Paytm Is Integrating Twitter Into Its App To Drive Engagement

Paytm Is Integrating Twitter Into Its App To Drive Engagement

Paytm has tried several approaches to get people to open its app more often. Two years ago, it had introduced Paytm Inbox, which was a messaging service that had hoped to take on WhatsApp. It has also included games in its app, and more recently, started playing live news and TV shows on its app. Now Paytm’s quest for greater user engagement has gone international. Paytm is partnering with Twitter to integrate Twitter Highlights on…

One Out Of Every Three COD E-Commerce Orders In India Remains Undelivered: Study

One Out Of Every Three COD E-Commerce Orders In India Remains Undelivered: Study

E-commerce companies in India are deep in the red, and experts attribute this to several reasons. Some say that these companies are losing money because of unsustainable discounts, others say that it’s because of the extreme competition, and yet others feel that their business models are flawed. But one factor that’s bleeding e-commerce companies dry isn’t quite as well known among the general public — the returns on cash on delivery orders. One out of…

Softbank’s New Investment In Paytm To Include Clause On Going Public In 5 Years: Report

Softbank’s New Investment In Paytm To Include Clause On Going Public In 5 Years: Report

Softbank has burnt its hands with Uber and WeWork, but it seems to be trying to make sure that it doesn’t repeat those same mistakes in India. Softbank’s latest financial round in Paytm will come with the stipulation that the company goes public in five years, ET has reported. If an IPO doesn’t take place, Softbank will reportedly have the right to sell its stake in Paytm to a rival company. This stipulation is a part…

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick’s New Startup CloudKitchens Sets Up Mumbai Office, Builds India Team

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick’s New Startup CloudKitchens Sets Up Mumbai Office, Builds India Team

In 2016, Uber founder Travis Kalanick had visited Mumbai, and had been accorded a hero’s welcome. He’d met Sachin Tendulkar, and had spoken to a fawning audience at IIT Bombay. Three years later, Kalanick is back in Mumbai, but under decidedly different circumstances. Travis Kalanick’s new startup, CloudKitchens, has set up an office in Mumbai, and is building an India team. ET reported that the company, which is currently running in stealth mode, has started engagements…

NIT Trichy Announces Its International B-Model Competition Ventura

NIT Trichy Announces Its International B-Model Competition Ventura

Ventura is an international B-Model competition designed to put aspiring startups through a rigorous process to equip them with the necessary skills and tools to build themselves from the foundation. Through a journey of 4 months, from mentorship to varied resources, we provide a platform for those willing and able to take the next step in the journey of entrepreneurship. With a rich history of now-famous winners and participants, it reflects the event’s mission to…

Dunzo Spent Rs. 172 Crore To Earn Rs. 76 Lakh Last Year

Dunzo Spent Rs. 172 Crore To Earn Rs. 76 Lakh Last Year

It’s now commonly accepted that startups will burn money in their initial days to earn market share, but it’s staggering how much money some startups are willing to burn. Hyperlocal delivery startup Dunzo had expenses of Rs. 172 crore last year. But it earned revenues from operations of just Rs. 76 lakh, which meant that it reported a loss of Rs. 168 crore for the period. In essence, Dunzo spent Rs. 225 to earn every…

Alibaba Has Just Sold More Goods In 86 Minutes Than Amazon And Flipkart Together Sold In 2018

Alibaba Has Just Sold More Goods In 86 Minutes Than Amazon And Flipkart Together Sold In 2018

It’s well known that China’s e-commerce market is far larger than India’s, but it’s breathtaking how wide the gulf really is. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has just sold more goods in 86 minutes than Amazon and Flipkart together sold in all of 2018. One hour and 26 minutes into Alibaba’s flagship Single’s Day sale, Alibaba had sold goods worth $17 billion (Rs. 1,20,000 crore). In comparison, Amazon had sold goods worth $7.5 billion in FY18,…

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s New Startup CloudKitchens Is Already Worth $5 Billion

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s New Startup CloudKitchens Is Already Worth $5 Billion

They say lightening doesn’t strike twice, but nobody bothered to tell Travis Kalanick. Kalanick, who led Uber into becoming the world’s most valuable startup before he was unceremoniously ousted from his own company, has hit the ground running with his new entrepreneurial venture. Kalanick’s secretive new startup, CloudKitchens, has quietly raised $400 million from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the deal has valued his barely-one-year-old company at a cool $5 billion. While CloudKitchens is…

My Investment Judgement Was Really Bad, I Regret It: Softbank’s Masa Son On WeWork Debacle

My Investment Judgement Was Really Bad, I Regret It: Softbank’s Masa Son On WeWork Debacle

It’s not every day that a VC comes out in public to admit that they messed up real bad with an investment, but a $4.7 billion writedown would have a sobering impact on nearly anyone. Softbank Chairman Masayoshi Son has said that he regrets his deal with embattled co-working company WeWork. “My own investment judgment was really bad. I regret it in many ways,” he said at a news conference. Softbank has now officially written down…

India Has 24 Unicorns, Another 52 in The Pipeline: NASSCOM Report

India Has 24 Unicorns, Another 52 in The Pipeline: NASSCOM Report

India’s overall economy might be in a bit of a slowdown — auto sales are the lowest in years, and several IT companies are laying off employees. But there’s a bright spot in the corporate horizon– in the world of startups. India is home to 24 unicorns and another 52 are in the pipeline to attain that status. This is brought out in the latest NASSCOM report, titled Indian Tech Startup Ecosystem – Leading Tech…

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