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Lavana Art : A digital art gallery that is raising awareness about art and artists and giving them a platform to succeed

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The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”  – Jerzy Kosinski

Without art, life would be meaningless. Art makes us fall in love with life. Our feelings and thoughts would lay buried under a heavy cloak of civility and politeness if art wouldn’t come around to touch our soul and evoke our deepest feelings, inspire us and most importantly, connect us with other people. This rising consciousness has led to the growth and popularity of art galleries across the globe. India, being the melting pot of art and culture, is no exception. 

Founded on 29th November 2019 by a passionate entrepreneur named Mrudit Valia, Lavana Art is well on its way to becoming an established and trusted art gallery, offering a wide variety of authentic crafts to art connoisseurs/ enthusiasts all around the world. Lavana Art is a go-to platform of established as well as upcoming artists for the design community, realty developers, hoteliers, art collectors and even the first-time buyers with a social cause in mind.

How art found its way

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Growing up in the 4th generation of a business family, the dynamic founder Mrudit is a relentless pursuer of hope, positivity and drive who was always attracted towards starting a business and making an impact in the society. Family played a big role in building up his love for art. In his own admission “Art has always been my passion since childhood. My mother is an artist and I would see her paint; a white canvas where white would beautifully disappear as she painted in her studio.

My parents loved to travel wherever we went, my father would take us to museums, art exhibits; I would click pictures, make notes, learn about artists- it would be something I looked forward to the most.” His natural inclination towards entrepreneurship along with an MBA degree in Strategic Marketing from USA helped him maneuver through the tough world of startups. He further added “I returned to India in 2012 to join the family business but my heart was still looking to follow my passion. In India, artists don’t get their due because of lack of representation. ” Finally, Mrudit came up with his brainchild, Lavana Art, a digital platform where artists, buyers and art lovers could seamlessly connect with adequate aid of technology. 

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Lavana Art : An art gallery with a difference  

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As a popular online art gallery Lavana Art aims to connect art collectors with art creators along with ensuring a physical art viewing experience, based on the art collectors’ needs. There’s a collection of more than 500 artworks and more than 50 artists to choose from. Customers can sit in the comfort of their homes and offices, search for their favorite artworks and order the lovely art pieces online. For those who want to see paintings before buying, provisions are available for physically showing it to them at their own convenience. 

Talking about his labor of love, Mrudit says “My products are artworks such as paintings, sculptures and traditional art. We are different from others in the market where in we directly source all of the art directly from the art creators which are certified by the artists themselves. Also we give physical purview of selected artworks to clients before buying in our studio in our office in Mumbai, which a lot of online galleries don’t do.” Interestingly, there is only one unique piece of each artwork available in the online gallery. Free delivery is available all over India and a certain amount is charged to ship it internationally.

Present Endeavors and Future Goals

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Presently, Lavana Art clients include art collectors, people buying artworks for their homes, interior designers & architects, HNIs, CEOS, CFOS, COOS, business owners, professionals, art connoisseurs. This is not just a money-making venture but also an opportunity to make a difference in society. A part of the sale proceeds from this site goes towards ‘The Minds Foundation’ (www.mindsfoundation.org) whose mission is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness by providing cost-effective and high-quality care. Hence, your contribution towards buying art from this site would make someone’s life a little better. Finally, while signing off, the founder says “We would like to expand our team at LAVANA ART and grow it to a level where we can raise funds and be well known brand for artworks in India.”

To know more visit – www.lavanaart.com

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RDS Design Studio : An incredible success tale of two girls who fulfilled their dream of creating a world-class interior design studio

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“Interiors shouldn’t be static works of art. You’re meant to interact with them.” – Alexandra Angle

Beautiful homes don’t just happen. They require meticulous planning and execution. More than a fat bank balance, what matters most is the aesthetic sensibility to understand and imbibe the spirit of the dwelling space. This is one of the most interesting aspects of interior designing. It’s not just about decking up spaces with pretty artefacts but more importantly, making the place come alive. Due to a fast-growing real-estate sector, plush designer studios have cropped up in most of the metropolitan cities across India.

