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Deepinder Goyal – Life and Success Lessons From The Man Behind Zomato

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Zomato, an online food ordering and restaurant finding platform, started off as just an idea. An IIT Delhi student, Deepinder Goyal was always on the lookout for new places to eat. What started off as a collection of menus from a small list of restaurants has today grown into a massive conglomerate which is available for people to use in 24 countries! Officially launched in July 2008 with only 1,200 menus, Zomato as a business grew so quickly, it had more than 2,000 menus on its database by the end of 2008! Co Founded by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddha, the journey of Zomato has been a dream story. Through the years, Zomato has grown by leaps and bounds and today, it is only fitting that we take a look at its growth over the years!

Always keep strategizing

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When Deepinder Goyal started Zomato, he had a single aim in life: to provide people a common platform where they could look for restaurants. When the idea took off so quickly and instantly, Deepinder realised he had to streamline the process of how he was collecting data about restaurants. The more Zomato started getting accepted, the more Goyal streamlined the process. His business model was simple. Every time Zomato starts operating in a new city, a single person is assigned for collecting data about the most popular and accessible restaurants and clubs in the area. The data is then sent to a centralised team in Delhi. The Company is divided in a way that every team has a specific job to do. With advertisements on the website acting as the revenue format for Zomato, Goyal created a model which not only ensures a revenue share system, but also in branding the restaurants partnering with the platform! In short, he created a win win situation for the partners as well as his Company.

Keep Expanding

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Soon after Goyal entered the food tech industry, he realised, in order to stay on top and not just stay afloat, he had to keep expanding his business. Right from the moment it launched, Goyal has been expanding his baby with every move he makes. Apart from launching the Zomato Gold and the Zomato PickUp app, Zomato has expanded into other areas of business as well.

One of the things which makes Zomato stand out from the other food tech startups is its ability to expand into areas its competitors did not. Furthermore, focusing on extremely high quality products, Zomato ensured people look at its quality first and then everything else. The year 2014 saw Zomato acquire not one, but 4 acquisitions of various food tech startups. Six months later, the Company started expanding to places outside India (Sweden, Denmark and Germany, to name a few!) It is important to note here, one of the reasons Zomato grew so much is, it always studies its competition and stays one step ahead, no matter what.

A Trust In His Employees

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One of the primary reasons Deepinder Goyal grew Zomato to this point of success is because of the amount of trust and faith he places in his employees. An underlying growth factor for Zomato is, not only does it gives its customers the best, it also instills confidence in the employees on its roster. If you look at the track record of all the employees on the Zomato roster, one can see that people work up to 12 hours a day without complaining or making a fuss. In fact, even if you offer the top people twice or thrice the amount of money they earn, no one will leave. Why? Simply because Deepinder instilled a trust factor into his employees and gave them growth like no one else did. If this is not a display of undying faith in Zomato, then what is?

 

In a span of 11 years, Zomato has grown from being merely an idea to being valued at over $ 1  billion. Securing investments from more than a series of interesting investors, Zomato is, today, one of the most used and visited food tech platforms. Running neck to neck with Swiggy, its primary competitor, Zomato more than proved its worth as a force of nature!

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A Step towards Solving the Oxygen Crisis in Country, Albot Technologies Inaugurates O2 Plant in Pune

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A 500 LPM oxygen plant was inaugurated by Mr. Ajit Pawar, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Friday. The plant has been made operational by Albot Technologies Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with D.Y. Patil International University (DYPIU) and is installed in the premises of D Y Patil Dnyanshanti School, Akurdi. This marked a monumental milestone towards a future with sufficient oxygen supply. To refresh one’s memory, during the second wave of the pandemic, India had immensely struggled with a rampant oxygen shortage. A sustainable solution to tackle such a critical issue was the need of the hour.

Mr. Ajitdada Pawar cuts the ribbon on Albot Technologies O2 Plant

The list of guests of honour also included the likes of Dr. Sanjay Patil – President, Dr. D.Y. Patil Pratishthan, Mr. Satej Patil – Chairman & Vice President Dr. D.Y. Patil Pratishthan, and Minister of State, Govt of Maharashtra and Dr. Prabhat Ranjan, VC D.Y. Patil International University.

The plant has been engineered to produce over 500 Litres of Oxygen per minute. It employs the well-known Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technique by which the enriched oxygen is generated from the ambient air while filtering out the nitrogen. With the PSA technique, an oxygen purity of 93% can be achieved. Once the oxygen is generated, it can be directly supplied to the hospitals and industrial sectors.

