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Nano Meets TaxiForSure

TaxiForSure Brings Tata Nano Onboard

TaxiForSure has launched their new category of Nano taxis. The service has been launched with 100 Nanos in Bangalore and will be expanded to other Indian cities in the coming weeks.

Nano Meets TaxiForSure
Nano Meets TaxiForSure

The Nano service will be available exclusively on the TaxiForSure app and mobile site in the ‘Pick Now’ option. The service will be priced at Rs. 25 for the first 2 k.m. and Rs. 10 / km after that.

The service competes with Uber’s ‘UberGO’ feature which provides hatchback cabs at prices comparatively cheaper than hiring an auto rickshaw and Ola’s auto rickshaws inventory.

A sort of revival for Nano, which has struggled to create a demand?

Aside, here is why TaxiForSure is doing it, i.e. focus on shorter distances.

  • Always round the corner : You’ll find a Nano always with-in a radius of 3 kms.
  • Prompt : It takes around 15 minutes for a Nano to arrive once you press Pick Now on the App.
  • Pocket-Friendly : Rs. 25/2km and Rs. 10/km after that. No night charges and waiting charges.
  • Ideal for short distances : It’s small, arrives promptly, cuts through traffic, and costs incredibly less. Need we say more?
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Announcing UnPluggd Agenda ! See You Fellas.

Only a day to go for UnPluggd, India’s most amazing startup conference that brings together great entrepreneurs, investors, geeks and doers together. UnPluggd-Logo-1.png

The conference’ focus is to bring actionable insights to the startup communuty and we are proud to announce the agenda.

09:15 am – 09:45 am Ashish Goel (UrbanLadder) On Scaling Down Before Scaling Up
09:45 am – 10:15 am Building A Global Product [Satya Kalki, Indix Cofounder]
10:15 am – 10:45 am Building PayU : Nitin Gupta.
10:45 am – 11:15 am Networking Break
11:15 am – 11:30 am Building Enterprise Business : Knowlarity Founder.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Building Ezetap : Abhijit Bose On Startup Lessons Learned
12:00 pm – 01:00 pm Startup Demo : Session 1
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch & Networking Session
02:00 pm – 02:15 pm Bizspark Announcement.
02:15 pm – 03:15 pm Startup Launch [Session 2]
03:15 pm – 04:00 pm Networking & Coffee Break
04:00 pm – 04:20 pm Understanding M&A: What Really A Founder Should Know Of.
04:30 pm – 05:00 pm BraveTalk Speaker : Rohan Shravan [NotionInk]
05:00 pm – 05:25 pm BraveTalk Speaker : Manasij [Intellocut]
05:30 pm – 06:00 pm Brave Talk : Pravin, PJ (Wishberg)
06:00 pm – 06:15 pm Closing Ceremony / Goodies Distribution
07:00 pm – 10:00 pm Networking Evening [Mandates separate ticketing]

» More details at http://www.unpluggd.org

Date : December 6th.
Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore.
Speakers/Agenda : Announced!
Registration details : Hop here.
Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab your discount!!
[NO discount codes are applicable for offline / spot registration].
Got questions? Ask : team@nextbigwhat.com


FAQs:

Q: Are Investors attending?
A: Yeah! We will have representation from all the VCs. Plus, quite a few angels will be flying in.

Q: Do you accept spot registration?
A: Yep! The ticket costs Rs. 1,800 (no online discount codes apply).

Q: Does the ticketing include lunch/coffee/snacks?
A: Ofcourse, yes! We are giving you some amazing goodie bags as well!

Q: Who are the others attending the event?
A: A whole lot of entrepreneurs, geeks and investors. Pretty much everything you’d like to meet to grow your startup/company (customers included).

If you have more questions, please shoot them at team@nextbigwhat.com.

See You Fellas !



Taxi Radio Cab

Cab Operators Now Want RBI To Simplify Payment, Want Semi Closed Wallet

After bringing Uber to a ‘level playing field’ and forcing the company to change its payment experience in India, cab operators now want RBI to simplify payment.

