Vamsi Krishna

605 Flips | 3 Magazines | 106 Likes | 98 Followers | @radicalvamsi | Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Lakshya and Vedantu.Tech enthusiast. Been a Teacher. Loves Photography and Poker.

Sesame Street’s VC fund makes its first investment in tutoring app Yup

A venture fund formed by Sesame Workshop and New York-based Collaborative Fund early this year has made its first investment in a tutoring platform called Yup.<p>Specifically, Yup (formerly known as MathCrunch) has raised $4 million in a seed extension round led by Collab+Sesame, in which Sesame …

Affectiva raises $14 million to bring apps, robots emotional intelligence

Affectiva, a startup developing “emotion recognition technology” that can read people’s moods from their facial expressions captured in digital videos, raised $14 million in a Series D round of funding led by Fenox Venture Capital.<p>According to co-founder Rana el Kaliouby, the Waltham, Mass.-based …

What you did not know about Ramanujan, the man who knew infinity

It is quite intriguing that many a great life is remembered in conjunction with extremely short expressions.<p>For instance, when you think of Einstein, …

Google gives speedier AMP-powered web pages a top spot in Google News

Google announced today it’s giving higher placement to articles in Google News that come from those publishers who have embraced the Google-backed “Accelerated Mobile Pages Project” (or, AMP). The company debuted this open-source initiative last year as something of a rival to Facebook’s Instant …

Entrepreneurs’ survival guide for the nuclear winter - investor's perspective

It would seem crazy to jump into entrepreneurship just when the entire startup world seems to be crumbling and words like “down round” are entering …

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

<b>(KatarinaGondova via iStock)</b><p>Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one<p>Heather Shumaker<p>March 5, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”<p>This statement, by homework research guru Harris …

Teaching

How two ISB alumni and an ex-Amazon employee joined hands to build math games for children

We’ve all had a favourite teacher in school. It was usually that teacher with the capacity to engage and enthrall our attention. If there is one …

A New, No-Strings Funding Opportunity for Ed Tech Startups Focused on Middle and High Schools

Last summer, the 18-year-old, Oakland, Ca.-based philanthropic venture fund NewSchools Venture Fund decided to launch a virtual accelerator program that provides grants to founders whose tech is addressing languishing gaps in K12 education tech. It kicked things off with a batch of 15 teams, all of …

Kolkata-based Zeroinfy is taking video lectures of top teachers to small towns of West Bengal

Technology has helped enhance education and given shape to a robust edutech market. The market now has a pool of startups that combine technology …

Mobile wallets beware, UPI is here

The demise of mobile wallets in India would be quite a shocker. What will happen to all the seamless payments to your taxi vendors and favourite …

AltspaceVR Social Platform Launches On Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality can sometimes appear like it’s a pretty isolating platform. Visually, people experiencing VR certainly aren’t in the most approachable position and right now the tech is new enough that it rarely seems accessible to those who are vaguely curious.<p>That being said, there are plenty of …

Who survives the winter? Cockroaches

Winter is upon us literally and figuratively. While the north of the country is shivering from cold large parts of Japan, Korea and China experienced …

How RBI's new regulations could make it easier for startups to raise foreign funding

Almost a month ahead of union budget, Rserve Bank of India released its sixth bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2015-16 today. Merely two …

This ISB Hyderabad incubated startup aims to help every student learn better

Learning is defined as ‘any relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a result of practice and experience.’ However, many believe that …

When the Moghul met the Dark Horse of Indian startups

Rahul Yadav smugly walks onto the stage where he says he should have received his B.Tech degree but didn’t, as the crowd at IIT-B’s Convocation Hall– …

When Virtual Reality Meets Education

Since the 1950s, virtual reality (VR) has been hovering on the periphery of technology without achieving accepted mainstream application or commercial adoption. Since 2012, VR startups have raised more than $1.46 billion in venture capital, including more than $100 million in funding during the …

Virtual Reality

Google brings free Wi-Fi to Mumbai Central station, to reach 100 stations by end of 2016

In a week where Facebook tried to persuade TRAI about its 'Free Basics' initiative in the ongoing 'Differential pricing' debate, Google India made an …

This Hyderabad-based startup aims to aggregate cabs, food and mobile recharge apps

Want to avoid traffic and choose the fastest route? There is an app for that. Looking for a cab or just for a driver to chauffeur you around? There …

WhatsApp to focus on B2B strategy; should chat-based assistant apps worry?

WhatsApp will start allowing its users to communicate with businesses soon - a revenue model that will allow it to continue its ad-free interface …

Is the Startup India Action Plan really that startup-friendly?

I had the privilege of attending the Startup India event at Vigyan Bhawan on January 16, 2016. The event was landmark because, for starters, it was …

All you need to know about PM Modi's historic Startup Action Plan

<b>Compliance regime based on self certification -</b> To reduce regulatory burden, startups shall be allowed to self-certify compliance with labour and …

Decoding the brain behind SoftBank: 14 nuggets of wisdom from Masayoshi Son

<b>What he looks for in an entrepreneur</b> "Whenever I invest, I look at the eyes of the entrepreneur. I look at the field they are challenging. Are they …

This third-year student of IIT Bombay brings the Internet closer to non-English-medium schools

In January 2015, 20-year-old Yash Sanghvi, a third-year student of IIT Bombay, set up OLI, a YouTube channel that contains more than 65 educational …

Infosys, Airtel veterans’ startup raises Rs 15cr to end call drops, improve connectivity in bldgs

iBus networks and infrastructure, a leading provider of connectivity solutions inside buildings, announced that it had raised Series A growth capital …

How fertile are you going to be in 2016?

Oh yes, this is a loaded question. As with so many women my age, one question my family, especially my grandmother when she comes to visit, asks me, …

How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education

Roshan Choxi Contributor<p>Roshan Choxi is co-founder and CEO of Bloc.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The World Economic Forum On The Future Of Jobs<p>In 1984, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom published research on a new method of teaching, commonly called Bloom’s 2 Sigma Problem. Wikipedia …

How this edtech startup is bridging the digital divide between exam preparations and local languages

How many of you remember hunting for guide books and study materials during examinations? Before the Internet era and edutech startups, most students …

Andre Agassi Invests In Square Panda To Help Kids Read

Tennis legend Andre Agassi is furthering his commitment to childhood education, investing in a tool that teaches kids how to read. The Andre Agassi Foundation is working with Square Panda on its digital games that promote literacy in preschool age children.<p>At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las …

10 Under 10 Years Old

Watch a sad old man (age 25) interview the top pre-tween entrepreneurs in this hilarious video. Even though it’s a parody of the Forbes 30 Under 30, this is too real. “Even an 8-year-old could have regrets because there’s always going to be that 6-year-old inventor who speaks 7 languages” filmmaker …

PushDoctor, The U.K. Video-Based Doctor Service, Scores $8.2M Series A

PushDoctor, the U.K. ‘on-demand’ service that enables you to have a video consultation with a doctor, has raised $8.2 million in funding — money it plans to use to develop the data side of its offering to improve the way it integrates with other healthcare providers and to significantly bolster …

Digital Health