Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products have announced its tie-up with Saavn, India’s leading audio entertainment streaming service, for its limited edition microSD Cards. With this exclusive partnership, Kingston offers its customers a two week Saavn Pro subscription for free. This offer is valid on Kingston’s three new Limited Edition microSD Cards- 8GB Class 4 [SDC4], 16GB Class 10 UHS-I [SDC10G2) & 32GB Class 10 UHS-I [SDC10G2] – which will soon be available in the leading retail as well as e-tail outlets in India.

To avail this exclusive offer, one needs to purchase any of the mentioned Saavn Limited Edition microSD cards. There is a unique code in each of these packs which can be redeemed either on the Saavn app or here . The offer is valid for a year and the two weeks start from the time the customer activates the given unique code.

Speaking on the partnership, Vishal Parekh, Marketing Director, Kingston India said

We at Kingston believe in doing things differently and are excited about this partnership with Saavn. This alliance is a positive step from both brands to add value to the end user which would lead to customer delight. This is a good opportunity for those who always wanted to try out the Saavn’s Pro feature.

Mahesh Narayanan, Managing Director, Saavn said

We are delighted to work with Kingston and provide their customers access to well curated, high quality music and audio entertainment content. With this partnership, Kingston customers can enjoy streaming music and Saavn Original shows offline without any ad interruption

Google have announced the roll of Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices. Over the next several weeks, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G [Android One] will get an over the air software update [FOTA] to Android 7.0 Nougat. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.

Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play said

Android 7.0 Nougat is by far the sweetest release yet. Google has taken a different approach to build and launch Nougat which was announced earlier this year. For starters, we invited developers to take a sneak peek at Android N back in March, so they could bring their apps to the new platform earlier. Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat.

More Personal

Providing more ways to customize your phone to fit your personality is kind of a big deal, and Android has been leading the way since day one. With Android Nougat, Android users will  have more ways to personalize their smartphones including :

Expanded emoji : There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead and  express yourself.

Quick Settings controls : Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit ones needs.

Multi-locale support

Apps can tailor their content based on local settings. For instance if someone speaks multiple languages, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.

More Productive

Whether you’re responding to work emails or making plans with friends, Android 7.0 Nougat helps you multitask with ease with new features like Multi-window, Direct reply, and Quick switch.

Multi-window : Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are re-sizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.

Direct Reply : Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.

Quick Switch : Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.

More Secure

As always, Android 7.0 Nougat is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep data private and secure. For new devices coming this fall, Google has also added new features like Seamless updates, File-based encryption and and Direct Boot.

Seamless updates : New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won’t have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won’t have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.

File-based encryption : Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.

Direct Boot : Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.

More smart battery

Starting with the release of Android Marshmallow last year, Google has been making the battery smarter. With Android 7.0 Nougat the Doze feature has been made even more dozier. Android  devices can now drop into lower power usage when it’s getting jostled around in your pocket or bag while on the move.

More immersive

Android 7.0 Nougat is designed with immersive experiences in mind -including support for VulkanTM [an advanced 3D rendering API] and Daydream [Google’s platform for mobile virtual reality].

VulkanTM : Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.

Daydream : Android 7.0 Nougat is ready to transport users to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers – all coming later this year.

And for those of you who also want to use your Android device at work, there are also new security features for using Android in enterprise, which you can learn more about on the Android for Work website.

Learn more about Android Nougat here. You can also refer to the Blog Post here

[Image Credit* – Google Blog]

Shaadisaga, a Delhi based online wedding services marketplace is taking the Indian wedding market by storm. This venture has recently closed an undisclosed amount of funding as a part of its Pre Series A round from ah! Ventures and other marquee investors. Industry stalwarts like Anupam Mittal (People Group), Kunal Shah & Sandeep Tandon, Dheeraj Jain (Redcliffe Capital), Rohit Chokhani (White Unicorn Ventures) along with other angel investors participated in this round.

Gone are the days when a wedding was merely an event in a person’s life, acknowledging the change in the living. It is soon becoming a milestone that marks the grandeur celebration of new beginnings and with each passing year, the show is becoming all the more interesting. From the pre-wedding photo shoots to inviting the gambolling celebrities, the wedding industry has witnessed a drastic change in the recent past and this is nothing but music to the ears of entrepreneurs like Himanshu Kapsime and Manish Garg, co-founders of Shaadisaga.

Shaadisaga, is an online platform that caters to the to-be-weds in terms of their wedding needs, focusing primarily on weddings ranging between INR 10 Lakhs to 1.5 crores. With the focus of being convenient and cost effective, Shaadisaga offers the couples and their families a host of wedding services, making itself a one stop shop solution for all the wedding needs.

