After the heady rush of initial years, Indian start-ups went through a churn in 2016. A spate of mergers beckons this year, as local firms brace against a global onslaught.

He was a 26-year-old young achiever. A dropout from India’s premier tech institute —Bombay IIT. A chief executive officer of a company he himself co-founded with 11 others. A man who became the toast of the nascent start-up ecosystem in India when within two years, five rounds of funding, a list of investors as prestigious as Japan’s Softbank, Qualcomm Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners and Helion Venture Partners, valuation peaked at $220 million.

Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Investment Policy and Promotion (DIPP), took time out of his punishing schedule to meet ‘India Investment Journal’ to speak about, among other things, how his department is easing rules and re-engineering government processes to make India an easier place to do business in.

Amazon’s India chief presents case studies to show how the global e-commerce giant is using technology to evolve and transform lives in this exclusive article for ‘India Investment Journal’.

As a rule, Nadeem would come across as a predictable face in a ‘National Geographic’ documentary on Mumbai’s humming Dharavi. His job in a small leather workshop earned him just enough to meet household expenses. However, the changing growth dynamics brought him to his destiny; an opportunity to do business on his own through the ecommerce platform of Amazon’s Global Selling Program. Nadeem promptly registered on the platform and took off, listing original leather jackets at attractive prices. Today, Nadeem does business worth over $8,000 each month on Amazon.in and intends to focus more on expanding his online business.

MobiKwik counts itself among the pioneers of digital wallets in India and has now set its sights on becoming the largest source of digital transactions in the country. Upasana Taku, who co-founded MobiKwik along with Bipin Preet Singh, traces the Gurgaon-headquartered firm’s journey so far, how digital-ready India really is for their cashless model, and the key to attracting finance for digital start-ups in the country.

A logistics expert presents some insights into how automation is transforming the instant delivery landscape in India.

Ever wondered how a product ordered on a popular e-commerce site reaches you the same day? Before arrival, it exchanges several hands and passes through multiple touch points. So, if the packet is on or before time, the credit goes to the logistics management by the seller company. On the other hand, if it is not on time or has wrong items in it, the company may have lost a customer to the competition, forever…