The Death Of A Startup: This Is What Stayzilla’s Last Days Were Like

The Death Of A Startup: This Is What Stayzilla’s Last Days Were Like

On 23rd February, Stayzilla CEO Yogendra Vasupal published his first ever post on the company’s new blog – and it wasn’t good news. Stayzilla will be rebooting its operations, the post somberly declared. The company had had enough of the discount wars, and was choosing to bow out.   The announcement was met with shock by the startup community – Stayzilla had raised over Rs. 200 crore, and was thought by many to be a successful, fledgling company. But more…

Elon Musk Has Launched A New Startup That’ll Implant Electrodes Into Human Brains To Make Them Smarter

Elon Musk Has Launched A New Startup That’ll Implant Electrodes Into Human Brains To Make Them Smarter

If you thought Elon Musk was already working on enough world-changing ideas, he’s just added another one to the list. Musk has launched Neuralink Corp, a startup working on what he calls “neural lace” technology. The idea, in true Muskian fashion sounds outlandish – Neuralink will work on implanting tiny brain electrodes into people’s heads that will one day upload and download thoughts. But Musk has often worked on seemingly impossible ideas, and brought them…

People Are Slowly Questioning The Startup Community’s Blind Support To Jailed Stayzilla CEO

People Are Slowly Questioning The Startup Community’s Blind Support To Jailed Stayzilla CEO

The Indian startup ecosystem has never been short on gyaan. There are plenty of conferences, mentors, and advisors, who dish out lots of advice on every little aspect of building and scaling a company. None of them, though, talk about what to do if you end up in jail. The news of Stayzilla CEO Yogendra Vasupal’s arrest was first met with disbelief, then outrage. This isn’t something that’s supposed to happen to us, the Indian startup ecosystem seemed to say….

This Delhi Startup Is Fighting Workplace Stress With An Unconventional New Tool: Dogs

This Delhi Startup Is Fighting Workplace Stress With An Unconventional New Tool: Dogs

Avid dog lovers – and internet video watchers – would attest that dogs are some of the most effective inducers of happiness around. A startup is now trying to institutionalize this. Fur Ball Story, founded by a bunch of pet lovers, provides ‘pet therapy’ sessions at corporates, hospitals, educational institutes and even residences. The startup is the brainchild of Animesh Katiyar, a lawyer and the idea germinated when Katiyar’s college got two labrador puppies on campus for recreation. But the puppies ended…

A Man Is Carrying Out An Extraordinary Online Satyagraha Against HDFC Bank

A Man Is Carrying Out An Extraordinary Online Satyagraha Against HDFC Bank

It’s not unusual for customers to make threats to companies when they feel that they haven’t met their desired levels of service. Aggrieved consumers often speak of approaching the media, or going to the consumer courts. In most cases, the threat serves its desired outcome – companies quickly apologize if they’re in the wrong, and the customer gets effective redressal. But this didn’t happen to Karthik Srinivasan, a Bangalore-based Digital Marketer. Srinivasan was unhappy that HDFC Bank…

How Zomato Has Quietly Become India’s First Truly International Startup

How Zomato Has Quietly Become India’s First Truly International Startup

Zomato today told its users that it was launching Zomato Gold, a membership program for what it called a “premium nightlife experience.” Zomato Gold would let customers pay a monthly membership fee, and get four drinks for the price of two at a selection of restaurants around them. There was a catch though – but not in the fine-print as is common in such offers. The service was launching in Abu Dhabi and Dubai; Zomato’s India users would…

The Fabulous Life Of Evgeniy Bogachev, The World’s Most-Wanted Hacker

The Fabulous Life Of Evgeniy Bogachev, The World’s Most-Wanted Hacker

Popular culture isn’t usually kind to hackers. Films and TV depict them as being nerdy, neurotic and socially awkward, while simultaneously happening to live in their parents’ basements. Donald Trump even went on to describe the Russian who’d hacked the DNC as someone “sitting on their bed weighing 400 pounds.” He’s clearly never heard of Evgeniy Bogachev. Bogachev currently has the dubious distinction of being the most wanted hacker in the world. The US government has put a $3…

This Indian Internet Company Is The Surprise Top Performing Stock On The IT Index This Year

This Indian Internet Company Is The Surprise Top Performing Stock On The IT Index This Year

The last few years haven’t been kind to Indian consumer internet startups – Flipkart, Ola, and Zomato have all been marked down by their investors, and Snapdeal has had to fire over 600 employees and cut the salaries of its founders. There has been a general despondency that the Indian consumer market was estimated to be bigger than it was, and predictions that Indian internet startups were going to have a tough few years going forward have…

Zomato Is Launching “Cloud Kitchens”, And They Could Transform The Food-tech Space In India

Zomato Is Launching “Cloud Kitchens”, And They Could Transform The Food-tech Space In India

It’s been a bad couple of years for food-tech in India. Food delivery companies, once thought to be the next big thing, have struggled to become viable, and have grappled with shutdowns, devaluations, and firings. The sector has been hurting, and only a few big players are still in the game. Now Zomato is looking to reinvigorate the industry with a slightly different tack – and it’s come up with decidedly low tech solution. Zomato has…

Google Has Just Sued Uber For Stealing Its Self-Driving Car Technology

Google Has Just Sued Uber For Stealing Its Self-Driving Car Technology

Secretly installed software. Illegally downloaded designs. And a heist that could be worth billions of dollars. This sounds like a Hollywood potboiler, but if Google is to be believed, it’s played out in very real terms, and now Google wants reparations. Google has just sued Uber for stealing secrets from its self driving division, Waymo. In 2016, Uber had acquired Otto, a self driving truck company that had, in a very dramatic and public display…

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