The much awaited startup India event by the Indian government took place today. A series of stimulating sessions and talks by the most imminent startup founders from India and the likes of Uber founder Travis Kalanick and Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son were had. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who spearheaded the event, finally laid down the main agenda for startups in India. Beginning his speech with a light hearted quip about it being a holiday…
India’s first solar ferry is getting ready to be launched shortly. The ferry, with a capacity of 75 passengers, will not pollute water and air, be silent for the passengers and the environment and have little operational expenditure as it will not require any fuel.
Housing employees hadn’t received the shares that Yadav had promised them. And now it turns out that they might not receive the shares at all – at least not in the traditional sense. On 12th January, the company announced in an email to the staff that they would get their share of Yadav’s gift in the form of phantom stock units.
Amazon is experimenting with cycles to deliver last-mile orders. Orders under the radius of 3-5 km will be delivered through this mode. The delivery team would be provided with geared bikes to carry packages of up to 7.5 kg per trip.
Looks like consolidation in the online real estate market in India is on the anvil, and strategic investments and partnerships would be the key to dominating it. Snapdeal is pushing its real estate arm and is also rumoured to be in talks to buy housing.com.
Quikr recently acquired commonfloor.
It’s an idea that’s going to make a lot of noise in the online payments world. Paytm is going to soon launch “Sound Pay”, a feature that will allow money transfers using ultrasonic sound waves.
With the government batting for startups with its Start Up India initiative, could banks have been far behind? India’s largest public sector bank, State Bank of India, has opened a branch that caters exclusively to the needs of startups. Called SBI InCube, the branch is quite appropriately situated in India’s throbbing startup hub of Bangalore.
Flipkart’s new CEO appointment and its subsequent management rejig has had an unexpected fallout – Chief Product Officer and former Google executive Punit Soni shall be soon leaving the company. When contacted, Soni said that he couldn’t talk about the matter at the moment, but said that “India has unique opportunities and unique challenges.”
After announcing that Binny Bansal would be its new CEO, Flipkart has also shuffled its senior management team. The company has restructured its core retail and marketplace business and moved many of the firm’s senior executives into new roles.
Acronyms. So Space X CEO and all-round badass Elon Musk really hated them. They made him go fml and wtf. So when employees at Space X were having conversations about how the JTB was going to impact the TKRM of the VSR, Musk stepped in.