• Narayana Health: Providing world-class treatment to the poor December 23, 2013

    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? December 2, 2013

    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 November 28, 2013

    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 August 30, 2013

    "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 August 20, 2013

    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 August 20, 2013

    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 July 30, 2013

    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...
  • Future may be about smart watches and key rings: UI guru Hampus Jakobsson February 22, 2013

    How will we change the way we interact with smartphones? As Apple popularised touchscreens in 2007, the mobile world has harmonised around a circa 4-inch mobile phone with few buttons. Before the iPhone and the first few years after it, designers in the industry were discussing hidden buttons, haptics [sense...
  • Five radical designs for future smartphones February 22, 2013

    Wearable, augmented-reality Glasses: One of the most radical of all new designs, the Google Glass is a spectacle-like wearable computer that you control with your eyes and voice. ...
  • 5 ideas that could change entertainment as we know it February 8, 2013

    Imagine this: On your smartphone you notice that a friend has shared the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy. You start watching it, but then, realising your tablet is nearby, decide to watch it on the bigger screen. The episode seamlessly 'transfers' across devices, to the same minute you were watching....
  • Quick Heal: Viral success November 12, 2012

    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 August 3, 2012

    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? June 18, 2012

    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 June 2, 2012

    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 March 28, 2012

    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...