Business Today Archive Feb 16, 2014 Issue

Edition: Feb 16, 2014

Cover Story

How China helped Amazon tweak its model for India

How China helped Amazon tweak its model for India

Having burned its fingers in China, Amazon is carrying a torch for India. The battle for supremacy in online retail in India, set to be the world's second-largest Internet market by this summer, has barely begun, but it is already bitter.
Editors note
Read the story of Amazon's entry into India and how Flipkart is ready for the fight with its elbows stuck out.
Policy Watch
Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of domestic banks jumped to 3.6 per cent at the end of March 2013 from 3.1 per cent of total lending a year earlier, according to RBI. Bad loans rose further to 4.2 per cent by the end of September 2013, latest data show.
Book
'Hatching Twitter' by Nick Bilton tells the history of the microblogging site which has united the world.
People
Featuring: The Smiley Company's Nicolas Loufrani, Author Daniel Yergin, Punj Lloyd's J.P. Chalasani, Foodhall's Avni Biyani, Polaris' Ross Clifford and InvestHK's Simon Galpin.
Leadership Spotlight
Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India, Nokia Solutions Network, talks about the 'firsts' in his life -
Features
One reason why start-ups are hiring from IITs and IIMs is that many of these companies have been founded by alumni of these institutes.
BT More
No Tryst, Cafe Zoe or Blue Frog can claim to have a microbrewery like that of The Barking Deer.
Letters
The feature on Maruti (God Is in the Detail, February 2) was worth reading.
Event
An engaging panel discussion organised by Business Today aboard The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda in the serene environs of Kerala's backwaters throws up a host of suggestions for better policy making for six different industries.
Corporate
Little Eye Labs founders call themselves 'ions', short for 'eye-ons'. They are a motley group of entrepreneurs who got together while working at Rational Software/IBM long before they set up Little Eye Labs with seed funding from GSF India and VenturEast.
Focus
India has the biggest synchronised power grid in the world with 236 GW installed capacity. At the root of its power woes is poor transmission
LBS Case Study
After failure stared at the founders of bayt.com, a West Asian job portal, following the dotcom bust of 2000. Yet today, bayt.com is the leading job portal of the region. Its traffic, revenue, job postings and profitability are higher than all its competitors combined. This case study looks at how the portal managed this transformation.
B-School Debate
Business Today brings together students to voice their views on a significant business, economy-related issue in this B-School debate.

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