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5 Of The Best Growth Hacks By The Top SaaS Companies
Facebook, Uber and AirBnB are just a few of the top companies that were built by growth hacks. Top SaaS companies used these growth hacks to get them to where they are today. Put all of these growth hacks together and you get nothing short of accelerated growth. Evernote also hacked their growth by using the classic SaaS growth hacking method just like Slack did through the freemium software model.
RBI To Issue Rs 200 Notes: FinMin
The government today gave its go-ahead to the Reserve Bank to issue Rs 200 notes that will ease pressure on lower-denomination currency bills. The new Rs 200 notes are likely to be in circulation shortly. According to sources, the exercise of printing Rs 200 denomination notes is being undertaken to further improve the currency situation in the country.
Identity Theft, Blockchain & Limitations
Blockchain technology minimizes the risk of identity theft because of the fact that the data is encrypted at the transaction level for example in a financial transaction thereby minimizing the amount of information available in blockchain. Whereas blockchain can be verified independently through separate notes without having the encrypt the underlying data since the whole transaction is carried as a chain. Which requires heavy scalability creating limitations in the architectures of how to implement blockchain technology and the amount of monies it would involve.
Here is Uber's first pitch deck
Garrett is the founder of Expa, a startup studio that works with founders to develop and launch new products. After 10 years of designing and building consumer services, Garrett and the Expa team have identified many techniques that help create successful companies. This experience has been integrated into a platform to help founders increase their startup's chance of success.
GIC, Ascendas-Singbridge acquire India land parcel from Kohinoor Group
Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC and urban development and business space solutions provider, Ascendas-Singbridge Group have acquired a 16-acre land parcel in Pune, India. The land was acquired from the Kohinoor Group of Pune for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition is the second investment under the Ascendas India Growth Programme (AIGP), in which GIC is a principal investor along with Ascendas-Singbridge, according to an official statement. Ltd announced the completion of their merger to form the Ascendas-Singbridge Group in 2015.
3 Musketeers Making Efforts to Improve India's Financial Literacy Through eLearning and mAnalytics
Kredent InfoEdge is an enterprise dedicatedly working to on board knowledge oriented market participation in society through its eLearning and Fintech initiatives. India has a sizeable youth population that is tech savvy with a smartphone in almost every hand along with 4G/3G data. According to a survey conducted by Standard & Poor's, over 76% Indian adults lack basic financial literacy and do not understand key financial concepts.
Uber's Valuation Marked Down By 15% By A Group Of Investors
Four mutual fund companies have marked down their investments in Uber Technologies Inc by as much as 15 percent following the ride-hailing company's scandal-ridden year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. A fourth investor, T Rowe Price Group Inc, cut the estimated price of its Uber shares by about 12 percent to $42.70. Vanguard spokeswoman Arianna Stefanoni Sherlock confirmed in an email to Reuters that the fund had reduced its valuation for Uber, without giving more details.
The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S'17 Demo Day 1
Y Combinator is a startup accelerator based in Mountain View, CA. In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120K) in a large number of startups. The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months. The YC partners work closely with each company to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch.
Apologies that Win Customers Back
It becomes even harder when you need to tell him that your company is unable to grant his request. Find the words to fight customer's fear of bad service, and move on with the apology. If the customer's complaint made you rethink and improve your customer service, thank him for bringing it up. Saying it is impossible and no one else have experienced this is simply denying your customer's frustration. The problem has occurred, and diplomatic wording will only fuel customer's frustration.
On-demand worker startup Bizzby spams users with innocent man's address
Bizzby is a service that lets people book tradespeople and laborers on-demand - think of it like Handy or TaskRabbit. Some users reported receiving the email more than once, while others report receiving the email despite having not registered with the company. On Twitter, the company attributed the incident to an emailing error, and apologized for the inconvenience. It suppose it is awfully inconvenient, having your personal details mailed to hundreds - perhaps thousands - of people.
Blue Apron shareholders file lawsuits alleging investors were misled
The meal-kit delivery company has been hit with multiple shareholder lawsuits this month, all alleging it made misleading statements in its IPO prospectus. Namely, the suits allege that the prospectus Blue Apron filed ahead of its IPO contained false statements, while omitting material facts. One lawsuit was filed by Ahmed Chaudhry of Dallas, Texas, who bought 10,000 shares of Blue Apron stock at $10.25 a share on its first day of trading.
