All stories by Patanjali Pahwa
Ola may put international expansion plans in neutral gearRediff.com13 Jun 2019
Ola was supposed to expand to the Netherlands, Kenya, Dubai, Israel, and Brazil.
Will India ever have a successful Super App?Rediff.com1 Jun 2019
From PhonePe to Jio, everyone wants to be a Super App but it is still unclear if they will actually work in India.
All eyes on unicorn Swiggy's $1 bn warchestRediff.com24 Jan 2019
Swiggy is following a path that seems similar to what Meituan, one of China's largest O2O (online-to-offline) platforms that delivers food, sells movie tickets and offers hotel reservation, has done so far, reports Patanjali Pahwa.
How Swiggy plans to spread its wingsRediff.com30 Nov 2018
The first step in Swiggy's local commerce idea is to tie up with supermarket chains, pharmacies, meat shops, pet stores, flower vendors and others. This is Swiggy's evolution from being a food-delivery company to a "deliver anything" unicorn.
Why has Subhash Chandra invested in a bus start-up?Rediff.com10 Oct 2018
Mass mobility in India is in a race when the light turns from yellow to green. Just that this moment has lasted three years. The renewed enthusiasm, however, indicates that the lights may finally be about to change, says Patanjali Pahwa.
What are Swiggy's dark pods?Rediff.com7 Sep 2018
Dark pods are physical stores or warehouses which will be accessible only to Swiggy staff and which will host groceries, pharmacies, and cloud kitchens.
'High-speed rail is a mistake for India'Rediff.com22 Aug 2016
Hyperloop concept was first released in 2013 by Tesla and SpaceX's Elon Musk as an alternative to high-speed rail
Airbnb romances the Indian travellerRediff.com10 Aug 2016
The company brings its global campaign to India, looks for trust and a way to grow its business in the country
With cash running out, Housing.com faces troubleRediff.com12 Jul 2016
Currently, Housing.com makes Rs 1.2-1.5 crore a month, against a burn of Rs 10.05 crore.
Sequoia Capital remains bullish on Indian start-upsRediff.com11 Jul 2016
Sequoia Capital might emerge as leading global investor in start-up space in the country, as funds from other sources dry up.
Sandeep Goyal: Adman to investment guru via Rs 100 croreRediff.com9 Jun 2016
Goyal said he tried to buy out ColorPlus from Raymond a few years ago.
India ranks second in retail potentialRediff.com7 Jun 2016
India's rank was further amplified by the collapse of the South American and Russian economies.
Rahul Yadav says he wants to give up entrepreneurshipRediff.com14 May 2016
Might opt for salaried employment after failure of his latest venture
E-grocers face uphill battle in IndiaRediff.com3 May 2016
A number of smaller players are said to be gasping for breath.
Ola plugs into the IPL frenzyRediff.com28 Apr 2016
Ola Cabs, which started out in 2010, has raised over $1 billion of funds.
Taxi dreams: A tale of two IIT friends who won and lost!Rediff.com27 Apr 2016
Two IIT-B grads cracked the cab aggregator code, tasted success & failure.
6 mistakes of TinyOwl, the blue-eyed start-up childRediff.com14 Mar 2016
The total staff strength - once 1,100 - is now under 200.
Now, a start-up to track radio cab driversRediff.com8 Mar 2016
The US-based start-up developed a machine learning system that uses sensors in smartphones.
Hike plans to use artificial intelligence to beat WhatsAppRediff.com24 Feb 2016
Hike will launch brand channels later in 2016.
Yuvraj Singh's seed fund to start incubator in Gurgaon, BengaluruRediff.com4 Feb 2016
Company to invest in 30 companies in the next three months and wants a portfolio of 70 firms by the end of FY17
Birla scion set to go off the beaten track on e-tailRediff.com2 Feb 2016
Not just Silicon valley, innovation will happen in Bay area, Beijing, Bengaluru: Uber bossRediff.com20 Jan 2016
'Curiosity, fierceness to solve a problem, push until it hurts and looking for the wow factor makes a good entrepreneur'.
Housing.com: How one of India's biggest start-ups trippedRediff.com22 Dec 2015
It quickly went from being a darling of investors to a liability
The terrible ordeal of TinyOwl employees who lost their jobsRediff.com17 Nov 2015
Employees have been asked to return company-owned assets such as laptops, phones and data cards.
Now, you can transfer money instantly to anyone on your contact listRediff.com2 Nov 2015
Chillr recently raised $5 million from Seqouia Capital.
Used is not a dirty word on Amazon, Shopclues & eBayRediff.com2 Nov 2015
Second hand goods are catching up with customers on renown shopping websites.
Paytm announces cashback plans for DiwaliRediff.com29 Oct 2015
Paytm has been preparing for the sale for the past three months.
Mohandas Pai bets big on these companiesRediff.com8 Oct 2015
Pai has direct and indirect investments in about a dozen companies.
Why online logistics firms are a favourite of venture capitalistsRediff.com22 Sep 2015
Estimates suggest about $100 million has been poured into these companies and a lot more is still to come.
Now, pay school fees through mobile walletRediff.com15 Sep 2015
Paytm recently partnered with 1,000 educational institutions over admission fee payment through the app.
Too expensive to buy? Rent insteadRediff.com6 Sep 2015
There is an emerging trend of renting out designer outfits for a fraction of their market price.