One of the most sought after design studios in recent times, Mumbai-based RDS Design Studio has successfully carved out a niche for itself by infusing a unique blend of subtlety and bling that is as distinctive as its appealing. Founded in 2014 by Drashti Parikh and Shweta Makwana, RDS Design Studio has achieved the exceptional feat of completing over 100 projects including both residential and commercial establishments.

How the success story unfolded

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The dynamic duo of Drashti and Shweta always had an unwavering dedication and strong willpower to make things happen. Prior to taking a plunge to collaborate and start their own studio, both had worked with reputed firms and gained sufficient experience. Parikh had worked with celebrity designer and founder of NVS Design Studio, Namrata Shroff. Meanwhile, Makawana, an alumnus of Rachna Sansad and also a commerce graduate had worked at an architectural and design firm H.M. Jhaveri & Sons before taking a leap as an entrepreneur along with Parikh. 

RDS Studio : Helping you create beautiful interiors of your dreams

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RDS Design Studio is one name that commands respect and admiration from its customers as well as its competitors for the amazing work that it has done so far. It specializes in design development and beautification of commercial, residential, kids’ furniture, kids spaces and hospitality projects. Over the six years of its establishment, it has successfully transformed a plethora of spaces from offices to restaurants/cafes and homes. For any interior designing firm to flourish, it has to latch on to the pulse of its clients and consumers. The unique quality of the creative duo is that they design spaces understanding the clients and kids psychology – how they function, what they want, what appeals to them and what is the overall vision.

Here comes the awesome twosome

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According to Shweta Makawana (28 years), co-founder of RDS Design Studio, her personal design style involves playing with lines, especially straight lines which is the most versatile design element and also the basis of any form of design. In one sentence her style mantra is, “Make it simple, but significant.” “For us, simplicity of design to create beautiful spaces which appeal to its social and physical context is most important,” said Drashti Parikh (29 years), an alumna of Rachna Sansad. “I love travelling and knowing a new culture and history of those places. Somehow, those experiences get imbibed in my work.” 

Now the parting shot….

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Amidst the growing uncertainty that has gripped the nation, thanks to Covid-19, one thing that keeps the studio going is the absolute trust reposed in them by the loyal clients. This is what has earned through years of honesty and hard work. “Our clients often tell us that we can keep things traditional, but make it a place where they can be Zen,” said the duo who have designed several homes and workplaces for many celebrities including from Bollywood, Sports, Legal and from the world of business but due to client confidentiality they can’t reveal those works. 

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Tips to design a cool Workspace on a budget:

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While creating an ideal workspace sounds exciting, there are some basic rules one must follow. Jasmine Jhaveri a veteran in the Interiors space says, “Create a workspace that reflects your company’s culture. Your decor, the choice of colours, the atmosphere you create must all be in sync with the spirit of the company.”

An Interior Stylist and a Design Enthusiast, Jasmine Jhaveri of Jasmine Jhaveri Design Studio is known for her infectious passion for design and creating highly customised spaces that are harmonious and cohesive.

Based in Mumbai, with almost 16 years of experience and having styled homes and offices of large corporates, industrialists and homes in London & Amsterdam, she is known for her discerning eye and her distinct visual language.

Here are some cool tips from her to design a Workspace on a budget:

Open plan layouts:

An open-plan layout is a great option for small offices as they seem roomier. Consider using glass cubicles and dividers instead of concrete as it saves cost of building walls.

However, the “new normal” dictates that we incorporate the use of plexiglass screens to create partitions amongst employees for safety and hygiene purposes.

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Decorate right:

  • Depending on the nature of your brand, one of the most effective workspace design techniques is to showcase your own products. After all, your products are the best storytellers of your brand.
  • An obvious client touchpoint is the reception area, so this should be branded to clearly state who you are and what you do. If you do not have the luxury to accommodate a reception desk use a large creative signage on a wall or hang a backlit signage box from the ceiling.
  • Make sure to use color to your advantage.Colors like blue and green induce calm, and research suggests that workspaces using these colors can improve efficiency and focus, while a color like yellow may stimulate creativity.
  • If painting large walls is out of budget use Decals effectively.
  • Include unusual materials like turf flooring in a meeting room. The idea is to take your shoes off and walk around to get the ideas flowing.

