… that today is Kindergarten Day? This day celebrates the birthday of Friedrich Froebel (1782), who began the first kindergarten in 1837 in Blankenburg, Germany. The first kindergarten in a public school in the U.S. was started in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1873.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”
— Nikos Kazantzakis
“The Power of Pausing When You’re Stressed” by Cee Vinny https://link.medium.com/JESSa8783V
“How Start-Ups Have Used Instagram to Build $1Bn Businesses” by The Financial Times https://link.medium.com/maJSXi483V
“Our Relationships Are Mirrors for Ourselves” by Brianna Wiest https://link.medium.com/VxIaaN083V
“The Flipside of Funny” by Jennie Young https://link.medium.com/LWD2tTT83V
“Your Shadow Can Help You Develop” by Bridget Webber https://link.medium.com/K40vT0M83V
“The Single Lifestyle is a Celebration, Not a Funeral” by Gillian Sisley https://link.medium.com/w1KScsG83V
“5 Powerful Types of Music That Increase Your Productivity, According to Science” by Melissa Chu https://link.medium.com/zon7meB83V
So act boldly, as if it’s impossible to fail. If you keep adding fuel to your desire, you will reach the point of knowing that you’ll never quit, and ultimate success will be nothing more than a matter of time. ~ Steve Pavlina
Did you know…
… that today is Ford Mustang Day? The Mustang automobile was unveiled on this date in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. By the end of the day, Ford had sold over 22,000 Mustangs. Within two years, over a million Mustangs had sold!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
— Oscar Wilde
Did you know…
… that today is the Birth of Air Jordan? In the 1986 playoffs, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored 63 points to erase Elgin Baylor’s playoff scoring record. Even with his heroic effort, the Boston Celtics still won 135-131. “TV Guide” called this game “the birth of Air Jordan.”
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”
— Michael Jordan
“There Is A Superpower Within Us All” by John P. Weiss https://link.medium.com/m2mOseDE3V
Weekly Digest | 21st April
A wise person once said, “Every weekend should be a three-day weekend,” and sometimes – like this time – we get one. Some of us prefer to catch up on the shows we missed, while others want to make a quick getaway. Then, there are some who have to work, and some who have chores.
But no matter what, you should always have some time to catch some zzz’s. After all, Winnie the Pooh said, “Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.”
Who are we to argue with that?
Here’s what you need to know to stay caught up on Indian startups, innovations and more.
Flipkart is using automation to deliver your products on time
Ecommerce major Flipkart dispatches a million shipments across the country every day – using robots and more. The tech-dominated supply chain and logistics network built by Flipkart subsidiary EKART is banking on new technologies like automation and robotics. It hopes to create a system that is robust, resilient, and scalable to be able to handle millions of products on a daily basis
How Flipkart is using automation
to deliver your products on time
Sequoia Surge unveils its first cohort, includes 8 Indian startups
Surge, Sequoia’s accelerator programme for early-stage startups in India and Southeast Asia, signed on 17 companies as part of Surge 01. Headquartered in five different countries: India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Bangladesh, the chosen startups span across various sectors, including fintech, ecommerce, healthtech, and edtech.
The rise of fantasy sports in India, and startups to watch out for
Fantasy sports or ‘esports’ is suddenly water-cooler conversation in India. Until a few years ago, we had only a handful of companies in this space. Today, capital is pouring in, even from prominent, international VC. In fact, we have almost 60 fantasy sports platforms, including a ‘unicorn’ – Dream11, now valued at $1.1 billion.
Singer Jonita Gandhi on working with AR Rahman, Bollywood breaks and more
Your first heard her in Vishal-Shekhar’s Chennai Express. But Jonita Gandhi started her career as a viral YouTube star posting videos in collaboration with Aakash Gandhi when she was just 17. Born in India and raised in Canada, Jonita is well known for her songs in Highway, Manmarziyaan, OK Kanmani, Sarkar, Padman, among others. The singer has also been featured in AR Rahman’s album Raunaq
This 15-year-old is a student by day, entrepreneur by night
What did you do when you were 15? Prepare for your boards, struggling with a massive syllabus? For Bhopal boy Kunal Chandiramani, life is full of these usual challenges and then some. At 15, Kunal is already running two cloud-based tech startups – Kstar and CompAcademy. He is also a TEDx speaker and is working on several projects simultaneously.
How Priti Adani is impacting countless lives through Adani Foundation
Set up in 1996 as the CSR wing of the Adani Group, the Adani Foundation works in 2,250 villages across 18 states, impacting the lives of over 3 million people a year through programmes in education, health, livelihood, and community infrastructure development. In a chat with HerStory, the Chairperson of Adani Foundation, Priti Adani, opens up about what drives her, the foundation’s impact, and more.
From Wicked Ride to Bounce, this startup wants to change the way India commutes
Bike rental startup Bounce is on the road to making the daily commute stress-free, reliable, and time-saving for urban India through its shared mobility solutions. Co-founder Vivekananda HR talks to YourStory’s Shradha Sharma on the startup’s plans to change the way Indians commute.
How Bounce plans on changing the way India commutes
This startup is making paperless exams a reality
LittleMore Innovation Labs has come up with a solution to save paper, which in turn, can save trees, helping us right some of the wrongs humans did to planet Earth. Using a customised software called Paperless Examinations Advantage (PEXA), it helps students to write exams digitally using an electronic pad (E-pad) and a stylus instead of paper, making way for a greener environment.
Licious is grabbing a big bite of the $30B Indian meat market
Abhay Hanjura, Co-founder of Licious has one question for you – “Would you travel 20 km for a paneer bhurji?” According to him, foodies would travel more for their favourite biryani or kebab. Built on this very emotion, online meat brand Licious delivers an average of 6,000 orders a day. The startup has raised over $65 million so far, even opening an automated factory on the outskirts of Bengaluru for its newly launched range.
India-China collaboration: a ‘smart’ South Asian tech connection
Due to similarities, solutions developed by Chinese entrepreneurs are more suited to India rather than the one-size-fits-all strategies that you get from the majority of the US technology giants. While China’s internet industry began in the late 90s, India’s tryst with technology began with the IT boom in the 1980s-1990s. Here are the reasons a partnership between the two countries makes sense.
On Women’s Day in 2017, Facebook launched the SheLeadsTech program to empower and help women entrepreneurs scale in the Indian startup ecosystem. Today, with 500+ members from more than 85 cities, it’s time to celebrate! Facebook is hosting its summit on April 25, 2019 in New Delhi to showcase milestones and discuss the way forward. Witness interesting panel discussions, fireside chats, product showcases, and much more. That’s not all, a special masterclass on how you can leverage Facebook’s ecosystem to grow your business is in store. To join the celebration, click here to register.
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– Alan Alda