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

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

Surviving moon’s off-kilter anomalies

If you are a commercial space company based in India, there’s ample scope for building a business in communication-based downstream services, says K Radhakrishnan, former chairman of Isro. Even globally, if rocket launches and satellite manufacturing make 10% and ground station-related services 35% of the $339 billion global space industry, downstream communication services like satellite … Read moreSurviving moon’s off-kilter anomalies

Fear not of artificial intelligence, but of real apathy

For months, academics at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru broke silos and brainstormed with colleagues from different disciplines to prepare a project on big data in 2016. They were asked to ‘think big’. The result was a Rs 30-crore ($4.5 million) proposal to solve problems in water resources management, infectious agent monitoring, … Read moreFear not of artificial intelligence, but of real apathy

Pipe Dreams and the Larger Pool

There is a reason to hope. A World Bank-funded three-town pilot project called the Karnataka Urban Water Sector Improvement Project (KUWSIP) was launched in the demo-zones of Hubli-Dharwad, Belagavi and Gulbarga in 2004. Over the last decade, this project has indicated that setting a volumetric tariff and metering households have helped in flat-lining demand at … Read morePipe Dreams and the Larger Pool

Tierra Agrotech: The India-based cotton behemoth no one knows of

The largest cotton seed company in the world is Bayer. The second largest? A seemingly tiny Hyderabad-based agri-biotech company that recently bought the Indian cotton businesses of two agricultural giants — Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. Today, Tierra Agrotech Private Limited owns Asia’s largest collection of cotton germplasm. Coffee Manufacturers That’s decades of research. Hundreds of … Read moreTierra Agrotech: The India-based cotton behemoth no one knows of

Leading the charge and taking actions

It seems like an obvious solution in 2019, but the ground reality when it comes to rescuing operations in India is positively archaic by comparison. Right now, all public safety and disaster management agencies—be it the police, paramedics or fire department—operate their own communications systems. This is done over a narrowband network, which allows only … Read moreLeading the charge and taking actions