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E-commerce

Kiranas first: why a billion dollars from Jeff Bezos couldn’t cut any ice with the government

“What is that tiny little (store)? I keep forgetting. Yes, kirana..” Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said on stage with Shah Rukh Khan. But kiranas could soon become something he might not easily forget. Bezos’s visit highlighted Amazon’s increasing political and business challenges in India. The thrust on Prime Video, digitisation of SMBs, and international e-commerce didn’t deflect the government’s ire.

Strategy

Bricks to blockchain in Kozhikode. This Kerala-based roads-to-IT organisation is the L&T you have never heard of.

Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society, one of Asia’s largest workers’ co-operatives, pressed the pedal on diversifying into a host of cutting-edge technologies. A bunch of high-flying tech executives left large corporations and megacities to steer this audacious project. Can this labour collective with a legacy of fighting caste oppression replicate its success in public works to build a world-class technology organisation?

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Space

Isro’s plans to go after the big market for small-satellite launches need acceleration

With the announcement of a new facility, Isro is finally getting serious about the small-satellite launch market. But the longer it takes to test-launch the SSLV and construct the new facility, the opportunity to compete for contracts wanes. It could mean the difference between being just another player offering such services and dominating the world in this field.

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