Rohin Dharmakumar

  • Narayana Health: Providing world-class treatment to the poor 23-12-2013 01:58 PM

    Award: Good Company Narayana Health Age: 60 Why He Won: For setting up a 6,000-bed multi-specialty hospital chain across India that provides world-class treatment based on a cross-subsidised model. His Trigger: Most Indians cannot afford tertiary and specialty health care. One of the biggest reasons for them falling below the...
  • Can Micromax become India's leading smartphone maker? 02-12-2013 06:57 PM

    On August 29, 2012, as JK Shin, president of samsung Electronics, unveiled Galaxy Note 2, the second iteration of his company's flagship 'phablet' smartphone series, in Berlin, a guerrilla shipment of 10,000 similar devices was selling big in stores across India. It had been brought in only a week ago....
  • Sunil Mittal: Riding the high tide in Indian telecom 28-11-2013 12:09 PM

    Sunil Bharti Mittal Chairman and managing director, Bharti Enterprises Age: 55 Rank in the Rich List: 10 Net Worth: $6.6 billion The Big Challenge Faced in the Last Year: Steadying Airtel's operations and maintaining its market leadership in a highly competitive, regulated and, yet, uncertain sector The Way Forward: Focusing...
  • ZopNow takes a crack at online grocery 30-08-2013 12:09 PM

    "Don't forget to get me a 2-kilo pack of Baba Ramdev's detergent powder," said the voice on the other end of the phone to Bal Krishn Birla. Birla, as he is known to most people in Bangalore's closely-knit startup ecosystem, is a jovial 40-year-old who defies classification by virtue of...
  • The 'what' and 'how' of Google Chromecast 20-08-2013 10:17 PM

    Google's latest launch, Chromecast, is a sleek $35 USB dongle that plugs in behind an LCD TV, allowing it to 'cast' videos via smartphones, tablets and PCs. Because screen resolutions, distance to the viewer and remote control devices vary greatly across models, bringing a powerful yet intuitive user interface (UI)...
  • How next-gen smartphone users are being bought and sold 20-08-2013 11:13 AM

    New Delhi: After Facebook and Google, Twitter became the latest to buy millions of Indian smartphone users in July. Now, the actual announcement was about how Twitter had partnered with Vodafone India to offer its services 'free of cost' to mobile subscribers for three months. It had already inked similar...
  • What Flipkart's funds mean for its rivals 30-07-2013 12:45 PM

    flipkart.com , india's largest ecommerce retailer, announced on July 10 that it has raised $200 million in its fifth round of venture funding from existing investors Naspers, Accel and Tiger Global. It is by far the largest funding raised by any Indian ecommerce company, adding up to $380 million since...
  • Quick Heal: Viral success 12-11-2012 12:01 PM

    Quick Heal is a completely homegrown anti-virus software company that's not only beaten big, multi-billion dollar competitors like McAfee and Symantec, but is also taking back the fight to their turfs in other countries around the world. It has come a long way since 1995, when the first version was...
  • Why Arvind Rao and OnMobile went down a dark road 03-08-2012 12:29 PM

    On November 23, 2010, Arvind Rao, the 53-year-old co-founder and CEO of OnMobile, bought approximately 6 lakh shares of his company from the open market, representing a little over 1 per cent of the company's total shares. Rao already owned over 10 per cent of the company's shares. At Rs...
  • Online groceries: Will it click? 18-06-2012 03:02 PM

    K Ganesh, 50, the Energizer Bunny of Indian entrepreneurship, is either angry, annoyed or sarcastic. I can't tell. "VCs (venture capitalists) have a herd mentality. They don't mind funding the sixth baby products site or the eighth (discount) deals site. But one of the reasons we got into this business...
  • Food in the mouths of babes 02-06-2012 07:03 PM

    There comes a time in most foodies lives when they lose interest in restaurant food. I recall when it happened to me and my wife: The third week of February, 2010. Thats when our son was born. But being the frequent eater-outers that we were, we didnt give in without...
  • Amagi's new trick for broadcast advertising 28-03-2012 10:57 AM

