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Startups are raising too much money, says a veteran VC investor in India

Startups are raising too much money, says a veteran VC investor in India

“Founders first,” reads a poster at venture capital (VC) firm Matrix Partners India’s office. The company says that is its motto. The inclination towards entrepreneurs…
Debt funding is a way out for Indian founders wary of losing control of their startups

Debt funding is a way out for Indian founders wary of losing control of their startups

Early-stage startups, rearing to grow, often hit a wall when it comes to raising money for their working capital needs. Unable to grow on their…
How a scheme to clean up India’s electoral list may have left out millions

How a scheme to clean up India’s electoral list may have left out millions

A 2015 project that aimed to “purify” India’s voter base may have stripped millions of names from electoral rolls and collected data from citizens without…
India’s deep class divides extend to how its youth use the internet

India’s deep class divides extend to how its youth use the internet

Indian youth can’t escape the tough reality of their lives, even on the internet. Reliance Jio’s ultra-cheap data rates and the flood of affordable smartphones…
India hopes to become an AI powerhouse by copying China’s model

India hopes to become an AI powerhouse by copying China’s model

Artificial intelligence (AI) has finally caught the Indian government’s attention. On Feb. 01, delivering his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley told parliament that the…
A year after demonetisation, a mother mourns a baby because a hospital refused her old notes

A year after demonetisation, a mother mourns a baby because a hospital refused her old notes

One recent evening, the laughter of playing children filled the narrow lane leading to Kiran and Jagdish Sharma’s home in the Mumbai suburb of Govandi.…