4 Indian Entrepreneurs Who Embraced Technology In Their Business Models


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Without a doubt, one of the most exciting technological innovations this decade has seen is the evolution of blockchain. Since its inception, it has revolutionized digital commerce, technology and brought about the possibility of near-instant financial transactions. The global economic model is undergoing a huge transformation and being one of the frontrunners in technology, the Indian entrepreneurship industry is adapting blockchain technology. Here are four entrepreneurs from India who are leveraging the power of blockchain.

Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder and COO of Matic Networks

Nailwal co-founded Matic Network in 2018 and worked with his team to make it a global leader in blockchain space with a $200 million market cap. Today, Matic Network is one of the fastest growing DApps (decentralized applications) platforms enabling tonnes of applications

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Facebook’s alleged indifference of Indian hate speech linked to policy chief’s political bias

Over the past several weeks, there has been an increasing clamour for Facebook to place its India public policy head, Ankhi Das, on leave as the company continues with an audit of its India operations.

The impetus for the audit was an article written by the Wall Street Journal in mid-August. In that piece, WSJ reported that Das had resisted against taking down inflammatory content that eventually sparked rioting in the capital city of Delhi as it was posted by members of the nationalist BJP party. 

The riots left over fifty dead, most of whom were Muslims. It also led to many of these Muslims’ homes being torched.

“The company’s top public-policy executive in the country, Ankhi Das, opposed applying the hate-speech rules to [T Raja] Singh and at least three other Hindu nationalist individuals and groups flagged internally for promoting or participating in violence,” WSJ reported.

These inflammatory posts

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Trump administration announces new rules that restrict H-1B visa in a blow to Indian tech workforce



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Trump administration announces new rules that restrict H-1B visa in a blow to Indian tech workforce

Trump administration on Tuesday announced the interim final rule that restricts H-1B visas to protect American workers.

The new rules include tightening the currently regulations proposed by Department of Homeland Security and new wage rules for the skilled immigration visa, proposed by the Department of labor. While the former will come into to effect 60 days after publishing in the Federal Register, the latter will come into effect on Thursday right after publishing.

These regulations are also expected to impact a third of H-1B petitions. Immigration experts pointed out that these changes are expected to be challenged in the court.

The new rule will do three things.

1. It will narrow the definition of specialty occupation.

2. Additional documentation required by companies to prove that they need the H-1B workers to

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UnwanTED Talks in science & tech- The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: ‘You don’t love science, you’re looking at its butt when it walks away’ proclaims a favourite Cyanide & Happiness panel. But, Gururag Kalanidhi isn’t one of them. Going by the same panel, he is one of those people who truly love science — ones who “spend their lives studying the tedious little bits as well as the big flashy parts”. From dropping out of a course in Chemical Engineering to making a career (at least for now) in product marketing, his life has taken quite a few turns. Yet, his passion for science has seen him through all these transitions. It’s in the earnest interest to share this thirst for scientific conversations that led him to begin his project — unwanTed Talks. 

“The intention is to initiate conversations on science and technology,” begins the 27-year-old. “When you look at things like politics, there’s already a lot

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Google Defers Indian In-App Commission Fees After Startups Complain | Technology News

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Google has extended its deadline for Indian app developers to comply with a new billing system by six months to March 31, 2022, the U.S. tech giant said in a blog post on Monday.

Google also said https://india.googleblog.com/2020/10/google-plays-billing-system-update.html it was setting up “listening sessions” with leading startups to understand their concerns and establishing “policy workshops” to clear any additional questions after it said it will more strictly enforce a global policy and charge a 30% commission fee for in-app purchases, irking some developers.

In recent days, many startups in India have banded together to consider ways to challenge Google, including by lodging complaints with the government and courts. They are upset about the 30% commission fee and say several other Google Play Store policies hurt their businesses.

Google said the policy is not new and more than 97% of developers with apps on its app

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Indian Startups Band Up Against Google Dominance, Want To Build National Alternative To Play Store

KEY POINTS

  • Google Play will collect a 30% commission on in-app purchases from 2021
  • Indian startup founders called these charges “unfeasible”
  • Google’s Android holds a 95.8% market share in India

More than 150 top Indian startups and businesses, some of them big names, have banded together to challenge Google’s monopoly over the Android app ecosystem in India  and build an app store that the country can call its own, TechCrunch reported.

The move by Indian businesses to to build a national altenative to Google Play was prompted by Google’s recent annoucement to force app developers on its store to use its payments system, which takes a 30% cut on transactions including in-app purchases. Reports said founders of leading startups like Paytm, a payments app simiar to Google Pay and is India’s most valuable startup; MakeMyTrip and PolicyBazaar discussed Google’s policy and the concerns on dependence on Google on a call.

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Paytm, other Indian startups vow to fight ‘big daddy’ Google’s clout: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Dozens of India’s technology startups, chafing at Google’s local dominance of key apps, are banding together to consider ways to challenge the U.S. tech giant, including by lodging complaints with the government and courts, executives told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the sign of “Google for India”, the company’s annual technology event in New Delhi, India, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Sankalp Phartiyal/File Photo

Although Google, owned by Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O, has worked closely with India’s booming startup sector and is ramping up its investments, it has recently angered many tech companies with what they say are unfair practices.

Setting the stage for a potential showdown, entrepreneurs held two video conferences this week to strategise, three executives told Reuters.

“It’s definitely going to be a bitter fight,” said Dinesh Agarwal, CEO of e-commerce firm IndiaMART INMR.NS. “Google will lose this battle. It’s just a

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MCN overall review verdict: The Chieftain sits at the top of the Chief range as the fully-specced touring model. Its heritage and imposing styling makes a Harley look almost meek when compared. Churning

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Indian start-up ShareChat is one of many looking to fill the vacuum left by TikTok ban

  • ShareChat, a Twitter-backed Indian social media platform that caters to users in 15 regional languages, launched a short-video sharing app just days after New Delhi banned TikTok.
  • The app, Moj, now has more than 80 million monthly active users who spend on average 34 minutes on the platform, the company said. 
  • The TikTok ban left a vacuum that local start-ups are moving in to fill. 



a close up of a person wearing a mask: A girl wearing a protective mask depicting the TikTok logo poses for a picture in Mumbai, India, July 1, 2020.


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A girl wearing a protective mask depicting the TikTok logo poses for a picture in Mumbai, India, July 1, 2020.

SINGAPORE — India’s ban of the popular short-video sharing app TikTok has left a vacuum that local start-ups are moving in to fill. 

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One of those start-ups is ShareChat, a Twitter-backed Indian social media platform that caters to users in 15 regional languages.

Citing national security concerns, New Delhi announced the ban on TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based

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Twitter Let Dozens Of Tweets Doxing Indian Interfaith Couples Stay Up For Months

For nearly two months, tweets by far-right Hindu nationalists in India doxing dozens of young interfaith couples — usually Muslim men marrying Hindu women — circulated on Twitter.

“This is going to be a long thread,” one of the accounts involved in the doxing said, following it up with 17 more tweets. Each tweet contained pictures of government documents including names, ages, occupations, addresses, and photographs of Hindu-Muslim couples in India. “Look at these pictures,” another tweet from the same account said. “Who instigates these couples to get together? It can’t be that they just ‘fall in love.’”

On Monday, as outrage mounted in India, Twitter finally took down some of the largest threads, even though people had been reporting them for weeks.

But more than half a dozen other tweets doxing interfaith couples remained after the first takedowns. One of them included a tweet from a politician from India’s

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