    Soon, while you are watching a show on national television, you might find yourself watching an advert for the mom-and-pop store down your road. In fact, even today while watching some channels, you might be watching advertising that is being aired only in your city. At the same time, your...
  • New rules of online advertising 28-02-2012 10:52 AM

    There's an old saying about newspapers: They aren't delivering news to readers, but readers to advertisers. But as many newspapers migrated to the web, where readers, in most cases, hate to pay for news at all, the saying evolved to: If you're not paying for it, you're the product. Dismal...
  • 11 startups to watch In 2012 02-01-2012 12:09 PM

    PubMatic: When Google announced in June this year it was spending $400 million to acquire AdMeld, the ad platform targeted at digital publishers, the picture only got brighter for PubMatic. Thats because PubMatic immediately would become the largest independent publisher-focussed ad platform. Publishers fear that Google would do to them...
  • How real can artificial intelligence get? 24-11-2011 11:24 AM

    Every year or so, a new version of an Apple product is announced, with claims that it is better than its predecessor. This year, the 4S version that Apple trotted out featured Siri, a voice-driven personal assistant that users could talk to as though they were talking to their personal...
  • Real estate was an accidental entry for Razack 08-11-2011 12:33 PM

    Name: Irfan Razack Age: 58 Profile: CEO of Bangalore-based Prestige Constructions, a company promoted by his family Rich List Rank: 87 Wealth: $ 550 million Did You Know? The Razack family got into the real estate business while looking to buy property to avoid being taxed after the sale of...
  • The Reliance juggernaut on the move, again! 20-10-2011 11:23 AM

    India, for Paul E Jacobs - CEO of $ 11-billion telecom research and hardware company Qualcomm - has been like a box of chocolates, in a very Forrest Gump way. The good surprise came on June 11, 2010, when Qualcomm won the licence to offer broadband wireless access (BWA) in...
  • Social power of the republic of India 04-10-2011 12:59 PM

    Once upon a time, big business and big government monopolised any communication there was. They had the reach, the resources - and yes, the impact - to command media coverage or to buy exposure through advertising. That hasnt changed. But social media has made it possible for us, as individuals,...
  • The siege of Android: How Google lost the OS war 18-08-2011 01:44 PM

    In a narrative beginning in 2016 and ending today, Forbes India recalls how the once irrepressible Google lost the mobile OS war. Black Forest August 12, 2016: In spite of glowing reviews, it may be too late for 'Black Forest', version 9.0 of Google's Android operating system (OS), to turn...
  • Indian Telecom Operators' Bundle of Joy 22-06-2011 12:34 PM

    College students around the world know the meaning of the acronym 'BYOB'. Often accompanying party invitations, it tells the person being invited to 'Bring Your Own Booze'. Indian mobile operators have been practicing a variant with their customers, BYOH, or 'Bring Your Own Handset'. Indian operators have mostly remained wary...
  • Basic research is about agility 08-06-2011 11:23 AM

    Rick Rashid Age: 59 Designation: Senior Vice-President, Research, Microsoft. Role: Has been heading Microsofts research division since its inception in 1991. Walks the research tightrope of defending Microsofts blockbuster product portfolio while creating disruptive new ones. Heads the Ph D army that is behind many of Microsofts new successes "...
  • The ideas Facebook 'borrowed' 16-12-2010 10:35 AM

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  • The new reality of gaming 02-12-2010 10:34 AM

    New Delhi: Today’s most popular games have you tilling your farm, hiring waiting staff and devising menus for your restaurant or taking your pets out for walks while maintaining cordial relations with the neighbours. Reality it would seem is the new escapism. Farming, running a restaurant or keeping a pet...
  • Forbes India: Maxx mobile, the Shanzhai warrior 04-09-2010 10:49 AM

    I n 1992, Nokia — already a $3.4-billion company with over 26,000 employees — launched the world's first GSM phone and made Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo executive vice-president and chief financial officer (He become its CEO later). The same year, 6,000 kilometers away in Mumbai, the Children's Academy school decided to fail...