Norwest to step up India investment

Norwest’s India portfolio currently includes internet companies like travel portal Yatra, Quikr, Pepperfry and food delivery startup Swiggy.

Norwest’s India portfolio currently includes internet companies like travel portal Yatra, Quikr, Pepperfry and food delivery startup Swiggy.

Mumbai: Norwest Venture Partners, one of the largest venture capital firms globally which has invested $700 million (about Rs.4,730 crore) in the country so far, will step up startup investments here in 2016.

“In the past 15 to 18 months we have not been investing actively. We had put in less than $60 million (about Rs.400 crore) here last year. We will at least double if not triple this number in 2016,” Norwest Venture Partners managing director Niren Shah said.

“We had not met internal numbers on new deployment, but we’re getting there,” he added. He pointed out that valuations were a concern. “They were at least six times of what’s ‘fair’. It’s now more reasonable. Companies have started focussing on unit economics rather than growing fast,” he said. The Silicon Valley-based firm, which has backed Uber and Spotify, has just closed a $1.2 billion global fund and will invest in startups across the US, China, India and Israel.

Speaking about Norwest India’s investment strategy, Shah said they are bullish on food tech contrary to other funds, as well as vertically integrated e-commerce and financial technology firms. He also said that one of the biggest challenges in India is competition, and that several companies in the country are “trying to replicate the success of an Alibaba in China”.

Norwest’s India portfolio currently includes internet companies like travel portal Yatra, Quikr, Pepperfry and food delivery startup Swiggy.

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Make in India brand campaigners launch Motherland Joint Ventures

In a natural extension of its main brand, Motherland will also be involved in culture-related projects such as publishing, film, art and music. Photo: PTI

In a natural extension of its main brand, Motherland will also be involved in culture-related projects such as publishing, film, art and music. Photo: PTI

Mumbai: V. Sunil and Mohit Dhar Jayal, the men behind the fabulous campaigns for brands such as Make in India, Incredible India! Indigo and Royal Enfield have called it a day at Wieden + Kennedy, the American advertising agency they helped set up in India nine years ago. The duo, along with Rahul Bhatia, the promoter for InterGlobe Aviation Ltd (Indigo Airlines), have launched Motherland Joint Ventures Pvt. Ltd.

Motherland, an initiative which started out as a beautifully produced magazine covering Indian pop culture during the duo’s stint at W+K India, will now broaden its scope to operate in lifestyle-related product categories, including consumer products and urban regeneration projects, the first of which is already underway in Jodhpur.

Under this, the company is looking to restore some old havelis to make them into boutique hotels and retail spaces, as well as restore public spaces such as the step well. “The idea is to create spaces, and promote tourism, culture and shopping for people to enjoy. Unfortunately, like everything else in our country nothing is packaged well. So our endeavor will be to package, design and present to the world, what India has to offer,” said Sunil, director, Motherland.

In a natural extension of its main brand, Motherland will also be involved in culture-related projects such as publishing, film, art and music. The product line, which is also an integral part of this initiative, is currently in the development phase. “So, it could be anything from a toy plane to an actual plane, to even cities. Our job is to bring best in class practices from all over the world to participate and help execute projects,” said Sunil.

Between them, Motherland’s founders represent a good mix of business acumen and branding expertise: Sunil and Jayal, the former executive creative director and managing director, respectively, at W+K India, helped build India’s most successful global brands, we travel and hospitality industry such as InterGlobe Enterprises. The team will be joined by Bejul Somaia, managing director of Lightspeed India Partners, who will come on board as an advisor.

Motherland’s mission is to create globally competitive brands of Indian origin by collaborating with like-minded organisations and individuals in the pursuit of profit and social progress.

