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Why CarIQ is betting on car owners

Monday, October 10, 2016 | More »

CarIQ team
Owning a depreciating asset such as a car requires constant maintenance. Going to a service centre means dealing with personnel who do not fully understand automobiles, and most customers tend to get cheated. This is where Sagar Apte and his team spotted an opportunity: instead of asking a service c...


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

It 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 ...

7 October, 2016 | More »


Startups fight air-pollution through innovative ideas

India has the second highest number of deaths caused due to exposure to air pollution. Air pollution may have been responsible for the death of 600,000 Indians in 2012, a fifth of the 3 million who died worldwide because they were exposed to harmful chemicals in air that are responsible for cardiova...

3 October, 2016 | More »

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From Pune to Sunnyvale, enterprise IT firm Druva’s journey to raising $118 mn

In the less flashy world of enterprise IT, public cloud data backup and recovery firm Druva Inc. has managed to turn the spotlight on itself in a rather short span of time. The company, which was founded in Pune eight years ago and is now based in the US city of Sunnyvale, on Wednesday announced [&h...

29 September, 2016 | More »


How a former Flipkart director founded his robo-advisory firm

Amar 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...

28 September, 2016 | More »


Confused about Navratris? Let these startups figure it out for you

Festivals mean being with the family, mouthwatering food, sweets and performing religious rituals or havans at home. The havans and prayers can, however, be nerve-wracking for many who don’t know much about auspicious timings, which prayers to conduct on a particular day and where to find a pandit...

27 September, 2016 | More »


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

In 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-...

26 September, 2016 | More »


How a Facebook community grew into a 50,000-strong network for mothers

A graphic designer by profession, Ruchita Dar Shah worked in the advertising industry for nine years. Being married to an ex-banker, however, meant considerable travel and breaks in her career (Ms Shah happens to be the spouse of Manish Shah, co-founder and CEO of BigDecisions.com, a company owned b...

20 September, 2016 | More »

Freshtohome cofounder Shan Kadavil with staff

Facebook, Uber investors smell an opportunity in India’s fish market

In March this year, an early investor in Facebook and an early investor in Uber, along with six others, wrote the first cheque for Freshtohome.com Pvt. Ltd, an online fish delivery startup set up just a few months before. Freshtohome co-founder and CEO Shan Kadavil would not reveal the exact amount ...

14 September, 2016 | More »


Behind a successful entrepreneur is a mentor

A good idea and the zeal to start up is not all that makes successful entrepreneurs. Finding investors doesn’t complete the story either. Having a good mentor to lean on at times when one has more questions than answers, when doubts cast a shadow on the soaring enthusiasm, when one wants to celebr...

5 September, 2016 | More »

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