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From elephants and snake charmers to software coders/coolies to app-toting delivery boys/dabba-walahs, the image of what's "happening" in India keeps morphing. And IIT-ians get added to the mix somewhere.
"India is becoming the land of the errand app." declared a recent Bloomberg News article that got featured in various international publications. Extracts:
“People today want to do as much as possible with their phones,” said TinyOwl co-founder (Harsh Vardhan) Mandad, who graduated from Mumbai’s Indian Institute of Technology in 2012. “It is a friction just to go out – there’s the heavy traffic, pollution and waiting involved for a cab.”
The startups are carving out niches by serving certain neighborhoods or parts of cities, realizing the “hyper-local” strategy long envisioned in more developed countries including the U.S. Larger e-commerce companies such as Flipkart and Snapdeal dominate online sales of more traditional goods, including books, apparel and el…
There have been at least eight M&A transactions involving pure play Contract Research Organization firms between January 2014 and May 2015 - versus just five deals in the entire three year period prior to 2014.
Of these transactions, four have been domestic deals and three Inbound. The only Outbound transaction was GVK Biosciences' acquisition of US-based Aragen Bioscience which specializes in high-value biologics services. The Sequoia Capital India-backed GVK Bio was also a buyer domestically - acquiring Chennai-based Vanta Bioscience which offers toxicology evaluation services for the pharmaceutical, biotech, food supplements and feed additives industries. (GVK also excercised its call option to buy out Dai-Ichi Karkaria's entire stake in their joint venture Inogent which offers a mix of services - Process R&D and Custom Chemical Synthesis & Manufacturing - and Products - APIs and Intermediates.)