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Rohin Dharmakumar

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Arranged Marriage

In the two years between July 2013 and July 2015, Flipkart would go on to raise capital at a dizzying pace – seven times – taking in a cumulative amount of $3 billion from numerous blue-blooded investors. During the same period, its valuation would shoot up over ten-fold from roughly $1.5 billion to $15 billion.It was a company that...

The evolution of E-commerce transactions

Until just a couple of years ago, the successful completion of an online purchase transaction was seen as the holy grail for e-commerce companies. Given the woeful state of broadband speeds or unpredictability of payment interfaces or just lack of confidence in users, successful payment for a transaction was the ultimate metric to track and improve.But that’s changing. Thanks...

Myntra – too many variables

Myntra was acquired by Flipkart in 2014, at the now (read: unicorn era) seemingly bargain basement price of around $300 million. That made the Flipkart-Myntra entity a juggernaut in the fashion space, with Amazon India as the only real scale competitor. Then this year Flipkart-Myntra acquired Jabong too, at an even more bargain basement price of $70 million. The...

Winter Has Come to Media

2016 has been a rotten year for many, but especially so for India's largest news publishing companies. What was a slow and secular decline - number of interested readers, amount of time spent reading newspapers, advertiser interest, ad rates, the unwillingness of readers to pay for content online, ad-blockers etc. - got precipitated by the government's surprise decision to...

India’s Tech Policy Influencers

“Technology policy is today at the forefront of most government policies”, says a person deeply involved with the technology ecosystem in India. For such an innocuous and true statement, he doesn’t want his name disclosed, though. As do all of the other sources The Ken spoke to for this story.“Everyone now recognizes that technology is political, and thus you...

Paytm – Won’t You Step Into My (Use-case) Parlour

Once a mobile VAS company in the crowded and dysfunctional telecom services space, Paytm* today has landed into an envious position at the intersection of digital payments, e-commerce and banking. It is also the strategic beachhead for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba for its India ambitions.Company Name PaytmOfficial Company Name, as per MCA records One 97 Communications LimitedCEO Vijay Shekhar SharmaHeadquartered in Noida, Uttar...

Paytm’s “Flipkart Moment”

There comes a moment in every company’s life when it straddles the chasm of what it was, and what it could be. The right steps put it into a position of unassailable strength none of its rivals can challenge. While the wrong ones, well, end up serving as case-studies later on of how small missteps can derail even seemingly...

Ibibo – High Stakes Poker

Ibibo started as a social network and ended up being a direct challenger to MakeMyTrip, the Big Kahuna of India's online travel and tourism space.  Under its hard-charging CEO Ashish Kashyap (nicknamed "AK-47") it became the second largest OTA (online travel agency) in India and the number one in the lucrative hotels booking space. Then in October, after a...

Cleartrip, grey skies

Cleartrip, once the nearest challenger to market leader MakeMyTrip and the crowd favourite among technologically savvy Indians who raved about its simple and elegant design, is no longer either. Though its attention to detail and focus on usability continue to remain, on most other counts it faces bleak prospects.Company Name CleartripOfficial Company Name, as per MCA records Cleartrip Private LimitedCEO Stuart CrightonHeadquartered...

The Interconnect Wars

On September 1, Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, did something that was simultaneously belated but also unexpected. At the annual general meeting of his mammoth company, he announced the launch of Reliance Jio, his group’s mobile network in India.On the back of a reported $22 billion investment in setting up Jio, Ambani vowed to upend the $50...

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