“We have suggested to RBI to let us start and operate semi-closed wallets which can then be used to buy other things as well,” Siddharth Pahwa, CEO and founder of Meru Cabs.

– Read : Uber India Not Just Violated RBI’s Guidelines, but FEMA Rules Too : Meru CEO

The taxi association of India has also appealed to RBI to allow them to offer overdraft facility up to a certain amount to passengers who overshoot wallet limits during a ride (via).

Why this sudden U-turn? Were they afraid to acknowledge Uber’s seamless experience?

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Sapna Book House Acquires Ishita Tech And Its 3 brands [Bookadda, Koolskool, Acadzone]

Sapna Books’ digital arm, SapnaOnline has acquired Ishita Technologies and its three brands Bookadda. com, Acadzone.com and Koolskool.com. sapna-books

While the deal price isn’t disclosed, Ishita techologies was valued at $13mn in 2012 (during Series A round). This is a move by Sapna Books to enter new categories (like test prep material/school supplies).

– Bookadda is an online books retailer.
– Koolskool uses multi-channel retailing and is focused on school supplies
-Acadzone is an online etailer of academic books /test prep materials.

Post this acquisition, Ishita’s 2 warehouses in Delhi and Bengaluru will become part of Sapna (SapnaOnline operates around 11 warehouses in the South).

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From a Computer Repair Shop to Building Market leading Antivirus : The Quick Heal Story

From a humble calculator repair shop to a successful antivirus company, Katkar brothers have come a long way!

Quick Heal Technologies, founded by the duo in 1993, sells antivirus products to SMEs. Before starting up Quick Heal, Kailash served as a maintenance engineer at Data Star Electronics. When Kailash’s younger brother Sanjay Katkar came up with a highly reviewed project on Computer viruses during his post grad, he encouraged him to take a step further by diversifying their core capabilities into the creation and development of antivirus solutions.

The QuickHeal Story
The QuickHeal Journey

In many ways, Quick Heal is a case study in marketing and distributing in the Indian market. Creating marketing strategies and reworking on operational strengths to build a dedicated Research and Development center and a strong ground-support team that now spans over 30 cities in India (and 60 countries).

Have your dose of inspiration from Quick Heal story, as shared at UnPluggd – India’s biggest startup conference.

- Attend the next UNPLUGGD (Sat/December 6th)

» Join UnPluggd Facebook group for updates.

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Introducing Ezetap Founder, Abhijit Bose At UnPluggd.

UnPluggd is scheduled for December 6th (this Saturday) in Bangalore and we are happy to announce Ezetap founder, Abhijit Bose as a speaker at the conference.ABHIJIT-BOSE-CEO-and-Co-Founder-Ezetap-Mobile-Solutions-e1417433276973

UnPluggd is largely about sharing and learning from others and Ezetap is one of the finest execution in payment space!

The company launched in 2012 recently signed up a massive partnership deal with SBI and also launched an innovative Chota ATM product. Ezetap has raised funding from Amex, Helion, Social+Capital, Peter Thiel, AngelPrime and others.

Ezetap is one of the finest execution in mobile PoS space and at UnPluggd, Abhijit will share Ezetap journey – from building a hardware startup in the country to signing up partnerships (like SBI etc).

You should plan to attend his session if you are keen on learning growth and persistence!


Date : December 6th.
Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore.
Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out.
Registration details : Hop here.
Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 20% discount!!
Got questions? Ask : team@nextbigwhat.com

Block your seat right away!


OnePlusOne : Launching in India Soon

OnePlus One Launched In India, 64GB Is Priced at Rs. 21,999

The much awaited CyanogenMod based smartphone, OnePlus One is available in India on Amazon India on December 2nd.

The price of OnePlus One in India is damn affordable and takes the competition to a different level. 64GB OnePlus One device is priced at INR 21,999.

OnePlusOne : Launching in India Soon
OnePlusOne : Launching in India Soon

In order to get an invite, you need to participate in Amazon’s contest or follow the invite mechanism of OnePlus One (here). The One will be available for purchase only on Amazon.in with invites starting December 2, 2014.

