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T Hub, Hyderabad based startup incubator, announced the second edition of its nine month India Market Access Bridge (IMAB) accelerator program, as per reports released by the incubator on Monday. IMAB is a program aimed post series A international startups focused on business to business (B2B) enterprise products and technology solutions for sustainability.

The program works at providing international startups with business opportunities, market understanding and the access to the wide array of Indian clients. Furthermore, the startup incubator also helps mentor these companies and cater to the Indian mindset. To put it in simple terms, the T Hub aims at helping at creating a local strategy, customize their products and deliver products as per client guidelines.

“The IMAB program provides international entrepreneurs who have scaled successfully in their home countries, an opportunity to grow and navigate through the high potential Indian market. We will enable them with unique possibilities to establish and accelerate their growth in one of the largest global economies through our collaboration with investors and corporates” said Jay Krishnan, CEO, T Hub.

Selected startups will have an in house Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) and a dedicated mentor to oversee the progress of the startup during their time in India. Startups who get into the program will have the provision to find and execute a Proof of Concept with a local client and support in the process of moderation including defining the rules of engagement, timelines and responsibilities.

As a part of the program, the startups will have regular access to corporate partners, industry leaders, investors, government engagement, demo days, media activities, and networking events and receive support for Indian business culture familiarization for a soft landing to the market. In order to enter the program, the startups should have a market ready product or solution which is already generating revenues in the home country. Furthermore, the startup should also have proven distribution models in the home or other market areas.

The focus of the startup should be either of the two sectors – B2B Enterprise Product or Sustainability. Outstanding solutions in other sectors including areas like HeathTech, Fintech, Smart City and Mobility, can also apply. T Hub has successfully concluded the IMAB program for 5 international startups in 2017 from countries like the United States, Netherlands, South Korea, Austria, and Canada in the last year.

 

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Apple’s New Launch – iPhone 11

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Apple Inc., launched its iPhone 11 lineup on September 10th 2019.  The launch happened in San Jose, where the headquarters of the Company are located.  The iPhone 11 lineup includes the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.  The price of the new iPhones ranges from $ 699 to $ 1099, with the iPhone 11 being the cheapest.  During the launch, Apple also introduced other devices like the next gen Apple watch, the 7th gen iPad and the Apple Arcade.

The new iPhone 11 is an upgraded version of the iPhone XR, while the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are upgrades of the iPhone XS and XS Max respectively.  The iPhone 11 is directed at the price sensitive Indian market.

During the launch, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said, “iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are the most powerful and advanced smartphones we have ever made. They are packed with sophisticated technology that pros can count on to get their work done, and for anyone who wants the very best device made, even if they are not a pro.”

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iPhone 11

The new iPhone 11 will be available in three storage variants of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.  The iPhone 11 will be powered by A13 Bionic, which is a new processor designed by Apple. The smartphone will have a 6.1 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1792 X 828 pixels.  The rear camera of the iPhone 11 consists of two lenses and both have a 12 megapixel image sensor. The iPhone 11 is dust and water resistant and will be available in black, green, yellow, purple, red and white variants. 

iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max

The Pro and Pro Max versions are quite expensive compared to the iPhone 11.  They are priced at $ 999 and $ 1099 respectively. The smartphones will be available in three storage variants of 64GB, 256GB and 512GB.  The rear camera of both the smartphones consists of three lenses. The OLED display of iPhone Pro and Pro Max are 5.8 and 6.5 inches respectively.  Just like the iPhone 11, these models are also dust and water resistant. 

 

The iPhone 11 lineup will be released on September 20th 2019 in the United States of America and on September 27th 2019 in India.

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Jack Ma Retires From Alibaba At 55

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Jack Ma retired from Alibaba, the Company he built 20 years ago, on September 10th 2019 as its Chairman.  Ma announced last year he would retire from Alibaba in September 2019.

Jack Ma co founded Alibaba in 1999 as a B2B marketplace site, at his apartment in Hangzhou, China.  Alibaba Group Holding Limited is now one of the biggest and most valuable companies in the world. The Company owns and operates businesses in numerous sectors around the world.  With a market value of $ 420 million, Alibaba made Jack Ma one of the richest people in China, with a net worth of $ 35.6 billion. He is also considered one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world.

Jack Ma decided to retire from Alibaba in order to pursue educational and philanthropic work.  Daniel Zhang, who is the CEO of the Company since 2015, will step into Jack Ma’s shoes as the executive chairman of Alibaba. 

To bid farewell to Jack Ma, the Company held a four hour celebration at an Olympic sized stadium in Hangzhou with a capacity to accommodate 80,000 people.  Jack Ma, who is known for his colorful personality and performed at a Chinese music festival, did not disappoint anyone this time either.  Ma, dressed as a rockstar with a fake wig and holding an electronic guitar, gave a powerful performance in front of his employees. 

Speaking about his retirement at the event, Jack Ma said, “After tonight, I will start a new life. I do believe the world is good, there are so many opportunities and I love excitement so much, which is why I will retire early.

Even though Jack Ma retired from Alibaba as its Chairman, he will stay on the Company’s board till 2020 and will remain a lifetime partner of Alibaba Partnership. 

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Binny Bansal Sells ₹531 Crore Worth Flipkart Shares To Walmart

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Binny Bansal, an Indian billionaire, entrepreneur and co founder of the e-commerce website Flipkart, sold $ 76.4 million worth of his shares in Flipkart to Walmart’s Luxembourg entity FIT Holdings SARL.

Binny Bansal, along with his partner Sachin Bansal, co founded the Flipkart and served as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2016.

Walmart, a multinational retail corporation, bought Flipkart in 2018 and back then, Bansal sold a small portion of his shares and held 3.85 % of stake.

Now, according to the documents filed by Flipkart with the regulators, Binny Bansal transferred 539,912 equity shares to FIT Holdings SARL.  These shares are valued to be $ 76.4 million (approximately Rs. 531 crores.)  This latest deal left him with only 3.52 % stake in Flipkart.

Vivek Durai, the founder of Paper.vc, a business intelligence platform, said, “With this transfer, Binny Bansal has monetised a small portion of his shareholdings. He had sold 1,122,433 shares for about $ 159 million during the Walmart takeover.”

According to his contract with Walmart, Binny Bansal is entitled to sell more than half of his shares to Walmart by August 2020 and he could gain around $ 400 million from this transaction.

Bansal, who is mostly based in Singapore, is now an investor in India’s  startup ecosystem and is also the co founder of xto10X Technologies, which was launched last year.

In December 2018, Binny Bansal invested a sprawling $ 25 million dollars in the online insurance startup Acko.  He also invested in several AI and healthtech startups.

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