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If you don’t handle your time well, it can take all the hours of your day to work from home before you know it.

Besides, even after all that, monitoring all the tasks you’ve managed to get done, and the things you still need to do could become incredibly difficult for you.

So, if you need any support to work harder, quicker, and more effectively, you may want to consider these three programs that are designed to help you establish a discipline of work, and in return also leave you with time to spend with your family, free of guilt.

Forest

If you find yourself wasting time reviewing WhatsApp messages or TikTok videos and reaching for your camera, try Forest.

Not only does this software help you reduce the use of smartphones while you’re working, but it will also help you incorporate the Pomodoro technique into your everyday scheme.

Francesco Cirillo — an entrepreneur and an author — invented this technique in the early 1990s, which he named after the tomato-shaped timer he used to track his own student research.

Here’s how it works: Pick a task you want to complete; set an alarm for 25 minutes and work tirelessly on that task until the alarm rings.
Then take a brief five-minute break for the next 25 minutes before you get back to the job at hand. Take a longer 25-minute break after every four 25-minute work sessions before you start working again.

You start with a virtual seed which you plant in Forest. And this seed keeps growing into a tree for as long as you can resist the temptation to reach out for your camera. If you leave the app to do something else on your computer, the tree will willow away. The app sounds an alert after 25 minutes, letting you take your break.

Forest is free for Android users but is available on iOS only as a paid version. Choose a paid account on Android and you’ll get the same premium features as the iOS version: Software developers will plant real trees for your accomplishments in Forest, you’ll be able to white-list work-related applications on your computer, and you’ll even get accurate statistics on what’s your most successful hour, as well as the most successful one.

StayFocusd

Sounds familiar to this? You sit down to work, and three hours later, the next thing you know. In the meantime, you’ve changed your Facebook profile, scrolled through your Twitter feed, watched a bunch of YouTube “reaction” videos and even googled your college crush.

Now, to get your job finished on time, you’ll need to remove all kinds of internet distractions, and that’s where StayFocusd comes in This browser extension for Google Chrome lets you focus on work by minimizing the amount of time you can spend on favourite websites.

Build a list of non-work websites you are addicted to and key in the amount of time you are permitted to “waste” on them. After the allotted time is used, StayFocusd will block certain websites for the remainder of the day.

This “tough-love” tool is highly configurable: you can block entire sites, specific subdomains, routes, pages, even material in the pages (videos, games, images, shapes, etc.).

And the StayFocusd extension can’t even cheat by disabling it. You can not delete a link from its website

When your maximum time for the day has been reached, “Blocked Pages” list, and you can only do it the next day.

Those who use a Firefox browser can use the extension LeechBlock NG which does the same job.

Restyaboard

Kanban is the Japanese word for signboard and a Kanban-style work- management tool is one that uses a dashboard-like interface to give you a columnar overview of the tasks—whether daily, weekly, monthly, or even project-wise—that need to be done.

Now, there are quite a few Kanban-style apps and websites that will help you manage your time, but Restyaboard is still one of the best.

Start a free account on Restya.com for access to a very flexible interface that will help you plan your week, and even micromanage your day.

You can, for instance, create a Kanban board that’s broken up into daily time blocks such as 9 am–11 am, 11.15 am–1 pm, 2 pm–3.30 pm, 4 pm–5.30 pm.. and accordingly create tasks for each of those blocks.

Restyaboard’s drag-and-drop interface is user friendly, but you can head to its YouTube channel for tutorials and tips on how to leverage on its multiple features effectively. For every job you list on your dashboard, you can add a description, checklists, due date, comments, and even add collaborators.

Having your day planned for you will allow you to be more efficient and even give you a sense of purpose for each day.

Startup

The number of seed-stage deals dropped sequentially by 29 percent in Jan-Mar, while the number of early-stage deals dropped by 30 percent. The biggest impact was the early-stage funding levels, dropping by about 40 percent to $534.48 million in January-Mar.

Investors and entrepreneurs in India’s startup ecosystem are planning for a winter funding in 2020-21, as suggested by the seed slump and early-stage funding—considered crucial to startups—in the March portion.