How To Get OnePlus One Invites In India?

OnePlusOne Invites India
OnePlusOne Invites India

What’s interesting is that the Chinest startup is also working on offline store plans – something which competition Xiaomi has introduced now.

To establish a presence that would best serve our Indian fans, OnePlus looked to one of the most venerable and customer-centric companies in the world. OnePlus will partner exclusively with Amazon.in to sell the OnePlus One and accessories.

Inspired by Amazon’s deep commitment to their users and the impact they have had upon the e-commerce landscape, both globally and in India, OnePlus is excited about the exceptional level of service and superior user experience this partnership will offer to customers.

This is again a big win for Amazon India which has been doing some major exclusives with partner companies.

OnePlus One Price in India

While the India price of OnePlus One is not yet announced, the 64GB is selling (unofficially) for INR 34,500 on eBay.  

The price of OnePlus One in India is not a good news for others like Samsung. Having said that, OnePlus One is in a stiff fight with Micromax over CynagonMod updates.

Watch OnePlus One Product video

Popular Search Queries Of 2014 : Narendra Modi, Sourav Ganguly, Sunny Leone Top The List

You may not be using Bing as the primary search engine, but Microsoft has managed to be the first to come up with 2014’s top search query before Google and Yahoo.

Top Search Queries In India For 2014
Top Search Queries In India For 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most sought-after political leader. Despite retiring, Sourav Ganguly continues his reign at the top as the most popular sportsperson on the Net while Sunny Leone tops the celebrity list, fighting off challenge from Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.

World peace seems top-of-mind for online audiences, with more Indians actively tracking ISIS online than the 2014 general elections, Mangalgyaan Mars Orbiter Mission, the Pro-Kabaddi League, etc. Sunny Leone starrer Ragini MMS 2, 2014’s top opening weekend grosser, topped the Internet charts.
Take a look:

Movies Music Sports Celebrities Political Leaders News Topics
Holiday Drama Queen Sourav Ganguly Sunny Leone Narendra Modi ISIS
Kick Bang Bang Sachin Tendulkar Katrina Kaif Jayalalitha Elections 2014
Jai Ho Ice cream Mary Kom Deepika Padukone Smriti Irani Asian games
Yaariyan Suno Na Sangemarmar Virat Kohli Priyanka Chopra Jawaharlal Nehru Mangalyaan
Ek Villain Sunny Sunny Saina Nehwal Salman Khan Indira Gandhi Xi Jinping India visit
Highway ABCD Yuvraj Singh Kareena Kapoor Sonia Gandhi Pro Kabaddi League
Gunday Hangover MS Dhoni Preity Zinta Arun Jaitley Indian Super League
Main Tera Hero Caller Tune Leander Paes Alia Bhatt Rajiv Gandhi One Life is Not Enough
Singham Returns Sawan Aaya Hai Sunil Gavaskar Hrithik Roshan Manmohan Singh National Sports Day
Queen Daawat E Ishq Shikhar Dhawan Parineeti Chopra Sushma Swaraj Akash Missile launch
India is Uber's Largest Market Outside US

Uber India Shifts to Paytm-Only Payment Option

Uber India’s tussle with RBI ends today as the company has shifted to Paytm-only, i.e. wallet only option.

Uber India's Partnership With Paytm
Uber India’s Partnership With Paytm

“Starting today, December 1st, you will no longer be able to request a ride using your India issued Credit Card directly through the app. For those holding an Indian credit card, the Paytm Wallet will be the only payment method available.

India’s current regulations require every transaction made with an Indian credit card, no matter how small the amount, to include two-factor authentication (2FA). “

Ofcourse, you can use the credit card option for rides taken outside India.

Uber’s Candid Note on RBI Policies

India is one of the largest market for Uber and the company isn’t going to let off the compliance issue so easily. In an official blogpost, the company has gone UnPluggd and has taken a shot at RBI for its policies.

Despite consumer preference and in the face of rapidly changing business expectations, India’s one-of-a-kind 2FA requirement persists, causing a major challenge for businesses trying to offer Indian consumers a better purchasing experience.

