June, 30, 2015

It’s okay to step back

It is 5 AM in the morning and I am in the midst of wrapping up my cover story on SAP Labs India, while simultaneously thinking of a topic for my editor’s note.

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Inspired by Startups

Dilipkumar Khandelwal, Managing Director, SAP Labs India, believes the new normal for large companies like SAP will revolve around the mindset to co-innovate with partners, embrace a startup-like culture and, most importantly, inspire people to work as if it is their own business

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S. PREM KUMAR

De-stress your learning!

Aditi Avasthi set up Embibe to maximise a student’s potential through data driven insights. Recently funded by Kalaari Capital and Lightbox, the company aims to be the go-to destination for students to prepare for all competitive exams

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The business of billing

Tiger Global and Accel Partners-backed ChargeBee has identified a clear product roadmap to grow into a preferred SaaS player in the global billing and subscriptions space. Here’s how

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A cuppa bonhomie

Indulge Beverages’ Bonhomia coffee and tea capsules cater to the fast-paced customers who prefer quality beverages on the go. Funded by Kanwaljit Singh, former senior MD of Helion Ventures and other angel investors, the company plans to launch up to 12 new blends by FY16

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Make a run for it

MobieFit’s FirstRun is an app that aims to get people running a 5k in a matter of just weeks; the two-fold principle it functions on is the need for a structured programme and a coach who gets you there

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Furniture, on the move

Ajith Karimpana, founder, Lightbox-backed Furlenco, is convinced that his business model of renting furniture to expats, employed youth and people with moving jobs, has the potential to scale up tremendously

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Resolving consumer queries

Ankur Singla, founder of Akosha, wants to revolutionize the process of resolving consumer complaints, through his platform for B2C and C2B communication. So far this fiscal, it has received 40 lakh consumer queries from several sectors including e-commerce

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An instant customer

By improving its technology and mobile platform, the online local services company Sulekha.com aims to touch a U.S. $100 million run rate by 2017 and help about half a million businesses capture customers at a click

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Product intelligence

Going forward, smart devices and smart services will be powered by product intelligence – shortened lifecycle for product innovation, exploring product data to find the hidden value and real-time analytics

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Delivering affordable healthcare with less magic and more belief

Through the journey of Hilleman Laboratories, which develops and delivers affordable vaccines to developing countries, the author shares the six key decisions that every startup should make to build a successful venture

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Overcoming the pitfalls of diminishing marginal utility in marketing

The marketing and sales efforts of companies such as Zara, Red Bull and Airbnb prove that companies can receive optimum incremental benefits of revenue for every incremental marketing rupee investment. In other words, they can achieve both objectives of scale and efficiency. Here’s how you can do it too

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From strength to strength

Sensing the dynamic changes in the sector, microfinance company Ujjivan has added products, expanded reach and plans to further leverage policy changes for growth

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Closer to giving every indian a health account

Practo, Asia’s largest doctor search engine has a monthly tally of one million users who book close to 1,20,000 appointments through its platform. In just a year, it’s mobile application has grown exponentially to account for 60 per cent of its user traffic and with a mobile-first approach, the team is looking to generate far greater usage in this fiscal

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Centum learning’s next frontier

Sanjeev Duggal, CEO, Centum Learning, is convinced that his company has the ability to enable a widespread social transformation by imparting relevant skills to a young workforce, both in India and Africa

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Cash flow visibility index study by visa

Despite cash flow being an important determinant of business profitability, Indian companies have the lowest visibility over it. In this interview, T.R. Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India and South Asia, Visa, extracts information from the Cash Flow Visibility Index Study by Visa, and shares vital insights on how companies can accelerate this process, and what it means to the CFO

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A step in the right direction

LeChal started off with the idea of building a footwear product based on haptic technology for the visually impaired. Overtime, they changed their model. Read on…

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