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The Art of Focus: Why Entrepreneurs Need 'Focus' More Than Anything Else
I'd like to make the argument that FOCUS is the most critical component when it comes to achieving goals. No lie - we started getting more done in 90 days than we used to get done in an ENTIRE YEAR. If it doesn't align to what you need to achieve in the next 90 days, then you are fooling yourself. I find when I do this - I'll forget to take breaks at this point because I don't need to.
Startup India Hub Engages With Tech Incubator Collaborizm
Taking another step to boost the Indian startup ecosystem, the Indian Government recently launched the Startup India Virtual Hub. In line with the several other announcements, the Startup India Hub team also formed an association with NYC-based tech incubator Collaborizm. In conversation with Inc42, Steven shared his plans for Collaborizm and how the platform will help Startup India Hub. The Startup India Hub team, on the same lines with Collaborizm, will soon be organizing Startup India Yatra - Gujarat, in collaboration with Openfuel.
37 Lacs Looted From Flipkart Delivery Centre in Delhi
37 lakh looted from the office of Instakart, a delivery station of e-commerce giant Flipkart. The workers reportedly told the police that four men armed with guns entered the premises and asked them to part with the cash. The workers claimed this was the second time the company had been targeted in the past few months. A similar robbery took place at our Patparganj branch around the same time on March 25.
Singapore GIC comes in as anchor investor in AU Small Finance Bank pre-IPO
SIngapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC is among the anchor investors in the pre-IPO round of private equity-backed AU Small Finance Bank Ltd, which has raised Rs 563 crore ($87 million) from anchor investors based in Singapore and Kuwait. Previously, it operated as a non-banking finance company (NBFC) - AU Financiers - across 10 states, before maturing into a small finance bank. It primarily serves low and middle-income individuals and businesses that have limited or no access to formal banking and finance channels.
How We Are Delivering Economic Prosperity and Transforming Rural India at Claro Energy
This column is authored by Priyanka Pandey, Marketing Communication Associate at Claro Energy. Delhi-based Claro Energy is solving the problem of water scarcity in rural regions of India, by utilizing solar water pumps for irrigation, drinking and other purposes. It operates in high power deficit, diesel dependent, agrarian and poor economic regions of India. We aim to be the largest provider of affordable, adequate and timely irrigation to millions of farmers in India.
Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else
Uber is adding a new feature that lets you specify someone else in your phone's contact book as the rider for the trip. The new feature is simple in terms of how it's used, adding a step when you set a pickup location that isn't your phone's current geotagged spot.
ftcash selected for Mastercard Smart Path program
Fintech startup ftcash has been selected by Mastercard Start Path to participate in its annual six-month virtual mentorship program. Launched in 2014, Mastercard Start Path is a global effort to support later-stage fintech and tech start-ups who are shaping the future of commerce. Ftcash is transforming the way merchants and entrepreneurs can take out loans and get paid for their goods and services, said Amy Neale, vice president, Mastercard Start Path.
The Uber Freight Impact on the Trucking Industry in India
Undoubtedly, the trucking industry in India has gained immense importance in the movement of goods over the last few years. The recent announcement by the ride hailing company Uber about launching Uber Freight or Uber for Trucking in the US has jolted the entire trucking industry across the world. Uber Freight was launched after the company acquired self-driving trucking company Otto in August 2016.
Software Testing For GST Complete, Ready For Smooth Rollout: GSTN
GST Network, the company providing technology backbone for the new indirect tax regime today said it has completed all software trials and testings necessary to successfully rollout GST from July 1. GST IT system has undergone all mandatory tests and has been opened for new registrations and enrolments on June 25. Registration has also started for GST practitioners, deduction of tax at source and e-commerce operators (TCS).
4 Growth Hacking Strategies for eCommerce Businesses
In this fierce competition, you need smart and creative marketing strategies to gain greater visibility and sustainable growth. Since then, growth hacking has become a marketing buzzword and every eCommerce store is trying different tips for growth hacking. Before we discuss growth hacking tips for e-commerce businesses, first, let's know what exactly growth hacking is. In simple words growth hacking is all about leveraging the resources at your disposal to experience exponential growth in terms of conversions, traffic and promotion.