While we believe this requirement is unnecessary and burdensome, we have engaged in constructive discussions with the RBI and are committed to working with the Indian government to advance regulations that support innovation and job creation.

What’s next for Uber to solve? The service tax issue.

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UnPluggd : Grab 40% Discount This Weekend

This weekend, grab 40% discounts on UnPluggd tickets.

We are super excited about the conference and the opportunity it brings to entrepreneurs. At UnPluggd, our focus has always been to bring amazing insights to entrepreneurs, play the connector role super-effecively and importantly, create an ecosystem that brings actionable insight to the audience.
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The next conference is scheduled for December 6th (next Saturday/Bangalore) and it’s going to be super amazing. Some of the topics include:

#Scaling Up.
Hear Dhiraj Rajaram of MuSigma talk scaling up and lessons learned while building up.

#Startup Lessons Learned
Hear founders of companies like UrbanLadder, Indix and others share startup lessons learned while building the business.

#BraveTalk
Hear some candid advice from founders of companies like Wishberg, Inteollcut, NotionInk talking about rejections and struggles that every entrepreneur has to go through.
#StartupLaunch
10 startups will launch at UnPluggd. These are the NextBigWhats!

And ofcourse, we have several geeks, entrepreneurs, investors, angels attending the conference – expect an amazing day, followed by a super cool networking evening.

This is a weekend before UnPluggd and we are giving away 40% discount (which lasts only till Nov 30th). The prices will go up (in all probability, we will close the networking evening tickets by Monday, as we are almost sold out).

Go ahead and book your tickets. Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab your 40% discount.


 


UNPLUGGD DETAILS!!

Date : December 6th.
Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore.
Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out.
Registration details : Hop here.
Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30 40% discount!! [valid only till this weekend]

Got questions? Ask : team@nextbigwhat.com

PS : You won’t get this offer again. We are trying to be as affordable to founders, so do share with those who you think should be attending UnPluggd!
PPS : Ticket prices go up starting Monday.

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A Look At Government’s Efforts To Improve India’s ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ Ranking

India ranks at a pathetic 142 among 189 countries when it comes to ease of doing business in India. And the government is taking certain efforts to improve this.

Some of the activities that are planned by Ministry of Commerce in near-term are:

1. Importer Exporter Code (IEC) application will mandatorily be online w.e.f. 1st January, 2015 and IEC will be issued within two working days. This would not only obviate the need for paper application but also expedite the decision making.

2. Service Delivery – Activities related to Developers and Units in SEZs were identified and timelines for completion of the said activities were prescribed and implemented. It was launched on 14.08.2014 in all Zones. This is being monitored by Development Commissioners regularly.

2. Digitization and online processing of various activities relating to SEZ Developers and Units has been introduced in all Zones from 01.11.2014. The option of either filing applications online or in hardcopy is available to Developers/Units till 31.12.2014. Thereafter, from 01.01.2015, only online applications for all activities (except for setting up of new SEZs) will be entertained from Developers and Units.

In order to reduce the number of documents for exports CBEC has taken measures to merge Foreign Exchange Control Form (SDF) with shipping bill and packing list with commercial invoice. Accordingly, necessary changes in the software would be made by 31st March, 2015. Further, in order to dispense with terminal handling receipt at JNPT, Ministry of Shipping would automate this activity by 31st January, 2015.

With these reform initiatives the mandatory documents required for exports would be reduced from seven at present to only three. Similarly, for the purposes of import, efforts are being made to reduce the mandatory documents from 10 at present to 4. An inter-ministerial team headed by DGFT is also visiting JNPT next week for understanding the various processes in the field and streamlining the same.

 

Talking About Entrepreneurship Phases, This Founder Has Seen-It-All. Meet Rohan @UnPluggd

Very few founders are *lucky* enough to see the different flavors of entrepreneurship in a short span of time.


