Sounak Mitra

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'You can't be in India and be global'

'You can't be in India and be global'

Rediff.com13 May 2015

It took the Danish beer maker eight years to move among the top three.

Branding vada pav: How Dheeraj Gupta built Jumbo King

Branding vada pav: How Dheeraj Gupta built Jumbo King

Rediff.com26 Apr 2015

Jumbo King is profitable from the beginning and is growing upwards of 35 per cent annually.

They acquire, they own but don't bring these home

They acquire, they own but don't bring these home

Rediff.com3 Mar 2015

It's puzzling why Indian cos keep their acquired brands out of play.

Is online selling of sex toys illegal?

Is online selling of sex toys illegal?

Rediff.com27 Jan 2015

Come and check us, we're always open and law-abiding, says co-founder of US-based entity selling in India, after Delhi Police asks govt to track some e-commerce sites.

Now, an Indian mobile wallet that doesn't need pre-loaded cash

Now, an Indian mobile wallet that doesn't need pre-loaded cash

Rediff.com22 Jan 2015

Bengaluru-based iKaaz Software, a mobile payment solution provider, is launching a new application, MOWA, that works almost like the Apple Pay

Websites selling sex toys under lens

Websites selling sex toys under lens

Rediff.com14 Jan 2015

Four websites, including Flipkart, may be blocked if the govt feels they're maintaining objectionable content.

Why SpiceJet's emergency landing may not be good for consumers

Why SpiceJet's emergency landing may not be good for consumers

Rediff.com18 Dec 2014

A look at the Kalanithi Maran-controlled airline's place in the domestic aviation sector

Clean bowled: Loss making IPL team owners set for better runs?

Clean bowled: Loss making IPL team owners set for better runs?

Rediff.com3 Dec 2014

Hit by scams in recent times, the IPL is yet to prove a good business move for its franchisees.

Indians' love for instant messaging shows up

Indians' love for instant messaging shows up

Rediff.com28 Nov 2014

WeChat fastest growing at 2,364%, though WhatsApp still dominates, reveals a study by GlobalWebIndex.

Why 'Make in India' is not viable for Microsoft Mobile

Why 'Make in India' is not viable for Microsoft Mobile

Rediff.com27 Nov 2014

All future smartphones from Microsoft will be under the Microsoft brand, which means Nokia brand will now be phased out.

Get set go! Micromax wants to take the game higher with 'YU'

Get set go! Micromax wants to take the game higher with 'YU'

Rediff.com19 Nov 2014

YU will be run as a separate business, not as an extension, says Rahul Sharma.

BlackBerry India fails to be ray of hope for parent

BlackBerry India fails to be ray of hope for parent

Rediff.com15 Nov 2014

FY14 profit halves, dips to 4-yr low

Micromax founder to launch phone brand

Micromax founder to launch phone brand

Rediff.com14 Nov 2014

The proposed company, Yu Televentures, will import handsets from China and sell in the Indian market.

Why Bangladesh telcos deal better with dropped calls

Why Bangladesh telcos deal better with dropped calls

Rediff.com11 Nov 2014

In Bangladesh, a call drop has more to do with network quality, while in India it is linked to spectrum shortage.

Maruti, Airtel, ITC are undisputed kings of their sectors

Maruti, Airtel, ITC are undisputed kings of their sectors

Rediff.com10 Nov 2014

According to BSE, Bharti Airtel's revenue (on a standalone basis, excluding that from foreign operations and their subsidiaries) stood at Rs 49,919 crore (Rs 499.19 billion).

100 mn users and counting, but Facebook's India fortunes dip

100 mn users and counting, but Facebook's India fortunes dip

Rediff.com8 Nov 2014

For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who visited the country for the first time in October, India might be one of his "priority markets".

From fridge, TV to mobiles, Samsung's big success in India

From fridge, TV to mobiles, Samsung's big success in India

Rediff.com7 Nov 2014

Samsung has been facing competition from local mobile handset makers like Micromax, Lava and Karbonn but it has maintained its lead in smartphones.

Bharti Airtel's overseas operations continue to struggle

Bharti Airtel's overseas operations continue to struggle

Rediff.com5 Nov 2014

But, unlike its competitors, it did not have a comprehensive infrastructure back-end and required fresh investments.

'India might get sick before it gets rich'

'India might get sick before it gets rich'

Rediff.com4 Nov 2014

In his first interview after taking over as Philips India's vice-chairman and managing director, Krishna Kumar speaks to Business Standard on how the company is readying itself for the next few decades and the increasing importance of India to Philips' global operations.