Started by Himanshu Kapsime and Manish Garg, IIT-Delhi graduates, Shaadisaga truly understands that today’s users expect high degrees of personalization and cross comparison is the key to conversions. With requirements being tailored at every step, the company, with a strong team of 25 employees, offers its users an option to choose from a pool of around 2500 best vendors, as per their requirements and hire them directly with price and quality assurance  – The ShaadiSaga Seal of Trust.

ShaadiSaga Team
ShaadiSaga Team

Himanshu Kapsime, the CEO and Co-Founder of the organization is a 2012 graduate with prior experience in working with a US based MNC. He is actively responsible for managing the technological and product development portfolio for the company. Manish Garg, the COO and Co-Founder of the organization is a 2011 graduate with prior experience in working with an Indian startup unicorn. Apart from the co-founders, the company has a workforce of 10 employees with a permanent set up in Delhi.

Commenting on the unique proposition of Shaadisaga, Co-Founder Himanshu Kapsime said

At ShaadiSaga, we provide the best planning experience to couples. From idea & inspirations to hiring different service providers, we are focused on making the entire process a piece of cake. Couples are able to gain the same level of trust with us as they do when they hire services through reference of their own friends and family members. Our team uses technology to essentially bring the offline wedding planning experience onto an online platform, while adding convenience and cost effectiveness.

Manish Garg, Co-founder of ShaadiSaga, continued

ShaadiSaga is the best suited solution for couples to plan their wedding as they save around 20-30% of wedding budget and 2 months of planning time with us, while ensuring better quality and experience. We are currently 25 people strong team and will be adding more people as we expand in further cities.

Commenting on the investee company, Anupam Mittal, Founder of Shaadi.com opined

This is a high touch industry and a really tough business to crack.  It will take a determined & passionate team with loads of perseverance. I saw the commitment in Himanshu & Manish, so decided to back them.

Dheeraj Jain, Managing Partner of Redcliffe Capital said

The revenue of INR 50 lakhs per month and growing, stands testament to the incessant progress of the company. Given the astute business acumen of the core team at ShaadiSaga, we are excited to back these entrepreneurs and their journey to take Indian wedding industry by storm.

The recent fund infusion will be utilized for increasing the base of partners associated with the platform and building technologies ensuring better customer experience, faster on-boarding, smoother communication, and higher conversion rates.

Giving an investor’s perspective, Harshad Lahoti, Founder and CEO of ah! Ventures said Statistically the Indian wedding industry, valued at $40 billion, is proving to be one of the sturdiest in today’s market. Considering the high growth rate of 25-30% YOY, promising start-ups in this space were deserving investors attention and Shaadisaga was undoubtedly cut above the rest. From the very beginning, we witnessed Shaadisaga take calculated business decisions making them the rare breed of startups who knew their priorities. The venture focuses on taking one key step at a time, be it a technological advancement or on-boarding of key partners and that according to us has been the edge that sets them apart. We at ah! Ventures are confident of seeing Shaadisaga as a pioneer in this industry.

ah! Ventures is India’s first full-spectrum (seed, angel & VC) investment network and platform comprising of over 800+ investors, including some of the renowned angels and early-stage VCs. Founded in 2010, ah! Ventures has systematically disrupted the early stage funding ecosystem of India through its innovative approach toward startup investing. First of its kind initiatives like the CLUB ah! platform, ah! Angels (India’s largest angel network), ah! Seeders and ah! VC networks (India’s first seed & VC investment networks), have brought together and integrated the previously segregated startup funding lifecycle, under one roof. CLUB ah! platform today has over 12500+ startups, 725 seed/angel investors and over 85 VCs & institutional investors, making it one of the largest platform of investors and startups. The network also last year secured its first profitable exit from Ed-tech venture Harness Handitouch within 2 years of its investment. ah! Ventures has till date pumped in close to INR 90 crores in over 29 investments spread across varied industries and domains.

ah! Ventures is in the process of closing another investment in the coming week.

About Shaadisaga

Started by Himanshu KapsimeManish Garg, IIT Delhi graduates, ShaadiSaga truly understands that today’s users expect high degree of personalization and trust for their wedding planning. ShaadiSaga is India’s fastest growing online portal that enable couples to conveniently plan their wedding through vendor discovery and planning advice from wedding experts and visual inspirations. Users can choose from a pool of over 6000 service providers from venue to makeup and hire vendors as per their individual requirement, with price and quality assurance. For more information, please visit Shaadisaga

About ah! Ventures

ah! Ventures is a startup focused growth catalyst that brings together promising businesses and investors by creating wealth creation opportunities for both. ah!’s unique model serves investors, entrepreneurs and enablers through a unique blend of customized services, skill, and industry & domain experience.