‘Survival’.’Fame’. ‘Rejections’. “Being Written Off’. ‘Survival’. ‘Growth’. ‘Still Trying’


Meet Rohan Shravan, Founder of NotionInk.
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Rohan is one of the few entrepreneurs in India who have really pushed the envelope. They launched global products, created massive buzz, sold stuff, got written off, managed to survive and well, today Cain is one of the finest product in its segment!

Hear Rohan share-it-all at UnPluggd, India’s most amazing startup conference.


Date : December 6th.
Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore.
Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out.
Registration details : Hop here.
URL : http://unpluggd.org
Discount:Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30 40% discount!! [valid only till this weekend].

Got questions? Ask : team@nextbigwhat.com

Eat Dosa. Pay Via NFC Cards : iKaaz Integrates With Adigas In Bangalore

solution company, iKaaz has partnered with Adigas, a popular traditional South Indian Restaurants to launch NFC based closed loop payments for Adigas’ customers.

The joint initiative would be first launched at Brahmin’s Coffee Bar located in Basavangudi, South Bangalore and then across all the other Restaurants of Adigas.

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You Can Have Idli And Loose Change Too!

The Problem Statement

Tendering the exact monetary change is still a big challenge in the Retail and Restaurant business, which continues to cause a lot of inconvenience to the Customers & Merchants both.

“We often find it difficult to provide loose change to customers. Coins of smaller denominations like Re 1 and 2 are becoming scarce and sourcing them from regular channels like banks and the RBI is cumbersome.  Sometimes we are forced to source loose change from agents who charge around 10% commission for the coins. The solution provided by iKaaz will eliminate change issues to a large extent and based on the feedback from customers; we would like to extend iKaaz’s solution to Adigas’ food joints and restaurants across Bengaluru.” [Radhakrishna Adiga , Head of Adigas]

NFC Cards/tags are issued to customers mapped to their mobile phones to enable micropayments. Customers can load amounts between INR 100 to INR 10,000 with the annual transaction limit set at INR 1 lakh.

GSF launches M-Accelerator Programme Focused On Mobile-First Startups

GSF has launched M-accelerartor, a specialized program for startups focused on mobile. M-Accelerator will focus on supporting startups with innovative & new business models and will provide them support in Mobile Growth Hacking and Mobile Monetization.GSF-mobile-accelerator

Spread over 4 months, startups will spend time not just in  India, but also in Silicon Valley, New York and Singapore. Startups will also be able to  access proprietary GSF’s networks and alliances.

For instance, DreamPlus Alliance consisting of 11  leading Asians accelerator will enable the startups to reach-out to 10 different Asian  markets ranging from China, Japan, and Korea to Malaysia and Vietnam. H2 Platform  consisting of 300 leading business leaders in Global tech companies across the world will  offer unique access to the business leaders in the global tech companies.

GSF Mobile Accelerator Funding

GSF M-Accelerator invests $40-$50k at 8-9% equity into the startups inducted into the Global Accelerator program. GSF also does follow-on rounds of up to $500,000 into a few select startups after the program.

Mobile Companies in GSF portfolio

Little Eye Labs: Mobile Analytics. First Facebook Acquisition in India.
Pokkt: Mobile Advertising Platform for a connected world.
Zapr: A disruption mobile app that enhances TV viewing and analytics.
Timesaverz: A mobile platform for uberisation of services.
Daily Rounds: A mobile app for doctors to learn and share.
Customize: A mobile platform for field service agents, enhancing consumer experience.
Airstream: A mobile app for streaming, sharing and accessing media across platforms.

So far, GSF has invested in 33 startups in 3 batches so far since its inception in 2012.

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Premortems : What’s Going To Go Wrong? [#Curated]

“Hey, what’s going to go wrong?”

Premortems can be an easy and fast exercise, and you might get some really useful insights. Just ask the people close to the launch to brainstorm “What’s most likely to go wrong?” before the project launches.

Everybody talks postmortem. Matt Cutts has an interesting perspective on premortems. Quite a basic fundamental of product management – a sort of SWOT for a new idea?

[Curated from www.mattcutts.com/Image credit : www.mattcutts.com]