|“Whatever title or office we may be privileged to hold, it is what we do that defines who we are … Each of us must decide what kind of person we want to be—what kind of legacy that we want to pass on.”
– Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Did you know…
… that today is the birthday of Erma Bombeck (1927)? Erma was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life humorously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. She also published 15 books, most of which became best-sellers. And we still enjoy her writings today! 🙂
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
— Erma Bombeck
Maybe she just folds
Under stress, because her strength
Lies in the crease.
Daily Capsule | 21st Feb
Aayega, aayega, tera bhi time aayega!
No, we are not saying this. The message comes straight from the Western Railways and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who seem to have caught the ‘Gully Boy’ fever. And why not? Every movie buff is hooked to the foot-tapping playlist from the recent Zoya Akhtar release. And it is about time the government got its groove on as well.
But there’s an interesting twist. Goyal’s version of the rap – ‘Tera Time Aayega’ – doesn’t talk about woke hip-hoppers, but rogue travellers who travel without tickets. Taking a direct potshot at the offenders, the parody video goes on to warn about the ‘Shaana’ (clever) TT, urging people to ‘avoid ticketless travel’.
Speak of a well-timed PSA!
Stories you shouldn’t miss
Sachin Bansal’s investment in Ola made news, but there is more than just that here. From early 2009 to now, Indian startup founders have evolved into seasoned entrepreneurs, and are investing in startups themselves. They have gone from being “startup boys” to venerable names in the global startup ecosystem, and along the way, have created impact, shaping the narrative of the Indian startup ecosystem.
Online wealth management platform Paytm Money announced the appointment of Suresh Vasudevan as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his latest capacity, Suresh will be leading the overall engineering and technology functions at Paytm Money, and will be based out of Bengaluru. Prior to this, he worked at Amazon as the Head of Engineering for Alexa Skills Certification platform.
NASSCOM has revealed that India is the world’s third largest tech startup hub, with over 7,000 product and service startups in operation right now. There’s more. India’s IT-BPM industry is said to have grown by 9.2 percent in 2018-19, during which it created 170,000 new jobs across large and mid-sized enterprises. Most of the job creation is in the field of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
The 2019 general elections are just around the corner, and ahead of the polls, online giants like Facebook and Google have been strengthening rules related to political advertising. The latest one to join this bandwagon is Twitter. Announcing measures to ensure transparency, the micro-blogging site said it will be screening political campaigners before they are allowed to run ads on their services. Furthermore, Twitter will be detailing its users on political ad spends and target demographics.
Until recently, MX Player was just a video playback app, consistently ranking among India’s top 10 downloaded apps on Google Play Store. Things changed when Times Internet acquired the Korean app for Rs 1,000 crore, and announced that MX Player would pivot into the video-streaming space in India. Eight months on, MX Player has now relaunched as an OTT platform and released five web shows under the label ‘MX Original Series’.
Naspers-owned PayU announced the appointment of Anirban Mukherjee as Chief Executive Officer of PayU India. Anirban will be taking over from Amrish Rau, who is moving on to a bigger global role with Naspers’ fintech practice, as its Head of financial technology partnerships and investments. With two decades of experience in global payments, credit, and digital banking, Anirban will be responsible for all the operations and business lines of PayU India.
Alibaba-backed XpressBees has raised Rs 35 crore from venture debt capital firm InnoVen Capital. Founded by Amitava Saha, Co-founder of FirstCry, and Supam Maheshwari in 2012, the startup currently provides logistics services to companies including Paytm, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Reliance. Among its offerings are reverse logistics, real-time tracking and multiple payment collection options.
Technology has transformed the world more dramatically than any other revolution in history and is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the global economy. However, at a time when opportunity has never been greater, women are retreating from the fields of science and technology at alarming rates. The India Skills Forum: Advancing Innovation & Inclusion will focus on upskilling & enabling women in technology. The mission to build a stronger workforce, ready for the challenges of the 21st century digital economy just got a new platform #IndiaSkillsForum.
Are you promoting alternative and new construction technologies to reduce the time and cost of construction? Do you have better livability solutions for communities? If you’re solving this and many other challenges in the housing sector, the ShelterTech Accelerator programme is for you. Apply before March 6, 2019 and get access to a network of 300+ founders, seed funds worth Rs 75 lakh, customised support, and more.
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