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Wall story:

  • Don’t forget to dress the walls. Creative ideation is about more than work – it’s about life and observations.
  • Curate your workspace like a gallery. Rotate works often to elicit fresh responses to the space and stimulate novel ideas.
  • Use chalkboards where one can doodle or jot down their ideas when the creative flash strikes rather than a startlingly white whiteboard.

Ergonomics:

  • Buy comfortable chairs that support the spinal curves.
  • Sitting is the new “smoking” with research proving that sitting for hours on end can be the cause of many common medical conditions. Introduce more standing options in the workplace.
  • Create a multi-purpose work environment and an office space in which everyone has a suitable place to work within their own comfort zones. Some prefer to stand; others like to sit on the sofa and some people move around.
  • Buy furniture which is compact and is versatile.Don’t buy too much but make sure what you buy has a character that speaks your brand language.
  • In fact, buying is not essential. If you’re short on budget you could always look at what you have and find ways to uplift it.

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Go natural:

  • Choose a rather brightly-illuminated place with fresh air. 

  • Nature has been shown to boost creativity, so make sure you incorporate some indoor plants in your workspace.

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Good lighting:

  • A well-lit room is one of the most important elements of a well-designed office.

  • Your space can be equipped with the most unique furniture, the best color combinations and chic desks, but none of that will truly shine unless you have the right lighting. 

  • By simply letting in more light, adding mirrors, and switching out light bulbs, you can access untapped sources of light throughout the office while maintaining your budget.

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Organise your workspace:

  • We can’t ignore the fact that offices require a lot of storage space.
  • A cluttered work space can feel overwhelming, while a tidy space will keep the team calm and organized.
  • Pegboards are fantastic organizing boards and look pretty cool too.
  • Storage boxes to house things like writing utensils, papers before they’re processed, and miscellaneous office supplies will instantly make your space appear more organized.

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The workspace should be divided:

  •  Divide your workspace in two – the work zone and the chill zone.

  • A break-out space doesn’t necessarily mean only to chill out and eat lunch, but can actually be used to aid productivity. Make them as fun and creative as possible for a cooler, more modern environment. How about a board game table? Chess anyone? Or a small jukebox to create a fun vibe while making your coffee.

  • The great thing about break-out spaces is the freedom to design them however you want them to look. There’s no need to keep them as formal as you may design the main office space.

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Remember: Your workplace is more than walls, desks and computers.  It’s a second home for some employees. It’s a recruitment tool for hiring and most importantly, a place to inspire your team. When done right, it can have a huge impact on motivating people to work hard in shaping and growing your brand.

After all the way we decorate affects our feelings and this has a direct impact on our overall wellbeing.

The following are links to a few items that can be sourced online:

Computer Arm Rest:

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07NGL6FZK/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdo_t1_3NX4EbW4K68EF

Wall Sticker:

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07PBF5Y1W/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_ls04EbW6K1HBV

Grid Frame:

https://www.amazon.in/PIKIFY-65cm-Black-Holder-Functional-Creative/dp/B084R7FSZ9

Storage:

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B083FLJHBM/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdo_t1_.OX4Eb714QM9T

Desk Organizer:

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B077PTRBRK/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_Ev04EbWVRC48P

Bean Bag:

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07JD9NJJC/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_eD14EbXSF2VX8

For more Design tips visit Jasmine Jhaveri Design Studio at http://jasminejhaveri.com/

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Nostalgia Enterprises: Here’s An Exciting Startup That Promises To Make Your Interiors Look Like A Dream

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Nostalgia Enterprises Founder

The concept of decorating interiors is not a new one. No, we haven’t suddenly woken up to the importance of beautifying our homes and ensuring sanctity of the spaces that we live in. However, thanks to scores of interior decoration enterprises that have cropped up in the last couple of years, we are now spoilt for choice. Today we can doll up our homes as per our aesthetic sensibilities without denting a big hole in the pocket.

Launched on 11th January, 2010 by Sanjana Bahl, Nostalgia Enterprises is one of the most promising names that is gradually creating waves in the market. The main aim of the venture is to help transform interiors of both Indoor and Outdoor Spaces with elegant Home Decor Pieces, Bespoke Furniture and Home Accessories.

