Amazon To Create Cloud Kitchens In India, Looking To Launch Private Food Brands: Report

Amazon To Create Cloud Kitchens In India, Looking To Launch Private Food Brands: Report

There was a time when every company, no matter what its business model, wanted to become a super app. Now every company, irrespective of its business model, wants to set up cloud kitchens. Amazon is looking to launch its private food brands in Bangalore and set up its own cloud kitchens, ET has reported. Amazon’s cloud kitchen is being set up in Bellandur in South Bangalore, and the company will likely launch its services from…

The Battle For How Long Your Phone Rings Before It Automatically Disconnects, Explained

The Battle For How Long Your Phone Rings Before It Automatically Disconnects, Explained

Telecom companies usually battle each other on tariffs, their network coverage, and their plans, but Indian telecom operators are now feuding over something that few customers ever even pay attention to — how long their phones ring for before they automatically disconnect. Airtel and Vodafone have recently reduced the length of the ring duration for their outgoing calls on their networks from 35-40 seconds to 25 seconds. The reduced ring times were in response to Reliance…

7 Corporate Governance Lapses That Led To WeWork’s Doomed IPO

7 Corporate Governance Lapses That Led To WeWork’s Doomed IPO

Until two months ago, WeWork was on top of the world. The coworking spaces provider, which at $47 billion (Rs. 3.3 lakh crore) was among the highest valued startups in the world, had announced that it was going public. Its  IPO was going to be among the biggest tech IPOs this year, and was meant to make WeWork CEO Adam Neumann, its biggest investor Softbank, and thousands of WeWork employees a lot of money. But it…

Zerodha Creates Rs. 200 Crore ESOP Pool For 850 Employees

Zerodha Creates Rs. 200 Crore ESOP Pool For 850 Employees

To make money, you don’t always need to be working for high-flying startups with superstar founders and multi-million dollar advertising budgets — you can do just as well working at a firm that quietly goes about its business and creates value. Discount brokerage Zerodha has created a Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) Plan that’s worth more than Rs. 200 crore. The plan has been put in place for 850 of its employees. Zerodha only has 1,100…

Myntra Ties Up With Local Tailors To Deliver Clothes And Make Alterations At Customers’ Doorsteps

Myntra Ties Up With Local Tailors To Deliver Clothes And Make Alterations At Customers’ Doorsteps

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Myntra, which had sought to disrupt offline retail by selling clothes online, is now relying on the most visible symbol of the offline fashion industry to run its business — the humble neighbourhood tailor. Myntra is roping in local tailors to deliver clothes so that they can alter products right at the customers’ doorsteps, which the company hopes will reduce returns on sales. Nearly 15-20…

Become Profitable, Public Investors Won’t Tolerate Gimmicks: Softbank’s Masa Son To Portfolio Companies

Become Profitable, Public Investors Won’t Tolerate Gimmicks: Softbank’s Masa Son To Portfolio Companies

Even the world’s largest startup investor is beginning to realize the importance of startups actually making some money. Softbank founder Masayoshi Son has urged his portfolio companies to “become profitable.” Son was speaking at a five-star resort to company leaders, and told them they need to soon become profitable, and stressed the importance of good governance. Public investors weren’t going to tolerate gimmicks like super-voting rights or complicated share structures that privilege founders over other stakeholders, he…

Facebook Signs 4-Year Contract With ICC, Wins Exclusive Digital Rights To Cricket Content In The Subcontinent

Facebook Signs 4-Year Contract With ICC, Wins Exclusive Digital Rights To Cricket Content In The Subcontinent

India’s most popular social network will now have streaming rights of its most popular pastime. Facebook has signed a four-year partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to become the exclusive digital content rights partner for ICC events in the India subcontinent comprising of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. As part of this deal, Facebook will offer match recaps and in-play key moments as well as match-related clips and feature content in these countries…

Sachin Bansal Invests Rs. 740 Crore In Finance Firm CRIDS, Becomes CEO

Sachin Bansal Invests Rs. 740 Crore In Finance Firm CRIDS, Becomes CEO

After exiting Flipkart with a billion dollars in the bank, it was expected that Sachin Bansal would sit back and invest in other firms. But just a year after his mega exit, he’s back in the entrepreneurship game. Sachin Bansal has invested Rs. 740 crore in Non Banking Finance Company Chaitanya Rural Intermediation Development Services Private Limited (CRIDS), and has also become the firm’s CEO. CRIDS’s founders Samit Shetty and Anand Rao will continue in their…

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Invests In Faasos’ Parent Company

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Invests In Faasos’ Parent Company

While he’d led Uber, Travis Kalanick had maintained that India was one of his company’s most important markets. And even after his exit, he appears to be keen on the tech ecosystem in the country. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has picked up a small stake in Rebel Foods, which runs food brands like Faasos and Behrouz Biryani, Bloomberg reported. The stake purchase was through Kalanick’s new startup, City Storage systems, and is a part…

PhonePe Integrates 50 Apps Including Ola, RedBus And Myntra Within Its App, Aims To Become Super App

PhonePe Integrates 50 Apps Including Ola, RedBus And Myntra Within Its App, Aims To Become Super App

Most Indian companies seem to agree that becoming a super-app is the way to survive in India’s cutthroat internet ecosystem, but they are taking different approaches to getting there. Paytm, for instance, has started services of its own in areas such as movie tickets, mutual funds, and hotel bookings. Its arch-rival, PhonePe, seems to be collaborating with other companies instead. PhonePe has enabled its users to access 50 different apps from within its own app….

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