In particular, in the consumer Internet market, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened start-up valuations. A change in consumer consumption trend due to the nationwide lockout, coupled with limited partners (LPs) making their fund allocations cautious, would hit early-stage funding in the forthcoming quarters, said, investors and industry experts.

In India, the number of seed-stage deals dropped sequentially by 29 percent in the March period, while the number of early-stage deals (Series A and B) declined by about 30 percent, according to data from Tracxn, an investment monitoring website.

Early-stage funding volumes took the biggest hit in the reporting period, falling from $890.62 million in Q3FY20 by around 40 percent to $534.48 million.

The number of seed-stage deals also dropped from $108 million in Q3FY20 to around $84.62 million in Q4FY20, down 22 percent.

Seed-stage funding volumes have declined by around 24.2 percent relative to the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year (Q4FY19), although early-stage volumes have declined by around 18.5 percent.

Nonetheless, FY20’s overall amount of deals (early, seed, and late-stage) grew by 18 percent to $14.15 billion compared to $11.9 billion in FY19. Tracxn data also showed that in FY20, the number of deals in India’s startup ecosystem dropped by 14 percent to around 1,175 deals.

Though the overall funding volumes increased in FY20, primarily driven by unicorn companies and late-stage firms, early-stage deals are expected to take a significant haircut in the upcoming quarters.

“In the next quarter, seed and early-stage funding will decline by 70-80 percent. Very few small funds and early-stage funds in the country today are capable of honouring already-fixed term sheets. There will be some refreshing papers, delay in cash disbursements and a relook at valuations,” said Anand Lunia, founding partner of India Quotient early-stage fund.

He added that because LPs have no visibility of easing the national lockout, and in particular because of the losses they have suffered in the public markets, they are adjusting the allocation of funds in private equity markets.

“Most LPs have specific allocations of their funds between options available on the public and private markets. And if public-market returns fall drastically, they would immediately their allocation to private-equity funds. Even if their equity portions continue to produce reduced returns, then they will reduce the allocation of funds in debt options,” Lunia added.

Many investors, however, point out that in 2008 and 2009 the tech sector, including the startup ecosystem, had experienced a similar crisis. Most investors in the early and late-stage made respectable returns from their investments, which were financed during that time.

“About nine companies, including major names like Zomato, Dream11, Druva, Paperboat, Practo, PolicyBazaar, Capillary Technologies, and many others who launched their businesses during or just after the 2008 and 2009 economic crisis, have crossed billions of dollars worth of valuations. These companies’ early investors made an excellent return on their investments

He added that because in the last economic downturn, both founders and investors were wary, most of the deals went through further scrutiny. “It was then negotiated a better price and value (2008-09), and I expect that to be replicated in the current scenario.”

India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, WazirX, has seen its average volume rise in the last 30 days by more than 470 percent.

Because of COVID-19, cryptocurrencies have seen a strong price movement that naturally has caused further trades

Crypto-currency startups in India have gained ground with the Supreme Court lifting the controversial ban on cryptocurrency trading in the country by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

In addition, several startups in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak have also benefited from market uncertainty.

“RBI lifting India’s ban on cryptocurrency trading has sparked new momentum in the market. The market uncertainty due to COVID-19 also allows more people to trade in the exchanges, “said Ashish Singhal, CoinSwitch’s chief executive.

CoinSwitch, backed by Sequoia Money, is a virtual currency exchange aggregator with around 400,000 active users a month present in more than 160 countries. “About 10 per cent of our user base is in India as of today but the number is expected to increase substantially with the new regulations and current environment,” Singhal said.

The Supreme Court quashed a ban on trading in virtual currencies such as bitcoin, imposed by the RBI on 4 March. As part of the ban, on 6 April 2018, the central bank issued a circular banning RBI-regulated entities from providing any service relating to virtual currencies, including those relating to the transferor receipt of money in virtual currencies accounts.

India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, WazirX has seen its daily volume rise over the past 30 days by more than 470 per cent. WazirX, recently purchased by Binance, has over 300,000 registered users and has clocked cumulative volumes estimated at $286.3 million to date.

“The Indian market has a population of over 1 billion and is a sleeping giant. The news about lifting the ban on RBI would further improve the acceptance of crypto in India, “said WazirX founder and CEO, Nischal Shetty.