Laying the foundation stone of a dream

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For founder, Sanjana, the journey has been as exciting as it’s been challenging. Starting a new venture right from scratch is no mean feat. She began by sourcing decor pieces from various places across India and abroad. In fact, her search for unique, eye-catching decorative pieces took her to various South East Asian countries and soon she started supplying to well-established home decor stores. Rest of the story, the spunky lady would narrate in her own words.

“I realized that the orders increased and the pieces were really being appreciated and at that point I realized I should start my own venture and Nostalgia Enterprises was born. Initially I only started with Home Decor Pieces for Indoor Spaces, soon we started with small furniture pieces like coffee tables, two seaters, center tables and consoles.”

Building a dream brick by brick

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After overcoming several hurdles, Sanjana finally opened her first store in Worli,Mumbai. Like any entrepreneur with a sharp business acumen, Sanjana’s next obvious step was expansion of the products range to include furniture and large sculptures.  However, there were constraints for space. Around this time, friends and family had second homes in Alibag and she got a lot of orders for large Sculpture pieces and Outdoor Furniture for their homes.

She further says “I realized Alibag had no home decor store so I decided to move my venture to Alibag and into a larger space. We are now located in Zirad, Alibag and we do Decor Pieces and Bespoke Furniture in a variety of materials and sizes for both Indoor and Outdoor spaces as well as some beautiful Home Accessories and Giftables too. We have also opened a small store on Mandwa Jetty 3 years ago besides our Flagship store in Zirad, Alibag which was opened 10 years ago.”

Nostalgia Enterprises: Helping you create a home sweet home

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Nostalgia Enterprises is ten-year old interior decoration startup that serves as a One Stop Shop for people with Second Homes where clients are looking for a lot of Outdoor Furniture as well as Fibre and Stone Statues and Fountains to enhance their Outdoor Spaces as well their indoor spaces. Instead of hopping from one shop to the next, they find it convenient when everything is under one roof. Due to a surge in demand, deliveries are done all over India and the clients are mostly people with second homes and also resorts.

Planning for a better tomorrow

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Beating the blues of slow economy and the ongoing Covid pandemic, Sanjana is optimistic about the future.

About her future plans, she says “I’ve been thinking of taking my venture online for a long time but during this pandemic I realized this is the only way forward and we are working very hard on getting it up as soon as possible and shortly we’ll be online. In 5 years we definitely plan to increase our reach across India with our products going online and keep increasing our product range and hope to be a household name.”

To know more visit – http://www.nostalgiaenterprises.com

Instagram – https://instagram.com/nostalgiaenterprises?igshid=1irjuft1nngtw

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NostalgiaEnterprises/

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Madras High Street: An Environmentally Sustainable Retail Brand That Puts Into Focus The Brilliance Of Indian Textiles And Unmatched Artistry Of Weavers

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How many of us are aware of the rich textile heritage of India? Our love for Indian weaves is restricted to a few occasions when we flaunt handloom sarees and kurtas to validate our Indianness. There are only a handful of retail outlets which have established their brand simply on the strength of the beautiful textiles and unique weaves that this country offers.

Launched on 1st Jan 2018 by a former IT professional Ranjani Narayanan, Madras High Street is a retail brand that celebrates Indian heritage in all its finery. It offers a diverse array of locally woven clothing that not only showcases the amazing craftsmanship of Indian weavers but also contributes to their economic upliftment. In fact, Madras High Street aspires to be an ethical, weaver-friendly and customer-friendly, environmentally sustainable enterprise that would help transform the lives of weavers across India.

The first chapter of an incredible story

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Setting up a business, especially an unconventional one, requires great willpower, fierce determination and of course a solid conviction in your dreams. Ranjani’s story epitomizes all these and more. Her journey from an IT-professional to an entrepreneur wasn’t merely a cakewalk.

In her own words, she says “I had worked in the IT Industry for over 14 years. Sure, having a steady and stable job gave me access to regular earnings, yet the monotony of it all was too much, and each day felt exactly like the other. My soul was highly dissatisfied. My grandfather had owned a textile shop and my grandmother had always told me she saw me running my own business one day. Though it was an extremely tough decision, with courage in my heart and a need to do something better, I went to my hometown. Once there, I interacted with a few weavers who were dealt with injustice by the capitalist society. With every handwoven saree, which took a whole of 4 days, they gained minimum profit, while the retailers or the brands gained too much. All that honest effort was never enough to bring in either money or even recognition.”

