N Madhavan

N Madhavan

While India saw heated protests and a debate last week over Net Neutrality -- the call to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for strictly separating content (apps) and carriage (data plans), the European Union’s Competition Commissioner took a step forward in another side of the business by charging Google with defying what is called “search neutrality”.

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Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal’s CEO, with COO Rohit Bansal(Mint)
Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal’s CEO, with COO Rohit Bansal(Mint)

What Sachin Bansal and Kunal Bahl can learn from Narendra Modi

Hindustan Times | By N. Madhavan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2016 07:45 PM IST
Within the venture-funding community, there is shadow boxing over what these companies are really worth. In this business, talking down a rival is one way of talking down a valuation.
Twitter’s logo on the front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2013(AFP)
Twitter’s logo on the front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2013(AFP)

Birthday list: Five things Twitter users could do with

Hindustan Times | By N. Madhavan
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2016 06:41 PM IST
Twitter is hit by abusers, trolls, gatecrashers and wannabes. It needs new tricks but remains humanity’s best-known single platform for politics and public affairs. It could do with cool new features -- and some way to keep out hate-mongers
Pradeeep Sindhu, founder and CTO, Juniper Networks
Pradeeep Sindhu, founder and CTO, Juniper Networks

Time to doff a hat to the deep end of Internet

Hindustan Times | By N. Madhavan
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2016 12:44 PM IST
Companies like Juniper help giants like Facebook and Google manage heavy duty data centres
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during an interview with CNBC following the IPO for Square Inc., on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.(Reuters Photo)
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during an interview with CNBC following the IPO for Square Inc., on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.(Reuters Photo)

Why Twitter’s gambles to turn cool are worth the risk

PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2016 11:55 AM IST
The competition is uneven but the opportunity is for Twitter to lose.
“The lessons from Yahoo, BlackBerry and Nokia companies is clear: A brand cannot survive in a position of leadership unless it changes the product underneath.”(Reuters File Photo)
“The lessons from Yahoo, BlackBerry and Nokia companies is clear: A brand cannot survive in a position of leadership unless it changes the product underneath.”(Reuters File Photo)

No place for brand arrogance: Lessons from Yahoo, BB and Nokia

UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2016 07:10 PM IST
The lessons from Yahoo, BlackBerry and Nokia companies is clear: A brand cannot survive in a position of leadership unless it changes the product underneath.
Mark Zuckerberg got richer by nearly $5 billion (or R 34,000 crore) overnight.(Pixabay)
Mark Zuckerberg got richer by nearly $5 billion (or R 34,000 crore) overnight.(Pixabay)

Expect Facebook to partner with Indian TV channels soon

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2016 02:07 PM IST
Mark Zuckerberg got richer by nearly $5 billion (or R 34,000 crore) overnight. Facebook’s shares surged 15.5% last Thursday, overtaking Amazon in market valuation. At $308.6 billion, Facebook was ahead of Amazon’s $296 billion. Apple is worth $519 billion and Google’s parent Alphabet Inc $500 billion.
The increased bundling of apps like Netflix as part of smart TVs would make it even more attractive from the content side for people to go for them(AFP File)
The increased bundling of apps like Netflix as part of smart TVs would make it even more attractive from the content side for people to go for them(AFP File)

From prime time to prime view: Smart TVs gain traction in India

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2016 10:28 AM IST
The increased bundling of apps like Netflix as part of smart TVs would make it even more attractive from the content side for people to go for them.
Prime minister Narendra Modi (C), finance minister Arun Jaitley (R) and minister of states for independent charge, Nirmala Sethuraman releasing the action plan at the launch of Startup India, Standup India movement at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.(Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)
Prime minister Narendra Modi (C), finance minister Arun Jaitley (R) and minister of states for independent charge, Nirmala Sethuraman releasing the action plan at the launch of Startup India, Standup India movement at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.(Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)

It is time for India to demystify and define startups

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2016 02:16 PM IST
For India, where money-laundering, corruption and shell companies are part of the folklore, it is important that startups are defined properly.
Samsung virtual reality stall at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The game is now shifting to experiences smartphones can provide through other devices such as these VR sets.(Getty Images via AFP Photo)
Samsung virtual reality stall at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The game is now shifting to experiences smartphones can provide through other devices such as these VR sets.(Getty Images via AFP Photo)

Crazy gizmos will shape the market in coming years

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2016 10:06 AM IST
Technology is pushing itself in manners where the smartphone boom may be past its prime. Crazy gizmos are the ones that will shape the market in the coming years.
The arrival of 4G services in the country means that the elder Ambani jumps into a mature market in which connectivity is not the real issue, but how the overall business model works.(PTI Photo)
The arrival of 4G services in the country means that the elder Ambani jumps into a mature market in which connectivity is not the real issue, but how the overall business model works.(PTI Photo)

Will Reliance Jio shake Net Neutrality?