People continued to trade even during the ban with the aid of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, but approval by the RBI is expected to serve as a catalyst to the growth momentum.

“Crypto exchanges like WazirX now have the INR deposit and withdrawal banking channels available. With banking networks now open, inputting crypto has made it easier for Indians. Indians had to use P2P because of the banking ban which was successful for WazirX but the banking channel would be even more successful because it is more convenient for users, “Shetty said.

Cryptocurrencies have seen a strong price spike due to COVID-19 that has inevitably caused further trades as market volatility is crucial to deciding trading strategy and investment decision. “But while crypto shows signs of stability in this financial chaos right now, we’re going to have to wait and watch the next few weeks to understand how cryptomarkets are really coping with their first-ever exposure to the global financial crisis,” Shetty says.

“Stablecoins (a form of cryptocurrency designed to sustain a stable market price) saw their combined market value nearly double in Q1 … If crisis conditions continue to escalate in emerging markets, we may see a more drastic rise in the use of stablecoins.”

The three-year-old bootstrapped startup, originally a consultant called Etrix, finds the market more favorable for its goods in Europe

Unlike bandwidth-intensive and hard to deploy AR applications, Scotty uses WebGL, a JavaScript API, to render graphics on a compatible browser

The invention of a Bengaluru company helped to deal with it at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated. After two and a half months of a lockout, Wuhan will be coming out of quarantine on April 8, with new infections dropping to zero. As a Chinese official said to Bloomberg in February, “It’s like fighting a war.

Some of the steps Wuhan took was to set up on a war footing emergency medical centres. Ventilators were critical and many were from Huber & Ranner, a German manufacturer. The problem was that technicians had been unable to go to Wuhan to help mount them. That is where BlinkIn, based in Bengaluru’s Nasscom CoE, came into the scene.

To provide visual feedback from Pocking in Germany, Huber & Ranner used BlinkIn’s AR (augmented reality) app Scotty. Staff at the Wuhan hospital simply had to click on a button to get tech help. While pointing a phone at the ventilator and installation point, AR markers helped determine what to do as a technician talked to them about the process.

“WebGL lets you access the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) of a cell phone to run algorithms for computer vision. That is how we offer AR interactions through the Web rather than a smartphone device, “explains BlinkIn’s CEO and co-founder, Harshwardhan Kumar.

The concept behind a lightweight app like Scotty is to have only enough AR for tech support “to get the job done then and there.” Unlike a full-fledged AR app, this involves limited computing resources and will entail heavy downloading and finding out how to use it.

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“Our strategy differentiates us from other businesses who are stuck in a showcase trip to create cool AR / VR experiences that are rarely rolled out. We’re really trying to understand a issue and create value for a customer, “says Josef Seuss, the German co-founder and MD of BlinkIn.

“What I do on a daily basis is create communication between us and our customers,” adds Reinhard Kurz, who is overseeing business development for BlinkIn. One difficulty, for example, was making a live video call when connectivity was poor. “We came up with an instant picture chat solution.”

Seuss was a digital transformation consultant to companies in Germany when he first linked to Kumar in order to do a project for one of his clients. Later, when BlinkIn was at last year’s iCreate accelerator programme in Ahmedabad, Kumar told him they were developing a smart visual bot.

He saw much interest in the drug when Seuss started asking around in Germany. He ended up moving to Ahmedabad to participate and becoming a co-founder of the BlinkIn founders in the accelerator programme.

Although Scotty opens doors to businesses with easy-to-use AR, BlinkIn’s deep-tech tool is the AI-powered visual bot Houston. Imagine an automated call to video conferencing that is getting smarter as it progresses. Houston can be deployed in multiple scenarios.

One of the early users is the German automotive association Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC). The bot will help a consumer do an oil-level inspection in his vehicle, fit a child’s safety seat, and so on. “We will be doing a broader pilot around Europe with an automotive business,” Seuss says.

An Indo-German startup is taking advantage of the best of both worlds. AI and AR talent in Germany are limited and costly so the engineering side is in Bengaluru. And Europe is the main target market where Seuss and his team will directly communicate with potential customers.

