Private Equity Investment in India to touch $13.5 bn in 2007!!

Good news for startups! The private equity investment in India is expected to log $13.5 billion during 2007, and the figure could rise to almost $20 billion by 2010! Here is the breakup: 173 deals worth $5.47 billion 250 deals…

Orkut opening up Channel (or a social networking operating system?)

Google plans to release the new set of Orkut APIs which allows third parties/developers to build applications that could make use of existing Google services and also external services. When we realize the growth of Facebook and the boom in…

Indian Travel Industry roundup: TravelGuru to acquire Desiya, MakeMyTrip raises $15mn, Yatra plans IPO

It’s show time (as well as consolidation time) in the online Travel space and here is the current roundup: TravelGuru to acquire Desiya (reports vccircle) Gurgaon-based Desiya was founded in early 2005, and currently employs about 50 people. It only…

HP's snapfish enters digital photo printing market - to offer prints through self-operated kiosks

HP’s snapfish enters digital photo printing market – to offer prints through self-operated kiosks

HP has launched it’s retail/digital photo service snapfish in India. snapfish, apart from being a free photo sharing site also offers basic editing capabilities and unlimited storage. But the major USP of HP’s snapfish is HP’s retail reach which eventually…

pluGGd.in's new plug - Sowmya Karmali

pluGGd.in’s new plug – Sowmya Karmali

I am glad to announce that we have got an open source + core geeky plug : Sowmya Karmali. Sowmya has been an active barcamper (and wikicamper) and is quite passionate about the open source tech (and am sure many…

Mid-week Telco Buzz: Google's SMS search in India, Motorola's MotoMusic, BSNL's free broadband and more..

Mid-week Telco Buzz: Google’s SMS search in India, Motorola’s MotoMusic, BSNL’s free broadband and more..

Google is beta testing SMS search in India Google SMS, has been launched in beta version across four cities Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Google has tied-up with five operators Reliance, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, BPL and Aircel for offering the…

Google acquires Jaiku – why not Twitter?

Happened recently, its likely that you have already read about it. Here’s some FAQ&A on the deal and its implications. Q: Why not Twitter? A: Google probably thinks Twitter is overvalued (at USD 20 million). It is likely that they…

Online advertising in India: Word of Mouth works better than search engine advertising!

A must read for online advertisers! In India, 87% of those who use the Internet trust others’ advice rather than any kind of advertising, proving that word-of-mouth is the most powerful advertising tool As per the research by Nielson: Online…

India Business Report: e-commerce industry to touch 9210 crore, online classifieds: 820, online travel: 7000 crores!

India Business Report: e-commerce industry to touch 9210 crore, online classifieds: 820, online travel: 7000 crores!

The ecommerce industry in India is all set to touch Rs. 9210 crore by the end of FY08. (30% jump from Rs 7,080 crore in ’07). Here is the division, as per the survey conducted by the IAMAI and IMRB….

Vakow: The cool "SMS forward" engine!

Vakow: The cool “SMS forward” engine!

Vakow is an interesting fun product, which is building a community of people who just love SMS forwards! Use Vakow to: Build a collection of cool SMSes Tag, rate (or bury) the uploaded SMSes and share with your friends Subscribe…