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    How JNU and HCU were ranked as the best universities in the country (and why it may not matter much)

    Image credit: PTI They might have been called dens of anti-nationalists and good for nothing. But on Monday, the government added another label to Jawaharlal Nehru University and Hyderabad Central University: The best educational institutions in the country. In its first-ever nationwide ranking of educational institutions and other universities, JNU and HCU came in at the […]

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    Why Saama sold its Snapdeal stake

    Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint How do you like the view?” asks a beaming Ash Lilani as he strides into the conference room at Saama Capital India Advisors’ Bengaluru office on a February afternoon. The “view” Saama’s co-founder is asking about is a trophy wall of sorts adorned with plaques that sport the logos of the venture […]

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    Why University Spin Offs Need Engineers on the Founding Team

    Recently a team of graduate students came to me to talk about a company they were planning to start. They had an option to license a university invention that used would detect heavy metal ions in water. They had clearly researched the idea and had identified a market. They would sell sensors to companies required […]

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    Why Angel Backed Companies are Raising Less Money

    The average angel-backed company receives much less capital today than it did in the early 2000s, data from the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research (CVR) reveals. The CVR’s numbers — which come from surveys of individual angels and angel groups — show that the dollars that the average angel-backed company received dropped […]

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    Here’s why Microsoft bought SwiftKey for $250 million—artificial intelligence

    Photo: Bloomberg New Delhi: On Tuesday, London-based predictive technology company SwiftKey said it has joined the Microsoft family. The deal, first reported by the Financial Times, is believed to be around $250 million. SwiftKey, for most smartphone users, comes through as just another third-party keyboard app, an upgrade on the default keyboard that most platforms […]

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    Why Morgan Stanley’s action on Flipkart is bad news for Indian unicorns

    Given that Flipkart is expected to list its shares in the US at some point over the next few years, the valuation estimates of the mutual funds will be an important indicator of how stock market investors will value the company. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint Bengaluru/New Delhi: Late last month, Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd, the country’s […]

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    Why investors are interested in CarDekho

    CarDekho.com boasts of investors such as Ratan Tata, Times Internet, Sequoia, Hillhouse Capital, Tybourne Capital and HDFC Bank, and is valued at $300 million. Clearly, it has no dearth of investors or money. New Delhi: The presence of CarDekho.com, promoted by Jaipur-based IT firm Girnar Soft, at the recently-concluded Delhi Auto Expo was intimidating. The […]

  • ELECTRONICS
    Why would Foxconn buy Sharp? It’s all about the iPhone

    Japanese electronics maker Sharp has accepted a bid from Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group for it to buy a majority stake in company for ¥489 billion ($4.4 billion), the Japanese firm announced today (Feb. 25). Shortly thereafter, however, Foxconn put the deal on hold “after receiving new material information from Sharp,” it said in a statement. […]

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    Why the US Government and Tech Firms Can’t Agree About Encryption

    Your phone is getting better and better at protecting your privacy. But Uncle Sam isn’t totally comfortable with that, because it’s also complicating the work of tracking criminals and potential national-security threats. For decades, tech companies have steadily expanded the use of encryption – a data-scrambling technology that shields information from prying eyes, whether it’s […]

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    Indians think Africans are ‘frauds and prostitutes’ ‒ so why do they still come to India to study?

    Photo Credit: Noah Seelam/AFP 21.8K Total Views On the morning of February 6, a few hundred African students gathered on the steps of Bengaluru’s Town Hall, a striking, colonnaded building at the heart of the sprawling metropolis best known as India’s Silicon Valley. Holding posters, some printed and most handwritten, and shouting slogans, they were […]