Mega fund-raising rounds are certainly newsworthy and can get you atop the business press. However, London Business Professor, John Mullins, gently reminds entrepreneurs, especially in new age technology-enabled sectors, about an age old concept – that of bringing in cash from customers. He suggests five models to pursue a ‘customer-funded’ business
Nestled in Dehradun, Antara offers a unique lifestyle proposition for people over sixty, a new home with beautiful views amidst lush greeneryread more
Carnival Cinemas has taken the multiplex concept to tier 2 and 3 cities, changing the face of cinema viewing in these locations. But that’s not all. The company is aggressively looking to scale up and touch 3000 screens by 2018, through both organic and inorganic routesread more
Casa Grande, the Chennai-based real estate player, has scaled up tremendously – both in terms of financials as well as brand – since starting up in 2004. Its next jaunt – become a pan South India player and, possibly, touch sales of Rs. 2000 crore by FY 2017read more
T.A. Associates-backed Fractal Analytics, among the first movers in the Indian analytics space, is on an aggressive growth path. Following the acquisition of Mobius Innovations, it is betting on more IP-driven acquisitions, with a focus to touch revenues of US $100 million in two yearsread more
Rajan Anandan-backed Lumos Design Technology designs solar-powered backpacks to charge mobile phones and laptops. It has applied for design patents for a circuit technology, which can charge a battery even in low sunlight, via varied USB-supported devicesread more
Kalaari Capital and Blume Ventures-funded Instamojo provides online sellers an easy-to-adopt method to collect payments online. Moreover, it requires no technology skills to set it upread more
Pankaj Garg founded DailyObjects.com, an e-commerce player focused almost entirely on selling its own brand of smartphone cases. The Seedfund portfolio company has already broken even and is now ready to scale to the next levelread more
At 73, Radha Daga, founder of Triguni Foods which supplies Magic Upma to Indigo Airlines has shown that age is just a number. With her conviction, passion and courage, she has grown her business to a Rs. 8 crore company, which operates in full capacity. By FY16 she plans to double this capacity and come up with new recipes that will cater to housewivesread more
MyCFO works with companies to fill the gap that exists between the demand for high quality corporate finance services and the inadequate supply of it. In three years, the firm aims to grow its team size from 130 to 1,000 people, with aspirations of becoming the leading brand in the CFO services segmentread more
If I were to say there is a technology startup boom in the country, that’d be an understatement. What we’ve been witnessing over the last two years is quite simply the remarkable appetite and entrepreneurial energy that India’s top-skilled working professionals had.read more
Backed by Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital, Grofers addresses the hyper-local delivery needs of merchants in each city. Its recent mobile app allows merchants to extend their products to a wider customer base and aids customers seeking delivery of goods with just a tap on the phoneread more
Backed by SAIF Partners, Niffler aggregates in-store deals from retailers and offers it to customers on the mobile platformread more
Since starting up in 2004, RateGain scaled as a bootstrapped company and raised its first round of funding in 2015 from TA Associates. Today, the company offers SaaS-based price comparison tools to over 10,000 global hospitality and travel companies and is growing at a CAGR of 100 per centread more
SAIF Partners-backed Industrybuying.com is building a B2B ecommerce platform for dealers and buyers to transact in industrial products. With a product catalogue of over one-lakh items, its goal is to build a one stop, buying model for B2B playersread more
Omidyar Network & Matrix Partners India-backed U2opia Mobiles has found a solution for 28 million users in emerging markets to access social media and Internet with no data connection, and just USSD gatewaysread more
Pause in mega ecommerce deals sends quarter on quarter value down 36 per centread more
In line with Manipal Hospitals’ vision of being the preferred healthcare provider, Manipal Ankur aims to be the number one fertility centre in the world and has invested in technology, processes and people to reach there. In the next three years, it plans to double its footprint to 25 centers across the country and in international marketsread more
Ullas Kamath talks at the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation’s learning event on Jyothy Laboratories’ growth, its Henkel acquisition and the entry of professional management in the organisationread more
The Snapdeal Pivot
In January 2013, Snapdeal had a mere US $100,000 in the bank, a small chunk left after it had burned through almost all of the US $57 million it had raised since September 2009. Th...
Transformation by design
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In coffee, we trust
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Where there’s traction, Money will follow
Deepinder Goyal, founder and CEO, Zomato, shares a great working relationship with investor Sanjeev Bikhchandani of Info Edge for one simple reason: Bikhchandani is more entreprene...
Playing 20 Questions with Mittu Chandilya
The AirAsia India boss discusses his interview experience with Tony Fernandes, his firm-and-fair management style and why it is crucial to be a serial innovator to win in the aviat...
Where ownership and management are different
Dr. Ranjan Pai, Managing Director, Manipal Education and Medical Group, has led the professionalisation of the Group by consciously empowering his senior managers, seeding several ...
Building a Happy Company
Ashok Soota-led Happiest Minds Technologies has woven happiness into its business process. Find out how you can do it too....
Narayana Health’s ten-year plan
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Creative Dialogue on Scaling Up
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"Businesses don’t go anywhere, people do"
Mindtree’s Subroto Bagchi urges entrepreneurs to think of their journey as a process of continuously creating infrastructure – physical, intellectual and emotional. He specific...