September, 01, 2015

Launching The Startup50 Awards

Imagine a world where our fellow countrymen in rural India have access to high-quality kindergarten education for their children? What if there was a startup that could prevent blindness through affordable eye screening solutions for all? How about a platform that empowers artisans across the country – both rural and urban – to sell handmade Indian products to the world? How about a robotic solution to perform biopsy procedures to treat cancer? And, last but not the least, what if the next big web company is made in India?

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8 Unique tactics of highly successful entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur’s journey is often about the never-ending pursuit of foreseeing what others do not anticipate. Based on information gathered from interviews with 1300 entrepreneurs, we’ve handpicked for you, eight unique tactics that you must consider adding to your arsenal


Big data-driven marketing

Intel Capital, Nokia, Ascent and Inventus-backed Vizury helps brands in 40 countries around the world, not only make sense of online-offline data but also take personalized marketing actions based on the insights drawn

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Just a nudge

Nudgespot is building a product to help e-commerce companies, ‘nudge’ their customers to take a particular action. Raveen Sastry, the founder, who has worked at Babyoye and Myntra, believes he has the right features to become the ‘go to’ product for personalized communication by e-commerce firms

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The SME financiers

Inspired by U.S. based firm Lending Club, Sequoia Capital and SAIF Partners-backed Capital Float wants to make a dent in the SME lending space

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From the grape’w’ine

Ajay Shetty, left his investment banking job abroad to launch Myra Vineyards, with the single-minded vision of growing the overall market for wine consumption in the country

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Bringing order to chaos

Rohit Fernandes, the founder of Shippr, is formally educated in supply chain management and has worked in the logistics industry. Now, he wants to bring in all his experience to solve the intra-city cargo transportation problem

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Elevating parenting aims to provide parents with information and resources that help in dealing with their children and their needs better

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The next big bling

With the opening of its tenth brick-and-mortar store, Caratlane has grown from being a sole online retailer of diamond and fine jewellery to a challenger, knocking on the doors of some of the biggest players in India’s massive offline jewellery market

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Hokey pokey’s new business model

Rohan Mirchandani, the founder of Hokey Pokey Ice-cream, now wants to scale up the company by balancing two businesses – the original parlor business and stocking the product in modern retail

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A synthetic startup

A. Mahendran, the former Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products, calls his new venture in the FMCG space a synthetic startup. Global Consumer Products Pvt Ltd (GCPPL), his new venture, has launched its first brand – Luvit – in the chocolates and confectionary space. He calls it a synthetic startup simply because he believes it had three elements of a large company – adequacy of capital, top-notch team and systems and processes – from day one

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A peek into the private label strategies of zivame and myntra

Gone are the days when launching a private label was a pricing game. Today, online retailers are launching their own brands to bridge gaps in the market they have identified. In this story, the head of fashion brands at Myntra and the co-founder of Zivame share some key insights on their private label strategy Remove rockstar

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From seed to shoot

Unitus Seed Fund is laser focused on making early-stage bets on for-profit startups, with potential to make an impact on the masses. In this chat with Dave Richards, co-founder and Managing Partner, we take a peek into the firm’s operations and investment approach

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Learnings from the early days of building antara senior living

Tara Singh Vachani, the founder of Antara Senior Living, takes us through how she acquired an ‘on the job’ MBA by building a good relationship with her stakeholders and building a business from scratch

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The entrepreneurial journey of a technocrat

BIkram Dasgupta, a Harvard and IIT alumnus and a professional who revolutionized the IT products industry, talks to us about his entrepreneurial journey and shares some life’s lessons in the process

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