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Sandeep Mathrani, WeWork’s new CEO says he has ‘plenty of luck’. He’ll need it

Sandeep Mathrani is a fixture in the clubby world of commercial real estate, but he also has some experience working with start-ups.

Modi’s Budget 2020 is less taxing for startups, salaried class. Not so for e-commerce giants

To boost the startup ecosystem, Budget 2020 proposes to ease the burden of taxation on the employees by deferring the tax payment on ESOPs of startups.
A 3D printed model of Taj Mahal at the exhibition in Delhi

Virtual tour of Taj Mahal, digital puja at Kashi — when historians and techies join hands

An IIT-incubated start-up has created detailed 3D digital models of Indian heritage sites, transforming how one can experience them.
Cyber security

Fintech startups to make a bigger move in 2020, experts suggest

Sweeping mergers, acquisitions have transformed some of the industry’s largest incumbents in payments, who are gearing up for a bigger fight with newcomers.

In India’s quest for jobs, here’s what Modi government’s policy agenda should be

In a new Carnegie India paper, an IAS officer and a scholar from Chennai lay out policy prescriptions for the government to create conditions and generate employment for India’s youth.
Udaan

Bengaluru-based startup Udaan raises $585 million from Tencent, others

Udaan, an e-commerce marketplace for businesses, has now raised a total of $870 million since its inception in 2016.
A ThoughtSpot Inc event in June

Indian techies behind ‘Google for numbers’ raise $248 million at $1.95 billion value

Valuation of California-based ThoughtSpot Inc., has doubled in 5 quarters as more companies use its search and artificial intelligence-powered analytics.

Siddhartha ‘suicide’: Economic slowdown & tax terror creating dread among Indian businesses?

Cafe Coffee Day founder V.G. Siddhartha’s body was found Wednesday near Mangaluru, 30 hours after he went missing Monday evening.
Cow protection

Cow start-ups, Har Ghar Gai, CSR for shelters – Modi govt’s new idea to boost rural economy

Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog plans to support entrepreneurs for marketing of cow-based products & provide various forms of assistance to cow shelters.
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Modi govt wants to set up an exclusive TV channel for startups

In her budget speech, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the channel will serve as a platform for startups to meet with venture capitalists, discuss growth and other issues.

On Camera

Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.