of its new blockchain social network app 'Planet'. Within 24 hours, there were...
Buying online second-hand or used car is not a simple process as it appears from outside. Among the several reasons, trust and lack of clarity on pricing are most striking. Currently, there are plenty of platforms ranging from transaction-based...
Speech and language disorders are common issues among children, with one in 10 having some type of speech difficulty. Experts believe there can be different issues that make it hard for kids to express themselves verbally. However, the condition can...
In 2013, India became the third biggest market of smartphone users with 117 million smartphone subscribers, behind only China and the US. It was then anticipated the smartphone users market will grow by 45 per cent in the next...
Finding an accommodation can be a real pain in India especially in metro cities. It is almost impossible to find a suitable accommodation, without paying brokerage to a property broker. Most often, the brokers show the worst and non-moving flats...
There are hundreds of studies claiming that the market for ayurvedic medicines is worth billions of dollars. Multiple manufacturers are producing ayurvedic medicines under different brands in view of the market size. But there was a time, when no such...
For many people or organisations, work is a major part of their business and life. They work. And they work, very often losing sleep. But there are only a few who work to make a business out of sleeping. Two-year-old...
Gone are the days when students were completely dependent on parents for buying motorcycles, laptop, smartphones or paying semester fees. Now, with an emergence of tech-driven new age lending platforms, students can secure loans within a day. New age lending...
At a time, when banks are burdened by bad loans and are too cautious to lend money, online NBFC startups have disbursed loans to thousands of borrowers worth hundreds of crores. Industry experts believe that stiff rules and too complicated...
Starting an e-commerce venture was nothing less than a rage amongst Indian entrepreneurs during the 2012-15 period. But, soon the space got crowded and things turned difficult for those who were eying the sector. The following years were marred by...
In a fast-moving world, mobile interaction has become an integral part of every business. Be it social media, e-commerce or fintech startups, they are looking for ways to reach out to people and make things simple for them. AskArvi is one...
Siddhartha Chandurkar, CEO & Founder of ShepHertz, has a strong reason to feel that his company is on a path to become the next unicorn. The Gurugram and Palo Alto-based startup enables traditional enterprises in their omnichannel digital transformation through...
Per capita electricity consumption has been rising at a continuous pace. In 2014-2015, it reached a record 1010 kilowatt-hour (kWh), compared with 957 kWh in 2013-14 and 914.41 kWh in 2012-13, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Experts say...
Unlike past, young population in India are more keen to switch cities when they get better work opportunity. However, relocating to a new place earlier required significant investment in buying furniture and appliances. But, new age rental platforms have...
To express love, gratitude and appreciation to others, we often come down to an act of gifting. Gifts are not always necessarily about the objects, but more about the experience. There are times when we go looking for gifts...
Zunroof, a solar installation company, has a unique model to offer -- it turns household electricity bills all free. Launched in April 2016 by two IIT-Kharagpur graduates, Pranesh Chaudhary and Sushant Sachan, the platform has managed to achieve the...
Getting a loan in India is tedious and time-consuming as regulations demand physical documents for identification proof, pay slips, verification of signatures as well as in-person verification and physical inspection of properties. Besides, owing to lack of relevant financial...
This week 20 startups received funding, out of which 15 were disclosed, who in total made a sum of about $88.5 million. Among them, Nazara Games raised the highest investment of $27 million, followed by Veritas Finance which raised...
Over the past two and half years logistics industry has seen several startups kicking-off their operations, and many shutting down at the same time as figuring out unit economics turned tough. Companies such as Opinio, Runnr, Parcelled, Pickingo and several...
This week 13 startups received funding, who in total made a sum of about $116.2 million. Among them, NestAway raised the highest investment of $50 million, followed by Dunzo which raised $12.3 million. There is no any undisclosed funding this...
With the vision and mission of making India a greener and fitter nation, Akash Gupta and Rashi Agarwal have launched Mobycy, a dockless bicycle sharing app. The platform has also raised Rs 3.2 crore in seed fund from an...

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