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Snapdeal: Is this a scam ?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:29:39 PDT

All I am supposed to do is buy minimum Rs. 5,000/ worth of product from Snapdeal and the deal will be automatically activated.


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Lateral Thinking : Look how these women in Bihar are saving trees #MaxInspiring

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:41:34 PDT

So what different can you do to stop people from cutting down the trees? Well, women from Madhubani district in Bihar, in order to save environment and stop cutting down the trees have started painting Madhubani paintings on the tree. Madhubani paintings depict several religious themes. To make the painting on a tree, women and girls first paint the tree trunk with lime. This creates a white base and also kills insects affecting it. Later, they make paintings on religious themes, thus making the entire tree a temple. No one would dare to put an axe on such tree (image/source). Smart strategy, right? It’s the same thinking that many government offices put idols / pictures of gods to deter people from spitting. Sometimes (rather, most of the times) smarter solutions aren’t based on one’s degree. Lateral thinking matters!


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Flipkart is acquiring eBay India. One more mistake?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:29:57 PDT

Culturally, the two companies are totally different.


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“Mobile consumers in India are night owls” and more insights from Flurry report

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:02:11 PDT

Indian mobile consumers are phablet lovers, with the form factor size securing 61% of the market share in India.


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React, Rust and Redis wins developer love globally [Report]

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:53:59 PDT

React is the most loved among developers, whereas Cordova is the most dreaded.


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The ‘Good Enough’ Product

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:52:27 PDT

Lately, I have been thinking about the products that I use on a daily basis. Right from my phone to different software / hardware to the vehicles and here is a simple observation. Most of the products that have stuck are ‘good enough’ for me. For e.g. my XUV is just good enough for me (feature pack vs. utility vs. price matrix). I could have gone for a much better (and costlier) product – but this just fits in for me. Same with most of the products we end up using – the ‘coolness’ gets over in some time. What sticks isn’t how cool the product is (or the swanky UI), but whether it fits into your ‘way of things’, into your ‘life context’. For example, one of the ugliest looking product in the India internet industry is…Naukri.com There have been many attempts to kill Naukri – most of the new age startups start their pitch with Naukri UI sucks. See how web1.0 it is. A year down the line, the startup may or may not live – but Naukri is getting bigger and bigger. It’s a function of distribution – but if there is one word to describe everything that a usable product stands for..it is RELEVANCE And most of the usable products are about being relevant and if you notice, they are just ‘good enough’. They aren’t too fancy (check your toothbrush) – but just ‘good enough’ to do the job. And they fit into your life. “To design something really well you have to get it.  You have to really grok what it’s all about.  It takes a passionate commitment to thoroughly understand something – chew it up, not just quickly swallow it.  Most people don’t take the time to do that… The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have.” – Steve Jobs And once you have a good understanding of the user experience – your product will end up being just ‘good enough’. And so ‘good enough’ that people will actually use it. Update : Some of you asked me examples of ‘good enough’ product. Here is my collection with a certain context (italicized). LinkedIn : works most of the time. If I need to connect to anyone, there is a very high probability of them being present (and open to connect) on LinkedIn vs. any other platform. Though, it’s a known fact that LinkedIn UI (still) sucks. My HP Windows laptop : I sold my Mac Air and settled with Windows – largely because I needed a laptop with touch screen – and touch screen that works (I am developing carpel tunnel syndrome). Plus, easy on my pocket. This is ‘just good enough’ and gets a lot of things done. Redmi Note 4: I need a 64GB device (for my music collection) and given its price and features, Redmi Note 4 works perfectly. I had an iPhone 6S (64GB) which i don’t use anymore. Again, I play with a lot of startup/developer apps and nobody in India builds first for iOS. Products are built around context and usage. After all, how many of you saw a consistent stream of happiness after you bought that swanky new phone or that TV? The post The ‘Good Enough’ Product appeared first on NextBigWhat. [...]



The Airtel-Jio tussle and India’s unique challenge #DualSIM

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:09:22 PDT

Jio: There is no guarantee that the speed which is attributed to Airtel is of the Airtel data network!


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Fighting Online Harassment: Key takeaways from “Akancha Against Harassment” workshop

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:41 PDT

There are rape threats being sent to women. Vulgar messages on Facebook are a regular feature.


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Hey Ola! Not again guys..not again

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:10:06 PDT

Ola was earlied accused of “stealing* its app launch screen picture (with no credits to the photographer, till noise was made on social media) and now, the company seems to have copied its hoarding design from somebody else. Attention to detail anyone? Or just a case of ‘outsourced agency work’? Update : The issue between the agency and Ramakrishna has been settled amicably.


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From V2V to Biometric: The roundup of latest technology advances in the car industry

