The Most Prepared Woman in Washington
TRAILBLAZING TREASURY SECRETARY JANETYE YELLEN IS RENOWNED AMONG PEERS FOR HER ME TICULOUS RESE ARCH AND RELENTLESS FOCUS. AS THE B IDEN ADMINISTR ATION ’S ECONOMIC POINT PERSON, THE FORMER FEDER AL RESERVE CHAIR IS NOW CHARGED WITH STABIL IS ING AND STIMUL ATING AN ECONOMY R AVAGED BY THE PANDEMIC. AND THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING OF HER AMBITIOUS AGENDA .
The Conversation AJAY BIJLI
Covid-19 impacted many businesses, with one of the hardest hit being movie halls. This included PVR, India’s largest multiplex chain. However, it was able to raise funds during the pandemic, says chairman Ajay Bijli. The 54-year-old says his company is now in its revival phase and he isn’t overly worried about movies directly releasing on OTT platforms. He also talks about what keeps him going.
THE BRIEF BUSINESS DISTILLED
Boom in the Time of a Pandemic A year after the onslaught of the global pandemic, FPI inflows, corporate performance, and news of the vaccines were key to the Indian equity markets’ immunity against Covid-19. BY RAJIV BHUVA
THE BIG E-SCOOTER
OLA ELECTRIC HAS UNVEILED A S FOR A ME A FACILITY THA WILL MAK ONE E-SCOOTER EVERY TWO SEC NDS. OLA HAS SET I S SIGH S ON CONQUERING THE WORLD, BUT BEFORE THAT, IT HAS TO CON END WITH LOCAL RIVALS AND INDIA’S ANAEMIC ELECTRIC VEHICES LES.
SERVICE BEGINS AT HOME
HOME AND SALON SERVICES PROVIDER URBAN COMPANY’S REVENUES DROPPED TO NEARLY ZERO DURING THE LOCKDOWN. BUT, NOW, BUSINESS IS BOOMING. IT HAS SINCE SERVED 5 MILLION CUSTOMERS, AND HAS ITS EYES SET ON AN IPO IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.
IT'S BACK TO OFFICE
IN INDIA, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS AT PLAY WHICH MAKES THE OFFICE CRITICAL FOR EMPLOYEES AND COMPANIES. THAT SAID, THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS IRREVERSIBLY CHANGED THE WAY COMPANIES AND PEOPLE VIEW THE OFFICE.
ELON MUSK IS NOT ABOUT TO LET A FEW ENDANGERED REPTILES THROW A WRENCH INTO TESLA’S PLANS FOR A GERMAN GIGAFACTORY— AND EUROPEAN DOMINATION.
Luxury Hotels To Call Home This Summer
A luxury hill resort can be the perfect summer getaway. Here we bring you a list of some hotels to make your vacation memorable.
Check Into The New Normal
One year after the pandemic hit the hospitality industry like a tsunami, the experience of going to a hotel has radically changed. From extensive usage of technology to ensure a zero-touch policy to completely overhauling old business strategies and making them anew, hotels have imbibed new learnings and are forging ahead.
To Tweet, Or To Koo? That Is The Question
Home-grown microblogging platform Koo—which provides non English speakers a platform to express themselves—is the flavour of the season. But will it prove to be a viable alternative to Big Tech and other domestic platforms?
The Conversation ALBERT BOURLA
As the pandemic took hold last spring, scientists at Pfizer set out to, in the words of CEO Albert Bourla, “make the impossible possible”. Now, on the heels of achieving just that—developing the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine with breakneck speed—the leader of the 172-year-old drugmaker talks about the clash of science and politics, drug prices, and his next impossible task.
MEDHAJ GROUP: GLOBAL IN VISION, LOCAL IN ACTION
The revolutionary transformation brought about in the power sector and the society of India’s most populated state, Uttar Pradesh, by flagship venturesMedhaj Techno Concept Private Limited, Medhaj News Private Limited and MedhajlTes Solutions Private Limited, owes its incredible success to the diligence of their visionary Founder & Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Dr. Samir Tripathi. He is committed to serve the needs of every client while aiming to make a mark as a leading global consultancy firm.
POWERED BY TEXT
Route Mobile, a cloud communications platform for enterprises, has had a dream run on the bourses since its listing last year. At the core of this success is the humble text message.
