Thanks to KaiOS, Google and Jio are caught in a three-legged race

Few companies, if any, around the world have taken on Google and lived to tell the tale. From online searches to advertising, from email to smartphone software, Google is omnipresent and, more importantly, omnipotent. Yet it is looking to spread its tentacles even further, to the Next Billion Users, as Google calls the prospective Indian … Read moreThanks to KaiOS, Google and Jio are caught in a three-legged race

Xiaomi wants India addicted to its internet services. And it’s trying

Many companies would get complacent if they’d achieved the sort of success Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has had in India. Consider this—since entering India in July 2014, it has grown to control 29% of the Indian smartphone market, boasts of 75-80 million users, and accounts for the bulk (57%) of online smartphone sales. Xiaomi has … Read moreXiaomi wants India addicted to its internet services. And it’s trying

Reverie has faced other headwinds as well

For a number of years, Vivekananda Pani had worked on issues related to regional languages and how to support them online. This seemed like a great idea for a startup. They brought in a third co-founder, SK Mohanty—a C-DAC colleague—and launched Reverie with the goal of creating language equality on the internet by enabling first-class … Read moreReverie has faced other headwinds as well

The biggest problem in implementing change is the resistance

Meanwhile, if you look at some of the most successful B-schools in the US, they have benefited from being a part of a larger education ecosystem. “If you take the example of the Wharton School or Stanford GSB, they are part of a large ecosystem like the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, respectively, which … Read moreThe biggest problem in implementing change is the resistance

Passing the IPO rubicon—The importance of Slack’s public offering

In all of 2018, 233 companies went public, according to research company IPOScoop.com. They raised a collective $54 billion. This year was meant to eclipse that, with unicorns—startups valued north of a billion dollars—expected to steal the show. Of all these initial public offerings (IPOs), ride-hailing app Uber was supposed to be the definitive IPO … Read morePassing the IPO rubicon—The importance of Slack’s public offering