Indian Railways has launched their official android App on Google Play Store called IRCTC Connect. Users can use their existing login details to login & book tickets, cancel tickets, search & other activities on the app. This is a good move by the Railways as a large number of people have android smartphones & wiil increase the usage of the app. Earlier it was available for Blackberry app store. Going by the screenshots of the app, a right combination of color, navigation has been used in the app.
IBM SmartCamp is a competition for startups by IBM. It is India`s first competition for B2B startup. Winners will walk away with mentoring services, access to industry experts & partnership opportunities with IBM. 30 Startups would be short-listed & 10 winners would be announced. Healthcare, water management, energy resources, Supply chain & others are some of the top areas which are witnessing a slew of startups.
Indian Start-up scene has a witnessed a tremendous change over the last decade. India with its vast population, large area & new challenges to tackle is providing entrepreneurs a great opportunity to go for startups. This is also attracting global VC’s who are investing in Indian startups. This shows the confidence of the VC’s in Indian economy. Startups do have a lot of challenges in terms of infrastructure, capital, human resources & others. Govt agencies, Mentors, VC’s & tech companies are helping the startups in overcoming these challenges.
Digital Advertising in India, a report, has been published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. Some of the findings are
1) The Online advt market in India is projected to reach Rs 3,575 crore by Mar 2015. This corresponds to YOY growth of 30%
2) Search and Display are the top two contributors to Digital Advt spends in India
3) Search ads constitute 38%, Display ads 29% and Social Media contributing 13% of overall Digital Spends
4) Advt spends on Mobile Devices are growing at a CAGR of 43% and Social Media at a CAGR of 41% y-o-y
5) E-Commerce, Telecom and FMCG & Consumer durables are the top 3 verticals spending on Digital Advt in India.
Yahoo Aviate has released an infographic showing the Android usage patterns. The report is based on the anonymous data collected using the Yahoo Aviate users.
Some of the findings of the study are
1) Average Apps installed on device – 95
2) Daily Interaction with apps – 100
3) Average Apps used throughout the day – 35
4) Weather apps usage peaks in Morn & evening as people plan for their days
5) Phone & SMS are used heavily during work hours
6) Calendar usage peaks in the morning.
Google will bring its startup mentorship programme Launchpad to India in November. This is a testimony of the start up ecosystem in India & the thriving business opportunities for start ups. Company has identified 10 start ups as part of the launchpad & will be held in Bangalore between Nov 3 to 7. This will help start ups build at scale & Google is planning to do it on a monthly basis in a year or two from now.
CoSight, iReff Technologies, Smart Pocket & others are some of the part of the start-ups. Launchpad started in Israel and several such programs have been held around the world. Several big IT companies are providing start up programs in India & this has helped start ups to get the necessary technical & entrepreneurial support to scale up their operations.
Zee Kannada’s new program being aired on weekends called as “Weekend with Ramesh” has become one of the most interesting TV programs in a short period of time. Hosted by popular Kannada Actor Ramesh, the show has all the ingredients of striking a right chord with the audience. Puneeth Rajkaumar, Ravichandran, Ranganath & Arjun Sarja are the 4 persons interviewed on the show so far.
The show also has a contest where you can Upload your family’s happiest moment on Zee Kannada’s FB/Twitter page along with Your question to Ramesh. Tweet with “Weekend With Ramesh #Openhappiness, #WWR “. The person with the best picture & question will be chosen, invited to the sets and the question will be answered by Ramesh.