‘Intel Inside’ Digital India

Last April, Intel reached out to NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank that replaced the Planning Commission in 2015, with a research report on designing semiconductor chips in India. It pitched building a fabless semiconductor...

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...

Mu Sigma’s mad dash

One of the earliest companies to become a unicorn, Mu Sigma was once the rising star in the Indian startup ecosystem. As data emerged as the new currency for corporates over the last decade,...

The web called technology

It is day three of our special week, and finally, my turn to walk you through what we wrote about tech. Gone are the days when technology was a matter of choice. A good-to-have, good-to-know...

India’s virtual personal assistants’ real rise and fall

 Just around autumn last year, the ground beneath a bunch of niche bot makers in India shook. They were not making regular bots, programmes that automate tasks; they were building chatbots. The kind of...

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...

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...

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...

Curadev’s drug discovery slot machine

 A certain starkness marks the entrance to Curadev Pharma Private Limited. Freshly painted, the walls are bare; the reception desk is unmanned. The company does mostly science and doesn’t need a front desk; not...

Portea’s long (and short) cut to home care

Smack in the middle of the national narrative that India is one of the youngest countries, in 2013 Portea shined a light on elderly care. In absolute terms, the 100 million elderly population is only...

Spotting health in India’s healthcare

The year is coming to an end. As we take stock, we are delighted to note what we've managed to do in three short months. And are grateful to have found you as readers....

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...

MedGenome: Deciphering disease and consumer market

If there is one company in India using the brute force of computing and high-speed sequencing to offer services in genetics, it is MedGenome. So important is the sequencing technology that owning a high-end machine...

‘Intel Inside’ Digital India

Last April, Intel reached out to NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank that replaced the Planning Commission in 2015, with a research report on designing semiconductor chips in India. It pitched building a fabless semiconductor...

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...

So how many people watch Arnab Goswami every night?

I don’t need to say this. Arnab Goswami is a phenomenon. And we must deepen our understanding of him.It is incredible how often his name pops up. Every day. At least, among the people...

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...

Gatekept

It’s 8.00 a.m in India and traffic to the Times of India’s website is just warming up. Some visitors have typed its URLs – timesofindia.com or timesofindia.indiatimes.com – into their browsers; some have landed...

Meet India’s Judge Dredd of Dengue

Everything’s warmer this winter in Delhi, even a dengue discussion. For years Navin Khanna has studied dengue and other infections with a quiet purposefulness. As he settles into the cane chair, at the faculty...

One Rocket, Many Satellites: Isro’s final push to India’s commercial space lift-off

At the end of a public event in Mysore, three young engineers walked up to the chief guest AS Kiran Kumar, chairman of Isro. Rohan Ganapathy and his team had built a prototype of...

Why don’t oral vaccines work well in India?

On a cold, misty February morning in 2013, three medical researchers got into a car in New Delhi to travel to a highly anticipated meeting. Gagandeep Kang, a microbiologist from Christian Medical College of...

To Moon and Mars, again

Many theories and metaphors exist on how the Moon got its rugged, groovy looks. Last week, one of the long-running lunar programmes of Nasa revealed how one of the biggest and the youngest crater—there...

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