Founded in 2010, ah! Ventures has systematically disrupted India’s early stage funding ecosystem through its innovative approach toward startup investing. First of its kind initiatives like the CLUB ah! network & platform, ah! Angels (India’s largest angel network), ah! Seeders and ah! VC networks (India’s first seed & VC investment networks respectively), have brought together and integrated the otherwise previously segregated startup funding life-cycle, under one roof. This, coupled with ah! Impact network, an impact investment network for investing in social enterprises and ah! Mentors network, a mentor network to assist startups in their growth and expansion, has today made ah! Ventures not just one of India’s most respected change leaders, but also a formidable industry force to recon with.

The world’s first integrated logistics platform Vamaship have launched a new service of international e-commerce shipping for the gems and jewellery industry from Mumbai starting from Rs. 999 onward for door-to-door delivery at the India International Jewellery Show, in association with BVC.

In 9 months, Vamaship is now facilitating shipping of any commodity through air, ocean and surface, in India to over 10,000 pin codes and 200+ countries globally.

All current solutions for jewellery e-commerce were unviable for low value shipping and the new service will activate shipping for over 1000 Jewellers. The customer can book the shipment on the Vamaship website and track shipments through their mobile app and on the platform.

On this occasion, Bhavik Chinai, Founder & CEO Vamaship stated

We are delighted to announce the launch of our express cargo services, aiming to provide world class, secure and reliable services for the gems and jewellery at affordable rates starting from Mumbai. This service is paradigm altering product for the industry and are we are looking forward to creating many such innovative services in the future. BVC is a household name for jewellery logistics and leveraging the Vamaship technology on BVC infrastructure creates an unparalleled shipping experience.

About Vamaship

Launched in October 2015, Vamaship is a revolution in logistics that connects shippers with industry’s best logistics companies. Vamaship as a market place facilitates shipments to over 10,000 pin codes in India and to 200 countries from India. With a nationwide network of partners, Vamaship brings the best of technology and logistics to create a seamless shipping experience. For more information, please visit Vamaship

In a major development, India’s leading B2B e-commerce platform Industrybuying announces the appointment of Ms. Manvinder Kaur as Vice President, Human Resource. In her current role, Ms. Kaur will lead the Human resource of the company and drive the core functions such as talent management, employee engagement and corporate trainings at Industrybuying.

IndustryBuying

Speaking on her appointment, Swati Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, Industrybuying said

I am confident that Manvinder will play an important role in enabling the team at Industrybuying to fulfill our long term mission of revolutionising B2B e-commerce in country through internet technology & Supply Chain. Having her on our management team will surely empower our prospects at hiring the finest talent in India.

IndustryBuying is currently eyeing to garner young untapped talent that lies across the length and breadth of India. It is looking forward to streamline the processes in various divisions such as operations, marketing, sales, product, technology, logistics, etc.

Manvinder Kaur, the newly appointed VP Human Resource for Industrybuying said

It is a privilege to be a part of a leading, vibrant & growing team of Industrybuying. I see immense potential in the goal of Industrybuying and look forward to HR being a strategic role as the company moves into its next stage of evolution.

Ms. Kaur, who holds an MBA from the ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and an undergraduate degree in engineering from the Punjab Technical University, comes with more than a decade’s experience in Human Resource – strategy, planning, employee relations, management and policies redesign.

In her earlier stint, Manvinder has led HR function at Gap Inc and BT Global services. She also held the post of Assistant Vice President at IndusInd bank. Her years of experience in designing and setting systems that are nimble and efficient at each stage, building high performing teams and handling compliance and process are some of the key assets that she brings with herself.

About Industrybuying

Industrybuying is a leading Business e-commerce platform, selling a wide range of business and industrial products to SMEs as well as large businesses. It has over 4,000 registered sellers and more than 60,000 registered businesses – SMEs & large corporates that are procuring online from Industrybuying. Industrybuying offers over 1 million products across 45+ categories ranging from Safety and Security, Electrical and Lighting, Power and Solar, to MRO supplies and many more categories.

Industrybuying is backed by some of the leading Indian and global investors. Based out of Delhi NCR, the company has a Pan-India footprint with fulfillment centres in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad & Bangalore. For more information, please visit IndustryBuying.com

Based out of Delhi NCR, the company has a Pan-India footprint with fulfillment centers in Mumbai,Pune, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. For more information, please visit IndustryBuying