The Apple Pay rethink

In May 2016, when Apple CEO Tim Cook visited India, he made a big ticket announcement that got the country’s fintech community buzzing. Cook said that Apple wanted to bring its mobile payments and...

Defence PSUs are firing blanks

A wintry January morning in Bengaluru saw the coming together of two very unlikely sets of people. Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, all suppliers of various...

Cloud on the horizon

A few months ago, when the official Twitter accounts for the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi were compromised, the thing that stood out was the ease with which it is possible to hack high-profile...

The H-1B linchpin

In 2013, when Nationwide Insurance in Ohio chose technology company Guidewire to run its $9 billion worth of business on the latter’s core insurance offerings, it knew it was a big deal. What it...

A game with no winners

In December 2016, one particular acquisition slid past most of mainstream media’s eye in India. It was a small deal, after all, just $8.5 million. Starbreeze Studios, a Swedish game developer, acquired Dhruva Interactive,...

The allure of anonymity

The anonymous don’t mince words. They know only too well that they will be heard. And appreciated.“I don’t know if people believe what I say or not but they do like what I say,”...

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...

Defence PSUs are firing blanks

A wintry January morning in Bengaluru saw the coming together of two very unlikely sets of people. Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, all suppliers of various...

Fortune Vivo oil meets its inevitable sticky end

There is only one question that a manufacturer has to answer before she shouts Eureka. Can she prove it? Especially when it is a food product that claims to offer relief to two of...

How charity is fuelling a superbug in India

The evil superbug is on the lookout for new hosts. The hero has the weapon, he can conquer it, but only if he is willing.The superbug is antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which causes multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB),...

Why a backdoor push towards eHealth

“As if it is not hard enough. We started with a cadaver on the first day of medical college and got out with an advanced speciality degree. We cannot be expected to learn computers...

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...

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...

Cloud on the horizon

A few months ago, when the official Twitter accounts for the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi were compromised, the thing that stood out was the ease with which it is possible to hack high-profile...

Of Ratan Tata, YourStory and the Media

2016 was a terrible year for media globally. And 2017 might be even worse. Things haven't been looking up in India. It’s only February and the Kolkata-headquartered ABP group is reported to have laid...

Of exclusive deals and dire straits

When Motorola came to India with the first generation Moto G in late 2013, almost a year after exiting the country, not a single distributor wanted to take a bet on the brand. A...

‘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...

Today’s PSLV launch could create history. And a new market for Isro

For over two decades, it has impeccably accomplished the tasks allotted. This morning, with 37 consecutive successes behind it, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift-off from Sriharikota with 104 satellites on board,...

Humanising Algorithms

Give me data and I’ll change your world.Such claims are commonplace in the world of business, governance, healthcare, elections—any walk of life you may think of. The catch words remind us of late John...

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...

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