The Big Problem With Uber And Ola That No One’s Talking About

The Big Problem With Uber And Ola That No One’s Talking About

On 15th May last year, Ishaan Gill from Delhi had an unusual Uber ride. Gill had sensed something was amiss when the ride had started. “The cab reached an hour late and the driver Ajay seemed dizzy. I asked him if he was OK and he nodded in positive. At Aurobindo Marg, I stopped texting and looked ahead on the road. To my amazement, the driver was about to hit a divider. As I looked towards…

Amazon Copies Everything From Us, Complains Flipkart

Amazon Copies Everything From Us, Complains Flipkart

2016 was already a strange enough year, but now it’s become stranger still – Flipkart is now complaining that Amazon India is copying everything from them. “Copying us,” said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Flipkart’s head of advertising and commerce platform, when asked about the rapid strides Amazon has made over the last year. Krishnamurthy was speaking at a joint interview with Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal. “We came up with the construct of BBDs, they copied that. When we have a…

Mark Zuckerberg Gives Us A Humorous Glimpse Into The Future

Mark Zuckerberg Gives Us A Humorous Glimpse Into The Future

Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire technopreneur and a genius coder. We know that much. When the Facebook founder is not running his top internet company and leading 20,000+ employees, he’s coding future-scripting artificial intelligence projects for himself. Jarvis, his year long brainchild is finally out for viewing for us lesser mortals. The AI home assistant is a bold, ambitious endeavor to take smart homes to the next level. Jarvis is smart home, personified – quite…

The Impact Of Demonetization, Visualized In 6 Graphs: ‘Hawala’ Tops Searches

The Impact Of Demonetization, Visualized In 6 Graphs: ‘Hawala’ Tops Searches

It’s been nearly three weeks since the Modi government had dropped the bombshell in a prime-time broadcast – in a bid to fight corruption and black money, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes would cease to be legal tender overnight. As Indians processed the news, they also took to Google to figure out what the news meant. And their search queries following the news provide some interesting insights into what they were feeling, post demonetization. 1….

Here Are Some Numbers That’ll Put The Demonetization Deaths Into Perspective

Here Are Some Numbers That’ll Put The Demonetization Deaths Into Perspective

It’s been one of the human stories reported around India’s demonetization drive – the deaths resulting from the move. Several news outlets have chosen to carry these stories, often with loud, jarring headlines. Some, like the Huffington Post, are now counting a “death toll”. The appeal of such stories is not hard to understand – they are instant click magnets, and put the whole move into real, visceral terms – if a move has resulted in people literally…

The Crazy Story Behind The Creation Of The Term “Unicorn”

The Crazy Story Behind The Creation Of The Term “Unicorn”

It’s often hard to figure out the provenance of words – they’re passed around, modified, and can get lost in the confusing maze of history and time. But every once in a while, it’s possible to pin down the exact moment a new word was created.  One such word is unicorn. Until a few years ago, unicorn didn’t mean anything – not to startups and entrepreneurs, anyway. A unicorn was a mythical creature with a white coat and a horn,…

If Normal Ads Weren’t Bad Enough, Uber’s Now Beaming Them From The Skies

If Normal Ads Weren’t Bad Enough, Uber’s Now Beaming Them From The Skies

Don’t get us wrong – technology’s awesome. It helps us live longer. It helps us be healthier. It helps us explore other planets. It’s the bedrock of modern civilization, and it’s what helps us push the boundaries of what our species can achieve. Occasionally, it also gives us this.  It looks like a shot from a post-dystopian horror movie, but it’s not. Uber’s now using drones to advertise its uberPool service in Mexico City, Mexico. These drones…

Mahesh Murthy Trolls Snapdeal’s Branding Overhaul, But Does It Actually Makes Sense?

Mahesh Murthy Trolls Snapdeal’s Branding Overhaul, But Does It Actually Makes Sense?

The new Snapdeal logo was unveiled today with much fanfare. There were full page ads in newspapers, press coverage, and the usual social media hype. The logo was well received in most quarters, with people saying it looks modern and slick. However, Seedfund founder Mahesh Murthy wasn’t impressed. Rs. 200 crores for a new paint job on the Titanichttps://t.co/1FR8kp2tZ7 — Mahesh Murthy (@maheshmurthy) September 12, 2016 Ouch. Murthy is likening the logo redesign to “a…

Zomato Shows Remarkable Growth In International Markets; Is No. 1 Player In 18 Countries

Zomato Shows Remarkable Growth In International Markets; Is No. 1 Player In 18 Countries

When Zomato had acquired Urbanspoon in the US and subsequently laid off employees in India, critics had said that it had spread itself too thin. The company wasn’t profitable in India, and it had tried to make its mark in competitive markets abroad. Zomato had trudged on though, and eventually expanded to 23 markets globally. It seems to have worked out well for them. In a blogpost, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal has said that in terms of monthly users,…

Uber Has Just Completed 3 Years In India, And Its Story Reads Like A Bollywood Potboiler

Uber Has Just Completed 3 Years In India, And Its Story Reads Like A Bollywood Potboiler

It’s become second nature to whip out your phone to book a cab, but it wasn’t possible until a few years ago. In 2009, the first Uber cab ride took place in San Francisco. Four years later, in August 2013, the first Uber ride took place in India. Back then, Uber wasn’t quite the startup behemoth that it is now, but it was young and hungry. It already operated in 19 countries around the world, and it had…

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