November, 24, 2015

Announcing The Smart CEO-Startup50 List 2015

I write this note, one day after the completion of The Smart CEO-Startup50 Conference & Awards, held at Taj West End in Bengaluru, on Aug 28th, 2015.

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Venture capital for the selfless

Vidya Shah, former CFO of Edelweiss Group and now CEO of EdelGive Foundation, is channelizing all her energy to bring in a venture capital-style funding model to the non-profit sector. And, that’s not all. She wants to build a cohesive philanthropic ecosystem in the country


Gifting made easy

A pioneer in introducing the digital gifting card, Amazon India investee Qwikcilver, has recently launched, an aggregator of gift coupons to further cater to the consumer side of gifting

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A seller’s technology guide

With Snapdeal as its majority stakeholder, SaaS-based order management and fulfilment platform, Unicommerce, aims to add one lakh sellers by the end of 2015 and foray into the hyper-local fulfilment space

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Easing up customer engagement In the real estate sector

Sunday Mobility has developed a realty app to facilitate better interaction between property developers, agents and customers

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Brewing up a tea storm

Teabox, an exclusive online retailer of fine teas, is set to be one of the most vertically integrated players tapping into a global market demand that exceeds US $60 billion

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How hippocampus is transforming education in rural india

Beginning with the initial idea of setting up libraries to inculcate the reading habit in children, Hippocampus has diversified into transforming education in rural India through its Learning Centres. By 2020, it aims to educate 200,000 children every year, through its landmark initiative, Project Finland

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All the roadrunning

Roadrunnr, a hyper local logistics provider, has chosen to go the B2B route to access the demand that exists in the Indian market. At present, it operates in Bengaluru, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Mumbai and aims to reach five new cities in India in the near future…

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Unapologetically indian

Cerana’s handcrafted beer is focussed on the 10 per cent of non-mass market which comprises the urban young willing to experiment with new tastes. Based on quality, word-of-mouth and digital marketing, it aims to record revenues of Rs. 100 crore in 12 months and foray into 35 cities in the next three years

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Moving in clusters!

Amit Ladsaria, Director of Turtle Limited, the men’s ready-made apparel company, aims to maintain a 25 per cent revenue growth rate, expand in clusters into various cities and completely transform Turtle into an affordable fashion brand

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From marketrx to axtria

The founders of MarketRx, Jassi and Navi Chadda, are on their second innings in the analytics space with Axtria Analytics. This time, adopting key strategies from IT Services giants such as Cognizant and Infosys, they aim to touch revenues of US $1 billion within the next decade or so by offering high-end analytics services to Fortune 1000 companies

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Are you paying attention to the diminishing marginal revenues in paid advertising?

The first slurp of mushroom soup tastes amazing. The pleasure exponentially decays over each successive slurp as the hunger subsides

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The business of billion dollar babies

The author shares the three key aspects investors look at before funding startups; the right team, potential market opportunity and an investor’s ‘gut-call’

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How should companies evaluate the success of an acquisition?

There are four key metrics companies should follow to evaluate post-acquisition success. Of course, the most important aspect is, putting values ahead of valuations, which alone can ensure its long-term success

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Eye-q’s growth journey

Despite the industry witnessing a consolidation phase, Eye-Q continues to treat six lakh patients a year, with revenues growing at two and a half times y-o-y. In three years, it plans to open 100 centres across the country and expand into global markets

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Driving paperless personal finance

Amazon India funded, an online marketplace for loans and financial products, aims to reach a monthly visitor base of one crore in the next nine months

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Candid with tara singh vachani

The founder of Antara Senior Living indulges in a conversation about what she loves about her job, why she dislikes prolonged meetings and things that inspire her the most in life

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High on success

Priyank Sukhija’s New Delhi based Lazeez Affaire Group, which is known for its service and variety, is now planning to take its brand pan India and is seeking external funding to enhance this growth

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