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2016 02:21 AM IST
One of the high points this year was seeing the numerous young entrepreneurs who are shaking up the way businesses are conducted in our country.(HT File Photo)
One of the high points this year was seeing the numerous young entrepreneurs who are shaking up the way businesses are conducted in our country.(HT File Photo)

Young CEOs show daring in the year of the Unicorn

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2015 01:32 AM IST
Looking back at 2015, I should think the high points for me this year were meeting with the young entrepreneurs who are shaking up the way business is done in India. So I may like to call this the Year of the Unicorn. But don’t drink your New Year’s toast to that yet. There is many a slip between the cup and the lip as these companies are yet to go pub
Pichai last week addressed students at Shri Ram College of Commerce, my alma mater, speaking of similar goals.(AP)
Pichai last week addressed students at Shri Ram College of Commerce, my alma mater, speaking of similar goals.(AP)

Google vs FB: What FreeBasics fervour and Pichai’s India visit means

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2015 02:45 PM IST
FreeBasics is to Facebook what Android is to Google. Both of them want advertising dollars buzzing in from smartphones. Google is betting on search. Facebook is betting on data analytics linked to user information.
Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and his wife have announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world’s ills.(AP)
Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and his wife have announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world’s ills.(AP)

A toast to philanthrocapitalism: Zuckerberg’s charity and profit

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2015 07:09 PM IST
Despite searching questions being raised on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to give away 99% of his $45 billion wealth to charity, there is ground to celebrate the culture of giving that it boosts.
A coastguard sailor surveys an area inundated by floodwaters in Chennai.(AP Photo)
A coastguard sailor surveys an area inundated by floodwaters in Chennai.(AP Photo)

Chennai flood aid shows the power of tagging and social graph

PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2015 03:03 PM IST
As floods ravaged Chennai last week, throwing the city of 4.9 million into turmoil, communications were among the worst hit.
The Infosys campus at Electronics City in Bangalore. The challenge for India is to have the foresight to recognise future markets, and the ambition to seize them.(REUTERS FIle Photo)
The Infosys campus at Electronics City in Bangalore. The challenge for India is to have the foresight to recognise future markets, and the ambition to seize them.(REUTERS FIle Photo)

Our policy needs to break from the past to build jobs for the future

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2015 03:44 PM IST
If India wants its abilities to dovetail with the needs of the market, it will have to mould itself in line with the dynamic present, not the static past.
The simple fact is that India’s 17.6 million government employees could do with a real human resource department that goes beyond bureaucratic lip service – because a crisis seems nigh.(Thinkstock (Representative photo))
The simple fact is that India’s 17.6 million government employees could do with a real human resource department that goes beyond bureaucratic lip service – because a crisis seems nigh.(Thinkstock (Representative photo))

India’s government employees need a real HR department

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2015 10:49 PM IST
Government servants are facing increasing public scrutiny – through everything from public interest litigation (PIL) and right to information (RTI) to supervision by parliamentary panels and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (not to speak of rabid TV news channels).
In this Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 picture people gather around a peace sign with Eiffel Tower, realized by candles, during a rally for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Lausanne, Switzerland.(AP Photo)
In this Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 picture people gather around a peace sign with Eiffel Tower, realized by candles, during a rally for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Lausanne, Switzerland.(AP Photo)

Paris attacks show the good, bad and ugly of social media

UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2015 05:25 PM IST
Two faces of technology came to the surface on Saturday after Friday night’s bloody terrorist attacks in the French capital.
Bihar elections in which Nitish Kumar won his third term in power for JD(U) in a grand alliance with RJD and the Congress, had more than plain rustic appeal.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
Bihar elections in which Nitish Kumar won his third term in power for JD(U) in a grand alliance with RJD and the Congress, had more than plain rustic appeal.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Social media, growth, electricity: More to Nitish win than caste math

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2015 11:56 AM IST
Nitish Kumar’s Twitter handle was being handled by the AAP team guided by Prashant Kishor, who was a key brain behind Modi’s campaign in 2014 before jumping ship.

In Polaris sale, some national pride gets eroded

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2015 05:04 PM IST
When US-based, Nasdaq-listed Virtusa Corp said last week that it would acquire a controlling 53% stake in Chennai-based Polaris Consulting & Services in a deal valued at around $350 million.
The Reserve Bank of India recently allowed non-resident Indians (NRIs) to subscribe to the National Pension Scheme (NPS) governed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.(AFP File Photo)
The Reserve Bank of India recently allowed non-resident Indians (NRIs) to subscribe to the National Pension Scheme (NPS) governed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.(AFP File Photo)

Why RBI’s move to allow NRIs in pension scheme is a smart idea

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2015 03:50 PM IST
The Reserve Bank of India recently allowed non-resident Indians (NRIs) to subscribe to the National Pension Scheme (NPS) governed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during an interaction with IIT students at Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during an interaction with IIT students at Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Is Facebook trying to be India’s social OS?

