On 17 October, TikTok will officially launch #Edutok—its education channel

Anand Prakash just got off TikTok. His messages sound jubilant. Prakash, the academic head at live tutoring app Vedantu, just held his first live session on the video-streaming social media platform. “My gut feeling is this could work like live classes on YouTube,” reads his text. Vedantu’s math channel, which features one-minute-long videos on math … Read moreOn 17 October, TikTok will officially launch #Edutok—its education channel

Keeping up with the horizontals

Take the competitive landscape at the time—there was Babyoye, Hushbabies, Hoopos and Mahindra Group-owned retail chain Mom n Me. But space’s unique challenges ensured all of these were casualties. Unlike horizontal platforms, like a Flipkart or an Amazon, customers in the childcare space quickly outgrow these platforms. So, while horizontal players can aggressively discount and … Read moreKeeping up with the horizontals

Despite lots of opposition, the world’s largest charity took actions

BMGF had also developed a strong rapport with the Congress-led Indian government. The foundation even gave a grant to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), which functions primarily in Amethi—until recently a bastion for the Congress’ Gandhi family. Public Health Foundation of India When the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, however, BMGF no longer … Read moreDespite lots of opposition, the world’s largest charity took actions

Mumbai-Based Importers of Vaping Devices

Not long after, Juul’s executives were thronging various congregations of about 80 importers, 15 manufacturers of liquids, 300 vape shops, and 15 online retailers. They were on the hunt for talent, a ‘master distributor’ in India, who could supply across the country, as a run-up to its ‘formal launch’. While retailers and importers saw it … Read moreMumbai-Based Importers of Vaping Devices

Up all night: Capitalising on India’s big sleep gap

In his experiment built on classical conditioning, Jha trained the mice to respond to a light that’d flash before a dispenser apportioned some juice. He then conditioned some to sleep after the ‘treat’, and restricted the others’ sleep. His findings? One: that sleep-deprived mice didn’t respond to the sequence of events and forfeited their chance … Read moreUp all night: Capitalising on India’s big sleep gap

Think of a future where plant-⁠based meat will be better in taste

The best plant-based meat will be one that uses cutting-edge R&D to yield a product as close to the real deal as possible. This is non-negotiable if you want meat-eaters, and by extension, early adoption, on your side. Mock meat isn’t new, but most soya iterations taste more like cardboard than meat. Impossible Foods’ ‘heme’—soy … Read moreThink of a future where plant-⁠based meat will be better in taste

Mad Max 2020: Can Indian cities avoid running dry with smart metering?

Every year, you read about droughts, water shortage, human suffering due to dry summers. But, so far, it has been a cycle. This time though, India is hitting Day Zero. By 2020, government think-tank Niti Aayog estimates, India’s water crisis will be a full-blown pandemic: at least 21 Indian cities will completely run out of … Read moreMad Max 2020: Can Indian cities avoid running dry with smart metering?

Antrix stuck with $1-billion payout, but India’s busy building a Newspace

Elections arouse emotions. Especially one where 900 million people will vote to elect their leaders this month. That, to an extent, explains the timing and the ensuing chest-thumping after India demonstrated its ability to destroy targets in space by shooting down one of its own satellites late last month. It, however, doesn’t explain this under-the-radar … Read moreAntrix stuck with $1-billion payout, but India’s busy building a Newspace

How are countries going to make it rain?

From then until now, 56 countries have tinkered with clouds. To enhance rain. To increase snowfall. To suppress hail. To dissipate the fog. To decrease air pollution. The choice of seeding agents has also evolved from liquid propane and dry ice to the more effective silver iodide or salts (potassium, sodium, and magnesium chloride). A … Read moreHow are countries going to make it rain?

Olectra-BYD pips Tata, Leyland, Volvo in the e-bus sweepstakes

Two years. That’s how long Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, believes India will take to switch from using fuel-powered buses to electric ones for public transport. Gadkari made this prediction in September. That’s a bold prediction considering it has barely been a year since India started this transition. According to research think tank Intelligent Transport, … Read moreOlectra-BYD pips Tata, Leyland, Volvo in the e-bus sweepstakes