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:59:13 PDT

Some might say that technology advances at nearly a biblical rate. Automotive industries constantly use more innovative technologies. It’s a fact that each year the car industry develops some unique and different technologies, which is incredibly useful and surprises the world. A lot of products that is related to technologies in cars already have been unveiled, although, there are much more to come which is going to transform the industry of cars forever. You can look at some of the proposed innovative technologies below, which currently are in the process of being tested and that definitely can blow the mind. Vehicle-to-vehicle or V2V communication This is one of the technologies that are new in vehicles, it allows cars to converse with the road, one another, and objects that is around them. You might wonder why this, but the same as with autonomous cars, this specific technology will help to reduce accidents, traffic pile-ups, and fatalities significantly. For instance, if you approach a crossroad and another car skips the red light, it may be impossible for you to know this until it’s too late. However, with the technology of V2V, your vehicle receives a signal through the other car in your direct path, and either brake automatically or warns you about the potential accident. Cars with network This is also a technology that is new in the industry. It’s a highly personalize mode of self-directed electric pods for transportation. These electric taxis that is for hire can communicate with each other. These networked vehicles know how to share location, availability, and speed via a wireless communication with the other cars. This means when you need transportation, you just have to call a network vehicle with your smartphone. A car then arrives where you are located, ask that you enter a destination, and with GPS and real-time traffic calculates which route will be the best. The car may recalculate when it’s needed, and it should be available by 2020 all over the world. Technology of the biometric seat This detection system is an improvement for fatigue drivers with the use of biometric seat technology. It will assist you in dealing with distractions when you drive and make the experience more comfortable and safer. This biometric technology seat use data from your face and palms, combined with real information that’s collected through the cars clutch, accelerator, throttle, and steering wheel to monitor your stress level. In other words, it does a medical check to track your level of stress and let you know it’s time for a break. Body panels for energy-storing Solar car technology has been improved with body energy-storing panels, which can store the energy of heat received through sunlight to serve as an extra power source for the car. Energy will be stored much faster in the body panels as with conventional batteries. Polymer fiber and carbon resin are used to produce them, which also reduce the weight of the car with about fifteen percent. Currently, Toyota is working to produce these energy storing lightweight panels and it’s predicted to be in production soon after 2020. Connected cars With these cars, it will be like having a gigantic smartphone with wheels. It can allow the performance of all the functions that your smartphone can do, but only through the car. A SIM card will be pre-installed which can offer remote diagnostics and many telemetric services. According to studies done recently, by 2020, there should be over hundred and seventy million of these cars on our roads. Monitoring of active health The company Ford Motor’s previewed a design of steering wheel or seatbelt sensors to track your vital statistics. Although, with the rapid progress in technology wearables, it can mean that most cars will pair wirelessly with the devices. When the basic te[...]



This Sanitary Napkin Ad Features Men, Because it Has Never Been Done Before

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:32:31 PDT

When was the last time, you saw an ad about sanitary napkin that featured men or had a male voiceover? The answer is never, according to the people behind the YouTube channel, Ninjaji, who have made the “first-ever sanitary napkin ad enacted by men, on behalf of women.” The ad features a girl, her boyfriend and their male friend, who talks incessantly about the ‘Humara Wala Pad’, and why every girl should buy it. The enactment aside, the ad’s message is clear: There is nothing wrong about men talking about menstruation or sanitary napkins, or even buying a pad at a local store.


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Books I Recommend : Deep Kalra

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:56:42 PDT

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde We love books! NextBigWhat’s #BooksIRecommend weekly series is an attempt to bring different perspectives and ideas to the audience. No better way to do this than by talking about books. Today, MakeMyTrip Founder and CEO, Deep Kalra shares his book recommendations. Innovator’s Dilemma The best-selling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller, one of the most influential business books of all time, innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right, yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Buy from Amazon. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon This is the story of one of the most successful companies of the world, Amazon.com and of its ambitious and bright founder Jeff Berzos. He wanted Amazon to become ‘The everything store’. He wanted Amazon to offer limitless selections of things at reasonably low prices. In this book, we have a detailed account of Amazon and how it came into being. Buy from Amazon Good to Great The author and his expert team set out to find solutions for the handicaps that the small and mediocre companies have to face. The problems can range from the initial teething problems to the mid-life-business feeling of just being good and not great! Buy from Amazon. The Fountainhead This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. Buy from Amazon. The Billionaire Who Wasn’t How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune In 1988 Forbes Magazine hailed Chuck Feeney as the twenty-third richest American alive. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to a blue-collar Irish-American family during the Depression, a veteran of the Korean War, he had made a fortune as co-founder of Duty Free Shoppers, the world’s largest duty-free retail chain. But secretly, Feeney had already transferred all his wealth to his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. Only in 1997, when he sold his duty free interests, was he “outed” as one of the greatest and most mysterious American philanthropists in modern times. A frugal man who travels economy class and does not own a house or a car, Feeney then went “underground” again, until he decided in 2005 to cooperate in a biography to promote giving-while-living. Now in his mid-seventies, he is determined his foundation should spend the remaining 4 billion in his lifetime. Buy from Amazon. The post Books I Recommend : Deep Kalra appeared first on NextBigWhat. [...]



Housing has an ESOP issue over Rahul Yadav’s shares.

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:12:09 PDT

The way the shares have been awarded to a single individual goes against the employees of company as well as raises questions on why board took this step.


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And now, your Paytm wallet balance is safely insured

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:55:35 PDT

Paytm has launched Wallet Insurance – an insurance cover to safeguard the money in your Paytm Wallet in the unfortunate event of theft, loss of device or unauthorized access of their Paytm Wallets. All Paytm users with balance in their wallets would be automatically covered under this scheme at no additional cost and the lost money would be refunded to their Paytm Wallets. What will be covered? Loss of Paytm Wallet balance up to Rs. 20,000 due to fraudulent transactions as a result of theft, burglary or loss of mobile phone/device. Loss of Paytm Wallet balance by unauthorized fraudulent transactions if the user’s log in credentials weren’t shared. Note that coverage will be applicable only in case of Paytm receiving intimation of any transaction/loss of device within 12 hrs of the incident. More details.


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Indian founders come together in support of Yogi #OpenLetter

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:47:50 PDT

If ever there's a right to be an entrepreneur, that's clearly been violated. Period.


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