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Venkat Ananth

Venkat Ananth
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The QuikrJobs hypothesis

The truth about India is this: there are millions of jobs to be had. And the internet is a potent medium to land one. Over the last 15 years or so, a generation of young Indians has come to understand the idea of filtering through vacancies listed by companies on a website, uploading a resume and repeatedly checking their...

Google India’s 2017 Focus

Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai took to the stage on 4 January in New Delhi, and announced two new initiatives — ‘Digital Unlocked’ and ‘My Business Websites’. For the gathered media, this was a departure from Google’s usual big ticket product launches. His audiences were elsewhere, perhaps in the bylanes of Chandni Chowk or even Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai....

Delhivery is growing

Back in May 2011 when Delhivery began its operations, it was a hyperlocal food delivery startup in Gurugram. Three months later, the company pivoted and became an e-commerce logistics company, thereby cashing in on the online retail boom that was ushering in. Today, it is one of India's largest third-party e-commerce logistics and fulfillment startup, with clients like Flipkart,...

It’s not been business as usual

It was an eventful year for the Indian business, particularly in the last three months, thanks to grander narratives like demonetisation and the boardroom spat engulfing the Tatas. That said, there were other interesting trends.In one of our earliest stories, we wrote about Islamic finance, through a  company called Heera Gold and its somewhat murky practices. Turned out it...

The Chinese stratagems

The last weekend of September saw Bangalore’s Shangri-La hotel swarming with Chinese investors, entrepreneurs and translators. Over a two-day event, the visitors absorbed talks on India’s macroeconomics, financial regulations, savings and lending markets and dozens of demos by eager fintech startups looking to land some investors.The Chinese investors – about 18 of who had come to India including Baidu,...

Why India’s drug price regulator’s fate hangs in the balance

Pat came the reply, even before the question was posed.“It is up to the government to decide,” said a composed National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) chairman Bhupendra Singh.It was almost as if he knew what the question was. The chatter is constant, and speculation galore, that the power to regulate or cap drug prices in India is being wrested...

Is Hike India’s WhatsApp? WeChat? Snapchat?

Hike, the messenger app, is India's latest unicorn, valued at $1.4 billion after their latest round of funding in August '16. The company, which began operations in 2011, currently boasts a registered user base of 100 million, making it the second largest messenger app after WhatsApp in India.Company Name HikeOfficial Company Name, as per MCA records Hike LtdCEO Kavin Bharti MittalHeadquartered in New DelhiTotal...

Has Twitter India given up on India?

 It was a routine earnings call on October 27 at the Twitter India office in Gurugram. Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer of the company had just informed his shareholders that Twitter had grown its user base to 317 million, adding 4 million users, or 3% over the previous quarter. Dorsey also announced a restructuring, or as Twitter called...

India’s misinformation crisis: Fake or real?

Earlier this week, in Bihar’s Chhapra district, as part of the recent demonetisation drive, income tax officials conducted raids on several doctors. One of them was Dr RB Sinha (65). The officials reportedly found unaccounted cash worth Rs 6 crore. The stress of losing all his hard earned cash caused him to suffer a cardiac arrest. He died. Tragic.Except,...

Inside the public policy battle between Ola and Uber

It began as a battle for India’s roads. But very soon, the two app-based cab companies – Ola and Uber, are at each other’s throats in completely different surroundings – government offices, to put a case in point.Not a surprise then, that earlier this week, Pranay Jivrajka, the chief operating officer of Ola, publicly appealed to the Government of...

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