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Snapdeal Saga: This is the first step towards Snapdeal's merger with PayTM

Some food-for-thought for chalking out an e-commerce and investment strategy 

India's leading homestay marketplace Stayzilla shuts down

"A homestays marketplace needs to invest in educating the market and even using Internet. The costs creep up on you over a period of time and gets rationalized as cost of doing business in India" 

India's Snapdeal lays off employees; Co-founders admit to making mistakes

Earlier there were reports that Snapdeal was planning to let go of 3,00 staff workers over the next few months 

Snaptrude can convert a hand-drawn sketch to a 3D model in a few seconds

Scribble your floor plan, take a photo, and upload into Snaptrude. It will throw up a 3D model with info on area, materials, and bill of materials and quantities 

India's Craftsvilla lays off around 100 employees

In 2015, the ethnic products e-tailer had raised US$34 million in funding, led by existing investors Sequoia Capital India and Lightspeed Venture Partners 

Paytm to invest US$90M to expand its QR code-based payments network

Within a year of launch, the QR code-based offline payments already contributes around 65 per cent of overall transactions on its platform 

India's True Balance recharges its coffers with US$15M funding from Korean VCs

True Balance claims it provides quicker and intuitive balance check, call log, data pack assessment, and recharge service for prepaid Android smartphone users 

Dropping SpaceX, Israel’s SpacePharma launches bio-testing nanosatellite into orbit with help from India’s ISRO

After a year of SpaceX delays, the pioneering cube satellite hitched a ride with India’s ISRO 

Trump could be the best thing to happen to Indian IT

India's IT will need to transform across all aspects of strategic direction including business models, people, processes, and most importantly, mindsets 

India's Urban Ladder furnishes the business with US$15M financing

Bangalore-based Urban Ladder is an online furniture and home décor company that aims to provide a curated destination for home solutions 

Is Paytm merging with Snapdeal?

Paytm and Snapdeal, two behemoths in the online retail segment, reportedly had merger talks in January this year 

Boltt is your nutritionist, doctor, and activity centre -- all rolled into one

Boltt is a line-up of wearable devices that can be used not just to track your fitness, but also provide actionable insights through AI and machine learning 

Chinese VC Shunwei Capital forays into India with US$3M investment in Truebil

Truebil is a curated marketplace that aims to make the process of buying and selling pre-owned automobiles easy by posting pictures and detailed inspection report of the car 

Success is a moving target: CleverTap Co-founder Anand Jain

"Ideas are cheap, execution is hard. So spend some time gathering experience, identify problems and then venture out" 

Other People's Money: Why OPM is the new opium for funded startups

Build your business on solid foundations, and don't always rely on other people's money 

Aisle raises funding to tread the middle path between matrimony sites and casual dating apps in India

Aisle is a members-only online singles community that claims to have facilitated over 35,000 connections 

Will US President Donald Trump get impeached anytime soon? This startup could help you predict it

Indian startup AskMonk is an online curated marketplace that connects people with the best astrologers 

UAE payments company OMA Emirates acquires Indian mPoS startup MobiSwipe

With this deal, OMA is looking to broaden its overall portfolio in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and APAC regions 

India’s Snapdeal to lay off up to 3,000 staffers: Report

This is part of the Delhi-based company’s plans to cut costs due to lacklustre growth and bleak funding environment 

Flipkart founders, Accel join medtech startup SigTuple's US$5.8M funding

SigTuple aims to create cloud-based solutions for detection of abnormalities and trends in medical data to improve the accuracy and efficiency of disease diagnosis 

Flutura raises US$7.5M Series A to provide industrial IoT to engineering, energy firms

Flutura’s platform Cerebra provides diagnostics and prognostics through machine learning and artificial intelligence to unlock new business value for engineering and energy customers 

In Pics: Meet Oneco.work, the new co-working space in India

The platform’s target market consists of solopreneurs, musicians, SMEs, small business owners, freelancers, and anyone who desires a flexible and affordable working space 

Meet the VC: Investors are more biased towards younger entrepreneurs, says Kunal Khattar of advantEdge

"We follow a very simple philosophy that the best time for a startup to raise money is when they don't need it" 

From Asia to Africa: Why Wechat is a threat to Safaricom's M-Pesa

M-Pesa changed the lives of underbanked Africans decades ago; Will Wechat Wallet drastically change the fintech landscape anew?