Impact Of Flipkart’s Devaluation On Indian Startups: Insights By Greyhound Research On CNBC TV18

From $15.5 Billion To $5.5 Billion: It’s The Year Of Devaluations But Flipkart’s Not Losing Sleep

India’s most valued internet company has been devalued—yet again. In one of the most drastic markdowns for Flipkart so far, one of its investors, a mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley, slashed the Bengaluru-based e-commerce major’s value to just $5.54 billion (Rs38,030 crore). At its peak in May 2015, Flipkart was valued at $15.5 billion.

How It Made Itself Indian: The Amazing Rise Of Amazon In The Country

“This is just the beginning… we are building the most customer-centric company based on a large selection, low prices and fast delivery,” says Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India.

Want To Buy Property In Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, More; Soon, Try Amazon.in

Want to buy property in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Gurgaon and more? Read on. Amazon, last year did two online property events to advertise their property. One with Tata Housing and the other one with Magic Bricks. Housing.com, Magic Bricks and 99acres are the main curators of properties and Amazon might be on its way to become the first broad based e-commerce firm to enter the business.

After Roti and Kapda, Amazon Bets On Makaan

Jeff Bezos-led Amazon, which is breathing down Flipkart’s neck in India, is likely to soon list houses and apartments, or run promotional campaigns to generate leads for real estate firms, a top company source said.

The company may take a nominal booking amount (like it does in case of automobiles) to begin with, the source added. “It is too early to give out exact details.”

‘Prime’ Isn’t Just For Faster Deliveries, It Has Got More In Store, Says Amazon

Amazon is encouraging customers to sign-up on Prime, its premium membership service, which is essentially the US-based e-commerce giant’s biggest loyalty program. And the hook is faster deliveries.

What Brexit Means For CEOs & IT Leaders

On Friday, 24 June 2016, Britain faced a decisive moment when the majority of its population (51.9%) voted in favour of moving out of the European Union (EU).

Will LinkedIn be another failed acquisition for Microsoft?

In its 41 years history, Microsoft has acquired several companies but the biggest success was none other than Hotmail, which was bought from Sabeer Bhatia for $500 million in 1997. However, a repeat of Hotmail is something that Microsoft hasn’t been able to achieve in the last 19 years despite making several deals worth over a billion dollar each.

What Does Microsoft Stand to Gain From its $26.2 Billion Acquisition of LinkedIn?

Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant’s largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site?

Why Microsoft Acquired LinkedIn? It’s All About User Insights!

On June 13, 2016 Microsoft announced the agreement to acquire LinkedIn for USD 26.2 billion. Important to note that this is the first big deal under Satya Nadella’s leadership and LinkedIn will continue to operate as an independent company. Albeit this (in theory) will allow more room for innovation, let’s put this announcement in perspective:

Users will get to organise their information better

The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft will help the duo assist client companies, and even individuals in the personal lives, to organise information and orchestrate their functions better.

E-commerce norms may prove to be a dampener

The government’s foreign direct investment norms for e-commerce marketplaces issued on Tuesday may prove to be a dampener for consumers due to the clampdown on pricing freedom for marketplace operators and lack of adequate post-sales safeguards.

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Join Greyhound Research (@Greyhound_R) and Sanchit Vir Gogia (@s_v_g) for a tweet-up on APIs in Digital Transformation

Thanks to startup boom, new IT services providers born in India

The startup boom in the country is propelling a parallel IT services industry. While established technology companies such as Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services largely cater to overseas customers, upcoming firms are focusing on India, quenching the domestic demand for mobile-era solutions.

Amagi Media Has Big Plans On OTT

Video content has already moved to smart phones and sharing content across different platforms, in real time, is going to be the next big thing that everyone is going to bet on. This means that Over-The-Top (OTT) television, which would mean using mobile networks and cloud technology, rather than satellites, to distribute content to smart devices will significantly change the business models of content distribution and video ad-networks. The OTT TV’s advantage is clear, not to mention the billions of dollars saved in hiring a satellite service every time a channel wants to launch in a new region.

