Zomato, Swiggy and food delivery in the age of plastics

Deep in the recesses of GPRA Complex, New Moti Bagh—an upscale, gated colony for civil servants—lies a sewage treatment and waste management plant. This is Delhi’s first zero-waste area, run by Green Planet Waste Management (GPWM). Smack dab between GPWM’s wastewater treatment and composting centres is a shed where non-recyclable plastic herded from GPRA Complex … Read more

Resisting upto 99.9% antibiotics: India’s superbug war begins

When it comes to antibiotics, an over 10% resistance is almost too high. Indians show resistance as high as 99.9% towards some antibiotics. This, as per a paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) on 3 June—the first paper that indisputably establishes that Indians are alarmingly antibiotic resistant. Not only are Indians … Read more

Fiinovation and the CSR funding pot at the end of the rainbow

On 18 February at the World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Congress in Mumbai, Soumitro Chakraborty, CEO of Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt Ltd (Fiinovation), was the toast of the town. The Congress focused on companies helping implement sustainable development goals in health, education and the social sector. That night, Chakraborty won the ‘CEO of the year’ … Read more

What’s bugging Truecaller

“Delete Truecaller.” These two words threatened the very existence of Truecaller, after a user’s chance discovery went viral, last week. The app, which actively filters spam calls and messages for more than 100 million smartphone users in India—and tens of millions more worldwide—was found to enroll some users for UPI without their knowledge. UPI or … Read more

Doubts Doctrine: Users flock but questions linger over Doubtnut, Brainly

“If you have a math question, I’m 99% sure it exists in our database,” says Tanushree Nagori. We’re inside a giant boardroom, with off-white walls and rows of tables, which double up as writing surfaces. Nagori draws on the table between us, explaining where her fledgling online venture—Doubtnut—lies within India’s edtech landscape, which is projected … Read more

Indian marketplace unicorns are the new incumbents

A perfect storm is gathering over the country’s most dominant digital platforms. Over the last decade in India, billions of dollars have been spent by startups, venture capitalists and tech multinationals as they seek to rewrite entire sectors. In the process, they’ve managed market shares that took their “offline” or “old economy” peers decades to … Read more