“Our objective is to strengthen the oxygen manufacturing capacity in the nation to forestall the consequences as seen in the second wave of the pandemic. We are viewing this from a multidimensional perspective; enhancing the supply chain while keeping an eye on the evolving demand too,” said Dr. Akash Singh, CEO, Albot Technologies.

Under the Corporate-University collaboration, Albot Technologies has been in a partnership with DYPIU for technology, infrastructure, and healthcare projects.

This collaboration is fueled by the purpose to serve the community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop indigenous O2 plant technology for future use under the “Make in India” initiative.

The specialized PSA technique used for this Oxygen plant is a “clean technology“. The raw materials used for this technique are only air and hence there’s no risk of contamination. The oxygen supplied via this plant can be stored for long-term usage and it’s completely safe to use because the chemicals used in the process are non-toxic.

Along with the added advantage of its capacity to produce 500 liters per minute, this O2 plant aims to annihilate India’s oxygen crisis substantially.

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Sirca Celebrates Jashn-e-Rang with Key Partners as they Believe ‘Ghar Hai Aapse’

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Sirca, one of the leading Italian and premium wood coatings brands in India hosted an event for its dealers and distributors family on September 13. The colorful event was carried out by following all COVID protocols, and the company hosted this program to spread positivity among its stakeholders.

Sirca Celebrates Jashn-e-Rang Event

Named Jashn-e-Rang, Sirca organized this event to live up to the companys motto Ghar Hai Aapse With this event, the company made a positive move by showcasing how events can be carried out in a new normal scenario.

Apart from distributors, dealers, and stakeholders, Bollywood beauty Malaika Arora, and singer Khadke Glassy fame Ashok Masti also graced the occasion with their presence. “Even though the global pandemic has taken a toll on the entire business sector in India, Sirca believes in positivity, and we have now celebrated our past achievements by giving rewards and recognition to dealers and distributors. We also inaugurated our new office and manufacturing units, and it is a clear indication that business operations can be done without any toll in this new normal scenario. As the second wave of the pandemic has now waned in India, I strongly hope that all business operations will be bounced back strongly in the nation,” said Apoorv Agarwal, Sirca Joint Managing Director.

“When the pandemic badly affected the world of business, Sirca stood tall as an industry leader. By organizing this event, Sircas exuberance is a huge example and great inspiration for the market, it’s always a pleasure to partner with such a spirited brand,” said Darpan Sharma, CEO & Strategist, DigiStreet.

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JM Financial Products Limited Announces Tranche I Public Issue of upto Rs. 500 Crore of Secured, Rated, Listed, Redeemable NCDs

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JM Financial Products Limited, the flagship NBFC arm of the JM Financial Group, announced Tranche I public issue of Secured NCDs of face value of Rs. 1,000 each.

Mr. Vishal Kampani, Managing Director, JM Financial Products Limited, (also MD, JM Financial Group), said, “JM Financial Products has fortified its position across business verticals with a diversified product mix while maintaining a focus on risk adjusted profitable growth. The Company has maintained strong liquidity buffers. This public issuance will continue to help us diversify our borrowing and investor mix. Our strong balance sheet, well-capitalised and diverse set of businesses and strategic client-focused approach position us to drive sustainable value for our stakeholders.

The Tranche I Issue offers 4 Series – Series I comes with floating interest rate option in the tenor of 39 Months. Series I carries floating interest rate based on 3-month T-Bill Rate published by the Financial Benchmarks India Pvt. Ltd. (“FBIL“) plus 3.15% spread. The Coupon for Series I NCDs will depend on the movement of the T-bill rate.

In addition, Series II, III and IV comes with fixed interest rate option in the tenor of 60 Months (Annual), 60 Months (Monthly) and 100 Months (Annual), respectively. Effective annual yield for Series II, III and III NCDs (fixed interest rate) ranges from 8.19% to 8.30% per annum. The Tranche I Issue offers options for subscription with coupon rates ranging from 7.91% to 8.30% per annum for Series II, III and IV NCDs (fixed interest rate).

The Lead Managers to the Issue are Equirus Capital Private Limited and JM Financial Limited.

The funds raised through this Tranche I Issue will be used for the purpose of onward lending, financing, and for repayment / prepayment of interest and principal of the borrowings of the Company (at least 75%) and for general corporate purposes (up to 25%).

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