Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Rappi and Oyo pare staff as Vision Fund companies trim costs, target profits

Rappi and Oyo pare staff as Vision Fund companies trim costs, target profits

This week we’ve covered layoffs at unicorns both inside the Vision Fund and out. This afternoon we add two more to our list: Oyo and Rappi. The staff reductions are surprising — and not. They are surprising, as Oyo (India-based, low-cost hotels) and Rappi (Latin America-focused e-commerce) were bright lights in the Vision Fund’s crown.…
India’s ruling party accused of running deceptive Twitter campaign to gain support for a controversial law

India’s ruling party accused of running deceptive Twitter campaign to gain support for a...

Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party in India, has been accused of running a highly deceptive Twitter campaign to trick citizens into supporting a controversial law. First, some background: The Indian government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) last month that eases the path of non-Muslim minorities from the neighboring Muslim-majority nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh…
Virat Kohli: India captain ‘not a fan’ of four-day Tests

Virat Kohli: India captain ‘not a fan’ of four-day Tests

India captain Virat Kohli has scored 12,457 runs in 84 TestsIndia captain Virat Kohli says he is "not a fan" of the proposal to reduce Test matches from five to four days.A reduction in match length is likely to be discussed in January when the International Cricket Council considers the Test calendar beyond 2023.But top-ranked…
Dhawan hits 96 as India level series against Australia

Dhawan hits 96 as India level series against Australia

Shikhar Dhawan scored a century against Australia at last year's World CupSecond one-day international, Rajkot:India 340-6 (50 overs): Dhawan 96, Rahul 80Australia 304 (49.1 overs): Smith 98; Shami 3-77 India won by 36 runs - three-match series level at 1-1ScorecardShikhar Dhawan produced another strong batting display as India bounced back from their opening-match humiliation to…
Why international rock stars are flocking to India

Why international rock stars are flocking to India

More than 40,000 people attended U2's concert in India's financial capital, Mumbai, earlier this month. The Irish band is one among many flocking to the country - Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Bryan Adams have all performed in India in recent years. And it looks like the list may get longer as…
Equity: Uber sells its Eats business in India, Qonto raises, and Tesla says no

Equity: Uber sells its Eats business in India, Qonto raises, and Tesla says no

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Equity’s regular, long-form shows still land each and every Friday, including this entry from just a few days ago. This morning, coming to you early from the frozen tundra of the American East Coast, it’s Tuesday. That’s…
Bhoot Vidya: India university to teach doctors Ghost Studies

Bhoot Vidya: India university to teach doctors Ghost Studies

Image copyright Getty Images A prestigious Indian university is offering a certificate course to teach doctors how to treat people who claim to see or be possessed by ghosts.The six-month course at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the northern city of Varanasi will start in January.Officials say it will focus on psychosomatic disorders which are…
23andMe co-founder’s new startup, Precise.ly, brings genomics to India through Narayana partnerhsip

23andMe co-founder’s new startup, Precise.ly, brings genomics to India through Narayana partnerhsip

Precise.ly, the new genomics startup launched by 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and Aneil Mallavarapu, is taking its spin on direct to consumer personalized genomics to India through a partnership with Naryana Health, one of India’s leading specialty hospital networks. Narayana, a company that operates a network of 24 hospitals serving 2.5 million patients, is one…
Amazon to invest $1 billion to digitize small businesses in India

Amazon to invest $1 billion to digitize small businesses in India

India welcomed Jeff Bezos this week with an antitrust probe. On top of that, thousands of small merchants who typically compete with one another are beginning to gather across the country to hold a protest against the alleged predatory practices by the e-commerce giant. But Amazon founder and chief executive’s love for one of the…
Google and ClimaCell team up to launch a new high-resolution weather forecast for India

Google and ClimaCell team up to launch a new high-resolution weather forecast for India

Weather technology company ClimaCell, which is taking a number of innovative approaches for gathering weather data and building forecasting models, today announced that it is partnering with Google Cloud to launch a new high-resolution forecasting model. The first model will focus on India, with other geographies following soon. ClimaCell and Google will make the forecast…