Amazon Not Doing India A Favour By Investing $1 Billion: Piyush Goyal

Amazon Not Doing India A Favour By Investing $1 Billion: Piyush Goyal

Jeff Bezos’ charm offensive in India isn’t quite going as planned, as far as government officials are concerned. “They may have put in a billion dollars, but then if they make a loss of a billion dollars every year then they jolly well have to finance that billion dollars,” India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said at a conference today. “So it’s not as if they are doing a great favor to India…

Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal Announces Layoffs In Email To Employees, 20% Of India Staff Could Be Cut

Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal Announces Layoffs In Email To Employees, 20% Of India Staff Could Be Cut

Oyo’s long-rumoured layoffs are finally official. Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal has written to his employees announcing that Oyo would be cutting staff in India across business functions and geographies. “One of the implications of the new strategic objectives for 2020, is that, like the leadership team, we will reorganize more teams across businesses and functions. And this means that, unfortunately, some roles at Oyo will become redundant as we further drive tech-enabled synergy, enhanced efficiency…

Paytm Runs Front Page Ads With Spelling Mistake In Its URL

Paytm Runs Front Page Ads With Spelling Mistake In Its URL

When you’re moving fast and breaking things, it seems that it’s not always possible to pay attention to typos. Paytm today splurged on a front-page campaign in major newspapers promoting its new QR code, which would allow merchants to receive payments at no charge. While the campaign presumably found a lot of eyeballs, there was a problem — two newspapers directed users to the wrong URL to sign up. The Malayala Manorama ad directed people to…

Income Tax Officials Conduct “Recovery Survey” At Oyo’s Gurgaon Office

Income Tax Officials Conduct “Recovery Survey” At Oyo’s Gurgaon Office

Oyo Rooms has found itself smack in the middle of another controversy.  The Income Tax authorities have conducted a “recovery survey” at the company’s Golf Course Road office in Gurgaon. The laptops and phones of some employees were seized during the survey. Oyo’s India operations team works out of this office in Gurgaon. “A recovery survey was conducted at the company’s Gurgaon office on Friday and it continued all through Friday evening. A recovery survey…

Zomato Raises $150 Million From Alibaba’s Ant Financial, Valuation Rises From $2.1 Billion $3.1 Billion

Zomato Raises $150 Million From Alibaba’s Ant Financial, Valuation Rises From $2.1 Billion $3.1 Billion

Zomato has built up its arsenal as it continues its to grind it out with Swiggy for dominance over India’s food tech space. Zomato has raised $150 million (Rs. 1,050 crore) from Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial in a latest round of funding announced today. The fundraise values Zomato at $3 billion pre-money, which means its post money valuation is $3.15 million. Last year, Zomato had been valued at $2.18 billion, and its latest valuation brings it…

Byju’s Valued At $8 Billion After New Fundraise, Becomes India’s Third Most Valuable Startup

Byju’s Valued At $8 Billion After New Fundraise, Becomes India’s Third Most Valuable Startup

For a company that wasn’t even worth $1 billion until 20 months ago, Byju’s is having a dream run.  Byju’s is now worth $8 billion (Rs. 56,000 crore) after a $200 million fund raise from Tiger Global. This round makes Byju’s India’s third most valuable startup behind Paytm, which is valued at $15 billion, and Oyo Rooms, which is valued at $10 billion. The fund raise has also catapulted Byju’s ahead of Ola, which is currently valued…

Apple’s Airpods Alone Made More Money In 2019 Than Twitter, Snapchat And Spotify Combined

Apple’s Airpods Alone Made More Money In 2019 Than Twitter, Snapchat And Spotify Combined

Apple is the most valuable company in the world, and is widely thought to be the most successful tech company of a generation. But one can truly appreciate how dominant it really is when a single product from its stable — which isn’t even its flagship — makes more money than entire tech companies. Apple’s Airpods made more money in 2019 than Twitter, Snapchat, Shopify and Spotify combined. In 2019, Apple made $12 billion (Rs….

Comparing The Startup Ecosystems In Israel And India

Comparing The Startup Ecosystems In Israel And India

Both India and Israel have seen a lot of success in each country’s startup ecosystem, at home and on the global level. But what makes this interesting is that each country has a very different approach to nurturing their respective country’s startups.  While India is ranked 52nd on the Global Innovation Index (GII), Israel is ranked 10th and there are fundamental differences in how each country’s ecosystem operates. Startup infrastructure  India – In India, there…

Tesla Is Now Worth Twice As Much As Century-old Carmaker Ford

Tesla Is Now Worth Twice As Much As Century-old Carmaker Ford

Disruption can take a while to arrive, but when it does, there’s no mistaking the signs. After a surge in its stock price, seventeen-year-old car company Tesla is now worth twice as much as the century-old car giant Ford. Tesla’s stock has been on a tear over the last few months, rising from $255 in October to $443 during market close on Friday. This has meant that Tesla’s market cap has risen an astonishing 73…

Oyo Rooms Created Fake Hotel Listings To Impress Investors, Alleges New York Times Report

Oyo Rooms Created Fake Hotel Listings To Impress Investors, Alleges New York Times Report

Over the last couple of years, Oyo Rooms has grown at a pace that has astonished observers — it claims to be the largest hotel chain in China, it claims to have more rooms in China than it does in its home market of India, and says it now has 1.2 million rooms in 80 countries. But some of these numbers might not exactly be what they seem. Oyo created fake hotel listings on its site to…

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