Future Of Work Is Not In The Four Walls Of An Office

Workplace dynamics are changing rapidly and organisations are keen to modernise their approach to both, the workplace and the workforce. We at Greyhound Knowledge Group are of the firm belief that the confluence of powerful devices, modern applications and intelligent networks have replaced the Knowledge Worker with the Connected Worker. This in turn is fuelling the Gig Economy. Per our estimates at Greyhound Knowledge Group, nearly 30% of the workforce across the globe will in some form or shape participate in the gig economy by 2020.

Bhavin Turakhia: The Man Who Is Building A Slack Killer

Blame it on the drive common in rich men. Like Elon Musk, a man he idolises, Bhavin Turakhia believes one way to beat the competition is by running harder.

Facebook Tying Up With Entrepreneurs To Solve India’s Low-Internet Connectivity Problem

In attempt to end India’s poor connectivity problem, Facebook is tying up with entrepreneurs to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public places across the country. It’s being called ‘Express Wi-Fi’, the project will provide internet connectivity to people in zero connectivity areas.

Facebook Brings Express WiFi To India, Partners With Airtel For 700 Hotspots

Called Express WiFi, the new programme, which is a follow up of the banned Free Basics platform, ties up with entrepreneurs to help them set up public WiFi hotspots and helping them provide internet to a lot of citizens in poor or no connectivity areas — the “intent” behind Free Basics platform.

Cognizant Layoffs: Gloom Continues, Jobs In Tech And IT Companies Dry Up

Cognizant, the New Jersey-headquartered software services company with most of its operations in Chennai, is likely to lay off 6,000-10,000 “ redundant and non-performing” employees.

How Start-Ups Die Plop!

Start-ups, the playfield of the young and the restless, have had a hard reality check.

Rs 1.25-Cr Uber Package: Delhi Student’s Offer Matches Silicon Valley Salaries

A starting salary of Rs 1.25 crore per annum to a Delhi student matches the average pay package of American software engineers but is still 40-50% more that what Indian techies working in the US earn.

Users Must Demand Secure, Transparent Experiences Over Better Looking Apps

Let’s start by considering a data point from a recent Greyhound Research study titled Global Mobile Apps Outlook 2017. From the 300+ global app makers we interviewed, nearly all state focus on a MobileFirst strategy and further simplifying User Experience as their top agenda for 2017. Our ongoing tracking of the market confirms that this agenda is unequivocally endorsed by both consumer and business apps makers alike.

Twitter Exodus Continues As Platform Partnerships Of South Asia Quits

Ravi Bhaskaran, Twitter’s Platform Partnerships Head, South Asia, quit his position on Wednesday.

WhatsApp Wants To Be A Business Platform

Allowing video calls on WhatsApp, which is otherwise a simple messaging app owned by Facebook, was the last big feature launched before it starts making money.

With Hike Stories, Mittal Aims To Stop Fall In Weekday Traffic

Hike Messenger, the Indian instant messaging app, on Thursday launched Hike Stories that allow you to upload pictures and videos, and decorate them, but which would vanish in the next 48 hours. Hike Messenger, that has features similar to Facebook and Snapchat, has been struggling to arrest the falling messaging traffic during the weekdays.

How Google Changed Itself For India In A ‘Mission To Connect The World’

Alphabet Inc’s Google is ready to spend billions to get millions of Indians online– through a slew of India-specific products and initiatives – to stay relevant in the world’s fastest-growing internet economy.

Head Of Twitter India Quits, More Exits To Follow Him

Rishi Jaitly, Head of Twitter India, resigned and that was not surprising for most employees, who knew that the domestic market will also get effected by the micro-blogging site’s global restructuring programme, as the company failed to get new users and generate higher advertising revenue, giving way to Facebook, Google and Snapchat.

Ankur Warikoo Working On A New Script For Nearbuy

An old lady runs through the narrow corridors of a slum, chasing two thieves, who had apparently robbed her bag. Twenty seconds into the chase, the old lady grabs them and hits them on to the ground. The video ends with a message – “Karate classes for just Rs 149.” This was the advertisement of Groupon India, the Indian subsidiary of US-based ecommerce marketplace Groupon Inc, in 2013.

Exits Continue As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Wants More Ad Revenue From India

The exits in Twitter’s senior management who helped build the India business over years, signal the company’s co-founder and new CEO, Jack Dorsey’s, inclination to make significant changes in the way the domestic business is handled.

