Newsmakers Of The Week – Your Weekly News Roundup !

Last week was a roller-coaster ride for the tech and startup industry. Many startups had a smooth run with the fresh funding and many bounced back after facing a tough time. But overall, last week, industry went through a lull phase and companies such as PepperTab, etc. shut down their operations partly or completely. On the other hand, big players such as Flipkart, Zomato lost their top officials . With Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Banning ‘Free Basics Program’, the dreams of Facebook were shattered into pieces. Techstory presents ‘Newsmakers Of Last Week’, a package of news articles which literally buzzed the Indian market last week.

 PepperTap Finally Calling Off Its Services In Six Cities Including Mumbai


8 February, 2016, New Delhi: In a shocking move, hyperlocal delivery startup, PepperTab has finally decided to call off its operations in six cities. As per the news in the market, the company will be closing its operations in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Jaipur. Apart from that, it will be also taking off 400 delivery men from the job. hyperlocal delivery startup business going through a tough time and many startups in this segment had faced a constant declined in their profits.

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TRAI Gives Green Signal To Net Neutrality; Says No To Differential Pricing


8 February, 2016, New Delhi: In an interesting move, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday has turned down the offer of varying the tariff for data services on the basis of the website/ application/ platform/ or type of content being accessed. TRAI revealed in the statement, “Telecom service providers will be prohibited from offering different/discriminatory tariffs based on content, service, application or any other data which user is accessing or transmitting on the internet.” This move is a big setback to Facebook’s ‘Free Basic Program’ which the company had been promoting across the country.

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Zomato Hits The Bullseye; Turns Profitable In Six Markets Including India


8 February, 2016, Gurgaon: Zomato hits another bullseye as the company has reached operational profitability in six markets, including India. Apart from India, company’s operational profitably has taken a kick start in United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar, Philippines and Indonesia.

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Sundar Pichai Receives A Huge Bounty From The Company


9 February, 2016, USA: It seems like Sundar Pichai is on the ride of his life. The CEO of Google has been awarded a massive bounty of 270,000 shares of restricted stock of worth US $199 million. With this award, he has become the first CEO who has been granted such a high quantity stakes in the company.

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James Barrese Says His Final Bye To PayPal


9 February, 2016, USA: James Barrese has finally called his day at the office. Barrese who has been working with Ebay’s PayPal as Chief Technical Officer will be resigning from 1st April. He would be replaced by Sri Shivananda, PayPal’s VP of Global Platform & Infrastructure.

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Asians Dominating The Tech Force in Silicon Valley


9 February, 2016, USA: According to the latest survey at the Silicon Valley and neighbourhood, Asians have come out as a dominating community of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area’s tech force. On the other hand, the native white workers’ population is declining constantly.

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Tanmay Saksena Takes His Final Call On Zomato; Signs Off From The Company


10 February, 2016, India: Seems like lots of startups have been losing their key officers recently and the major reason behind the cause is still under the cover. Zomato who was in the news recently for calling off its operations in four cities has hit the headlines once again. Tanmay Saksena, Chief Product Officer, Zomato has quit the job and this news has added extra pain to company’s agony.


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10 February, 2016, New Delhi: Once again another startup has shut down its operations and this time it is Delhi based video micro-blogging platform The company had raised a seed funding of US $600,000 million from Matrix partners in January last year. The company has also laid off 40 employees in Nov 2015.

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Top Leaders Mukesh Bansal, Ankit Nagori Quit Flipkart


10 February, 2016: Mukesh Bansal, Head of Commerce and Advertising Business and Ankit Nagori, Chief Business Officer, Flipkart has finally put down their peppers. Nagori is expected to leave the company after three months. On the other hand, Bansal is expected to continue as an advisor to Flipkart and Myntra.

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Amazon Is Marching Ahead For A Complete Dominance


10 February, 2016, India: The recent reports suggest that the world’s biggest marketplace Amazon is going for a full dominance in the Indian Market. The company is aggressively investing in its Indian unit at the time when its counter parts Snapdeal and Flipkart are finding it difficult to raise funding.

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Modi’s ‘Startup India, Standup India’ May Look Dicey As Ecommerce Startups Losses Grew To 293%


10 February, 2016, India: Recently blown away with the startup business, Government of India launched its campaign ‘Startup India, Standup India’ to support startup sector of the country under the leadership of Narendra Modi. But after seeing the latest scenario, it seems like the campaign might be taken for a big toss. As per the reports, India’s top 20 startups had reported increase in their losses at Rs 7,844 crore for the year ended in March 2015.

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It’s Official ! Softbank has Confirmed Zo Rooms Acquisition By Rival Oyo Rooms !


11 Feb 2016, Mumbai: The news is finally confirmed ! Oyo Rooms has acquired its Rival Zo Rooms in an all-stock transaction. Oyo Rooms which has raised about $125 million till now is backed by Tiger Global , Orios Venture Partners and Softbank.

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Facebook Draws Final Curtains On Its Free Basics Service In India


11 February, 2016, India: Finally, Facebook has drawn curtains for its Free Basics service in India. The move came right after the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India)  had decline the demand for differential in pricing for different data services on 8thFebruary. The announcement came as a shock to the company as it had been endorsing ‘Free Basics’ platform to connect maximum numbers of Indians to internet, especially the rural class.

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Government May Fume New Life In Flipkart, Snapdeal; Plans For 100% FDI For Online Marketplace


11 February, 2016, India: If sources are to be believed, marketplace ecommerce sites such as Snapdeal, Flipkart etc. will get the biggest new year gift from the government. The Indian government is planning to permit 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the marketplace format. In order to allure more foreign investments, government is preparing to pin down 100 per cent FDI norm.

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Wipro Cracks The Deal With HealthPlan Services; Will Make Its Second Big Acquisition


12 February, 2016, USA: Wipro is on its way to make its second biggest acquisition till now. The company has given its green signal to acquire US-based HealthPlan Services for a whopping amount of US $460 million. Wipro stated in a statement, “The all-cash deal for the business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) provider will strengthen Wipro’s offerings in the US health insurance market.”

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Google Will Shut Down Picasa on 1st May !


13 Feb 2016, USA: Google is shutting down its photo service Picasa from 1st May 2016 and wants all of its users to move to Google Photos for their photo needs. After 1st of May, people will only be able to view their photos on Picasa. Google had launched Google Photos in May 2015.

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Snapdeal Raises INR 335 Crore In Series J From Singapore based Brother Fortune Apparel



13 Feb 2016, Delhi : Indian e-commerce giant Snapdeal has raised INR 335 Crore in Series J round of funding from Singapore based Brother Fortune Apparel, The Financial Express reported today. The funding seems to have taken place on January 29th.

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A Day After Free Basics Is Withdrawn, Facebook India’s MD Kirthiga Reddy Steps Down


12 February 2016: A day after the Free Basics program was withdrawn, Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy has stepped down and will be moving to Facebook’s headquarters at Menlo Park in the US.

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