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Cover story | July 31, 2016

One step ahead

One step ahead

Furniture e-tailer Urban Ladder is working on building a national brand based on innovation, quality and seamless buying experience.

Tracxn received funds from marquee names

Zeroing in on the hot and upcoming sectors is a continuous and moving process dependent on data, which is where the expertise of Tracxn's 400 plus analysts comes into play.

New-Age Hotelier

Standardisation is key to OYO's success in the hotel aggregation business.

The New Cool

A look at sectors that will drive the start-up economy this year.

How Hike has taken on global competitors

The messaging app company had zero users around January 2013. It crossed 35 million users in August 2014 and in January this year claimed over 100 million users. That is a mind-boggling number for any start-up.

Droom has made auto trade a breeze

Its website lists everything that has a wheel and a motor - from bicycles and super bikes to luxury cars, planes and yachts.

CloudCherry is changing customer experience

Real-time analytics provided by CloudCherry help brands track, measure and enhance customer experience and delight.

Micro-targeting Consumers

CleverTap aims to empower small online enterprises with data analytics.

Capital Float is redefining lending practices

The Bangalore-headquartered online-only lending platform for small and medium enterprises was started by Stanford classmates Gaurav Hinduja and Sashank Rishyasringa.

People

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Peoplebusiness

Heaping praise on the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India's development, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said he is a big fan of the Indian Prime Minister.

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Past winners

Here are the past winners of the Coolest Start-ups

State of the Industry

The factories in india's states have grown at a phenomenal pace over the past 25 years. while the most industrialised states have not changed much in terms of ranking, their output and the workforce they employ have skyrocketed

Calendar

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2016 on 18-22 July in New York

Upfront

6,40,000 estimated job losses in five years in the Indian IT sector due to automation, according to IT consultancy HFS Research. That translates into a 28 per cent reduction from 2.28 million low-skilled jobs in 2015 to 1.64 million in 2021.

Turning the corner

Protectionist measures by the government seem to have revived the domestic steel industry but Japan and China may play spoilsport by dragging India to the WTO.

Stirrings of Recovery

Green shoots are visible in cement, steel and auto sectors. Is india on the verge of that elusive economic recovery?

Bots the Buzz?

Companies are adopting a more 'human' way to interact with their customers.

Worthy Successor

The latest phone from LeEco, in the mid-budget smartphone category, is an improved piece of hardware.

Tap it up

Host card emulation is set to revolutionise the way we shop offline and online.

Peer-to-peer lending is catching on in India

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is catching on in India, but the risks for tech-savvy lenders are enormous.

Letters to the Editor

Business Today readers share their feedback on the magazine's coverage.

"Internet retailing of books is a wonderful development"

Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing, talks to Sapna Nair Purohit about the changing publishing landscape globally.

"India has a competent enough system to check quality standards"

The $25-billion Indian pharma industry is going through intense regulatory scrutiny. Foreign drug regulators such as the US Food and Drug Adminis-tration (FDA) and EU's European Medicines Agency have increased their inspections of Indian drug manufacturing plants that export medicines to those geographies.

The final push for GST infrastructure

GST infrastructure is a work in Progress. The government will have to burn the midnight oil if it wants to meet the April 2017 deadline.

Tracking Start-ups

Anybody following business news would not have failed to note the giddy rise of Indian start-ups in the past couple of years, or the fact that some cold water has been poured on them this year by venture capitalists (VCs).

The Last of the Gentlemen Bankers

This tell-all memoir of the author's experiences in banking and government over several decades is deeply insightful.

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Recovery time

After several years of dull growth, the cement industry looks set for a bull run - thanks to the revival in housing and infrastructure projects. Will the pick-up sustain?

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TRAI'S Web of Confusion

The telecom regulator must first simplify its processes before dealing with net neutrality.

Now shop till you drop 24/7

Once the model shops and establishments act comes into force, shops, malls and cinemas will be allowed to remain open 24x7. But does it make business sense?

Its Looking Good

Brexit and a host of favourable domestic factors augur well for the Indian equity market in the medium to long term.

Sending a Clear Message

PM Modi's new Cabinet is about performance and merit, besides caste and political compulsions.

BT More

Food review: Dimsum Trail

Royal China has been around for a while now. The newest on the list are the restaurant's summer health menu, business bento box, unlimited dimsum menu.