Tata Companies firm up Digital teams before launch of Ecommerce venture

In the final leg of Tata Group’s initiative to launch a hybrid ecommerce venture comprising all its consumer companies, many group firms, including Titan and Trent, have set up special liaison teams to help with the digital drive.

These teams will work with Tata Unistore, the unit that will spearhead the online retailing venture, three people with knowledge of the group’s ecommerce venture said. “Different group companies will have different liaisons to help with the ecommerce venture,” one of them told ET.

TechMahindra to rope in 20 execs for digital; poach Askme CEO Jaspreet Bindra

Anand Mahindra is seeking fresh blood to power his group’s move to digital, and is on the prowl for 20 ‘high-powered folks’ to make his seven-decade old auto-to-defence conglomerate more digitally savvy as Indian businesses go through a wave of technological disruption.

Driving Revenue In The Face Of Digital Transformation – A CSO Directive

Digital disruption is allowing customers to engage with organisations through new-age customer touch points like mobile devices, app stores and online communities. Traditional go-to-market channels like retail stores are being replaced by new-age digital channels such as mCommerce and eCommerce and eroding traditional business models.

For example, AirBnB, a hospitality aggregator holds a valuation of USD 24 billion, ranking only 3rd after the Hilton and Marriott group of hotels.

Delivering Customer Experiences That Bring Home The Dollars – A CMO’s Guidebook

To serve a growing customer base and better manage customer experience across all touch points, organisations are increasingly moving away from siloed Systems of Transaction in favour of contextual Systems of Engagement. These new systems are expected to help marketers manage experiences on non-traditional customer touch points like mobile devices, application marketplaces and online communities.

Redefining The Supply Chain Paradigm – A New COO Diktat

In order to remain competitive and secure earnings growth, organisations are looking at both process automation and newer technology systems to redefine their supply chain. The Board of Directors in most organisations expect this change to be led by the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

What Olacabs is doing to keep its competitors at bay

The  list of those betting on the future of Ola, India’s largest taxi aggregator, keeps getting longer. After having mopped up close to $900 million from more than a dozen investors since 2011 when it was set up, Ola (formerly Ola Cabs) received $30 million from Didi Chuxing (formerly known as Didi Kuaidi), China’s largest taxi hailing service.

Online festive sale: Second time around is twice as nice – Financial Express

If you missed buying your favourite mobile, apparel or furnishing item on popular e-commerce sites like Amazonand Flipkart in their recent Diwali sale between October 13 and 17, there’s no reason to despair. That’s because sale continues on other sites like Snapdeal, Paytm and Shopclues, and even Amazon is going to start a second round of sales between October 26 and 28.

Consumers win in Amazon vs Flipkart discount war – ET Brand Equity

With the onset of the festive season, it’s raining discounts and even gold bars for customers of Flipkart and Amazon as both these e-tailers are trying to woo shoppers with best deals and grab market share.

Both firms have invested heavily on bringing the best deals for customers across categories like apparel, electronics and household items as well as on logistics to ensure speedy delivery to ensure the customer experience doesn’t suffer, analysts said.

Consumers are winners in Amazon vs Flipkart discount war – Zee News

With the onset of the festive season, it’s raining discounts and even gold bars for customers of Flipkart and Amazon as both these e-tailers are trying to woo shoppers with best deals and grab market share.

Both firms have invested heavily on bringing the best deals for customers across categories like apparel, electronics and household items as well as on logistics to ensure speedy delivery to ensure the customer experience doesn’t suffer, analysts said.

Consumers are winners in Amazon vs Flipkart discount war – Business Standards India

With the onset of the festive season, it’s raining discounts and even gold bars for customers of Flipkart and Amazon as both these e-tailers are trying to woo shoppers with best deals and grab market share.

Both firms have invested heavily on bringing the best deals for customers across categories like apparel, electronics and household items as well as on logistics to ensure speedy delivery to ensure the customer experience doesn’t suffer, analysts said.

Consumers are winners in Amazon vs Flipkart war – Economic Times

With the onset of the festive season, it’s raining discounts and even gold bars for customers of Flipkart and Amazon as both these e-tailers are trying to woo shoppers with best deals and grab market share.