CONNECTION DE GERMAN

After the Ahmedabad programme, the Indian creators of BlinkIn — Harshwardhan Kumar, Nitin Kumar, and Dhiraj Choudhary — went with Seuss to join an acceleration program for insurtech in Germany. They linked there with insurance firm VKB, which now runs a pilot to see if a visual bot can enhance the process of claims and reduce the time taken.

The three-year-old bootstrapped startup, originally a consultancy called Etrix, found the market to be more favourable for its goods in Europe. “We reached out earlier to companies in India that are eager to take our goods forward.

We have reached out to investors willing to invest in us. Yet after having a taste of the German environment, we had to rethink what we could lose in equity by raising funds in India or entering into agreements with Indian customers, “Choudhary says.

“We learned from day one to work remotely and to trust each other in both India and Germany,” Seuss adds. “We don’t have to sit next to each other all the time.”

  • Late-stage and stage companies plan to make a profit over the next four years
  • With the COVID-19 outbreak, start-ups and large companies have experienced a concentrated impact on their businesses, especially in the travel segment

A recent 2020 survey conducted in February shows that many Indian companies have prioritized growth over profitability, but that could change because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has affected thousands of businesses around the world.

A majority of startups in India still tend to expand quickly and users on a rapid scale, rather than increasing profitably, reveals a survey undertaken by InnoVen Capital, a venture debt capital provider. About 79 percent of InnoVen’s surveyed start-ups showed a strong bias towards growth over profitability.

Both late-stage startups and nearly 91 percent growth stage startups surveyed said they planned to be profitable over the next four years. Although 82 percent of consumer brands and 53 percent of fintech companies claim to be profitable in the next 1-2 years or at least expect profitability.

This notion of growth over profitability prevails, even as the report highlighted that startup founders in India are anticipating a weaker venture funding climate in 2020. Approximately 75% of founders surveyed by InnoVen said they had a favorable financing experience in 2019, but approximately 58% of founders expect fundraising to be more difficult in 2020.

InnoVen’s survey also showed that most founders will see funding and improving top management as the top priorities in 2020. Certain goals include enhancing suitability for the product market and concentrating on productivity, the survey showed.

Just 14 percent of the funders surveyed by the venture debt firm said profitability is a top priority for 2020, compared with about 27 percent who said fundraising was the top priority.

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Although a majority of the founders (57 percent) surveyed believe the most likely exit scenario would be through mergers and acquisitions and secondary exits, many founders are now beginning to look at IPO’s as a viable exit choice. Approximately 42 percent of the founders said an IPO could be one of their 2020 exit choices, which is a small increase from 38 percent in 2019.

Approximately 54 percent of growth and late-stage start-ups foresee a 5-year exit, with 62 percent suggesting IPO as a possible exit. Over 50 percent of Fintech start-ups surveyed said IPO is the most likely exit mode. 60 percent of start-ups in e-commerce think that secondary exits are most likely, while 64 percent of start-ups in the consumer sector feel that a merger or acquisition could be the most possible way out.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, however, startups and large companies have seen a concentrated effect on their industries, especially in the travel segment as many countries have approved foreigners ‘ travel bans and visa curbs. Venture capital firms have encouraged startups to hold cash and likely prepare for a downturn in funding.

Sequoia Capital, one of the most involved VC firms, said in particular supply chain disruptions are inevitable with a market slowdown. The firm has also advised investors and businessmen in an unpredictable world to challenge their cash cushion, fund-raising, revenue projections, headcount and capital spending.

Ashish Sharma, CEO, InnoVen Capital India said in a statement that the survey was conducted in February when the impact of Coronavirus was largely concentrated in China and that “it is reasonable to assume that the feeling has become more unfavourable in the past week.”

  • Leading car rental companies Zoomcar and Drivezy both cut short their current financing rounds
  • Zoomcar, which for its Series D round was supposed to raise up to $500 million, has now cut the funding round to just $100 million

Over the last two years, vehicle leasing companies running four-wheeler fleets have been facing a tough period. After their arrival in India in 2012-13, the startups have experimented with multiple business models, such as subscriptions and franchise. Now, investor pressure on car rental startups is mounting as they try a sustainable business model, taking a toll on financing.