Apple's India revenue jumps 10-fold in just 4 years

Apple's India revenue jumps 10-fold in just 4 years

Rediff.com27 Oct 2014

The company reports profit of Rs 4500 crore in FY14, up from Rs 446 crore in FY10

This time for iPhone 6, Indians queue up at midnight

This time for iPhone 6, Indians queue up at midnight

Rediff.com18 Oct 2014

At Gurgaon's Cyberhub, Starbucks had taken special permission to keep its outlet open till late night as consumers queued for the iPhone sale to begin.

Spectrum sale may add Rs 50,000 crore to exchequer

Spectrum sale may add Rs 50,000 crore to exchequer

Rediff.com17 Oct 2014

In return, BSNL should be allotted 1.2 MHz in the 1800-MHz band in each circle, subject to some conditions.

American premium burger chain Carl's Jr set to enter India

American premium burger chain Carl's Jr set to enter India

Rediff.com9 Oct 2014

The brand which has been endorsed by the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Padma Lakshmi will open the first outlet in New Delhi next April.

How Micromax is eating away Samsung's India pie

How Micromax is eating away Samsung's India pie

Rediff.com7 Oct 2014

The Canadian smartphone maker is banking on its platform-agnostic security and software products to make incursions in the market.

Micromax set to enter services biz

Micromax set to enter services biz

Rediff.com9 Sep 2014

For the next few years, the company would tap services in the areas of education, health and security, through partnerships.

Click for a hic: Order your liquor online

Click for a hic: Order your liquor online

Rediff.com8 Sep 2014

A handful of online retailers have started offering alcoholic beverages through the e-commerce route since then. Letsbuydrink.com caters to Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Mumbai and offers imported alcoholic beverages for sale.

Spectrum auction: Trai to suggest reserve price for 3G, 4G

Spectrum auction: Trai to suggest reserve price for 3G, 4G

Rediff.com8 Sep 2014

For 2100-MHz, 2300-MHz and 2500-MHz bands across circles; aim to offer these with 3G and 4G in February

In India, BlackBerry sees its best hope for revival

In India, BlackBerry sees its best hope for revival

Rediff.com2 Sep 2014

It is betting on enterprise services and new launches to revive demand. But are the measures enough to steal a march on established players like Samsung and Micromax?

Companies yet to see pick up in their e-commerce segment

Companies yet to see pick up in their e-commerce segment

Rediff.com19 Aug 2014

According to a 2013 CLSA report , online retail in India was worth $3.1 billion, or about 10% of the country's organised retail market

Indians high on imported spirits

Indians high on imported spirits

Rediff.com18 Aug 2014

According to International Wine and Spirits Research, India's whisky consumption doubled between 2007 and 2012 to about 1.4 billion litres.

In India, social networks get users, not money

In India, social networks get users, not money

Rediff.com22 Jun 2014

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter had 160 mn users but made less than Rs 100 cr in 2012-13

Looking for a job? Try the telecom sector

Looking for a job? Try the telecom sector

Rediff.com3 May 2014

Indian telecom seems to be getting back on its feet.

Tech edge may help BSE regain market share; IPO likely by year-end

Tech edge may help BSE regain market share; IPO likely by year-end

Rediff.com28 Apr 2014

BSE has brought in the new technology from Deutsche Bourse.

India entry may get tougher for foreign telecom firms

India entry may get tougher for foreign telecom firms

Rediff.com3 Apr 2014

Govt likely to make security clearance mandatory for telcos irrespective of equity holding before giving licences; DoT members to meet today.

Why is spectrum auction a bonanza for tower companies?

Why is spectrum auction a bonanza for tower companies?

Rediff.com10 Mar 2014

Telecom tower companies likely to invest around Rs 500 crore (Rs 50 billion) to enhance network.

Viom Networks to raise Rs 1,500 cr, may list on London Stock Exchange

Viom Networks to raise Rs 1,500 cr, may list on London Stock Exchange

Rediff.com24 Feb 2014

Viom Networks is planning to raise arouns Rs 1500 crore (Rs 15 billion) and is likely to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), say sources.

Why Uninor did not bid aggressively in spectrum auction

Why Uninor did not bid aggressively in spectrum auction

Rediff.com21 Feb 2014

For Uninor, it is more important to serve customers better in existing circles rather than going for pan-India operations.

Telecom M&A guidelines: Tweaked market share definition to hit big telcos

Telecom M&A guidelines: Tweaked market share definition to hit big telcos

Rediff.com20 Feb 2014

Sources say companies will have to keep the market share of merged entities below 50% in all circles

Telecom fares poorly on the FDI front

Telecom fares poorly on the FDI front

Rediff.com15 Jan 2014

Since August 2013, FIPB has approved two FDI proposals in the telecom sector.

'Costly smartphones are affordable luxury now'

'Costly smartphones are affordable luxury now'

Rediff.com13 Dec 2013

The company has identified India as one of the two key markets in South Asia.

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