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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

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.

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.

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.

You Can Have Dosa And Coins Too!
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.

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]

Uber Goes Free For This Week. A few Thoughts.

Uber is free for you if you pay via the Uber wallet (T&C : 5 FREE rides up to Rs. 300 per ride).

Uber Goes Free (This Week) For Wallet Users
Uber Goes Free (This Week) For Wallet Users

This is ofcourse a great way to increase wallet usage (something which Ola has cracked very well), though such ‘predatory pricing’ activities are bound to attract wrath from the auto and taxi industry.

From an earlier comment by Anirudh Dammani (Managing Partner at Artha Venture Partners) :


My family is an investor into a taxi booking company so let me be clear that we follow this space closely and we may or may not see higher values for the investment but what I have seen in this space in the last 6 months is disrupting the lives of many taxi drivers and fleet owners.

Here are the major issues I see

1. These cab companies are selling below cost… this is obvious when you take account of the recent strikes that hordes of drivers of the taxi-booking companies went on strike as they were out of fuel! The get the subsidized amount from the customer which is not enough to put fuel into the car and the “credit” or difference comes a week later. Are they supposed to physically push the car until then?

See we invested into this space as taxi booking makes things easier for the riders and gives incremental revenue to the driver which they didnt have earlier. It is a pure win-win and net positive for society.

“We will organize this unorganized market” – That is what the pitches used to say..

But right now we have companies that are selling at unsustainable prices which will drive out all small players and leave the industry in the hands of a few.. this is exactly the opposite of what should be achieved.

This era of free money will come to an end.. and we will be left poorer as a society especially the cab driver who right now is making spending decisions and investment decisions that he/she will not be able to complete.

Isnt this what happened in the housing boom with free money and no controls? Will we ever learn?

2. Rules are being flouted by unlicensed players that have scant regard for any of the laws in the country… what is very interesting (and sickening) is that it is our own local companies that are flouting the laws relating to taxation, KYC, labour, etc.

In the name of adding supply some of them are paying off taxi drivers through pre-paid cards that are registered in the name of the company and not in the name of the user – is this what we want to call “fair” competition? Is this even legal?

When foreign money is being doled out without KYC and without any trace on the money.. what stops that from being used for means that are anti-social?

What happens when the ED. IT, FEMA, FERA, EOW, Service Tax authorities catch hold of these erring companies and shut the show?

What if it is too late by then??

The show is on right now.. and its all beautiful.

Once the song stops.. you will see that we have destroyed whatever semblance of sanity there was in this space.”


Good for consumers. But what about the industry?

Are parts becoming greater than the sum? Think about it while you enjoy the ride.

OnePlus One Phones Launching Exclusively on Amazon India [December 2nd]

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

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.  We’d expect the price of 64GB device to be under INR 27,000!

Exciting times ahead for Samsung and other players?

Watch OnePlus One Product video

Amazon India Goes On Exclusive Spree : Brings Grasim Onboard + Pranab Mukherjee’s Latest Book

Grasim, the fashion brand under Aditya Birla group has announced an exclusive tie up with e-tailer Amazon.in following which Grasim’s exclusive line of readymade shirts and special suiting/shirting gift packs will now make an online debut.

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Pranab Mukherjee’s The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years

Amazon has announced pre-orders of “The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years”, authored by Shri. Pranab Mukherjee exclusively on Amazon India. The book chronicles the history of India from the perspective of a parliamentarian and statesman who has been in the thick of things in the political arena of that decade.pranab-mukherjee-indiragandhi

The book will debut exclusively on Amazon.in and will be available for delivery from 11 , December 2014 onwards. It will be exclusive on the Amazon.in platform till 31 December, 2014.


The battle is getting interesting. With Amazon grabbing Grasim, the popular apparel brand (and earlier Future group) and Xiaomi foraying into offline stores, Flipkart definitely has something to worry about.

 

This Chart Explains Why Google Conducts GOSF

The GOSF 2014 (Great Online Shopping Festival) has been announced and we have often been asked why Google India conducts GOSF? What’s in for Google India to lead GOSF (some often confuse it with Google Online Shopping Festival!)? After all, Google doesn’t do something similar in any other geography and they don’t even run an ecommerce service in India.

In short, they make no money from GOSF!

Well, this chart explains why Google India conducts GOSF.

Google India Revenues [Numbers In Crores]
Google India Revenues [Numbers In Crores]
Google India revenues have gone by almost 48% over the last one year!

The growth engine lies in marketing campaigns and advertisements run by ecommerce portals primarily.

The numbers are hitting through the roof and thanks to the competition, customer acquisition costs have gone up massively.  And in this entire drama of CAC, Google India makes the most!

Market leadership, Anyone?

Well, this is an example of how to create market leadership and GOSF is Google’s way to show how big and important it is to Indian ecommerce companies. Google makes no money out of GOSF, but through the entire year, they probably make more money than Ecommerce portals!

For Google, GOSF is a way to create more awareness about ecommerce among Indian consumers and be more useful to its customers, i.e. the ecommerce companies.

After all, somebody had to start India’s Black Friday sale !

It won’t be too long when Facebook starts doing something for Ecommerce players?

Healthcare Startup Qikwell Secures $3mn Funding Led By SAIF Partners

Doctor appointment booking service, Qikwell has raised $3mn led by SAIF Partners. Qikwell which raised angel funding last year, lets you book appointment with doctors (think of it as jusdial for medical services).
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Qikwell claims to have crossed 1 million appointments. Competitor Practo earlier raised  $4mn from Sequoia Capital.

#ShortNews: News you could use, useful data and actionable insights in a crisp and easy format. (Feedback:team@nextbigwhat.com)

Deadline Alert : Today Is The Last Day To Apply For UnPluggd Launch Stage

Founders,

November 22nd (today) is the last date to apply for the UnPluggd launch stage.

Talking Failure @UnPluggd

Before you go ahead and apply, please read ‘Top Reasons to NOT Launch Your Startup @UnPluggd‘.

UnPluggd brings amazing traction to launch startups and this time, we are making it extremely special (more on that will be announced at UnPluggd!).

To those who have already applied, you’d have got an update by now. If you have made it to the first stage, you will hear from us very soon.

UnPluggd Launch Application Form


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

Got questions? Ask : team@nextbigwhat.com