In recent months, the supply of capital has tightened, making some of the Indian Internet companies in the hyper competitive segments settle for lower valuations.
Companies, such as Housing.com, Jabong and Commonfloor, were sold at a valuation lower than their last funding rounds. Myntra acquired Jabong at nearly one seventh of its last announced valuation a couple of years back. Fabfurnish was sold at a distressed valuation of US$3 mn to Future Group—the company had raised US$30 mn in three rounds until 2014. Housing.com is valued at about US$70-75 mn in the recently announced merger with PropTiger (it was valued at over US$200 mn in the earlier rounds in 2014).
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Eros International, the movie producer embraced swiftly partnerships with Telcos for content distribution as well as threw open its own Mobile App and gained commendable traction in monetization.
Recently EROS announced a multi-year deal with Vodafone which will put Eros Now on Vodafone Play. In this newly signed deal, Vodafone Play subscribers will receive access to the Eros Now content in addition to Vodafone’s existing content offering. The available EROS content will be equivalent to the Basic package which includes a more limited offering of TV shows and movies and costs Read the Full Article
Currently news applications take both active and passive approaches to providing customized user experience to subscribers or normal users. In 2017, we see major players continuing to enhance their technologies, leveraging off their strengths in Big Data, AI, VR technology and personalization algorithm to improve user experience and perform more relevant ad targeting. For example, by making use of big data technology, users will passively receive push recommendations on relevant news articles based on previous browsing record and user interests and preference.
AI technology not only allows the app to learn and understand the users for more accurate push of news and advertisement, but also enables other special features such as voice technology. For example, Read the Full Article
eCommerce is not just about selling online but the bigger part is fulfillment strategy. The Automation of warehouse has gone the robotic way for order fulfillment which streamline the process of picking, packing and shipping eCommerce orders for delivery.
In Amazon, any online order can be processed in as little as 15 minutes (from the time a shopper places the order to when his/her picked, packed and labeled package is sitting on a delivery truck). This compares to a roughly 2-hour average processing time in non-Kiva-equipped Amazon fulfillment centers.
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Jio’s strategy of FREE Unlimited Calling appears to be motivated by a desire to accelerate 4G-handset adoption in the market, rapidly build up user base, and impact the profitability of incumbents voice being their cash-cow, accounting for >70% of revenues. We expect industry voice yields (VRPM) would now see continuous dilution, driven by increase in share of 4G smartphone users, who would likely enjoy cheaper effective call rates from all the service providers.
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After the initial impact on VRPM, revenues and margins from tariff adjustments aimed at retaining the high ARPU subs, we see limited risk to the voice revenues of incumbents, based on the Read the Full Article
IBM long regarded as a sleeping giant took a deep plunge with initiatives which are a combination of Analytics, Cloud Computing, Social, Mobile and Security,and combined have been growing “double-digits” over the past few years. They have readied enviable Software Stacks to enable Enterprises to go Digital with high RoI by 2020.
IBM Watson uses machine learning and deep learning algorithms to make predictive analysis that’s “evolves” or “learns” with every new bit of information. Watson also has natural language processing (NLP), as well as speech and image recognition built Read the Full Article