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September, 2010

The Online Bazaar

Oct 01, 2010

Stefana Broadbent, a cognitive scientist who has closely observed and analysed people’s use of technology, argues in her talk at Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) 2009, that the World Wide Web has transformed relationships and closeness between people – a concept she calls web intimacy

Can e-commerce ventures play a role in India’s consumption story?

Oct 01, 2010

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The beginning of the e-commerce revolution in India saw the entry and development of services-driven businesses. The start of phase two promises the bloom of online retail. A look at the various factors that are crucial to the success of this industry.

Click and Brick SaffronArt’s mantra

Oct 01, 2010

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SaffronArt, India’s leading online art auction portal has succeeded in fusing art with technology to create a new platform to sell to lifestyle-conscious Indians world over

Solitaire on the web

Oct 01, 2010

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With inventory returns pretty low in the brick and mortar model for solitaires, Caratlane.com found the right niche that combines the advantages of transparency, price and on-time delivery to make it a success.

e-Commerce – Points to ponder

Oct 01, 2010

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Sramana Mitra is a Silicon Valley-based technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant. She has consulted for leading technology companies in the Bay Area including companies like Cadence, SAP and WebEx, amongst several others. As an entrepreneur, Mitra has founded three successful companies – Dais (off-shore software services), Intarka (sales lead generation and qualification Software) and Uuma (online personalised store for selling clothes using expert systems software).

e-commerce - an investor’s perspective

Oct 01, 2010

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Subrata Mitra, partner at venture capital firm Accel India, currently serves on the boards of several technology and Internet companies including FlipKart, Myntra, Chakpak, enStage and Perfint. The Smart CEO caught up with Mitra to chat about the e-commerce industry in India, understand the key drivers of growth in this sector and what it takes for an
entrepreneur to build a successful venture.

Taking the bargain online

Oct 01, 2010

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99Labels is an online fashion retailer that has pioneered the members-only discount-sale model in India.

Desi beats, global hit

Oct 01, 2010

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DesiHits! has evolved from being a music portal that showcased desi talent to a multi-platform media company that fosters collaboration between South Asian and international music artistes

The Right Turn

Oct 01, 2010

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MapmyIndia.com aims to make India an easily navigable nation with accurate maps and portable devices. It remains to be seen if it has a real impact on the way India travels.

Making heat waves

Oct 01, 2010

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The focus at Dhama Innovations is just to innovate. Their line of products solve everyday problems and what began as a one man show is today, a growing company with a lot of promise. We trail Dhama’s growth from the idea to the product and all that followed.

Of growing crops and cropping growth

Oct 01, 2010

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In India, the educated do not gravitate towards agriculture. What are the reasons that stand in the way of it being a popular career choice? Also, the role parents play in deciding a child’s career path.

Fruits of labour economics?

Oct 01, 2010

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India Inc. needs to apply labour economics to optimise the management of its most key resource – its people.

The science of board representation

Oct 01, 2010

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The second article in the ‘Mechanics of a term sheet’ series focuses on the making of an ideal board of directors that helps with better decision-making

Life lessons from the Virgin entrepreneur

Oct 01, 2010

Richard Branson’s Screw It, Let’s Do It, is a glimpse into the experiences that have shaped his success. This quick read appeals to the fast paced sensibilities of today while imparting lessons that are timeless.

The story of investors who predicted doom

Oct 01, 2010

The Big Short by Michael Lewis is a must-read to understand the root cause of the subprime mortgage crisis

The business of blogging

Oct 01, 2010

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Bloggers turning authors seems to be the latest trend in publishing. However, it remains to be seen if a blogger’s popularity within a niche segment makes their books popular.