Not many takers for financial incentives offered by Snapdeal, Flipkart, Amazon to sellers

Online_Shopping_thinkstockIt turns out that there weren’t enough takers for the financial bonanza lined-up by the country’s largest ecommerce companies, such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon, to lure new vendors on their platforms and facilitate more sales by the existing set. Conversations with a cross-section of small and medium sellers from different parts of the country […]

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How a former Flipkart director founded his robo-advisory firm

FinAskUs-co-foundersAmar Choudhary’s decision to establish FinAskUs Technologies Pvt Ltd, an automated investment service focused on mutual funds for B2C mass customers, was based on his prior professional experience. As part of his stint at the Boston Consulting Group between 2005 and 2012, Amar Choudhary worked intensively in the mutual fund sector. The consultant, who later […]

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Why Indian angel investors are backing startups from the US to Estonia

startupIn June last year, Estonian startup Comfee raised seed funding from a group of investors that included India’s Dewang Neralla, a former director at Financial Technologies India Ltd who backed the venture as part of the Cross Borders Angels (CBA) network. Comfee, now called FlipFlic, makes a solar-powered device that automates the functioning of the […]

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Why Indian angel investors are backing startups from the US to Estonia

startupIn June last year, Estonian startup Comfee raised seed funding from a group of investors that included India’s Dewang Neralla, a former director at Financial Technologies India Ltd who backed the venture as part of the Cross Borders Angels (CBA) network. Comfee, now called FlipFlic, makes a solar-powered device that automates the functioning of the […]

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This for That, a platform for women in constant search of newness

NThis-for-That2Tanya rummages through her wardrobe every morning for clothes to wear for the day. Her life comes to a standstill as she struggles to break the monotony, and snap out of boredom but cannot, given the same old clothes and colours in her stock. Shopping regularly is not an option as it burns a huge […]

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How robo-advisers are seeking to change the investment management game

RoboMorgan Stanley, one of the largest asset managers in the US, calls them a major threat to financial advisers. Vanguard and Fidelity, the two largest mutual fund companies in the US, have over the past year started offering services to counter them. Now, India is getting a taste of them. Who are they? Fintech startups […]

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Love in the time of disability, the Inclov way

VCCircle_InclovMovies, books, internet are all abuzz with dating tips, making it clear that finding your significant other is not an easy business. Throw in a disability, and dating becomes virtually impossible. Add to that the social realities of India, you can forget about ever finding that special someone. However, 30-year-old Anu Multani refused to settle […]

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Why startups are making a beeline for the online-to-offline space

1: Praveer Kochhar (Shouut), 2 & 3: Co-founders Satish Mani & Manish Chopra (Little), 4 & 5: Co-founders Samik Sarkar & Shashank Agnihotri (Zakoopi), 6 & 7 & 8: Co-founders Amit Koshal, Rishi Batra, Amit Sharma (Fashalot), 9: Danish Ahmed (Shopsity)End-of-season sales were once known for eager shoppers lining up at store doors early in the morning to get the best bargains. In the last couple of years, however, the crowds have thinned out. Customers now prefer to buy online, attracted by the frequent discounts offered by e-commerce stores. It is to lure back the […]

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Why startups are making a beeline for the online-to-offline space

1: Praveer Kochhar (Shouut), 2 & 3: Co-founders Satish Mani & Manish Chopra (Little), 4 & 5: Co-founders Samik Sarkar & Shashank Agnihotri (Zakoopi), 6 & 7 & 8: Co-founders Amit Koshal, Rishi Batra, Amit Sharma (Fashalot), 9: Danish Ahmed (Shopsity)End-of-season sales were once known for eager shoppers lining up at store doors early in the morning to get the best bargains. In the last couple of years, however, the crowds have thinned out. Customers now prefer to buy online, attracted by the frequent discounts offered by e-commerce stores. It is to lure back the […]

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Will Coastered’s emotional pitch get it friends?

Coastered-teamA new social platform promises to bring back the emotions into messaging. Called Coastered, it promises not only to trigger an emotional response from the friend whom you pinged, oops, coastered, it also gets the two of you to act on your emotions, in the real world. A cross between a dating app and a […]

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