Indiabulls Real Estate acquires 10% stake in arm IIL, ILFS Fund exits
Realty firm Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd on Wednesday said that it has acquired the entire minority stake of 10.08% in Indiabulls Infraestate Ltd (IIL), a subsidiary of the company, from ILFS Fund entities for Rs 358.4 crore. ILFS Fund includes IIRF India Realty XXI Ltd, Little Fairy Ltd and Vistra ITCL (India) Ltd, Indiabulls's minority investors. The company said the fund would be utilised for its business and general corporate purposes.
Overcoming Negativity with a Positive Attitude
Maintaining a positive attitude is a key aspect of coping effectively with daily life. Adopting positive thinking as your way life will lead to worthwhile changes in your life, increase happiness and pave the path to success. Developing the state of mind that is linked to positive thinking makes you happier when you are constantly anticipating the most favourable results. A positive mind instills belief in your abilities, develops confidence and self-esteem and dwells on situations instead of problems.
Food Startup Authenticook Raises 1.45 Cr From Booking.com
Mumbai based food startup Authenticook raises grant of Rs 1.45 crore (200,000 euros) from Booking.com. The funding will be use to increase the number of cities covered by four-times to up to 40 by end of 2018. He said the company plans to break-even in 2019 and is looking to get a Series A funding sometime next year. By the end of 2019, the company that helps people eat traditional home food with local families, aims to be present in 75 cities.
Rs 25 crore to spot a LivSpace offline
Online home decor and designing platform LivSpace is the latest among the big boys of the ecommerce to jump onto the omni-channel bandwagon after its five-year online stint. It is looking at establishing 25 experience centres and apartments over the next 12-18 months. LivSpace is eyeing a potential increase of 75% in customer conversion rate through this and expects 30-40% of revenues to be generated from the experience centres. Each store should drive Rs 4-6-crore worth of revenue over by the year-end, said Srivastava.
India: Godrej Consumer Products eyeing acquisitions to break into skincare
Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) may buy a company in India, potentially in the skincare business, having consolidated its African joint ventures (JVs) by acquiring controlling stakes in them. If you look at the face wash business, skincare companies have done better than soap (companies). GCPL has had joint ventures in India with confectionary firm The Hershey Co and consumer goods firm Sara Lee. GCPL is positioning its products in the affordable segment in African markets, much like it has in India.
Unocoin goes offline after identifying bugs
Bitcoin and blockchain startup Unocoin has taken its website offline after identifying vulnerabilities in its architecture. While the website is functional, users are not allowed to log into their accounts since Saturday morning. Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO, Unocoin, said users will be able to log in by end of Tuesday. A security breach earlier this month saw a Unocoin user from Bengaluru losing Rs 1.2 lakh worth of bitcoins after the account was hacked.
Deutsche Bank MD Ravi Shankar quits, to join JPMorgan India i-banking team
Deutsche Bank AG managing director (MD) and investment bank head Ravi Shankar has quit to join JPMorgan India's investment banking team as MD, two people aware of the development said. Shankar, who quit last month after two years at Deutsche Bank, is currently on leave. He will join JPMorgan by the second week of August, the first of the two persons said on condition of anonymity.
Boundless, Navigator CRE and Off the Record take prizes at TechCrunch's Seattle pitch-off
It was a lovely day for a meetup in Seattle, and the Showbox SoDo was packed as TechCrunch's annual pitch-off in my home town took place last week. Like many coastal regions, Seattle is a city of immigrants, so the mission of Boundless - helping prospective citizens navigate the murky waters of the immigration process - was perhaps especially potent here. Judges applauded the purpose, but questioned whether the new administration's policies could present roadblocks, and whether Boundless would run low on customers.
Desi Web Series - And 5 Ubercool Startups That Foster The Trend
In this article, we would like to showcase the brains behind the new wave of Desi web series. It has now created a separate platform to host their videos called TVF Play where the shows are in English and Hindi. It not only hosts all the biggest TV shows, but also has its own web series called Voot Originals. Two more web series are in the pipeline for release through its social channels by early next year, including the wildly popular Little Things.
How The Flipkart Mafia Flipped The Fate Of The Indian Startup Ecosystem
Today we delve into one such company, the poster boy of India's startup ecosystem and currently the highest valued Indian tech company, Flipkart and the so-called Flipkart Mafia! Our data also shows that there are over 49 Indian startups that have been backed by Flipkart, Flipkart founders, and/or current and ex-employees. Without necessarily intending to, Flipkart has done the Indian startup ecosystem a huge favor, and we should all be grateful for it.

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