articles by Kamakshi Ayyar

Startups

SimplEye: Now smartphones are accessible to visually challenged too

Kriyate Design Solutions, a Delhi-based startup founded in 2012, has developed an app, SimplEye, to help bridge this gap between smartphones and the visually impaired, using sound, vibration and tactile accessories.

Corporate

Decoding Motorola, Xiaomi's online flash sales: Why it's a win-win-win

Brands have woken up to the bounties afforded by tying up exclusively with e-commerce sites like Flipkart and Amazon.

Corporate

How Flipkart hopes to benefit from its offline and online Fliptomania stores

Why would Flipkart, the poster-boy of the country's online shopping movement move from clicks to brick-and-mortar?

Startups

New to a city? Let the SeekSherpa app help you explore like a local

Started in 2014 by Sukhmani Singh and Dhruv Raj Gupta, SeekSherpa is a mobile-based marketplace that connects locals and travellers to facilitate unique, travel experiences.

Startups

Health-wise: 4 startups jump on the cold pressed juices bandwagon

While cold pressed juices are all the rage abroad, the concept it just finding its feet in an Indian market inundated and familiar with big brand juices like Tropicana and Real.

Photos

Image of the day: Check out the car Tata Motors hopes will revive its India fortunes

The car, called Zest, is a compact sedan built on a new platform and, in a departure from previous models, boasts user-friendly features such as touch-screen control panels.

Corporate

Flipkart doing an Amazon? Analysts don't think it's a good idea

From services launched in quick succession like same-day and next-day delivery to in-house products to Flipkart First-a subscription service with benefits for consumers (similar to Amazon Prime), it looks like the Indian e-commerce site has been following Amazon's trail rather too closely.

Corporate

Flipkart doing an Amazon? Analysts don't think it's a good idea

From services launched in quick succession like same-day and next-day delivery to in-house products to Flipkart First-a subscription service with benefits for consumers (similar to Amazon Prime), it looks like the Indian e-commerce site has been following Amazon's trail rather too closely.

Startups

Urban Ladder COO Srivatsa sees online furniture market growing 5-fold in 2 years

One category which has shown immense growth and is becoming popular in terms of sales is sofas. Though it is a high ticket item and people believe touch-and-feel is crucial, our sofas are doing well probably because of the innovative solutions we offer to our customers.

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Check out India's best-selling cars so far in the first quarter of this year

India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India continues its dominance on the Indian roads with its four models, led by entry level small car Alto heading the top ten best sellers list in April-June quarter this fiscal.

Money

China allows banks to freely set their own exchange rates for yuan against the US dollar

China has permitted banks to freely set their own exchange rates for the yuan against the dollar in over-the-counter transactions -- another step toward freeing the exchange rate from government control.

Biztech

Brahma's new creation: 3D plastic printouts

3D printing has been around since the 1970s or so, though it was rediscovered and repurposed from a consumer angle around 2008-9 when the likes of Makerbot came to the fore. Though this technique might be familiar in many parts of the world, it's still finding its feet in India.

Startups

India's Amazon of education? Careers360 readies online marketplace

Education magazine Careers360 recently raised funds from five angel investors to expand its counselling services and educational products and launch an education marketplace.

Startups

Here's why Function Space is the science geek's answer to Facebook

The venture, started in 2010, was conceived as a Facebook for science - a way to make knowledge sharing accessible and approachable. Now known as Function Space, it uses the social learning model to make science easy and understandable for all skill levels - be it novices or experts.

Startups

Kathi rolls to condoms, Fly By Knight aims to satisfy Mumbai's nocturnal cravings

A nocturnal delivery service in Mumbai that can get you everything from condoms to Chinese manchurian to chips between 9 pm and 5 am.

Startups

10,000 Startups boosts entrepreneurship in India. Director Rajat Tandon explains how

Last week, Firstbiz reported on the progress made by NASSCOM's pioneering 10,000 Startups program and its plans for sparking the entrepreneurial flame in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Following that the program's senior director Rajat Tandon spoke to us about the lessons NASSCOM has learnt from its first year of the program and how it intends on working with the new government to encourage India's nascent but promising entrepreneurial scene.

Startups

Start-up accelerator Morpheus has a mantra for turning a great idea into a business

Chandigarh-based The Morpheus was one of India's earliest, if not the first, private startup accelerators, opening its doors to the nation's budding entrepreneurs six years ago. After successfully helping the likes of Yourbus, Online Prasad and xxxx become viable enough to attract multi-crore investments and even bigger acquisitions, The Morpheus last month announced that it would bring down the shutters on its wildly successful accelerator program. But worry not, the team is coming back bigger and better, as Nandini Hirianniah, co-founder, The Morpheus, told Firstbiz.

Startups

How do you find the right IT candidate for the job? Hackerrank has a solution

The brainchild of 27-year-old NIT-Trichy grads, Vivek Ravishankar and Harishankaran K, Hackerrank (earlier known as Interviewstreet) gives companies a comprehensive platform that allows them to set coding challenges, test candidates, analyse results and conduct telephone interviews before deciding whom to meet in person.

Startups

High on hemp: A start-up hopes Indian farmers will get hooked on to this plant

Started by seven first generation entrepreneurs, BOHECO hopes to use industrial hemp as a means to cultivate and create innovative products, financially empower local farmers and radically change agriculture in India.

Startups

Seedfund, K Ganesh bet on India's booming e-commerce market with Browntape

Founded by Piyush Goel and Gurpreet Singh in 2012, the Goa-based company helps online merchants manage their orders and inventories for multiple online e-commerce marketplaces like Amazon, Flipkart and eBay, in one place, without having to log in to each site separately.