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Don’t scoff at Influencers, they’re taking over the world

As social media expands its cultural dominance, the people who can steer the online conversation will have an upper hand.

The science behind the rush for 'cool' offices

From luminous paintings, to shiny coffee vending machines, the co-working spaces are a benchmark on how modern offices should look. One of the companies leading the co-working space segment is WeWork. In two years the company has got 21 locations in India and the latest coming up in Noida, the US-based co-working giant, recently renamed the We Company, is showing how the popularity of co-working spaces in growing. (Pic: WeWork/Facebook)

India calling: Why are tech companies investing in regional languages

A handful of small and big companies are charting a course towards regional language technology solutions for 'Bharat' as they try to make the internet an indispensable part of the hinterland. The common thread connecting these companies is a focus on solutions that range from bots for local language banking telephony to social platforms that intuitively connect farmers to agricultural experts.

Co-working sector is hot, but what's fuelling the demand for "cool" offices?

From 4% during the first three quarters of 2017 to 10% till Q318, the share of co-working sector in total office leasing in India shows growth of flexible working space is on steroids.

How regional language technology became flavour of the season

There are a clutch of homegrown companies which are trying to understand what Indian language speakers want to talk about and how to encourage them to do it.

Meet the man challenging Elon Musk, with help from Jeff Bezos

Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, sought out RJ Scaringe, a 36-year-old entrepreneur, and spent the better part of a day in Plymouth, Michigan, at the company he founded, Rivian. Bezos got a preview of Rivian’s electric pickup truck and sport utility vehicle and liked what he saw. Not long after his visit, Amazon led a $700 million investment in Rivian. Two months later, in April, Ford Motor invested $500 million. All told, Rivian has raised $1.7 billion without selling a single truck or SUV. (Pic: Rivian)

Meet the man quietly building the Tesla of trucks, with Jeff Bezos aboard

Rivian’s R1S SUV bears a resemblance to a Range Rover, while the flatbed in its R1T pickup is shorter than the bestselling Ford F-150.

A Unicorn lost in the Valley, Evernote blows up the ‘fail fast’ gospel

Founded in 2004, this company was among the first to ride the wave of smartphone adoption, and many expected it would achieve a triumphant initial public offering.

How e-commerce sites manipulate you into buying things you may not want

Web designers and consumers have been highlighting examples of dark patterns online since Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain, coined the term in 2010.

Why is AI still out of reach for India?

Out of the 22,000 PhD educated researchers worldwide in Artificial Intelligence (AI), only 386 are in India. Moreover, serious research work in India in the field of AI is limited to less than 50 researchers with concentration mostly in institutes such as the IITs, IIITs and IISc. These dismal findings were revealed in the Global AI Talent Report 2018 and further highlighted by Niti Aayog - the policy think tank of the government of India - in its discussion paper, ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence in June 2018.

In the race for AI supremacy, has India missed the bus?

In the race for AI supremacy, has India missed the bus?

Perceptions related to AI in the country have also played their part in slowing progress.

Why are Unicorns concentrating on local lingo

Why are Unicorns concentrating on local lingo

A growing number of startups are adopting a new motto that’s rooted in the vernacular — “Going local”. Incorporating regional languages into their apps and platforms is helping them drive adoption and expand their customer base. Unicorns such as Byju’s, Policybazaar, InMobi, Zomato, and Oyo now support anywhere between two and 12 regional languages. Providing content in local languages has become a vital strategy for Byju’s because over 75% of the users on its education platform are from places other than the top 10 cities.

Meet the Indian-American siblings whose startup is honing winners in spelling bee

Meet the Indian-American siblings whose startup is honing winners in spelling bee

Spelling bees are what Americans like to describe as a “uniquely American” pastime to determine the best speller of them all.

Ready for afterlife? Here's a new way to prepare for life after death

Ready for afterlife? Here's a new way to prepare for life after death

Death comes for all of us and the death services industry is heavily regulated and fraught with religious and health considerations. The handling of dead bodies doesn’t seem ripe for venture-backed disruption. The gravestone doesn’t seem an obvious target for innovation. But in a forest south of Silicon Valley, a new startup, Better Place Forests, is hoping to change that. (Pic: Better Place Forests/Facebook)

A robot powering India towards ‘Swachh Bharat’

A robot powering India towards ‘Swachh Bharat’

It was in 2015 when the 20-something college quartet- Vimal Govind MK, Arun George, Nikhil NP, and Rashid Bin Abdulla Khan decided to build a wearable mobile machine for soldiers to lift heavy weapons and military supplies at remote locations where automation wasn't possible. This led to the birth of their firm Genrobotics and the team hatched many technology-driven ideas to help solve other existing problems in the country. However, lack of funds for research and the need of imported technical parts pushed their agenda to a halt. (Pic: Genrobotic)

A robot to end manual scavenging? This startup can provide the ‘Swachh Bharat’ we need

A robot to end manual scavenging? This startup can provide the ‘Swachh Bharat’ we need

The amount of work which usually takes three to four hours and at least three manual scavengers, Bandicoot finishes it in just 45 minutes.

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