Flipkart Appears To Have Had The Most Popular Sale This Year According To Google Trends

Flipkart Appears To Have Had The Most Popular Sale This Year According To Google Trends

Come Diwali, and there’s a grand showdown between India’s e-commerce stalwarts. The top three firms go all out to woo consumers and ratchet up sales – there’s discounts, promotions, and offers galore. What’s more, the three firms end up going head to head – Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal have held coinciding sales this year. This makes it a zero-sum-game – one retailer’s gain is another’s retailer’s loss. What this also allows for is some neat…

How Three IITians Have Just Taken Their Company To A $4 Billion IPO

How Three IITians Have Just Taken Their Company To A $4 Billion IPO

On Friday, a startup called Nutanix became the latest company to list on NASDAQ. Shares were listed at $13-15 range. After a day’s trading, they had risen 131% to $37 a share. The founders of Nutanix, CEO Dheeraj Pandey, Ajeet Singh and CTO Mohit Aron had just become very rich. Pandey and Aron own around 10% of the shares of the company, making them worth nearly $400 million (Rs. 2800 crore) each. All three were born in India,…

How Two Indian Students Took On WhatsApp And Facebook, And Won

How Two Indian Students Took On WhatsApp And Facebook, And Won

Most Indians think twice before approaching the courts. Processes are long and complicated, and resolutions can take forever. That didn’t stop Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, aged 19 and 22 respectively, from going to the Delhi High Court when they felt that their rights were being infringed upon. And they’d planned to take on no ordinary opponent – they’d filed a public interest litigation against WhatsApp. Last month, WhatsApp had changed its privacy policy and had planned to…

This Is Why Flipkart’s New 360 Degree Video For Its Sale Is Great Digital Marketing

This Is Why Flipkart’s New 360 Degree Video For Its Sale Is Great Digital Marketing

The great Indian sales are nearly upon us, and the three biggest players are going all out to woo the Indian consumer. Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal all have their big sales at the beginning of October, and competition is fierce. And given that the sales coincide, what perhaps matters more than the actual discounts is the branding – the site that can draw the most consumers will probably rake in the most sales. And the big three…

This Was AirBnb’s First Pitch Deck When It Raised Money In 2008

This Was AirBnb’s First Pitch Deck When It Raised Money In 2008

Airbnb is a massive global company today, with thousands of employees and a net worth of Rs. 2,00,000 crore. But not that long ago, it was a startup struggling to raise funds. And it had an unusually rough time as a new startup. “If you launch and no one notices, launch again. We launched 3 times,” says CEO Brian Chesky. Nearly a year after starting up, Airbnb (back then still called Air Bed and Breakfast), was…

These Charts Show How Amazon Is Quickly Zooming Past Flipkart In India

These Charts Show How Amazon Is Quickly Zooming Past Flipkart In India

It’s the million dollar question – or perhaps the 15 billion dollar question. Over this year, funds and investors have repeatedly snipped Flipkart’s valuation from its high of $15 billion in July 2015. Flipkart’s been facing a slew of challenges – e-commerce growth in India is slowing, there’s a general bleakness in the funding scene, and the company is battling its own set of leadership challenges. But there’s probably a bigger reason why investors are bearish on Flipkart. It’s…

This Was Youtube’s Original Pitch Deck When It Raised Money In 2006

This Was Youtube’s Original Pitch Deck When It Raised Money In 2006

YouTube is the third most visited site in the world today, but just 10 years ago, it was a startup looking to raise money. YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. Their goal was simple – video as a communication format was just beginning to emerge, and the founders realized that having a single source of the web to store all videos could be a…

This Is What Being Jobless In India’s Silicon Valley Looks Like

This Is What Being Jobless In India’s Silicon Valley Looks Like

You put down your papers at your current company with half a smirk and a “can’t touch this’ look to your boss. You’d had enough. You’re qualified enough to land a better job. In fact you’ve almost got the hottest job at the hottest startup in the Silicon Valley this side of the globe. You’re not scared of being jobless in India. The D day is here, and some part of you would like to…

Domino’s CEO Of 11 Years Quits; Stock Is Down 37% This Year

Domino’s CEO Of 11 Years Quits; Stock Is Down 37% This Year

It’s been the year of food tech. All manner of companies have raised money, given discounts, and promised faster and better home deliveries. And consumers have never had it better – they’ve relished in the variety of food on offer, and have lapped up the discounts. One casualty of this binge though, has been what was once the mainstay of food deliveries – Domino’s. Domino’s has suffered this year, and has seen its stock down by…

Here Is What RBI Governors End Up Doing After Their Stints

Here Is What RBI Governors End Up Doing After Their  Stints

A stint as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India is a great addition to one’s bio-data and can be a stepping stone for even bigger things. While Dr Raghuram Rajan has gone back to academics after completing his three year term as RBI Governor, we take a look at the post-retirement career paths of a few earlier Governors. Two things stand out: authorship and some very important assignments from the Government. Dr D…

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