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Amazon India Festive Sale: The Big Offers From Day One

Amazon India Festive Sale: The Big Offers From Day One

Amazon’s Great Indian Festive sale has begun. As expected, there’s something on offer for everyone. A large number of deals across all possible categories are now live. Here are a few quick tips to help you sail through all Amazon Great Indian Festive sale:

1) Some of the best deals would be available as Lightning Deals. These go live only for a short period of time. You’ll have only 15 minutes to checkout to make sure you claim the deal.

2) Lightning Deals have waitlisting systems that allow others users to grab a deal in case anyone times out in 15 minutes. Make sure you add yourself to the waitlist because in a majority of cases people drop out at the last moment while claiming a deal.

3) Bundle Amazon Great Indian Festive offers with an HDFC Bank card to get additional cashback (minimum transaction Rs. 5000, maximum cashback Rs. 1500)

4) If you have trouble spotting deals on the mobile app, add products to your cart from the desktop and complete the purchase using the mobile app. Make sure you’re signed in to the same account to ensure your shopping cart is synchronised.

Here are some of the best deals we found on Amazon Great Indian Festive sale day one:

Fitbit fitness bands
Almost all of Fitbit’s fitness bands are now available at a discounted price for the first time, officially. If you are a serious fitness buff or you’re just starting out to watch your health, these fitness bands will help you measure your progress and guide you through. The sale includes Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Surge. Amazon has also discounted the Fitbit Aria wireless weighing scale. All these products have been discounted by 20% on the marked price.

Link: Amazon

Apple iPhone 6
In case you missed Snapdeal’s offer on the last year’s iPhone or were waiting for it to show up on Amazon, your wait is over. The iPhone 6 (gold) is now available at Rs. 36,999 (MRP Rs. 52,000), which is the same as what Snapdeal offered on Monday. The 64GB variant currently hovers around the Rs. 45,600 price point and that’s still a pretty good price.

Link: Amazon

Kindle e-readers
What’s an Amazon sale without a discount on the Kindle e-readers? The all-new Kindle Paperwhite with a higher resolution has officially received its first discount ever. You can grab it as part of the Amazon Great Indian Festive sale for as low as Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 10,999) during Amazon’s festive sale. The basic Kindle e-reader is also available at a discounted price of Rs. 4,999 (MRP Rs. 5,999). Kindles are probably the best ways to read a book these days.

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Link: Amazon

Xbox One console and games
The Xbox One has received its much expected discount of Rs. 5,000 on the marked price. You can buy it at Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 34,990) during Amazon’s festive season sale. That’s the standard Xbox One discount during almost all Amazon sales. What’s special this time is that you could bundle a lot of Xbox One games with your purchase since they’re all going at discount of at least 25 percent.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 34,990)

Link: Amazon

OnePlus 2 64GB
If you’ve been in the invitation queue far too long, now is your time to rejoice. The OnePlus 2 64GB is available on Amazon and you can buy it without an invitation. There’s no discount but just having the phone available to buy is a deal in itself. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 24,999. It comes with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The display is a 5.5-inch IPS LCD, running a resolution of 1080×1920.

Link: Amazon

Discounts on large appliances
Amazon is offering a discount in the range of 30-55% for almost all popular large appliances like air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, etc. Please note that some of these may not be available at your location. While buying, you’ll be able to get an additional 30% off while making a payment (no coupon needed) and you will also get a gift card from Amazon worth Rs. 1,000 on purchases above Rs. 10,001.

Link: Amazon

Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch
The 256GB variant of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air is now available at a discounted price of Rs. 59,499 on Amazon. It’s a limited-period deal so make sure you don’t keep waiting. The MacBook Air 11.6-inch comes with OS X Mavericks which can be upgraded to OS X El Capitan. The laptop is powered by a 1.4GHz Core i5 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. It comes witha 256GB SSD.

Link: Amazon

iPad Air 16GB WiFi and Cellular
The iPad Air 16GB is now available at a discounted price of Rs. 34,999 for a limited time, on Amazon’s festive season sale. If you prefer the previous generation iPad, and want a cellular variant, this is a pretty decent deal. The iPad Air comes with a 9.7-inch display with Apple’s Retina Display. The cellular variant allows you to use your mobile phone connection to access the internet while you’re on the move.

