India has a population of 1.3 billion, which will probably touch 1.4-1.5 billion in this year’s census. At present, India has over 750 million Internet connection subscribers, and will soon dethrone the leader China as India heads towards the one billion mark. Needless to say, with such high Internet penetration, the number of smartphone users have also skyrocketed and is expected to settle around 820 million by 2022, according to a report by Indian Cellular and Electronics Association and consulting firm KPMG. All these above-mentioned figures imply one thing: Indians love to be online, as they want to stay connected and be updated with whatever is happening around. And what place is better than a social media platform to stay connected.
Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have revolutionized the way we communicate. India, primarily a non-English speaking country, the likes of Facebook might have seen an active participation rate, but have failed to strike the right chord among the large portion of the population who aren’t comfortable with English. One of the early companies to have spotted this setback was ShareChat, a Bengaluru-based startup that was founded in 2015 as an indigienious social media platform which boasts of operating in 15 Indic languages including widely spoken Bengali, Marathi Malayalam, Tamil, among others. In an interaction with Entrepreneur India, Bhanu Pratap Singh, co-founder and chief technology officer of ShareChat, shares what led to the idea of ShareChat and how the platform continues to differentiate itself from others.
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Top 3 Cool Products of 2021
The year 2021 has seen several new integrations in terms of people’s lifestyle, the technology used, and much more. While lockdown and isolation have been stressful with the pandemic, we sure have developed a habit of ordering innovative and interesting products online and finding good use in something cool. Some cool products have surfaced in this duration, and you might want to get your hands on them.
What Does the SPAC Buzz Mean for Indian Startups
SPAC or Special Purpose Acquisition Company is fast becoming a preferred route for startups to list on the US bourses, but a tough regulatory landscape pose challenges After a failed attempt at an IPO and losing billions of dollars two years back, WeWork is finally going public again. Has the office-space sharing company’s finances changed for the better this time? Nobody knows. Instead, the company has taken a different route to reach the stock markets: SPACs.
TECH- LEADERSHIP SEARCH MAGICIAN
2021 is a year full of hopes for start-ups as they look to increase the revenue generation and try to keep their venture on an upward growth trajectory. 2020 was a year full of ups and downs. The lockdown proved to be an obstacle in the growth of these start-ups as the economy slumped and almost everything came to a standstill. After the upliftment of the restrictions and the lockdown itself, things started picking up pace again and there was rapid development for the start-ups not to forget, many new start-ups came to the fore. The start-ups got fresh funding and with those funding one of their main targets was to broaden the employee base and hire in key technology and leadership roles. Edtech, E-commerce, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Fintech have gained significant scale and are on the lookout for talent who can initiate an even more aggressive growth model.
Think Like a Disruptor
If you want to shake things up, you must have a mindset that’s different from everyone else’s. Here are three ways to reshape your thinking.
WILL YOU WALK TO WORK?
With the outbreak of Covid-19, the ensuing security risks and administrative challenges of a largely remote working office culture have proven to be daunting to employees and organizations alike. Providing a solution to ease this, using coworking spaces and workspaces which allow users to book a place to work from near their homes is expected to see a rise. The Government norms around occupancy for private offices are not expected to become lenient any soon. However, industries such as Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and many more carry huge data security risks which cannot be secured by employees at their homes. This month at Entrepreneur, we analyze how well prepared are coworking spaces to provide COVID-safe and security-enabled spaces near homes, thereby providing the same atmosphere, amenities and cyber security that an entity would have given at its own facility. Will this be the new future of work?
A ‘SHOT IN THE ARM’ FOR INDIAN COMPANIES AND START-UPS
BETHENNY FRANKEL IS A TIME-MANAGEMENT MACHINE
She builds multimillion-dollar brands, stars in TV shows, and vigorously defends every moment of her day. The secret? It starts with deciding what matters (and what doesn’t).
THESE STARTUPS ARE PREVENTING INDIA'S RICH HANDICRAFT CULTURE FROM FADING AWAY
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From SMS Era to Internet Age, This Unicorn Helps Enterprises Build Strong Customer Relation
According to the founder Beerud Sheth, Gupshup at present serves more than 100,000 businesses and developers globally
How 1 Ex-Cognizantand 3 former ZOHO Employees Went On To Create A Unicorn
In April 2021, Chargebee raised $125 million in Series G round, almost tripling its valuation to $1.4 billion
Sometimes, an idea needs time to incubate until it’s ready to grow. That was the case with Sujata Massey’s series about Perveen Mistry, a woman attorney practicing in India during the 1920s.
Got Livestream If You Want It
A year into the pandemic, the improved quality of livestream concerts is helping to bridge the gap between artists and their socially distanced fans.
A Facebook Food Group Comes Together To Make A Cookbook
The pandemic gave them lemons. So they made lemon rosemary chicken.
THIRTEEN FASCINATING 4X4S from the2020 Fall 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
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Klara Landrat & Her Journey with Endometriosis
Klara Landrat is an American-Israeli actress of Polish origin, producer, a writer known for her talent worldwide. She is starring in the Irish TV series – “Gods & Fighting Men” due for release in 2021.
HER MAJESTY PEDDLING HOMEMADE HOOCH!
QUEEN ELIZABETH looks like a dowdy, straitlaced granny, but she’s turned into a heck of a bartender — serving up her own brands of homemade hooch!
Monetizing Social Media
The Winter of Discontent
Even though america is preparing for a summer reopening, the Coronavirus will still be around to dog us when the temperatures fall.
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