“Through them, I knew what I was going to do. I had always had a passion for dressing up and so I began ‘Madras High Street’ and began with selling these sarees sometimes even with zero profit to build a trusting client base. Slowly I had enough clients and I made sure to keep my profit margin to the minimum to help these extremely talented weavers. I took up social media as my tool of marketing and began working to the best of my abilities. With my family supporting me, I began to feel more confident about myself.”

Madras High Street: Weaving a dream of possibilities

Madras High Street is an online boutique that sells handwoven sarees and designer jewelry. The sarees are bought, without the involvement of any middleman, directly from the skilled weavers across India. This helps provide market price to weavers enabling them to sustain their business and livelihood and at the same time, making these beautiful creations accessible to customers without incurring any additional overheads.

As Ranjani rightly said “Our mission is not to make profits and transform into retail business. This sets us apart in the market and earns the trust of customers who reach out to us instead of the overpriced retailers.”

The startup is based out of Chennai with a pan India and global customer base. In order to cater to the needs and wants of buyers, product customization is also done. All one has to do is simply DM the MadrasHighStreet on Instagram.

Thoughts about the future

The superior product quality laced with impeccable customer service has ensured a sustainable client base many of whom are repeat customers. The future goal is to expand this customer base and create an environment friendly enterprise that would inspire others to run a business venture while giving back something to the society. Lastly, Ranjini’s golden words sum up the company’s aspirations. ‘Be Honest. Be Ethical. It might not give you a million today, but tomorrow it will.’

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Quintype a Big Data and AI-based publishing platform announces a joint venture with Motherly to support modern parents

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Quintype is a data-driven publishing firm largely concentrating in digital media. Founded by Amit Rathore, this end-to-end SaaS platform uses AI and big data to manage all elements of a modern online media operation. Based out of Bengaluru and California, Quintype’s goal is to not only reduce technology costs but also helps them to make the most data to yield more revenue and profits. The company announced its coalition with Motherly, a digital platform that supports women by providing them with necessary information related to motherhood and pregnancy. The platform works like a community network that collaborates with influencers, experts and users to deliver updated content.

Motherly will use the knowledge and expertise from its database of influencers, bloggers, authors, and experts to extract deep insights on modern millennial parenting. Content that will be created will include news headlines, expert advice, latest modern innovative products and other services that will be helpful in addition to ongoing research on pregnancy. Its objective is to keep mothers motivated during sleepless nights. This is first of its kind partnership with US-based media joint venture for Quintype. The target audience mainly comprises of millennial women all around the world. Quintype focuses to help Motherly grow its business largely in Asia, by looking out for new customers, partners, and investors.

The purpose of partnering with Quintype, Motherly is focusing to expand its model and in turn, build its very own expert contributor community. This will also help Motherly to move its interface to a first-hand mobile experience. Along with relevant information, Motherly curates products and services.

Amit mentioned that Quintypes next-gen, data-driven publishing platform is just the perfect fit for such a content-driven community service. He also believes that Motherly is not just a basic parenting platform or a mommy blog, but on a path, that will do something for modern moms. Through collaborations with experts, social media influencers and content creators, Motherly’s objective is to provide personalized content in a way a mother or soon to be mother can understand and relate to.

Amit say that the team at Quintype is excited to help Motherly develop their business to be fully functional and responsive. Regarding the Motherly team, Amit says that they are well aware of what their audience needs and that Quintype is working on providing Motherly with a data-driven,mobile-first platform to engage their viewers. Jill Koziol, Co-founder and CEO of Motherly says that this joint venture will help provide a sharper focus on their core business of connecting experts to mothers. Motherly see this partnership with Quintype as a golden opportunity to leverage a publishing platform, without the distractions and costs involved in becoming a full-fledged technology company.

While the program is free for new upcoming companies, a percentage of equity stakes will be shared with Quintype. Amit adds that this will depend on namely 1. What is the Stage of the startup? 2. How much amount of funding raised? 3. How much is the Complexity of the site or app? 4. What is the Business plan?