Link: Amazon

Audio Technica ATH-M50X
The popular Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones are now available for Rs. 8,409 (MRP Rs. 13,499) on Amazon’s festive season sale. Although that’s not the lowest price we’ve seen yet, but it’s still a decent break from the usual price of Rs. 9,400. These professional headphones are sturdy and offer an extremely high quality sound output. If you are serious about investing in a pair of headphones this year that don’t cost over Rs. 10,000, these should be it.

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Link: Amazon

Canon Pixma MG5670 wireless all-in-one printer
Grab the Canon Pixma MG5670 printer for Rs. 4,999 (MRP Rs. 8,795) on a Lightning Deal. This is probably one of the best all-in-one printers with wireless support that you can buy at the Rs. 5,000 price point. The printer supports AirPrint, Google CloudPrint and also offers a Pixma app to connect a mobile device wirelessly to the printer.

Price: Rs. 4,999 (MRP Rs. 8,795)

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Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P Launched in India: Price, Availability Details

Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P Launched in India: Price, Availability Details

Google has launched its latest Nexus smartphones – the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P – in India. The company announced that both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones will be available for pre-orders starting 2pm IST on Tuesday, and will go on sale from October 21. The Nexus 5X 16GB will be exclusively retailed online by Amazon India, while the Nexus 6P will be exclusive to Flipkart. Both smartphones can also be purchased via offline retailers such as The Mobile Store, Sangeetha Mobiles, and Croma, among others.

(Also see: Nexus 5X vs. Nexus 6P)

As confirmed previously, the Nexus 5X is priced at Rs. 31,900 for the 16GB internal storage variant, while the 32GB variant will come at Rs. 35,900. The Nexus 6P is priced at Rs. 39,999 for the 32GB internal storage variant, and Rs. 42,999 for the 64GB variant. Those who pre-order the Nexus 5X will get a Bluetooth headset worth Rs. 2,500 free, screen replacement worth Rs. 6,500 free, and Rs. 3,500 cashback for HDFC Bank credit card users.

(Also see: Nexus 5X full specifications)

Those who pre-order the Nexus 6P will get a Chromecast dongle worth Rs. 2,999 via Flipkart, or a Bluetooth speaker worth Rs. 2,495 via offline retailers, free. The company is touting EMI offers on all major credit cards, plus 100 percent cashback of interest charges, apart from an Airtel 4G ‘double data for six months’ offer.

(Also see: Nexus 6P full specifications)

Google, which launched the phones on September 29 in San Francisco, said that the new devices would come with Type-C USB, Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, and run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

(Also see: Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Signal a Return to Form for Google)

The Nexus 6P is the first full-metal Nexus smartphone, built out of aluminium, and features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixel) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4; a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with 4K and slow-motion (240fps) video recording, apart from an f/2.0 aperture; 8-megapixel front-facing camera with HDR+ and a f/2.4 aperture; a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC; 3GB of LPDD4 RAM, a 3450mAh battery with Quick Charge support providing up to 7 hours of charge in 10 minutes, and dual front-ported speakers. It will be available in Aluminium, and Graphite colour variants.

The Nexus 5X on the other hand features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3; a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC; 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM; a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with 4K and slow-motion (120fps) video recording, apart from an f/2.0 aperture, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with HDR+ and a f/2.0 aperture. It features a 2700mAh battery, with Quick Charge support providing up to 3.8 hours of charge in 10 minutes. It will be available in Carbon Black, Quartz White, and Ice Blue.

Speaking at the launch David Shapiro, Global Director of Chrome and Android Marketing at Google said, “India is now the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, and it’s exciting to launch our newest Nexus phones here. We’re looking forward to the Nexus 5X and 6P delivering premium experiences for Indian users, demonstrating what is possible when innovative hardware, thoughtful design, and the latest Android software all come together.”

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