Category India

Fight For India: Alibaba Goes Paytm, Snapdeal Cuts Costs, Flipkart Cuts Merchant Fees

The biggest news from India over the last couple of days has been Paytm getting $200 million from Alibaba and SAIF Partners. Reuters: Singapore E-Commerce Pvt Ltd picked up a 36.31 percent stake in Paytm E-Commerce for investing $177 million, according to a regulatory filing by the Indian company that runs an online marketplace. […]

Amazon vs. Alibaba

Fight for India: What Alibaba Plans Against Amazon

Great analysis on the pros and cons for Alibaba in the coming battle with Amazon in India at Tech in Asia: For one, Alibaba owns the mobile browser that comes preloaded on many Chinese smartphones (which also get sold in India): Last month in Alibaba-owned UCWeb’s headquarters in Guangzhou, I got a glimpse into its […]

Fight for India: Flipkart is Planning Private Labels While Still Ahead of Amazon And More

Tech in Asia: India’s Flipkart launched its first self-branded products, dubbed Flipkart Smart Buy, in December, focusing on phone chargers and data cables.+ The aim is to gain higher margins for the Amazon arch-rival, which in turn could help with profitability. Internally codenamed Project Ice, Sachin is planning to make self-branded items in more than […]


Tiger Global Wants Flipkart to Be IPO-Ready By 2018/19. But What’s the Growth Strategy?

This Reuters report at The Business of Fashion confirms many rumors around Flipkart and the recent CEO and executive reshuffle: “The trigger (for the reshuffle)… was repeated mark-downs in its valuation by the fund units of Morgan Stanley and Fidelity,” said one source familiar with investor discussions. The person said investors, led by Tiger, were […]


Flipkart Is in Turmoil, as the Company Tries to Grow Up

Mentioned briefly earlier, Kalyan Krishnamurthy is the new CEO of Flipkart, replacing co-founder Binny Bansal. It is not just the second CEO in as many years for Flipkart. This move is also seen by many as Flipkart investor Tiger Global (from which Krishnamurthy is coming) trying to get a tighter grip on Flipkart. Flipkart itself […]


The Race Between Flipkart and Amazon is Getting Close

Times of India has gathered some numbers on how Flipkart and Amazon in India are doing: Amazon has led Flipkart in terms of app downloads throughout the year, but Flipkart is holding on to its leading position in the e-commerce battle, according to data from various tracking platforms. While Amazon led Flipkart in PC visits […]

Alibaba Leads the Rising Flow of Chinese Investments Into India’s Startups

Forbes on the rising share of Chinese investors in India’s startups: The biggest highlight was Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding and its finance arm Ant Financial. Aiming to gain a stronger foothold in the country’s surging internet retail space, they invested a combined $680 million in mobile wallet Paytm. Alibaba’s investment is bearing fruit now, […]