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July 2016

Our vision for ‘Brand Startup50'

Jul 25, 2016

When we initially conceptualized The Smart CEO-Startup50 Awards in January 2015, we designed it carefully, keeping in mind our need to differentiate ourselves from the numerous award properties run by other media companies.

Prem Sivakumaran

This drove us to…  

Healthcare & Pharma

Linkedin-inspired app for doctors

Aug 02, 2016

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With a user base of 1,20,000 doctors, Curofy, wants to build itself into the LinkedIn for doctors – helping them share knowledge on cases, engage with pharmaceutical & medical device companies and even apply for medical jobs.

It’s…  

Fintech & Financial Services

Inspired by Stripe, RazorPay wants to make payment integration easy

Aug 02, 2016

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Backed by Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, Y-Combinator and a string of notable investors, RazorPay is following US-based Stripe’s model, to build a simple, seamless online payments platform for merchants and customers in India. In the last nine…  

Fintech & Financial Services

Making tax filing, less taxing

Aug 03, 2016

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Backed by a slew of Silicon Valley-based investors, ClearTax wants to make tax filing a cake walk for individuals and businesses. Thus far, it claims to have one million end users and 20,000 chartered accountants using its service…  

Consumer Tech

A peek into Jugnoo’s rollercoaster journey so far

Aug 03, 2016

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What initially began as an auto-hailing app turned into a diversified business when Jugnoo entered the hyperlocal delivery space with Fatafat and Meals. Today, backed by a string of notable investors such as Paytm, Snow Leopard and Freecharge’s…  

Fintech & Financial Services

A marketplace for SME financing

Aug 03, 2016

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Nexus Venture capital-backed Biz2Credit, an online marketplace which brings together an array of lenders with entrepreneurs seeking funds, aims to partner with the top 20 banks across the globe and grow its SME user base by ten-fold in…  

Innovating for the developing world

Aug 03, 2016

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Sedemac Mechatronics, a company that was founded by graduates of IIT-Mumbai in 2008, now supplies unique powertrain control products (for small engines) to leading Indian automobile brands including Mahindra, Tata Motors & Hero. The technology and traction Sedemac had…  

Education

Taking the ‘rote’ out of learning

Aug 03, 2016

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With over 5 million users and two lakh paid subscribers in the last eight months, BYJU’s Classes is innovating the way learning happens in India.

It is often said, what you learn, and how you learn as a child…  

How To Negotiate With VCs

Aug 03, 2016

One of the biggest lessons I’ve drawn from my work is that even skilled negotiators can make costly mistakes.

Deepak Malhotra

A few years ago a venture capital firm hired me to help one of its start-ups negotiate…