SpeakWrite’s focus is to give these startups expertise that includes engagement perspective to the development and audience distribution. The mentors at Quintype have vast entrepreneurship and corporate experience along with insights in the publishing domain.

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Zoom records a boom in Q2 revenue, up by 355%

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Zoom beat their own evaluations to record second-quarter incomes of $663.5 million, up an astounding 355 percent over a year ago. Not long after the income declaration, organization stock took off 23 percent, in any event, beating $400 per share.

NASDAQ-listed Zoom’s income for the quarter at $185.7 million. The number of customers contributing more than $100,000 in following year (TTM) incomes additionally went up 112 percent year-over-year. Zoom’s blockbuster execution was cheered by top Indian business entrepreneurs as well.

In a statement, given by Eric Yuan the founder and CEO of Zoom

“Organisations are moving from addressing their prompt business coherence needs to supporting an eventual fate of working anywhere, adapting anywhere and interfacing anywhere on Zoom’s video-first stage. Our capacity to keep individuals around the globe associated, combined with our solid execution, prompted income growth.”

“At Zoom, we endeavor to convey a top notch, frictionless, and secure communications experience for our clients across areas, gadgets, and use cases,” he included.

Towards the end of the second quarter, Zoom’s video conferencing platform had around 370,200 customers with more than 10 employees, up 458 percent from Q2 a year ago.

The CFO of Zoom Kelly Steckelberg, stated on the income call,

During the pandemic Zoom’s development has additionally been well recorded. Everyday meeting members on the stage went from 10 million to 300 million out of four months.

It was uncovered that India is Zoom’s second-biggest market after the US stated, Founder Eric in a recent interaction with TiE Delhi. He additionally said that a huge piece of the platform’s new user development is currently originating from worldwide business sectors.

Eric also stated, “Prior, we were focussed on organizations. The pandemic totally changed our client dynamics. We are doing everything we can to find out about the new use cases, and taking activities all the more rapidly now.”

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Byju’s Raises $122m From Tech Billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global Fund

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Web based learning stage Byju’s has raised $122 million from DST Global, the venture support headed by tech billionaire Yuri Milner, as a component of its continuous financing round. The valuation remains at $10.5 billion, same as when assets were raised from Bond, a worldwide innovation venture co-founded by Mary Meeker.

According to documents filed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Byju’s has distributed 42,666 Series F preference shares to DST Global for ₹908.9 crore. Byju’s was in talks with DST Global for an investment of up to $400 million in the Indian online education startup.

This exchange makes Byju’s India’s second-most important startup after financial payments firm, Paytm. In 2020 up until now, Byju’s has raised about $545 million across four Series F rounds including $200 million each from Tiger Global and General Atlantic.Earlier this month, Byju’s obtained Mumbai-based WhiteHat Jr in an all-cash deal worth $300 million.

The procurement denoted Byju’s entrance into the quickly growing computer code training segment focused at secondary school and understudies.It was Byju’s fifth procurement and its biggest till date. It had last acquired Osmo, a developer of educational games, for $120 million in its first-ever purchase of a US company in January 2019.

Ola Facing Internal Crisis As 7 High Profile Executives Quit

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The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t the main thing that has seriously affected homegrown service, Ola, and its sister organization Ola Electric. Over the past few months, the company has seen some high-level exits and could be heading towards an internal crisis. The latest executive to bid farewell to the company is Ola Electric’s co-founder, Ankit Jain, according to an Economic Times report citing sources.

Jain was purportedly probably the closest partner of CEO Bhavish Aggarwal, however, he currently began separating himself from the company’s daily undertakings. Close by, Ola Electric has reported that they are attempting to acquire a top leader and the declaration for Jain’s substitution might be normal soon. As per individuals mindful of the issue, Jain could keep on being related with Ola Electric in some limit, in all likelihood in a warning job. Ola declined to remark on this report.

Last October, a Moneycontrol report had featured that the co-founder Ankit Bhati, who is center to Ola and its operations, was additionally removing himself from the organization. Bhati had allegedly quit investigating everyday issues and furthermore quit “coming to the office for over two months”.

The report also indicated his potential distancing from the organization because of some inner clash with the other prime supporter Bhavish Aggarwal, which began when the organization gained Foodpanda in 2017. There were some specialized glitches in the applications which Bhati should manage, and “Bhavish didn’t act well with Bhati during public meetings”.

