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Rohin Dharmakumar

Rohin Dharmakumar
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M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction)

On 1 July 2003, Reliance Infocomm lobbed a grenade into India’s telecom sector, offering handsets for just Rs 501. The ‘Monsoon Hungama’ offer allowed it to rack up over a million subscribers in just 10 days.By the time, it realised that giving away stuff for free would only attract those who wanted free stuff, it was too late. The...

The Ken announces angel funding

The Ken formally launched on 3 October 2016 as India’s first subscriptions-only business news site. Today, we’re announcing our angel funding round.In a short span of four months, we’ve managed to create a subscriber base composed not just of founders, venture capitalists, CEOs, lawyers and senior management but also college students and young professionals. Our readers trust us because...

E-commerce unicorns and payments ponycorns

FreeCharge, India’s second-largest mobile wallet company, must easily be the most sought after investment in Indian e-commerce, even though technically it isn’t even for sale.How else would you explain the steady stream of deep-pocketed international investors that have been in the final stages of discussions to invest in it?SoftBank and Foxconn started conversations with it to invest around $300...

Introducing Iqbal

The Ken writes about technology startups, as you must have noticed by now. But hey, we’re a technology startup too, with our own teething troubles (which we largely manage to hide from you) and growth pangs.Which is why I’m thrilled to bring Iqbal Ansari, our first WordPress developer, on board. Iqbal joins us in Bengaluru from SimplifyS Digital, a...

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...

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