Richard Branson recently caught one of his Virgin Australia employees sleeping during work. While the cool boss laughed away the incident, internet on the other hand did what it’s known for. After being inspired by the employees of the Israeli startup that turned its sleeping CEO into a meme legend with some photoshopping, in this case, the internet took it upon itself to do the need. Here are the results.
These women are taking the charge, making a dent, getting things done, influencing the powers that be, and changing the world. One stereotype broken at a time.
What’s heartening is that 5 of these women are Indian. In a country where women are still trying to find their feet in a largely male dominated public space, and battling issues like female infanticide, lack of sanitation and higher education, and sexual harassment, these women make the country proud.
HerPitch brought together women entrepreneurs who wowed the audience and the jury with their wonderful ideas. After receiving an overwhelming number of applications, 10 women-led startups were shortlisted to pitch live in front of the judges.
Facebook has appointed Umang Bedi as the Managing Director of Facebook, India. He would be replacing Kirthiga Reddy who stepped down last year as the MD. She was the first Facebook India employee and served as the MD for 7 years and now will be taking up a role at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.
With Ravi Shastri’s term nearing its end, the BCCI must find a new man to coach the Indian cricket team. And it’s done what any employer does – put out a job description.
22 year old Akshay Gunteti is on a mission to explore the startup ecosystem in India, quite literally. He’s on a 100+ city startup tour, which involves meeting the startup community, incubators, achievers, and friends to discover, share, and learn from India’s burgeoning startup ecosystem – all on a cycle, and some public transport.
Bangalore based neighbourhood chat app startup Belong (Earlier, Hey Neighbour) started a fun experiment called StartupDiary to document a day at a startup. They figured that their story wasn’t a one off, and a lot of other startups could relate with the same. So, they decided to share it with us. “Contrary to popular beliefs , a startup isn’t a bed of roses. If you’re associated with one, you probably know that already. Here’s to all the startups around us.”, says the team at Belong.
Ola can finally ply on the roads without a worry, as it’s on its way to becoming the first app based ride-hailing service of its kind to be licensed according to the government rules.
Rakesh Nadakuditi is was among those who were fired by Helpchat. In an open letter to Helpchat’s CEO Ankur Singla, Nadakuditi acknowledges that business exigencies could’ve led to their removal, but blames the company for its mismanagement.
Indian entrepreneurs are looking to disrupt everything right from the way we shop, to how we order food, to how we get a leaking tap fixed. However, with problems of excessive consumption, and technology, come problems of waste, pollution and environmental damage.
But fortunately, there are startups that are looking to mitigate these environmental hazards, and combined with a love for social good and a technology led product, helping the country become greener. In a country like India, where abject corruption and a huge population can usually put civic works in the background, it’s heartening to see small players coming out and focussing in this sector. We bring you 14 such entrepreneurs and activists who have started ventures towards sustainable development focussing on waste management, alternative sources of energy and awareness platforms.