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2015 11:59 AM IST
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg charmed India last week, seeming to do and say all the right things.
An African delegate talks on the phone as he arrives for the third India–Africa Forum Summit at the Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi.(AFP)
An African delegate talks on the phone as he arrives for the third India–Africa Forum Summit at the Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi.(AFP)

Why Bollywood and democracy are vital for India’s African safari

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2015 07:35 PM IST
As leaders from as many as 54 African countries descend on New Delhi this week for the India-Africa Forum Summit, it is time to recall an old Hindi film song that lingers on Indian minds: “Woh tere pyar ka gham/Ik bahana tha sanam”.
Yahoo’s quarterly profit tumbled to $76 million from $6.8 billion a year ago, when it had a one-time gain linked to sale of shares in China's Alibaba.(AFP Photo)
Yahoo’s quarterly profit tumbled to $76 million from $6.8 billion a year ago, when it had a one-time gain linked to sale of shares in China's Alibaba.(AFP Photo)

Lessons to be learnt from Yahoo’s geek tragedy

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2015 12:06 PM IST
Last week Yahoo, the original Internet portal, announced a search advertising deal with Google’s new parent, Alphabet Inc, building on an existing search partnership with Microsoft. It reported a fourth quarter revenue well below analyst estimates, raising questions on the performance of Marissa Mayer, who was poached from Google as a savior. The previous CEO, Carol Bartz, was unceremoniously fired by a phone call in 2011.
Startup Village in Kochi. It aims to launch 1,000 startups over the next 10 years and search for the next billion-dollar Indian company.(HT File Photo)
Startup Village in Kochi. It aims to launch 1,000 startups over the next 10 years and search for the next billion-dollar Indian company.(HT File Photo)

Two cheers for India’s startup boom, not three

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2015 01:26 AM IST
India has emerged as the fastest growing startup hub worldwide, and is among the top five in the world with 4,200 startups estimated by end of 2015, up 40% over the previous year. As many as 80,000 jobs have been created in startups. As much as 72% of the founders are less than 35 years of age writes N Madhavan
On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court ruled that it cannot allow taxis to operate in the national capital if they did not run on compressed natural gas (CNG).(Reuters)
On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court ruled that it cannot allow taxis to operate in the national capital if they did not run on compressed natural gas (CNG).(Reuters)

Why we need to be kind to Uber and Ola

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2015 11:18 PM IST
On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court ruled that it cannot allow taxis to operate in the national capital if they did not run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
Employees walk along a corridor in the Infosys campus in Bangalore.(Reuters)
Employees walk along a corridor in the Infosys campus in Bangalore.(Reuters)

Triple disruption: Infosys results show shake-up beyond numbers

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2015 04:23 PM IST
The only way the company can stand out in a tough atmosphere is innovation.
Employees walk in front of a pyramid-shaped building at the Infosys campus in the Electronic City area of Bangalore.(Reuters File Photo)
Employees walk in front of a pyramid-shaped building at the Infosys campus in the Electronic City area of Bangalore.(Reuters File Photo)

India’s IT sector beats pessimists yet again

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2015 01:49 AM IST
Was it not Mark Twain, who famously quipped: “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”? I am reminded of that every time some pessimism surfaces on India’s information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) industry, which now employs close to 3.5 million people, and is India’s largest private sector employer.
MLA Noida Vimla Batham, cleaning the surroundings as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan anniversary at village Gijhore, sector 53, Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/ HT Photo)
MLA Noida Vimla Batham, cleaning the surroundings as a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan anniversary at village Gijhore, sector 53, Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/ HT Photo)

Gandhi vs Gandhi: Why Swachh Bharat needs scavenger robots

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2015 01:43 PM IST
In 1993 India passed a law that wanted demolition of all dry toilets. The law also banned manual scavenging. However, nearly 800,000 toilets in India were still cleaned manually, according to the 2011 census.We can now offer a 21st Century answer: robots.
WhatsApp, which got acquired by Facebook for $19 billion (Rs 1.25 lakh crore at current rates), had only 55 employees.
WhatsApp, which got acquired by Facebook for $19 billion (Rs 1.25 lakh crore at current rates), had only 55 employees.

Entrepreneur first, employee later: App startups may reverse rules

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2015 10:46 PM IST
Time was when employees with years of experience founded startups and got rich selling stakes in IPOs or buyouts.
Cars in the staff parking lot at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.(EPA)
Cars in the staff parking lot at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.(EPA)

Volkswagen effect: Tough to end cyber patrols, encryption checks

Hindustan Times | By N Madhavan
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2015 11:43 PM IST
The Indian government last week hastily withdrew the draft of a proposed encryption law that would have made citizens keep records of their encrypted messages for 90 days. But there is every indication that the quick response to privacy-loving activists on the Internet may just be a temporary reprieve .
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