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June 2018

Leadership Unplugged by Smart CEO

Jun 26, 2018

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I begin at least one day a week listening to a talk on TED.com. Irrespective of the topic or speakers, the talks are brilliantly produced. They are succinct, to-the-point and, as a listener, it rejuvenates your mind…  

Smart CEO Questionnaire with Arvind Sankaran, Venture Partner, Jungle Ventures

Jun 26, 2018

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We conceptualized The Smart CEO Questionnaire, a series of questions to help our readers understand the thought process of a business leader, areas of passion and the finer nuances of his or her management style. In this conversation with Poornima…  

Leaders in Luxury: Salil Panigrahi of Maldives-based hospitality brand – Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts

Jun 26, 2018

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Salil Panigrahi is the Founder & Managing Director of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, a Maldives-based organization that has successfully created an up & coming Indian Ocean hospitality brand. In this profile for Smart CEO’s Leaders in Luxury, he…  

How TCI Express' Scaled Rapidly With A "Follow The Customer" Strategy

Jun 26, 2018

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The core team which built a multinational courier delivery services company, spun of TCI XPS, an express delivery service, in 1996. Starting out with a Rs. 3 crore revenue in the first year, owing to the core team’s expertise…  

TAKE Solutions’ Game Plan To Achieve US $500 mn by 2021

Jun 26, 2018

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TAKE Solutions, which was originally into supply chain management (SCM) for non-pharma companies, entered the life sciences business in 2004 and today, this division contributes to 90 per cent of its overall revenues. The company’s game plan going…  

How GoodWorkLabs is changing the way people experience products online

Jun 27, 2018

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GoodWorksLabs was founded in 2013, when the IT industry saw a pertinent gap in terms of product building experience. Today, the company is changing the way people experience products online. It develops customizable high-end technology products, mobile apps and…  

vTitan is building a device for safe drug delivery

Jun 27, 2018

Backed with capital from Zoho’s Sridhar Vembu, Perinkulam Kasthuri of vTitan wants to make a dent in the global medical device landscape. He’s starting with SMART infusion pumps that’ll be used for the administration of intravenous medications…  

How Exotel’s Cloud Telephony Platform Powered A Billion Conversations in 6 Years

Jun 27, 2018

Founded in 2011, Exotel works with companies like Uber, Ola, Swiggy & Quickr to deliver cloud-based customer communication over calls and SMS. Today, backed by Blume Ventures & Mumbai Angels, it connects over 4 million conversations every day

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Doctor Turned Entrepreneur: The Story of ERC Eye Care

Jun 27, 2018

Backed by Ankur Capital & Ennovent, ERC Eye Care has established a hub & spoke model to provide affordable eye care services for rural folk in the North Eastern region. In the last five years, armed with a team of…  

How RPG Ventures' Futuristic Investment Goals Aligned With Seniority.in's Business Model

Jun 27, 2018

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Backed by RPG Ventures, Seniority.in has built an ecommerce platform for the 120 million Indians in the 60+ age category. From medical to lifestyle needs, the company has 3,000 products on its platform, along with a retail store…  

mfine's hospital-first growth strategy

Jun 27, 2018

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mfine hopes to crack the on-demand healthcare space by partnering with hospitals to facilitate one lakh virtual consultations within a year

mfine, an on-demand medical consultation app, is the brainchild of Prasad Kompalli and Ashutosh Lawania. It aims…  

Fourkites’ Game Plan To Create A Dent In The Global Tracking Space

Jun 27, 2018

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August Capital, Bain Capital and Hyde Park Venture Partners-funded FourKites facilitates real time data for the transportation sector and aims to get a billion dollar valuation in the next three years

What triggers one to become an entrepreneur? A…  

Management, Mindfulness & Motivation: 3 Invaluable Lessons For Every Day Life

Jun 27, 2018

Through a review of three wonderful books, The Art of Not Giving A F*ck, Think Fast & Slow, and Black Swan, the columnist gives interesting insights into how we can deal with adversity, thinking bias and management prejudice

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Four IIT Alumni Foray into IoT

Jun 27, 2018

Axilor Ventures, Keiretsu Forum and CIIE funded Detect Technologies was set up at IIT Madras’ incubation cell in 2013 to build technologies for the heavy industrial sector for asset monitoring. After five years of research and development, the founding team…  

Glimpse into the Indian ed-tech landscape

Jun 27, 2018

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Indian ed-tech investment has seen a gradual increase with new players such as Reliance entering the space, signalling untapped potential

 

The intersection between educational content and interactive technology is the sweet spot that ed-tech companies in India…  

Spotlight On Singapore's Startup Ecosystem

Jun 27, 2018

In the last eight years, Singapore has climbed to take the #12 position among leading global startup ecosystems in the world. What worked to its favor was its strategic advantage in terms of robust infrastructure availability, ease of doing business…  

Unearthing Vancouver’s Startup Ecosystem

Jun 27, 2018

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After being ranked the 15th Best Startup Ecosystem in the World in 2017 & the best ecosystem in Canada, Vancouver is now seeing two major trends; one, bridging the gap in driving more investments in SMEs and creating more exits…  

Fintech & Financial Services

A Pivot in the Right Direction

Jun 27, 2018

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In 2006, with the introduction of mobile wallets, PayMate became a pioneer in the India’s payments space. But soon, due to regulatory hurdles it made a quick pivot to the B2B model, solving payments for large enterprises and SMEs…