The lens is on Hotstar

Late last year, Ajit Mohan, the chief executive officer of Hotstar, Star India’s Over-The-Top (OTT) service, wrote an email to the employees, primarily to apprise them of key organisational changes. The email also delved a fair bit on Hotstar’s operations. Mohan listed out some of the biggest milestones Hotstar managed to achieve in November alone:Notable from Mohan’s email is...

The inside story of 500 Startups’ India adventure

Shalini Prakash is the only member of 500 Startups left in India. Pankaj Jain, partner and India operations head, quit at the end of December 2016. Soaib Grewal resigned a few weeks before Jain. And the $25 million 500 Kulfi fund failed to set.A spokesperson told Economic Times in January 2017, “Due to recent moves by the India...

The dump that wasn’t

As trial balloon launches go, it should’ve been a perfect launch plan. The location would have brought together a phalanx of powerful policy-makers, business leaders and influencers including the chairman of India’s telecom regulator, its foreign secretary, the ministers of technology and industry for the state of Karnataka and dozens of powerful CEOs, researchers and technologists. A successful launch...

The twists and rolls of Faasos

There is visible chaos at the Faasos office in Mumbai. Someone’s always yelling across the room asking for a report, someone will jostle past you with a sheet of paper; it is never quiet. The chaos means that the big 12-seater conference room in the centre of the room is always occupied. There is another smaller one, and you’ll...

Can Amazon crack groceries in India

For Vikram Kumar, an Amazon delivery executive in New Delhi, the last few months have been rather hectic. It’s eight pm on a chilly Friday evening, and Kumar is at my doorstep, delivering his penultimate order of the day. “Din mein aath ya dus order toh kar hi leta hoon sir,” he says. (“I manage to deliver eight to...

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...

The Q in QuikrServices

The Qs are literally everywhere. The heavy door to Quikr’s headquarters in Hebbal, Bengaluru, has an ornate Q-shaped handle, which opens into a large minimalistic lobby. And the lobby has a giant neon green coloured Q painted on its floor. “It is like a target board, if one does not meet targets, you’ll be dropped on the Q,” jokes...

QuikrCars and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Business Model

The most striking thing about QuikrCars is how ancient and me too its business model is. Despite Ranveer Singh.To appreciate this, you must pore over, in absolute minute detail, the various avenues through which QuikrCars is hoping to make money. Simply, follow the money. Up front, let’s kick free listings out the door. Their presence serves a simple...

Quikr and the unacquisition of CommonFloor

"This is a crap product. There is nothing in it. We didn’t want to touch it but Tiger made us buy it. We will have to start from scratch,” Manish Sinha, executive vice president of QuikrHomes, reportedly told a room full of people. He was referring to CommonFloor. The room full of people had section heads from CommonFloor and...

Introducing Quikr week

“Quikr, Quikr on the wall, are you the fairest unicorn of them all”? If the startup ecosystem were to be seen as a caste system (and some would say that it often is), the very apex of this pyramid would be populated by an exalted set of companies known as ‘unicorns’—companies that have been valued at over a billion dollars.While...

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