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5 Most Inspiring Women To Look Out For In 2017

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5 Most Inspiring Women To Look Out For In 2017

The year had started with new spirits. Everybody had set their goals are keen in achieving them. As the International Women’s Day is on the par, we listed out some of the most powerful women from whom one can get inspired from. Their success secrets are sure to inspire you in 2017.

1) Chanda Kochar

Chanda Kochar is the Managing Director and Cheif Executive Officer Of ICICI bank. She is extensively recognized for her role in shaping retail banking in India. Chanda ranked 40th on India Today High and Mighty Power list in 2016. In 2016, she was ranked 22nd position in the Forbes Asia’s 50 power Businesswoman list 2016. Kochar received an honorary doctorate from Carleton University, Canada. She was also honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2011, India’s one of the highest civilian honors.

2) Priyanka Chopra

Famous Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s journey started all the way from a small town Chandigarh. She has now left her footprints in Hollywood too. She is currently busy shooting for her Hollywood series “Quantico” and her English movie Baywatch” opposite Dwayne Johnson. Well, lot more to come from you PeeCee.

3) Arundhati Bhattacharya

Arundhati Bhattacharya is an Indian banker and is currently working as the Cheif Managing Director of India. The previous year, she was listed as the 25th most powerful woman by Forbes. She is the first woman to lead an India based Fortune 500 company. On the eve of Women’s day, she decided to introduce free vaccination against cervical cancer to all her women employees. Currently, she is named as the fourth most powerful woman in Asia Pacific by Fortune.

4) Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj is the second women to be India’s Minister of External Affairs after Indira Gandhi. On December 10th, she underwent a kidney transplant in AIMS, where the organ is been donated by a living unrelated donor.

5) Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is all in the news. May it be for her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati” or her Hollywood debut “XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage.” She starred opposite Vin Diesel from the Fast and Furious” franchise. Deepika was ranked amongst the top 10 of the highest paid actress in the world. She is one of the actresses who opened up on issues and spoke about sensitive topics like feminism saying: “New feminism isn’t about being aggressive, it is about reaching the top yet being soft.”

 

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Unbxd Product Discovery Startup Raises $12.5 Million in Series C Funding Round

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Bengaluru and California-based product discovery platform Unbxd raised $12.5 million in a Series C funding round. This round was led by Eight Roads Ventures with participation from Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan. Existing partners IDG Ventures, Inventus Capital Partners, and Nirvana Ventures also participated in this round with Avendus Capital as the exclusive financial adviser.

Unbxd, founded in 2011 by Pavan Sondur and Prashant Kumar, focuses on search and discovery of products on e-commerce platforms. They connect shoppers to the products they are most likely to buy by applying artificial intelligence and advanced data sciences.

The founders plan to use this investment in its artificial intelligence powered platform. This platform allows online retailers to capture revenue that is lost due to poor product discovery which amounts to almost 15%-40%. They also plan on opening new offices in Chicago and New York that are closer to its customers.

The founders were able to raise seed funding in 2012 followed by a $2 million Series A funding round in 2013 and an undisclosed amount of Series B funding round in 2016. Speaking about the Series C funding round Managing Partner of Eight Roads Venture Raj Dugar said that this was the right time to accelerate its go to market strategy because of its great product and market fit.

Their artificial intelligence tracks online shoppers in real time to understand user intent and enhance their online shopping experiences. In a statement, the company claims that their revenue increased by 400% since last year and have added leading retailers like Ashley HomeStore and FreshDirect to their consumer base.

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Fast food to be delivered on Fast trains!

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Superfast train Rajdhani and Shatabdi will now cater food from fast food joints. Indian Railways will now deliver your favorite fast food on their trains in place of their mandatory meals.

Fast food chains like McDonals, Dominos, KFC, and Bikanerwala have collaborated with the Indian Railways to deliver food on the trains. The passengers can order their choice of food online and mention which station they would like their food to be delivered.

This genius advertising move will bring a much-needed change in the food services provided by the Indian Railways. Launched yesterday, so far only Dominos have been successful in delivering food to passengers on board trains. Many other fast food chains like McDonalds and KFC are yet to start delivery services.

Other partner vendors include Switz Food, Only Alibaba, Haldiram, Nirula’s and PizzaHut. Passengers can order food through 3 methods through their website, call or SMS. Passengers with confirmed seats can visit www.ecatering.irctc.co.in or call 1323 or send an SMS with their PNR number to 139. A 45-day trial was held last year in the Patna Rajdhani, Delhi-Mumbai August Kranti Rajdhani, Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi and Howrah-Puri Shatabdi trains.

This move from an advertising and public relations point of view is brilliant not just for the fast food joints but also for the Indian Railways. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the Indian Railways have been working hard to improve the passenger experience on trains. This includes better maintenance of the washrooms and cleanliness inside the trains.

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Meet Ambur Iyyappa: Flipkart’s First Employee To Now A Multi Millionaire

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Around Twelve years ago, Mr. Ambur Iyyappa was working with a courier company as a delivery boy. But today he is a multi-millionaire at Flipkart.
Mr. Iyyappa born and grew up in Ambur a small town in Tamil Nadu. After his pre-degree, he moved to Hosur for a diploma, he then got a one year apprenticeship at Ashok Leyland.

Further, he joined as a local delivery boy at First Flight Couriers, Bengaluru. After working as a couriers for four years, he became the manager of all incoming mails and logistics in South Bengaluru.
Ambur thought of doing a course for three months to improve his skills and qualifications, but when he came back to the company, after the course, he didn’t have a position there.

At that time First Flight Couriers were one of the partners for the little known Flipkart, an online bookseller. One of the delivery boys at First Flight Couriers informed him about the vacancy of an in-house logistic person at Flipkart.
So Ambur Iyyappa went to Flipkart’s office and met the founders and became the first employee at Flipkart.
He didn’t even get an offer letter because there was no HR department in Flipkart when he joined.
Binny Bansal described Iyyapa as human ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) of Flipkart. He had the exact information of which books were pending, which were waiting for delivery.

Whenever a customer called him, he clarified his query without referring to a computer. An effective method of pasting all the order information on Gmail and refer that as an ERP for searching orders was also found by him. Binny wrote code to automate Iyyapa’s work. His first salary was just Rs. 8, 000.oo but he also got some shares in the nascent venture.

As the company grew, share value was also exponentially increased. Presently, Mr. Ambur Iyyapa is an Associate Director, Customer Experience Manager at Flipkart. He receives Rs.6 Lakh and still uses his Suzuki Access 125 to travel and stays in the same house he has been for the last ten years.

Mr.Iyyapa is a very dedicated, hard working and has critical problem-solving abilities. He addresses every complaint received.

Mr. Binny says “Solving all customer problems keeps him going, He embodies our focus on customers.”

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