Twitter India Head Quits, More Exits To Follow In Major Shake-Up

Rishi Jaitly’s resignation was not surprising for most Twitter India employees, who knew that the domestic market will be impacted by the micro-blogging site’s global restructuring programme, as the company failed to get new users and generate higher advertising revenue, giving way to Facebook, Google and Snapchat.

Twitter’s India Head Steps Down Amid Slowing Revenues, Job Cuts

Amid a global slowdown in revenue growth and job cuts, head of Twitter’s India business, Rishi Jaitly, announced his exit from the company after a four-year stint.

Twitter Shuts Down Development Centre In Bengaluru

Amidst increasing scrutiny from investors because of falling revenue growth, micro-blogging platform Twitter has shut its Bengaluru development centre.

80 Million People Use Facebook Groups Every Month In India

Facebook Inc. announced on Wednesday that over 80 million people in India use Facebook Groups each month to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends. Globally, more than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups every month and the product has grown since it was launched in 2010.

How Hike Is Shaping Up To Be More Than Instant Messaging

From starting off as a chatting app, Hike, with its $175 million funding is now metamorphosing into a digital hub that can offer everything from discount coupons to news, as it seeks its next 100 million users.

Lifestage: Is Facebook Facing An Identity Crisis?

Is Facebook Inc. facing an identity crisis? What else could explain why the social networking company launched a stand-alone app for teenagers which does not require a Facebook account. The app called Lifestage is for those under 21, created by a 19-year-old product manager.

Google Continues To Ride High On Advertising In June Quarter

Advertising powered Internet giant Alphabet Inc.’s revenue growth in the second quarter, as it has for years now. Revenue at Alphabet—Google’s parent firm, formed in 2015—rose 21% to $21.5 billion in April-June from a year ago. Advertising revenue reached $19.14 billion, a 19% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase.

Facebook Results Deliver More Bad News For Newspapers

Sure, Facebook increasing its quarterly profit to over $2 billion in the three months ended 30 June, a mere six months after it hit $1 billion is significant, but there’s something even more important in the numbers presented by the company’s founder-chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday. And that’s an inflection point that highlights even more troubled days for print media companies.

Verizon Inks Deal To Acquire Yahoo For $4.83 bn

by Yahoo! Inc. has agreed to sell its core operations to US telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.83 billion in a transaction that marks the end of the Internet pioneer as an independent company after a two-decade-long journey.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo For $4.8 billion In All-Cash Deal

Yahoo, one of the biggest Internet services companies of yesteryears, has been acquired by US telecom major Verizon for $4.83 billion in an all-cash deal. While the acquisition is being seen by many analysts as the end of the road for the Internet pioneer, users and fans are hoping for a magical revival of its glorious past.

Verizon Buys Yahoo, Puts It In Competition With Facebook, Microsoft And Google: Analyst

Yahoo, that has been restructuring its business for year now, finally sold out to Verizon. Verizon sealed the deal for $4.83 billion, all in cash. This acquisition gives Verizon access to Yahoo’s advertising technology tools such as BrightRoll and Flurry, assets such as Search, Mail, Messenger as well as real estate, among others. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2017.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo, Aspires To Compete With Google & Facebook

On 25 July 2016, Verizon Communications confirmed its plans of acquiring Yahoo’s operating business for USD 4.83 billion.

The sale includes Yahoo’s content offerings in News, Sports, Finance, Yahoo Mail, Brightroll (programmatic advertising technology), Flurry (mobile application analytics solution) and Gemini (search and native advertising solution) among others.

Google, FB And Battle For Offline Internet In India

It is a Monday afternoon in early July. Kumar and his friends, who work at an eating joint in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park area, have just finished their afternoon chores. Kumar’s friends huddle around him, though the centre of their attraction, Kumar’s mobile phone, is not connected to the internet at the moment. Turns out Kumar is playing a video he had downloaded the previous night from YouTube, Google’s video sharing and streaming service.

“Snapdeal is well-positioned to turn profitable in the next 2-3 years”- Kunal Bahl, CEO

Snapdeal recently expanded their e-commerce marketplace to include more service offerings through a ‘one-of-a-kind partnership’ with Zomato, Cleartrip, UrbanClap, and redBus. Now in a recent interview with Livemint, Kunal Bahl, CEO, Snapdeal, said that the company is now focusing on net revenue instead of gross merchandise value (GMV) and the new focus is part of another big change at the e-commerce marketplace.

Snapdeal May Die A Slow And Painful Death

On June 8, American e-commerce major Amazon announced an additional $3-billion investment in India, making clear its intention to win in the country. This throws up a massive challenge for all homegrown e-commerce companies, among which Snapdeal could be hurt the most.

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).

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent.

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?