October, 28, 2016

This Idea Called Impact

I first got a glimpse of Roopa Kudva’s professional journey when we did a cover story with N. Vaghul, the former chairman of ICICI Bank, in early 2012. The bank was one of the founding organisations of CRISIL, then a focussed rating agency, which worked towards the cause of building a better landscape for credit and financial services in the country. Kudva, the subject of our cover story this month, has spent over 23 years at CRISIL, seven of these as its CEO.

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Filling in two cheque books

Roopa Kudva nearly celebrated a silver jubilee at CRISIL before she assumed her role as the leader of impact investment firm, Omidyar Network India. At Omidyar, parallel efforts to invest in impact-driven ventures in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies is at the core of its investment philosophy. In this chat with The Smart CEO, Roopa touches upon Omidyar’s strategy to pick and choose the right companies to bet on, alongside the factors that have contributed towards making her an impactful leader

Poornima Kavlekar

How Moglix is Evangelising Technology into Industrial Procurement

Rahul Garg, whose online B2B industrial products procurement venture, is backed by Ratan Tata, Accel and the like, believes that the next three years for him and his competitors will be about evangelising technology in India’s manufacturing and procurement space.

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It's a mom's world

Founding Years' flagship brand, KLAY Schools, has established over 41 day care centres that function on-site or near work sites in four Indian cities. With a professional management at the helm, the company has created a templatised model that offers seamless service, agnostic of location and geography, making it easier for mothers to get back to work

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Yumlane wants to create Patanjali-like impact in India’s FMCG Sector

Backed by Flipkart’s Binny Bansal, MakeMyTrip’s Sachin Bhatia and other notable angel investors, Yumlane makes ready-to-eat healthy food that consumers can pick on the go from retail outlets around the country.

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Taking a different route

Through its cloud-based truck network platform, Nandan Nilekani and Accel Partners-backed 4TiGO, aims to build a network of trust amongst all parties that work in the transport business. Of note, it has formed strategic partnerships with Federal Bank, to deliver on its payment guarantee and IOC, to pass on tangible benefits through a driver-centric programme

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Qualcomm Ventures-backed Snapbizz wants to empower traditional retailers

Prem Kumar, the founder and CEO of Snapbizz, is a big believer in the potential of the entrepreneurs running traditional retail stores and he wants to help them compete in a technology-oriented world.

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Hand in hand with India's rural producers

GoCoop is an online marketplace that aims to enhance value for the artisan and the weaver by providing direct access to buyers. The company's marketplace platform currently has more than 10,000 registered users and it expects this number to grow by 50 per cent by the year end

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India Inclusive

IDFC and Khosla Ventures-backed Novopay has been conceptualized by thinking deeply about the concept of financial inclusion and by analysing a variety of use cases for the unbanked population.

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The Rubique Journey

Manavjeet Singh, founder of Rubique and former head of retail banking at Yes Bank, wants to walk the last mile with the customer in helping them secure credit cards, consumer and SME loans. Founded in 2014, the company is backed by notable investors such as Kalaari, YourNest & Globvestor.

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Helping customers and brands stay in conversation

CloudCherry Analytics' SaaS-based customer engagement platform spans 17 channels of communication, assesses and alerts brands on customer engagement real-time and provides end-to-end support for brands to get to know their customers

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Enabling banks stay ahead of the technology curve

i-exceed's Apzillon platform and suite helps banks go to market faster and improves operational efficiency through the latest technology-enabled features, from ChatBots to Apple Watch apps.

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Transerv’s strategy for scaling up a digital payments venture

Nirvana Venture and Faering Capital-backed TranServ, a digital payments company with over eight million customers on its platform, recently tied up with Micromax, which will help it redefine mobile payments for Micromax users and reach new customer segments across the country.

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On-Boarding Is Not Just About The Salary

The author suggests strategies for companies to connect with a new hire at a psychological and emotional level, which can help form long-term relationships

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Facebook LIKES is not BIZDEV!

Spending oodles of money on marketing and branding activities is not the only way for a cash-crunched startup to win relevant clients. Instead, try Outlier marketing, suggests the author.

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Where the clouds meet the ocean

New York-based cloud infrastructure provider, DigitalOcean, recently set up its data centre in India with a strong focus on capitalising on the growing developer and SMB community in India. Apart from introducing new product features, in the coming years, it aims to grow its market by forging alliances with more stakeholders.

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