Leading vehicle rental companies Zoomcar and Drivezy both shortened their ongoing funding rounds, three people said they were aware of the progress and requested not to be called. According to sources, Zoomcar had also discussed an opportunity to combine with its competitors.

Drivezy had discussions with SoftBank and Amazon in 2019 but both conversations fell through. Then, according to one of the people listed above, Drivezy cut its funding round from the $100 million it was targeting in early 2019 to less than half.

The company is now projected to collect only around $35-40 million to a valuation of $135 million, the individual said. Currently Drivezy is worth around $200 million.

In an emailed response Drivezy reported the developments. Digital news portal Entrackr announced in February that Zoomcar was having separate merger talks with Revv, a car rental startup based in Gurgaon.

But Revv and Zoomcar declined to hold talks.

Zoomcar, which was supposed to raise up to $500 million for its Series D round, has now cut the funding round down to just $100 million, two people added. The company recently said in a round led by Sony Innovation Fund, it raised $30 million with plans to raise another $70 million in the immediate future.

Nonetheless, a Zoomcar spokeswoman called Sony’s investment a “pre-series” round and denied that it will raise more money and slash funding.

All Drivezy and Zoomcar initially launched as an aggregator, buying vehicles directly from banks and other lending institutions on their balance sheets either through equity capital or through financing options. Nevertheless, as these companies started to grow, both companies switched to new business models to minimize capital (capex) spending on vehicle procurement.

In April 2016, Zoomcar had launched its’ Zoomcar Associate Program’ (ZAP), a model where private vehicle owners— individuals, fleet operators, dealers, etc.— could list their own vehicles on the website. For this, Zoomcar was reducing the vehicle production costs.

In 2019, too, Drivezy launched a similar franchisee model in which private owners were permitted to list directly on the website. The ZAP model, however, hasn’t scaled as planned, a mobility space investor who assessed Zoomcar said, asking not to be mentioned.

“In order for ZAP model to succeed on the supply side, you first need a lot of people who own cars to go and list on the platform for the weekend at least,” the investor said.

In 2018 Zoomcar launched a subscription service to solve this issue, enabling users to subscribe to a car for 6, 12, 18, and 24 months.

  • Companies are now looking to serve customers with longer-term commitments, rather than leasing individual desks or seats
  • As reported by JLL India, the share of co-working in overall office leasing increased from 8 percent in 2018 to 14 percent in 2019.

After a rapid expansion process, co-working Fundraising startups are looking to raise fresh capital and turn profitable to fund the next growth step, as demand for collaborative workspaces in India remains high.

The dynamics of shared workspaces are also evolving and shifting towards long-term dedicated enterprise customers and creating personalized goods, rather than pursuing smaller startups and entrepreneurs and leasing individual desks or seats.

Top providers, including WeWork India, Smartworks Space Coworking Pvt. Ltd, Awfis Space Solutions Ltd and Table Space Technologies, together with smaller firms such as IndiQube and CoWrks, account for more than 80 percent of flexible space leasing and pursue strategic expansion through an asset-light or revenue-sharing model to burn less energy.

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“Today’s co-working market is mainly driven by the multi-city presence of top operators. Growth has so far been the priority, but now that it is a proven form of business, they are looking at profitability, capital raising, and the operational component. It’s a volume-driven market, so operators look at prime locations, bigger customers, “said Knight Frank India, national director of office transactions, Viral Desai.

Indique, which raised capital from WestBridge Capital India Advisors in 2018, is looking to raise $30-50 million to boost capacity, as the Bengaluru-based company looks to nearly double its 2.5 million sq.ft operational space in the next 12-15 months.

“Larger companies are seeking larger spaces. The momentum has built up and for more growth, we need a new round of funding. We are undertaking buildings that can be renovated or transformed into office spaces as well as distress properties trapped with lenders, “said IndiQube, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Rishi Das.

This year, WeWork India has added 5,000 seats and is aiming to hit 10,000 seats by June. However, there are also a lot of riders on the fundraising plans it announced last October to promote growth. The New York-based Indian subsidiary We Co. is also planning to turn profitable this year.