Transforming People, Process and Technology… a long-term marathon, not a sprint!
Surena Gupta spoke to Bill Gates and Rakesh Rathi on their vision for the Next Wave of Innovation under Fortune India Exchange.
On a Premium High
A regular listee on the Fortune India Next 500 since 2015, Radico Khaitan’s double-digit growth, backed by premium product offerings, has propelled the liquor manufacturer into the big league of the Fortune India 500 companies.
A Passage to India
The visit of U.K. trade secretary Elizabeth Truss to India paves the way for an eventual Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
Godrej's Hot Bet on Cold Storage
The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of cold-chain infrastructure, and Godrej Appliances’ medical refrigeration business is making the most of the opportunity.
BUILDING HER BRAND WITH LUXURY AND SPIRITUAL CHARM
In a conversation with Fortune India Exchange, Philanthropist and rising entrepreneur ZARINE MANCHANDA shares her remarkable life story and unique branding concept in her quest to help India’s poorest as the Mother of Millions
A FULLY BAKED IDEA
How did a Ludhiana-based company go from being an experimental home kitchen to the bourses? The success story of Mrs. Bectors Food is rooted in its visionary leader Rajni Bector and her genetically-blessed taste buds.
Burger King's Big Bite
India has a taste for burgers, and Burger King is getting ready to deliver what the customers want with a menu tailored for local taste buds and an efficiency-led expansion plan.
The Conversation KRIS GOPALAKRISHNAN
Infosys co-founder Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan is a very private person behind a public face. The 65-year-old billionaire entrepreneur, who has channelled his passion for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship by backing projects at academic institutions and funding startups, says his investments are not just for returns, but to create an innovation-led economy.
VACCINE: Ready, Set, Roll-out
With two vaccines having received emergency use authorisation, India is prepared to meet the logistical challenge. For now, the deployment has begun with the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers.
IN THE FIVE YEARS THAT NETFLIX HAS BEEN IN INDIA, IT HAS GROWN EVERY YEAR, AND WON PRAISE FOR ITS LOCALLY-PRODUCED SHOWS. BUT WITH ITS PREMIUM PRICING, AND INCREASED COMPETITION, THE GLOBAL STREAMING GIANT WILL HAVE TO WORK EVEN HARDER TO STEAL THE SHOW.
Piramal Wins the DHFL Battle
The home finance company is key to his future plans in the financial sector, but the billionaire entrepreneur may have to wait longer to actually take over the troubled lender.
Nerves of Steel
The Tata group has a history of grit and is no stranger to big-ticket acquisitions. But its bid for loss-making airline Air India could be its litmus test.
DRIVE SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE
SAFETY AND AFFORDABILITY CONCERNS AMONG COMMUTERS HAVE GIVEN A FILLIP TO SHARED MOBILITY, WITH SUBSCRIPTION-BASED MODELS GAINING TRACTION. WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE INDUSTRY TO REALISE ITS TRUE POTENTIAL?
BUSINESS OF BIKES: AMERICAN AUTO'S INDIA ROADBLOCK
Harley-Davidson’s exit from India is the latest in a series of unsuccessful forays by American cult automobile companies in the country. India is seen by the United States as a tough market to crack, and multiple trade irritants mar the relationship between the two countries. However, under the new Joe Biden presidency there is renewed hope that these trade issues would be taken up. But concerns also exist that the U.S. might not fully dismantle the trade nationalism and protectionism that characterised the Donald Trump administration.
India-U.S.: The Ultra-Long Haul Challenge
India’s air bubble agreement with the U.S. has given a fillip to 16-hour non-stop flights, bypassing the need to halt in hubs such as Dubai, Frankfurt, and Singapore. Air India has taken a lead, but questions remain about its continuity.
Rebooting Indo-U.S. Tech Ties
With Biden as President, India’s eyes will be on the way the new administration deals with H-1B visa rules.
Business With Biden: The Big Indo-U.S. Tax Conundrum
India has much to gain if U.S. President Joe Biden focusses more on expanding bilateral free trade and investment, rather than go ahead with his tax proposals. But it won’t be easy. The economic climate in America has moved towards protectionism, something that even enjoys bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. The pandemic has upended the U.S. economy, and Biden has a tightrope walk ahead.