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The stigma around retirement communities is slowly fading in India

The stigma around retirement communities is slowly fading in India

For Alakananda Bhattacharya, a 37-year-old freelance writer in Delhi, ageing is not a “favourite subject to think about.” She avoids it fervidly, but when her…
How India has become critical in shaping Uber’s global vision

How India has become critical in shaping Uber’s global vision

India has emerged as the innovation backbone for Uber’s global operations in a little over two years after it set up its engineering team here.…
Modi’s quick-fix for angel tax isn’t helping Indian startups much

Modi’s quick-fix for angel tax isn’t helping Indian startups much

The Narendra Modi government may have finally extended some relief to India’s startup community, simmering with anger and tension over the imposition of angel tax.…
Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ in India sell online

Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ in India sell online

In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and
Bengaluru is the world’s fastest-changing city

Bengaluru is the world’s fastest-changing city

India’s Silicon Valley is the world’s most dynamic city. Bengaluru has topped a ranking of 131 world cities based on their ability to change, innovate,…
Hike shows why super apps don’t work in India the way they do in China

Hike shows why super apps don’t work in India the way they do in China

In China, WeChat—a mash-up of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp, Paypal, Twitter, Uber, Kindle, and more—has become an indispensable part of everyday life for people. The…
A Flipkart co-founder is backing Ola with $21 million

A Flipkart co-founder is backing Ola with $21 million

India’s largest homegrown ride-hailing venture, Ola, has found a new backer in one of the country’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, Sachin Bansal. The Flipkart co-founder has…
The race to be India’s second most-valued unicorn is now a game of musical chairs

The race to be India’s second most-valued unicorn is now a game of musical chairs

India’s largest homegrown mobility firm Ola, which saw its valuation erode significantly in 2017, has now regained lost ground. In fact, it has even surpassed…
Bengaluru airport’s $2 billion expansion plan says something about India’s air traffic growth

Bengaluru airport’s $2 billion expansion plan says something about India’s air traffic growth

India’s surging aviation growth has a flip side—its airports are overwhelmed. For instance, the Kempegowda International Airport in the southern city of Bengaluru handled 27…
India’s co-living sector will be worth over $2 billion by 2022

India’s co-living sector will be worth over $2 billion by 2022

By 2022, India’s co-living industry will be 20 times bigger than it is today. The shared-living market, which offers private bedrooms with common shared areas…
Home prices have fallen again in India’s most expensive real estate market

Home prices have fallen again in India’s most expensive real estate market

Home prices have fallen for the second consecutive year in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. In 2018, residential prices in Mumbai were down 6.8% year-on-year, the…
The invisible mental health crises of India’s migrant labourers

The invisible mental health crises of India’s migrant labourers

In November 2017, the owner of a popular Chinese restaurant chain in Madurai rang his friend, who happens to be a leading psychologist, with what…
A massive labour strike has shut down schools and public transport in parts of India

A massive labour strike has shut down schools and public transport in parts of India

For two days, millions of workers are going on a strike against the Narendra Modi government in India. Up to 10 central trade unions, comprising…
Bureaucracy is a bigger challenge for startups in India than funding

Bureaucracy is a bigger challenge for startups in India than funding

2018 was not a great year for startup funding in India. But that’s not what’s worrying entrepreneurs the most. Over 45% of the firms are…
Investors gave Indian startups less money in 2018, but created more unicorns than ever

Investors gave Indian startups less money in 2018, but created more unicorns than ever

2018 was not a great year for tech startup funding in India—except for the unicorns (startups valued at over $1 billion or Rs7,040 crore). These…
The two-wheeler rules Indian streets, but bike-taxi startups are struggling to succeed

The two-wheeler rules Indian streets, but bike-taxi startups are struggling to succeed

India has around 75% more two-wheelers than cars, analysts estimate. Yet, the country has not seen a single bike-taxi startup thrive even as homegrown cab-hailing…
Food aggregators can’t just get away with substandard deliveries in India anymore

Food aggregators can’t just get away with substandard deliveries in India anymore

Multi-million dollar funding rounds aside, food-delivery startups are facing regulatory heat in India—but no one’s really complaining. On Dec. 29, the Food Safety and Standards…
In photos: How India is getting ready for Christmas

In photos: How India is getting ready for Christmas

As Christmas Eve approaches, the festive spirit is spreading across India. Though Christians account for just over 2% of the country’s population, millions of Indians…
Timeline: How late-entrant Swiggy became India’s most valued food-tech startup

Timeline: How late-entrant Swiggy became India’s most valued food-tech startup

Swiggy was one of India’s biggest startup success stories of 2018. From entering the prestigious club of unicorns (startups valued at over $1 billion) to…
Swiggy is raising $1 billion in the largest ever funding round by an Indian food-tech startup

Swiggy is raising $1 billion in the largest ever funding round by an Indian food-tech startup

India has just witnessed the largest ever funding round by a food-technology startup in the country. Bengaluru-based Swiggy today (Dec.20) said it has signed agreements…