We’re Having Trouble Contacting Oyo Representatives, Say Some Oyo Partner Hotels

We’re Having Trouble Contacting Oyo Representatives, Say Some Oyo Partner Hotels

Ripples from Oyo’s recent layoffs are already making an impact on Oyo’s hotels across the country. Some Oyo partner hotels say that they’re having trouble getting in touch with Oyo representatives. Hoteliers told ET that they were unable to contact representatives who were doing business with them. “For the past two-three days I’m trying to contact the business development people but they are not picking up our phones,” said Mohammad Ansar, an Oyo partner who…

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…

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Arrives In India Amid Protests, Says Amazon Will Export $10 Billion Of Make In India Goods

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Arrives In India Amid Protests, Says Amazon Will Export $10 Billion Of Make In India Goods

The world’s richest man is in India, and he’s not only hoping to quell the growing protests that are threatening to engulf his business, but also giving away sops to get people on his side. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos arrived in India yesterday on a short visit where he’s expected to meet with several leading dignitaries. Bezos first stopped at Rajghat, where in the presence of Amazon India head Amit Agarwal and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, he paid…

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…

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