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And now, TVF’s Arunabh faces molestation allegations

“Right from Pitchers to Tripling, i was molested. Be it in parties where Arunabh would try to lift me or would try and fall on me pretending he is drunk. One instance was the Ola deal. The Ola team was meeting him and we were taking notes. He walks out of the meeting with some excuse and calls me for some notes. I walk up. He says its time we do a quicky. I am stunned. And i told him i will go to the police. He says “Police to meri pocket me hai”. I walked out deciding never to come back. Then get a call from Legal saying that I am in a breach of contract.”

Sandeep Aggarwal’s #shitTalks on..Everything

Shopclues and Droom co-founder, Sandeep Aggarwal has taken to FB to talk a lot of shit against his own family, I.e.his wife who runs Shopclues and has even raised questions on relationships.

Announcing UnPluggd Summer Edition 2017! #BloodyAwesome

Well, winter is almost gone but the funding winter is definitely going to stay. “Shutdown” “Layoff.” “F*&#*dup” are the most commonly used words to describe the current state of Indian startup ecosystem. Of course, this is all part of the game and was much needed to clean the ecosystem. But then, it’s time like these that separate the heroes (and heroines) from mere mortals! The ones who have the strength to persevere and endure in spite of bad market conditions. The ones who will continue to grow and fight competition irrespective of negative sentiments from the ecosystem (esp media). The ones who refuse to give up. The ones who fight harder and come back stronger after every setback! The ones who are driven by first principles and ready to le...

Ola and Uber Drivers Unite – will now launch their own app

Ola and Uber drivers are now mulling to launch their own app, after all the discussions to renegotiate the incentive with the companies failed. We were to start discussing the logistics of the app with JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy during the protest at Freedom Park but he could not come due to health concerns. Nevertheless, he has promised his support [The President of Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Drivers And Owners Association, Tanveer Pasha] Pasha mentions that the app will be ready in a months time. Do you think this will work ? Ola and Uber bring much more to the table than ‘just an app’. Maybe, just start with a toll free number, i.e. do a MVP?

The Influence of Global Fan Engagement on Indian Sport Industry

FAN:-noun: fan; plural noun: fans A person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing. A fan, or fanatic, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something or somebody, such as a band, a sports team, a genre, a book, a movie or an entertainer. (From Wikipedia) The world over, CEOs from different industries desperately want to be a part of the sports engagement scenario, for a simple reason. While they have customers, sports engagement involves fans.

Project #SaveTalent : 200+ Jobs Across Engg, Marketing, Sales and Product Management

The Project #SaveTalent has seen more than 200+ jobs posted on the site across different areas (Engineering, Design, Product Management, Sales, Marketing , QA and Operations). These jobs are spread across different geographies (Bangalore, NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad etc). If you are a startup hiring – just go ahead and post the job details. If you are a candidate looking for interesting opportunities – head to the job board. Note : NextBigWhat is hiring : Head of marketing and Head of sales.  

Urban Ladder goes offline; Launches first store-in-store in Bangalore

After saying NO to offline presence, Urban Ladder has launched its first store-in-store, with Balini, a sub-brand of renowned furnishing brand Floating Walls Pvt. Ltd. Located in Koramangala, the 250 sq feet space in the Balini will be used to  bring customers closer to the Urban Ladder experience of creating their homes using innovative technology intervention. Urban Ladder will complement Balini’s key offering – sofa’s, with furniture categories such as bedroom and dining making it a one stop solution for the customer. This model bridges the touch-and-feel gap for customers who prefer to shop offline, offering them a unique furniture buying experience like no other brand.” Said Sanjay Gupta, Chief Marketing Officer, Urban Ladder.

Stayzilla shuts down for now; Halts its operations.

Stayzilla has announced that the company will reboot its operations. The company has, in a way shutdown for the time being and the team has been let go while the founders figure out a new business model. Stayzilla has raised more than $35mn from investors including Nexus and Matrix partners. In cofounder, Yogi’s words: I would like to announce today that we would be bringing to a halt the operations of Stayzilla in its current form, and looking to reboot it with a different business model. This has been one of the toughest decisions that I have taken so far but it is the right thing to do. The hardest part is saying goodbye to a perfect team that has accomplished a lot by putting Homestays on the map of India. I am the most fortunate to have had such a team on my side at this junctur...

Introducing : Project #SaveTalent. Helping startup employees handle the layoff mess

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”52″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]I[/mks_dropcap]n the last 2 months, close to 2,000+ people have lost their jobs at startups. Many of these job losses are reported (for e.g. Snapdeal firing 600 people, Craftsvilla : 100+), but the truth is that the actual numbers are a lot more than the reported ones (and will only increase in the coming months post shutdowns etc). Several employees and their [mks_highlight color=”#eeee22″]families[/mks_highlight] are badly impacted by the current market scenario. So what do we do as a startup ecosystem? We can blame the founders for everything but that’s not going to change the current scenario. It’s time to act and we at NextBigWhat are goi...

Craftsvilla lays off 100+ employees

Online ethnic store, Craftsvilla has laid off 100+ employees, out of which ~50 were from engineering. From what we know, entire product and design team has been let go. The company last raised $34mn in 2015. Know of layoffs happening at startups? Do share the details with us (team@nextbigwhat.com)

Everything you need to know to start an online liquor store in India

We have been receiving requests from our ever-loving fans to write an article on starting an online liquor business in India, so here it is. Note: To carry out liquor business online, You need to have at least one brick and mortar shop. Business Registration: You can set up such business as a PVT. LTD. company. You can apply for provisional registration certificate for any item that does not require an industrial license. A provisional registration certificate will be given to you. Note provisional registration certificate is valid only for short term. Once you get all the clearance, you can apply for permanent registration. Shops and Establishment:  Once you fix up on the location to have the shop, Shops and Establishments Act, is enacted by every state in India to regulate conditions of ...

An open letter from a lender to different online p2p lending sites

I come from a background of traditional p2p lending and so have been genuinely excited and spending lot of time in researching different p2p platforms with full intention of investing through them. Unfortunately however I haven’t been convinced so far to invest money with any of them. To me it looks like the management teams of these platforms don’t have ppl who have experience in traditional borrowing/lending and seem to have experience in how banks/big financial institutions lend. 1) Typically in traditional p2p lending, only intt. is paid every month and principal is paid in one shot or in few shots as per borrower’s convenience. This way lender earns more in absolute terms and borrower also is not burdened. But these platforms deploy EMI method used by banks which res...

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