The product-market-fit struggle

Much as LinkedIn is a tech platform, professionals believe it misses a high-quality tech talent pool. Agrawal says such people are hired through specialized networks or through their alma mater, and candidates know where to be active. User Interface/User Experience candidates, for instance, prefer Adobe-owned platform Behance to showcase creative work. Those wanting to be … Read moreThe product-market-fit struggle

Zomato, Swiggy and food delivery in the age of plastics

Deep in the recesses of GPRA Complex, New Moti Bagh—an upscale, gated colony for civil servants—lies a sewage treatment and waste management plant. This is Delhi’s first zero-waste area, run by Green Planet Waste Management (GPWM). Smack dab between GPWM’s wastewater treatment and composting centers is a shed where non-recyclable plastic herded from GPRA Complex … Read moreZomato, Swiggy and food delivery in the age of plastics

IndiaMART’s IPO success: New day or false dawn?

There was a celebratory atmosphere at the Hyatt in Noida last Saturday. Drinks flowed and a cake was cut, but the highlight of the night was a speech from the man of the moment—Dinesh Agarwal, CEO of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce firm IndiaMART. The 50-year-old Agarwal had, after all, just led IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd, which operates … Read moreIndiaMART’s IPO success: New day or false dawn?

Have an insight of the cast

Or at least India’s realtors think so. Gujarat-based Adani Group plans to invest Rs 70,000 crore ($9.83 billion) to set up 3GW-powered data centers alongside captive solar plants with a 5GW capacity. There are also murmurs of Mumbai-headquartered conglomerate Godrej wading into the data center business. International players, such as Ascendas Swingbridge (now CapitaLand) and … Read moreHave an insight of the cast

Indian marketplace unicorns are the new incumbents

A perfect storm is gathering over the country’s most dominant digital platforms. Over the last decade in India, billions of dollars have been spent by startups, venture capitalists and tech multinationals as they seek to rewrite entire sectors. In the process, they’ve managed market shares that took their “offline” or “old economy” peers decades to … Read moreIndian marketplace unicorns are the new incumbents

The zero-sum game: OYO wakes up to the principal-agent problem

In the startup world, the word “disruption” is a panegyric. It is a word that startups, big and small, like to use to describe themselves. Iconoclasts reshaping the world purely by the force of their will to fit their vision of how “things can be done better”. Take OYO for example. There is no doubt … Read moreThe zero-sum game: OYO wakes up to the principal-agent problem