Both firms have invested heavily on bringing the best deals for customers across categories like apparel, electronics and household items as well as on logistics to ensure speedy delivery to ensure the customer experience doesn’t suffer, analysts said.

FISME and Microsoft to enable more than 10,000 SMBs for cloud adoption – CIO India

Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), an apex industry body, and Microsoft have come together to enable more than 10,000 micro, small and medium businesses across the country to adopt information technology and cloud computing. This will help them to connect better with their existing customers and reach out to potential customers across India.

Greyhound Research at IBM SolutionsConnect 2015

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Greyhound Research at EMC Forum talk about Startup Approach to Information Generation

What is the event about? 

The CIO Forum:

EMC Forum is a flagship event that covers trends and cloud directions, use cases, and discussions. Connect with peers, learn from experts, and experience demos. EMC Forum is time well spent to interact with colleagues and grow! The 6th edition of EMC Forum in India will throw light on the latest developments in cloud technology and help you learn and understand what is possible for your own organisation.

The eCommerce Conclave:

The eCommerce sector has seen unprecedented growth, largely driven by rapid technology adoption led by the increasing use of smart devices, and improved internet connectivity through broadband, 3G, etc. which led to an increased online consumer base. It is in this light that is conclave is designed to discuss how technology can help drive growth and scalability

Session Topic:

Catch our Chief Analyst & Group CEO, Sanchit Vir Gogia, Greyhound Research talk about the outcomes from our latest study – The Startup Approach to the Information Generation.

Have a question?

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When & Where?

October 15, 2015, Delhi NCR

Greyhound Research Keynote & Panel Discussions Microsoft Partner Summit

What is the event about?

As a business owner, your key intent would be to drive long term growth and profitability for your business. To stay ahead of the game, you need solutions and trusted partners, who can help transform your vision into reality.

Microsoft India’s cloud updates: 3 data centres launched today

Microsoft has made some significant announcements on its cloud strategy in India. The software giant has shared updates on its local data centres. As part of today’s announcements, the company has launched three centres in Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai; and said that its commercial cloud services will be available from these data centres. Microsoft Azure services is launching today, and Office 365 services will be available from October 2015. Dynamics CRM Online services will follow suite early next year.

Blackberry Acquires Goods – End Of Rough Or The Final Nail?

On September 04, 2015, Blackberry announced the acquisition of Good Technology for US$ 425 million in cash. This is a significant announcement given the looming doubts on the future of Blackberry and the increasing presence of its competitors in the Enterprise Mobility Management space. Below is a quick summary of some of my latest tweets with key high-level analysis on the announcement.

Restoring & Reinventing

On 20 august — which happened to be Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy’s 69th birthday — the company CEO and managing director Vishal Sikka announced a new set of services, ‘Aikido’. Named after Japanese martial art that is about defeating the enemy using his own force, and enlightening one’s real enemy — the self.

Pichai may rework Android One strategy for Indian market

Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of Google may want to introduce more products revolving around Android One devices. But, for India, he may have to rework his strategy as his earlier attempt with the product has not seen much success. Also, competition is now tougher from the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus. According to analysts and industry veterans, the Android One devices which were launched by Pichai in India last year along with partners such as Micromax, Spice Mobiles and Karbonn Mobiles has not seen much acceptance. 

Developing mobile-first for a better customer experience

The new paradigm of user and customer experiences is to look at the simplest, smallest, and lowest powered platforms first, and those who are doing so are reaping the benefits of expanded markets and simpler tools.

MobileFirst is a customer interaction methodology and a development and software paradigm all at once. It’s both an overarching business strategy and a set of very different principles from one industry and company to the next. And as an SMB, it might be the best chance you have to compete on a wide stage.

Jaspreet Bindra to helm Mahindra Group’s digital, ecommerce plan

The Mahindra Group is drawing up a digital and ecommerce strategy and has hired Jaspreet Bindra, an angel investor and former CEO of Askme.com, to helm the initiative, as India’s oldest business houses begin to seriously tap technology.