Six Gold Nuggets On Great Mentoring
Which reminded me of a post I wrote in August 2014, where I was at an event hosted by Lynn Kraus. At the time of original writing, I attended an insightful event hosted by EY Office Managing Partner Lynn Kraus. She put together a great panel to talk about Sponsoring the next generation of leaders. There are many industry bodies that have formal mentoring programmes in Australia- Company Directors, AHRI, and Institute of Marketing to name a few.
Cloud Data Protection Firm Druva Rakes In $80 Mn
Cloud data protection and management firm Druva has raised $80 Mn in growth equity funding in a round led by Riverwood Capital. Jeff Parks, co-founder and general partner at Riverwood Capital stated, Cloud Data Protection and Management solutions are massively disrupting the secondary storage industry. Druva delivers an as-a-service protection and management solution for all enterprise data encompassing infrastructure, endpoints, and cloud applications. Druva Cloud Platform is the next generation of cloud data protection and management, completely delivered as a service.
India: Startup incubator T-Hub looks to go international
Since its birth in December 2015 as a co-working office space for start-ups, the T-Hub in Hyderabad has finally become a full-fledged incubator. One of the programmes was Innovate for Digital India for chip maker Intel India, which had approached T-Hub to find out which start-ups were using Intel's architecture to solve Indian challenges. If there is an incubator supporting start-ups by giving them access and connecting them to the right people, it helps.
New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package
Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. This tiny package replaces many bulky sensor systems and because the wires are suspended in the silicone you are able to create a denser electronic. The researchers liken the design to a winding, curling vine, connecting sensors, circuits and radios like individual leaves on the vine. The researchers can power the device wirelessly which means it can sit almost anywhere on the body.
Next47 needs to get more B2B investors in India: CEO Lak Ananth
Siemen's venture capital arm next47's chief executive officer Lak Ananth says a lion's share of funding over the past three years gone to B2C start-ups. At next47 we have brought together not just the investment capability, which we call Capital, but also two other legs-Catalyst and Create-to complete the innovation picture. Siemens is active in 200 countries around the world and there's no better partner for a start-up to work with. Next47 is actually about helping Siemens think about innovation holistically.
Uber India is on road to overtake US parent: David Richter, SVP of business, Uber
India continues to be a high-priority market for Uber despite the management upheaval at the company. He spoke about why Uber is taking the lead in launching UPI and how this solution could be extended to other global markets of Uber in the future. Uber is probably the leading vehicles for UPI to reach the masses much more quickly than people would anticipate. It will be good for riders, drivers, India and Uber, so it is certainly a win-win.
India: Singapore GIC-backed Bandhan Bank preparing to launch IPO
Before that, banking licences were issued a decade earlier, when it awarded licences to Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd and Yes Bank Ltd in 2004. Bandhan Bank has started the process to hire investment banks for its proposed IPO. Not yet decided amount and time , Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, managing director and chief executive of Bandhan Bank, said in a text message. Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank has a network of 840 branches and 2,444 doorstep service centres in 33 states and union territories.
Sahara group hires JLL to find buyer for Plaza Hotel in NY
Sahara, based in Lucknow, India, has hired brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle Inc to handle the sales process. We do have the listing for the Plaza, said Jeff Davis, international director at JLL, who heads the New York office of the firm's hotels and hospitality group. Roy was imprisoned in India in 2014 in connection with the charges, and Sahara defaulted on debt on the Plaza and two related properties.
Is it too early to celebrate Tiger Global's partial exit from Flipkart?
A multi-bagger exit from Flipkart, India's most valuable technology start-up, would alleviate some of that misery. Fixel had to find a buyer for at least some of Tiger Global's stake before the valuation dived further. Talks got underway on a complex deal-Snapdeal would merge with Flipkart and the all-stock merger would give SoftBank a stake in Flipkart. It is almost entirely to Tiger Global's credit that Flipkart now counts SoftBank as an investor despite Snapdeal falling through.

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