In another explanation, they had “firmly” denied the report, saying “this is factually incorrect and a plan built with personal stakes. Ankit Bhati is the co-founder and is central to Ola and its operations. It is, therefore, a disgrace that false mongering and hypothesis are being fanned.”

In any case, the organization had affirmed the departure of the head of products at Ola Mobility Naroo Krishnan, and VP for building, Sanjay Kharb. With this, Ridlr fellow benefactor Brijraj Vaghani assumed control over the building and item verticals as CTO for the versatility business. This was an expansion to his arrangement of Ridlr, which was gained by Ola in April 2018.

Throughout the years, their Financial Services’ CEO Nitin Gupta, senior VP Sanjiv Saddy, COO, and worldwide head promoting official Arun Srinivas, Ola Electric’s Sanjay Bhan have likewise left the organization in eight months.

Covid-19 plays spoiler for Ola’s future plans

For a year, the organization  has been getting ready to go public by 2021.

As indicated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the organization on September 27 got INR 35.88 Cr ($5.05 Mn) in Series J subsidizing round from ARK Ola Pre IPO Fund. The filings indicated that the organization has distributed 16885 offers at an estimation of INR 10 with a premium of INR 21,240 for each offer.

Media reports had likewise recommended that they had set up an underlying group of over twelve representatives to chip away at the IPO arrangements. The organization had likewise requested changes in the rules for an open posting for tech new companies, explicitly the principles around advertiser property.

The organization likewise expected to turn gainful, however, the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant travel limitations hit the organization harshly. In May, Aggarwal had acknowledged that the company’s income had fallen by 95% in March and April. Thus, the organization has chosen to scale back its activities, laying off about 1400 workers.

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Tata Digital to Launch ‘Super App’ that Will Integrate Consumer Offerings on A Single Platform

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Tata Digital, part of India’s oldest multi-industry company, is set to step foot in the tech area and in line to launch a hi-tech app which will combine and consolidate the company’s consumer offerings all on a single platform

As indicated by a report by the Financial Times, this App could launch by December and will put the company against rivals such as Reliance and Amazon. Tata Digital operates many ecommerce platforms such as Tata CLiQ, an online grocery store StarQuik and their online electronics platform Croma.

The technical improvement comes months after Reliance Jio’s $20 Bn funding from an estimate of 15 investors. Through Jio Platforms, Reliance’s advanced organizations arm, the company has quickly extended its set-up of contributions to ecommerce, grocery, healthcare and video conferencing, among others. Reliance have acquired online pharmacy company NetMeds to support its quality in the pharmacy fragment. Amazon has been on a comparable binge, with the scaling up of its online grocery store, its ongoing passage into the online pharmacy and online food delivery.

The idea of the ‘Super App‘, first originated in China, where the administration’s prohibition on western applications, for example, Google, YouTube and Twitter, among others, prompted the ascent of homegrown other options. At first criticized as puppet applications of the Communist system by the West, the accomplishment of WeChat drove numerous to pay attention. WeChat was propelled by Chinese web goliath Tencent as a platform for messaging in 2011. The application at that point took on many roles of services, for example, request takeout, online flight booking, computerized installments, film appointments and ride-hailing administrations, among others. With 800 Mn month to month dynamic clients, WeChat got one of the world’s biggest independent portable applications.

How will the ‘Super App’ impact user interaction in India?

The failure of the ‘Hike’ app offers a few bits of knowledge with respect to why the possibility of a ‘Super App‘ may come up short in India. With a market which is available to applications from the West and a blossoming tech biological system in India, the size of rivalry offers clients the privilege to browse a few applications in each fragment, be it taxi flagging down, inn and flight booking, film tickets, food conveyance and online business among others. The possibility of client devotion for one specific application in India appears to be an unrealistic fantasy, for as before exclusive discounts in one application fall, the client would open the other looking for a better offer. In this unique circumstance, the main ‘Super App’ in India is the modern smartphones, of which there are in excess of 500 Mn clients in India, with a much bigger number of web clients making the nation an immense market to be taken advantage of for tech organizations everywhere throughout the world.

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