“While we keep growing and holding on to our market share, the greater focus is on productivity. Capital is a big driver, how quickly or slowly we expand. Unlike before, when we tried to grow rapidly, we are now looking at deals where landlords finance the desks we are adding, in fully-funded management contracts or revenue sharing, “said Karan Virwani, who heads WeWork India.

Even CoWrks based in Bengaluru, who said it would raise $50 million last year, is still self-funded and so far has not raised any external money. According to Abhishek Goenka, CEO, CoWrks, though this year it will add 15,000-20,000 seats, no one is building more speculatively and shifting towards facilities that are designed to fit.

The co-working segment of India has seen tremendous growth in recent years and is now a hub for new workspaces. According to JLL India figures, the share of co-working in overall office leasing increased from 8 percent in 2018 to 14 percent in 2019.

Coworking Space smart works Pvt. Ltd, which turned profitable last year and last year raised $25 million from Singapore’s Keppel Ground, follows the conventional landlord offer and has begun to take up larger spaces across the top nine Indian cities. “Everybody today focuses on productivity rather than simply reaching the topline and there is no unreasonable expansion,” said Neetesh Sarda, founder of Smartworks.

Awfis Space Solutions Ltd is planning to set up centers in even smaller cities such as Kochi, Ahmedabad and Indore, one of the biggest and well-funded co-working startups.

UiPath plans to grow its business in India as companies seek ways to automate daily processes to save costs and increase employee productivity.

The multinational software company, currently valued at over $7 billion, has received a total of over $1 billion in funding from investors such as Sequoia, Capital G, Accel and the Madrona Venture Group to date.

It closed a Series D in its latest round in April, raising Coatue-led $568 million and joined by others such as Dragoneer, Wellington and Sands Capital.

In addition to the private sector where it has made strong inroads, UiPath in India works on pilot projects from government organizations such as India’s Provident Fund and Coffee Board, Bharti said.

“While we are at very initial stages, the level of interest is high,” he said.

Founded in Romania and headquartered in New York, UiPath has historically had a strong Indian connection as it first realized the country’s RPA potential when Sutherland, a Chennai-based BPO company, asked for a solution to a problem, Bharti said. Today it counts among its Indian customers some of the top companies such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Star TV, Piramal Group, Tata Steel, Kotak Mahindra Bank and HDFC Bank.

Overall, the UiPath market is divided into five geographies – US, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Japan, Asia Pacific (APAC), and India. “India’s value as a market is obvious from the fact that it is considered as a separate market. Together, Japan, APAC and India contribute over 30 percent of our total revenue,” Bharti said.

Bengaluru is also one of the company’s three regional innovation centres. There are two others in Romania in Bucharest, and in Seattle in Bellevue.

UiPath closed December, with an annual recurring revenue (ARR) of $360 million, up from $100 million in ARR in July 2018. It has a global client base of 6,000 organizations and a community of nearly 750,000 RPA developers worldwide.

India ranked 52 out of the 57 countries surveyed in the Women Entrepreneurs ‘ Index 2019

The ORF researches suggested that Indian women entrepreneurs need better access to finance and networks

The ambitious Startup India initiative by the Centre, Stand-up India, has failed to attract women entrepreneurs. According to the Economic Survey 2019-20, just 43 percent of the 27,084 recognized startups in India had a woman director as of January 8.

Women’s participation remained low even in those states that were top performers in terms of state-wise distribution of recognized startups — Delhi, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, according to the survey.

India also ranked 52 out of the 57 countries surveyed in the Women Entrepreneurs Index 2019.

What’s worse, the number of funded startups with at least one female co-founder decreased from 17 per cent in 2018 to 12 per cent in 2019, according to Innoven Capital, a venture debt and lending site. “Apart from the lack of credit insurance, women have no risk covering possibility financially. For first time visitors, there is a lack of formal support system and they give up even on the smallest challenge. Overall, one needs to get help from families in a stressful climate, “said Ranjana Kumari, director, Social Research Centre.

