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Ola may put international expansion plans in neutral gear

Ola may put international expansion plans in neutral gear

Rediff.com13 Jun 2019

Ola was supposed to expand to the Netherlands, Kenya, Dubai, Israel, and Brazil.

Will India ever have a successful Super App?

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 warchest

All eyes on unicorn Swiggy's $1 bn warchest

Rediff.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 wings

How Swiggy plans to spread its wings

Rediff.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?

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?

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'

'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 traveller

Airbnb romances the Indian traveller

Rediff.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 trouble

With cash running out, Housing.com faces trouble

Rediff.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-ups

Sequoia Capital remains bullish on Indian start-ups

Rediff.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 crore

Sandeep Goyal: Adman to investment guru via Rs 100 crore

Rediff.com9 Jun 2016

Goyal said he tried to buy out ColorPlus from Raymond a few years ago.

India ranks second in retail potential

India ranks second in retail potential

Rediff.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 entrepreneurship

Rahul Yadav says he wants to give up entrepreneurship

Rediff.com14 May 2016

Might opt for salaried employment after failure of his latest venture

E-grocers face uphill battle in India

E-grocers face uphill battle in India

Rediff.com3 May 2016

A number of smaller players are said to be gasping for breath.

Ola plugs into the IPL frenzy

Ola plugs into the IPL frenzy

Rediff.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!

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 child

6 mistakes of TinyOwl, the blue-eyed start-up child

Rediff.com14 Mar 2016

The total staff strength - once 1,100 - is now under 200.

Now, a start-up to track radio cab drivers

Now, a start-up to track radio cab drivers

Rediff.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 WhatsApp

Hike plans to use artificial intelligence to beat WhatsApp

Rediff.com24 Feb 2016

Hike will launch brand channels later in 2016.

Yuvraj Singh's seed fund to start incubator in Gurgaon, Bengaluru

Yuvraj Singh's seed fund to start incubator in Gurgaon, Bengaluru

Rediff.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

Not just Silicon valley, innovation will happen in Bay area, Beijing, Bengaluru: Uber boss

Not just Silicon valley, innovation will happen in Bay area, Beijing, Bengaluru: Uber boss

Rediff.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 tripped

Housing.com: How one of India's biggest start-ups tripped

Rediff.com22 Dec 2015

It quickly went from being a darling of investors to a liability

The terrible ordeal of TinyOwl employees who lost their jobs

The terrible ordeal of TinyOwl employees who lost their jobs

Rediff.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 list

Now, you can transfer money instantly to anyone on your contact list

Rediff.com2 Nov 2015

Chillr recently raised $5 million from Seqouia Capital.

Used is not a dirty word on Amazon, Shopclues & eBay

Used is not a dirty word on Amazon, Shopclues & eBay

Rediff.com2 Nov 2015

Second hand goods are catching up with customers on renown shopping websites.

Paytm announces cashback plans for Diwali

Paytm announces cashback plans for Diwali

Rediff.com29 Oct 2015

Paytm has been preparing for the sale for the past three months.

Mohandas Pai bets big on these companies

Mohandas Pai bets big on these companies

Rediff.com8 Oct 2015

Pai has direct and indirect investments in about a dozen companies.

Why online logistics firms are a favourite of venture capitalists

Why online logistics firms are a favourite of venture capitalists

Rediff.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 wallet

Now, pay school fees through mobile wallet

Rediff.com15 Sep 2015

Paytm recently partnered with 1,000 educational institutions over admission fee payment through the app.

Too expensive to buy? Rent instead

Too expensive to buy? Rent instead

Rediff.com6 Sep 2015

There is an emerging trend of renting out designer outfits for a fraction of their market price.