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Arnav Ghosh, MD, Blippar India

Augmented Reality faces problems of perception, infrastructure in India, says Blippar country head

Augmented Reality (AR) is at a nascent stage in India, though some brands have begun to realise its potential. Globally, big brands such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, McDonalds, Heineken and Audi have leveraged the potential of AR as a mass media platform. Blippar Inc is one of the startups helpi...

20 June, 2016 | More »

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SVG Media looking to fund, acquire ad-tech startups, says CEO Vij

SVG Media Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between Manish Vij’s Vun Network and Harish Bahl’s Smile Group, started operations in 2006 and is now one of the largest digital media companies in the country. In fact, it says it is set to become the first digital media company in India—after Google and Fac...

14 June, 2016 | More »

Govind Rajan

We’ll focus on being a mobile payments firm, says FreeCharge’s Rajan

FreeCharge, the digital payments platform of Snapdeal, is increasingly playing an important role in the e-commerce company’s overall business strategy with both the entities cross-selling on each other’s platform. According to a Nielsen report, FreeCharge holds the second position– after P...

30 May, 2016 | More »

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Paid users, not downloads, matter for OTT platforms: Balaji Telefilms’ Nair

Over the past couple of years several companies have launched over-the-top (OTT) video platforms in India, including major international players such as Netflix. Television and film production company Balaji Telefilms Ltd is set to be the latest to roll out an OTT platform. To be launched by unit AL...

23 May, 2016 | More »

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I am better prepared now to handle the challenges of entrepreneurship: Ankit Nagori

After Sachin Bansal, co-founder and executive chairman, and Binny Bansal, co-founder and CEO of Flipkart, Ankit Nagori’s was perhaps the most well-known face at the e-commerce company. Starting off in 2010 as a 24-year-old manager at India’s hottest consumer internet company, Nagori rose...

17 May, 2016 | More »

Amit & Arihant Patni

B2B firms to benefit from IoT, AI in 10-15 years: Amit & Arihant Patni

Brothers Amit and Arihant Patni are no strangers to the game of investment and entrepreneurship. The sons of Gajendra Patni, the eldest of the three Patni brothers who founded Patni Computers and later sold it to iGate Technologies, have been one of the earliest backers of several Indian consumer In...

16 May, 2016 | More »

Deepak-Natraj

Startups are meant to fail as much as they are meant to succeed: Aarin MD Natraj

Aarin Capital, which has Infosys co-founder TV Mohandas Pai and billionaire promoter of Manipal Education & Medical Group Ranjan Pai (unrelated to each other) as its limited partners (LPs), has invested in over 35 companies and eight VC funds. The fund, formally launched in January 2012, has dep...

9 May, 2016 | More »

Punit-Soni

India’s startup ecosystem needs more operator investors: Punit Soni

Punit Soni, who recently stepped down as Flipkart’s chief product officer after a rather short stint, is returning to Silicon Valley where he wants to start his own tech venture. Soni says he will still stay connected with the Indian startup ecosystem as a seed investor and adviser. In a free-whee...

2 May, 2016 | More »

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Valuations are not subjected to intelligent scrutiny: Aashish Kalra

Aashish Kalra-led Cambridge Innovations (CI) has invested in eight companies including RoadZen, Authess, Causemo, PhotoKarma and MyCrowd since its inception in December last year. Earlier this month, CI announced investments in two US-based startups, Ourly.help and Valet Anywhere. In this interview ...

25 April, 2016 | More »

Vishal Gupta, MD, Bessemer Venture Partners

We are big believers in marketplace and enterprise SaaS: Bessemer’s Vishal Gupta

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) has been a major investor in India, funding startups across sectors such as consumer internet, enterprise technology, mobile, cyber security, cloud computing and SaaS developer platforms, healthcare and IT. In 2015, though BVP...

18 April, 2016 | More »