According to industry-wise distribution of known startups, IT services accounted for 13.9 percent followed by health and life sciences (8.3 percent) and education (7.0 percent), the economic survey shows. “Women make up 70% of the global health workforce and are the primary carers for elderly people and children. Given their strong predominance in healthcare, investor interest in women’s health startups remains limited,” said Savitha Kuttan, CEO, health-tech startup Omnicuris. “Whilst Startup India has helped budding entrepreneurs engage with industry leaders, formulate and execute business plans, we need to focus on promoting women entrepreneurs in the science and healthcare sector.”

The government said that while startups are driving economic growth, creating jobs, and cultivating an innovation culture, it does not seem to help women enterprises.

“Women are lacking in the initiative of Startup India, because many women who start their initiatives are not in the limelight or are professionally mentored.

Can view : https://startuphub.in/the-representation-of-women-in-indian-businesses-is-rising/

Additionally, when it comes to funding, women are not only scrutinized about how they ‘d manage their businesses, but also their families in parallel, which isn’t a filter men are put through, “said Riya Saxena, innovative finance associate, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).“ Thus women need to break through to filters to raise capital and grow their businesses.

A recent research paper published by Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a think tank on public policy, concluded that low rates of female entrepreneurship are part of a wider gender gap in economic participation and opportunity.

The paper titled “India’s Women Entrepreneurs: What’s holding them back?” We observed that policies aimed at including more women in senior positions and leadership positions are needed to help them gain experience and knowledge, thereby enabling them to start their own businesses.

“In particular, women in rural areas are a potential gold mine when it comes to entrepreneurship and need to be supported through skills and handholding,” said Neha Rastogi, founder and CEO of the healthtech company, Agatsa.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on 15 August 2015 the initiative Startup India, Stand-up India, to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth. The initiative aimed to build an environment that is conducive to startup growth.

ORF reseachers also recommended that Indian women entrepreneurs need better access to finance and networking. Organizations such as NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Network, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurship, and Zone Startups India’s Women in Tech Accelerator provide women entrepreneurs with dedicated support, he added.

Can view women startup’s here https://www.womenstartuplab.com/

Microsoft"s project xcloud

Last year, Microsoft’s Project xCloud launched a preview of its ambitious game streaming service which aims to deliver games to any screen — console, PC or mobile. The service, however, has only been available on Android for mobile users until now. Today, that changes as Microsoft is bringing the Project xCloud preview to iOS devices by way of Apple’s TestFlight program.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Releases.

Microsoft had been testing xCloud on iOS internally but had yet to open it up to the public. Unfortunately, the iOS test will be limited. As is standard with Apple’s TestFlight platform, the new build will be limited to only 10,000 testers.

That’s not likely to be enough places to meet demand, Microsoft admits and says first-come, first-serve invites will be distributed. To get around the restriction, Microsoft is preparing to boot out some early testers during the public beta to make room for new testers.

“Those who are accepted into the iOS TestFlight preview may not necessarily participate for the full duration of the preview,” the company explains via a blog post. “As noted earlier, there are limited spaces available, so for testing purposes, we may need to cycle through registrants in order to best utilize the available testing audience. This also means that even if you miss out on the initial allocation, you might receive an invitation to participate later in the preview,” it says.

The iOS preview will also be limited to only one game: “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” In addition, this particular test won’t include the preview of Xbox Console Streaming as the Android test currently does.

To qualify, testers will need a Microsoft account associated with their Xbox Gamertag; an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13.0 or higher and Bluetooth v. 4.0; a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller; access to Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection that supports 10 Mbps-down bandwidth; and, optionally, a third-party controller mount for phone-based games (like this one).

The move to bring console-quality games to smartphones marks a change in the gaming strategy for Microsoft. The company understands that it can only sell so many consoles, for starters, but mobile phones are everywhere. Furthermore, people today want to play games on any available device – not just the big home TV screen. And for some users, mobile is their only screen.

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Meanwhile, cross-platform gaming is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to titles like Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, PUBG and others, which proved that mobile experiences can match consoles.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud aims to make it easier for developers to build games that work everywhere. This is no small task, as it required Microsoft to architect a new customizable blade that hosts the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure needed to support it. It also needs to ensure the technology can deliver games at console speeds with low latency, so mobile users don’t feel like they’re getting a second-rate experience.

Instructions on how to access the TestFlight here.