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They learn from Youtube and pay via Paytm. Meet the Google girls of rural India

Women in Sirasapalli show off their smartphones. Photo credit: Tech in Asia.I have been flaunting a pair of handmade red earrings all day long. I …

Alibaba takes lead in India’s Paytm Ecommerce with fresh $177m funding

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma. Photo credit: Wikipedia.Jack Ma’s Alibaba continued its quiet global expansion today, leading a US$200 million …

What I’ve learned from interacting with more than 100 AI startups

<i>Disclosure: Manish is an investor of Locus.sh.</i><p>Artificial intelligence is getting a lot of attention these days from startups and investors alike. …

Startups

In numbers: How India is killing it in the global mobile gaming market

Photo credit: 123rf.Jumping two spots up from 2015, India became the fifth biggest gaming market globally in 2016, thanks to a surge in sales of …

Ola gets $330m from SoftBank, but valuation plummets to $3.5b

Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal. Photo credit: Tech in Asia.India’s Uber arch-rival Ola has once again won backing from Japan’s SoftBank, with fresh funding …

AI may kickstart the declining smartwatch market in India in 2017: report

Photo credit: 123rf.Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Elon Musk of Tesla may disagree on the power of artificial intelligence, but the emerging …

3 rising startups in India – Feb 23, 2017

Photo credit: 123rf.India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel invests in a fintech startup, while Freecharge founders chose a supply management …

Yepme delays salaries, lays off staff. Is it going the AskMe way?

Photo credit: 123rf.Is the online fashion retailer Yepme heading towards an AskMe-like fiasco?Last month, the Gurgaon-based Yepme quietly shutdown …

India’s newest telco just issued a fierce 4G challenge to rivals

Photo credit: 123rf.Reliance Jio, the telco launched by India’s richest man – has just taken the tariff war directly to its rivals’ turf.“Jio will …

3 rising startups in India – Feb 21, 2017

Photo credit: 123rf.A well-known Indian furniture etailer bags funding even as trouble brews within the startup, while a utility app secures moolah …

Satya Nadella in India; talks about AR, VR, digital transformation

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg. Photo credit: Johannes Marliem.Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella …

Acer lost India’s smartphone battle. This is how it plans to win the war.

Photo credit: 123rf.At a time when the shipment of PCs is trailing that of smartphones, Taiwan-based Acer has taken a rather unusual route in India – …

An investor has its way: Indian court orders investigation into AskMe’s finances

Photo credit: Guardian Liberty Voice.The battle between the board of Getit Infoservices – which operated popular ecommerce and listings website AskMe …

Bookmyshow buys controlling stake in India’s answer to Eventbrite

TownScript founders Sachin Sharma and Sanchit Malik. Photo credit: TownScript.India’s Bookmyshow has acquired Townscript, the company announced …

Startups target subprime customers, riding on India’s fintech boom

Photo credit: 123rf.India is all set to be the world’s fastest growing economy, and like all rapidly developing countries, it is seeing its share of …

Energy efficiency startup Zenatix gets US$1.2 million in fresh funding

Photo credit: wirtschaft_verstehen / 123RF.Early-stage venture capital fund Pi Ventures announced today that it’s ploughing US$1.2 million in energy …

Snapdeal’s go-to man for fundraising quits amidst mild investor interest

Photo credit: kantver / 123RF Stock PhotoAmidst fundraising troubles and cost-saving measures, Snapdeal’s two senior executives have quit the firm. …

This tech startup is all for new artists, but is aiming to beat Zomato

Photo credit: laifalight / 123RF Stock PhotoThe name GuitarClub is most likely to be associated with music, gigs, and rock concerts. But don’t judge …

Meet the 8 Indian startups that just graduated from French accelerator Numa

Photo credit: jawwa / 123RF Stock PhotoFrench accelerator Numa feels it has hit Bangalore’s startup ecosystem at the most opportune time. The number …

Amazon trying hard, but still a second fiddle to Flipkart

Photo credit:Pixabay.Looks like Flipkart’s tantrums over demanding preferential treatment for homegrown startups against global players like Amazon …

Inside the story of how a turnaround CEO tried to repair Housing for its sale

Photo credit: vicnt / 123RF Stock PhotoIndian real estate portal Housing.com got acquired last week by another online property marketplace PropTiger. …

4 rising startups in India – Jan 13, 2017

Photo credit: Michael Pardo.Move past fashion and ecommerce – these new startups with niche offerings are grabbing investor attention right …

Freecharge ties up with a homegrown OS to take on rival Paytm

Freecharge is rolling up its sleeves to take on rival Paytm. The Snapdeal-backed digital wallet company has tied up with India’s first …

Finally, Housing finds a suitor, gets acquired by PropTiger

(Sitting on the yellow bean bag): Housing co-founder Advitiya Sharma with team. Advitiya and most of the 11 co-founders left Housing.Just yesterday, …

Doctor discovery platform Medinfi raises sixth round of angel funding

Medinfi’s team. Photo credit: Medinfi.Bangalore-based startup Medinfi Healthcare has raised its sixth round of angel investment – US$100,000 – from a …

Freshmenu rival Eatfresh shuts down on-demand delivery

Rajiv Subramanian, Eatfresh’s founder, with his team of chefs. Photo credit: Eatfresh.Bangalore-based food delivery startup Eatfresh has stopped its …

Chinese smartphones are killing India’s brands

Photo credit: ocipalla / 123RF Stock PhotoChinese mobile phone brands are booming in India, for the first time ever making up more than half – 51 …

The real deal about women pitching in a man’s world

Women are good for workspaces because they are good at multitasking, because they are good at balancing home and office, because women are …

10 most popular articles by the TIA community in 2016

2016 has been a huge year of super conferences, online segments, value packed meetups(more to come in 2017) and insanely awesome contributions from …

With $1m more in funding, HealthifyMe takes its battle against obesity beyond India

Photo credit: 123.rf.Fitness and health-tracking app HealthifyMe is now one of India’s best-funded startups in the space, after it received US$1 …