The murmurs in entrepreneur circles about funding slowdown is still persistent. There are talks about bursting the startup bubble. The flames of uncertainty is still recurring, on top with the change of dynamics in startup ecosystem. However, when the country’s economic growth and purchasing power of people are on synchronized rise, there can be no dearth of funding. 2015 was a very good year, and 2016 is for taking things slow. But there is no stopping for the VC companies. Read our list of the top 10 most funded startups and get a dose of motivation for free!
India Inc. is also home to startups that fulfill needs that you didn’t even realize you had. These startups are quirky, zany, and are solving some very unusual problems. We trawled the length and the breadth of the Indian startup ecosystem to find out the most outlandish startup ideas that are being worked on last year. And we are back with our top picks this year.
I am not even remotely involved with the Indian startup ecosystem. But unfortunately, I read a lot and try to make sense of it in equal measures. And from whatever I have been reading and observing regarding the Indian startup story, especially in the last 12 months, I feel something is not right. Let me cut to the chase right away. Here’s what I think:
Looks like consolidation in the online real estate market in India is on the anvil, and strategic investments and partnerships would be the key to dominating it. Snapdeal is pushing its real estate arm and is also rumoured to be in talks to buy housing.com.
Quikr recently acquired commonfloor.
While job roles for most companies are more or less similar, some jobs are a reflection of the current economy. India’s in the midst of booming startup culture. Most of these startups operate online, and often ecommerce, the man power required has shaped accordingly. We crunched some data on the various job portals and startup communities in India and found the following job roles were the most sought after. We have also analysed some salary trends for these roles to come up with a range.
Fortunately the startups wave has struck the animal lovers who’ve turned entrepreneurs to help your pets in every way. From booking their spas to buying the best of pet accessories, these startups are creating a whole new industry which hitherto was confined to the neighbourhood pet shop. Though petcare in India is nascent and not as mature as in western countries, the Indian petcare industry is growing at about 26% a year, fuelled by a significant increase in spending by Indians on pets in the last few years
We reached out to all the pet startups in India and got a lowdown from all of them on what they do, for you to bookmark.
In a recent company statement, Amazon claims to to be the largest marketplace in India in terms of products on offer. Amazon adds 50,000 products on the website everyday, the statement says. While the corresponding numbers for Flipkart and Snapdeal are unknown, it’s hard to say with authority if Amazon is indeed the biggest marketplace.
While advertising through billboards, hoardings and usually any offline methods is considerably more expensive ( read: up to a million bucks for a months’ spot on a prime location billboard) than online advertising, flush with VC funding, most of the hot startups wouldn’t mind shelling out the dough to stand out from the clutter. And just as well. It makes perfect sense to not only capture the ready online audience, but also onboard and engage a potentially huge and captive offline audience on your platform.
Being present in 35 Indian cities and with millions of people using its platform, Practo now has a wealth of data pertaining to healthcare in India. The company analyzed 75 million searches and 40 million physician appointments to come up with a picture of what Indian healthcare looks like.
India’s beleaguered on-demand bus services sector got a much needed shot in the arm today after Delhi-based Shuttl raised Rs. 135 crore in funding. The company plans to use this round to strengthen its technology and fuel expansion. The funding round was led by Lightspeed Ventures and included Times Internet and existing investor Sequoia Capital. In June, Shuttl had raised $3 million in seed funding from a clutch of investors led by Sequoia. Shuttl currently…