Author: Celine Delacharlerie

After the E-Commerce Hype, Indian Startups are Ready to Solve Real Issues

In 2016, I visited India thrice to attend conferences in Bangalore, the heart of technology in the country. SURGE, TechSparks and NASSCOM Product Conclave are the main tech conferences in the country. They bring together enthusiastic entrepreneurs, leading startups, corporates, journalists and other key innovation players to share insights. I was impressed by the size and the dynamism of the ecosystem. With 4,750 startups, India has the third largest ecosystem behind Silicon Valley and the United Kingdom. However, I was disappointed to see that most Indian startups had entered e-commerce. To me, technology had more to offer than just helping people spend money online. The...

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We’ll be at NASSCOM Product Conclave in Bengaluru to gain insights on the opportunities and challenges in India

After spending one week in Bengaluru for TechSparks 2016 and meeting diverse key players of the startup ecosystem two weeks ago, we’ll be back in India again for the NASSCOM Product Conclave on 26-27th of October!   We’ve been delighted during our last visit by the openness,  energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs, accelerators, mentors or even corporates to make the ecosystem grow and India stand out on the global tech scene. Bengaluru has 4,000 active startups. They have raised a total of over one billion dollars in the last two years, making the city the second largest tech hub in the world.  But...

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Meet us at TechSparks in Bengaluru next week while we explore the Indian innovation ecosystem!

After attending Surge earlier this year, we’ll head again to Bengaluru, India, for another important tech event in the country: TechSparks, organized by the tech media YourStory on the 30th of September and 1st of October. Once again, we are very excited to meet lots of startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and get inspired by what gamechangers have to offer in such a key market in the region. Indian startups have in the last years attracted the attention of investors, corporates or the GAFA with a peak of investment in 2015 of over 5 billion USD.  The startup ecosystem in India...

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The growth of C2C eCommerce apps in Asia

C2C (consumer-to-consumer) eCommerce mobile applications are currently experiencing strong growth in Asia. They are extremely easy to use for the seller as for the buyer and allow anyone to become an entrepreneur, without paying a commission. These mobile and social successors of eBay represent a huge opportunity in a region with a large number of artisans and communities selling second-hand goods. C2C eCommerce apps typically include a feature “chat & buy”, which allows to start a conversation on an instant messaging app with the seller / buyer to discuss the product, price, delivery, collection, and possible customization. On some...

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Interview with Marco Gervasi, the author of the book “East Commerce: A Journey Through China E-commerce and the Internet of Things”

We interviewed Marco Gervasi, the author of the book “East Commerce: A Journey Through China E-commerce and the Internet of Things”, published by Wiley and available worldwide from April 2016.   Originally from Italy, Marco has been living in China since 2004,  advising companies on their investments in and from China. Initially, he joined a local company and in 2007 he established a management consulting firm, The Red Synergy Shanghai. Since 2013, Marco has observed “how, thanks to e-commerce, China has created a super-connected world that is now taking over Asia, African and will soon influence the West”.  ...

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