After Jio, Airtel too invests in ‘startup accelerator’ program

Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel said it was launching a new ‘start-up accelerator’ program aimed at finding and investing in promising start-ups. The company said the first investment has been made in a blue-collar job-search software from Bengaluru based tech startup Vahan. The size of the investment was not revealed. “Founded in 2016 and backed […]

TRAI rescues small cable operators, says no net worth rule needed

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which recently come in for a lot of pummeling from the small cable operators for its new tariff rules, has now emerged as a savior of the same set of operators as it has dismissed government’s suggestion of fixing a ‘net worth’ requirement for cable feed providers. Ministry of […]

Electronics, Apparel, Retail & Telecom best courses for jobs -PMKVY

‘How to get a job’ may be the most pressing question for youngsters in India today, and going by PMKVY data, the best courses for getting a job today are electronics and hardware, apparel, retail, telecom and logistics. This insight is based on the placement and salary data collected by National Skill Development Corporation, the […]

Bangalore-based Brigade Group to create 7 co-working spaces in 3 cities

Real estate firm Brigade Enterprises said it plans to set up seven co-working facilities in three cities as it enters one of the fastest growing segments in commercial real estate. Brigade’s Buzzworks coworking venture will start off with 2,500 seats, the company said. Coworking spaces refer to large buildings full of flexible ‘work spaces’ that […]

Tejas Networks agrees to mentor Kerala students, start-ups

India-based telecom equipment maker Tejas Networks said it has signed an agreement to set up a ‘center of excellence’ in Kerala to mentor students and start-ups in the state. The center will focus on training, skills development and mentoring of college students, young entrepreneurs and high-potential electronics startups in the state. “Senior technologists from Tejas […]

Tata Power offers ‘Gorilla’ BLDC fans at 50% discount in tie-up with IIT start-up

Tata Power, which supplies power to much of Mumbai, is offering a 50% subsidy to its customers who want to buy a BLDC or ultra-low power fan. Instead of Rs 3,500 per unit, customers will be able to get four units of the fan at Rs 1,750 each, making the remote-controlled ‘smart fans’ cheaper than […]

Just Dial says no acquisition proposal from Google ‘yet’

Just Dial, the local classifieds company, said it “does meet relevant corporates for exploring any business or strategic opportunities and tie-ups”, but there is no proposal to be acquired by Google “as of now”. The statement came in response to a report in the Business Standard daily that said Google has started talks with Just […]

TeamLease buys 40% of education technology start-up Schoolguru

TeamLease Services, one of India’s largest staffing companies, said it has agreed to acquire 40% of Schoolguru Eduserve Private Limited, an Online Learning company that works with 18 Universities. Established in 2012, Schoolguru provides services to Indian Universities to help them deliver online courses for their students. It targets open universities or those that have […]

Cyient ties up with US start-up to incorporate AI tech in power solution

Mumbai-based IT services provider Cyient said it has signed an agreement to incorporate machine learning meter and voltage signature technology from US-based startup Elpis in its solutions for power utilities. “Through this agreement, Cyient and Elpis will jointly pursue utility business opportunities, by leveraging their complementing solutions and technology respectively. “The partnership will combine Cyient’s […]

Are ‘truly free’ demat and trading accounts here in India with Finvasia?

Finvasia, a technology-driven online broking start-up, announced that it has rolled out what it claimed was India’s first ‘truly’ free online demat account for investing in stocks and derivatives, including futures. There have been many ‘free demat account’ providers in the past too, but such operators usually find some way or the other charge their […]

Google to train six more Indian start-ups in San Francisco

Google has selected six Indian Startups for the fourth class of its ‘Launchpad Accelerator’ program, including RailYatri, RecipeBook and FastFilmz. In the six months program, they will undergo intensive mentoring from 20+ teams across Google and mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Additionally they will receive equity-free support and credits for […]

Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again. The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting specific services exempted from […]

DIPP writes to 250 corporates to partner on start-up incubators

Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has written to over 250 corporate houses in India, inviting them join it in setting up 70 start-up incubators across the country. Half of the centers will be set up in existing institutions — such as the IITs — while the other half will be set up as independent […]

CASH CRUNCH: Freecharge signs up new merchant every 30 seconds

Snapdeal-owned Freecharge said it is now signing up a new merchant every 30 seconds, possibly a result of the cash-related problems faced by consumers and businesses alike. The company had recently removed sign up charges for merchants and waived fund transfer charges as well. It also offered quick sign-ups as well. “This unbeatable offer led […]

Infosys invests TidalScale, provider of simple supercomputing software

Technology provider Infosys said it made investment in TidalScale, a provider of software-defined server. No details about the financial aspects of the investment were made public. TidalScale’s offering, in many ways, is the opposite of virtualization. While virtualization allows you to split a single hardware-based server into several virtual servers, the software-defined server helps combined […]

91springboard launches 1,000-strong coworking space in Andheri in Mumbai

91springboard, which provides cost-effective offices (working space) to start-ups and freelances, launched its newest center in Andheri East, MIDC, Mumbai. The facility is spread across 3 floors with an overall capacity of over 1000 members and also has a stunning terrace cafe-cum-events area. “This terrace workspace promises to be an added bonus for the freelancer […]

Venture Factory invites managers to join them and start their entrepreneurial journey

Venture Factory, a Bangalore based venture builder platform, said it has introduced a entrepreneurial program which is aimed at middle and senior management level executives who will work under the company’s payroll to setup their entrepreneurial venture. The program, christened Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, has started inviting applications from middle and senior management level executives with strong domain […]

COLUMN: The True Price of Facebook’s ‘Free Internet’ program

Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, is prompting its users to send a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to save its ‘Free Basics’ program, urging them to fight the “small, vocal group” of net neutrality activists. “A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics banned on the basis […]