happn, the leading dating app enabling users to find again and meet the people they have crossed paths with in real life have launched ‘Invisible Mode’ in the app. This added feature gives users the freedom to make their profiles invisible during certain points in the day and allows them to hide their profile from others during scenarios where they might not want to make any new crushes. happn also announced that they have surpassed 10 million users on the app in India within a year of its launch.

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The feature is customizable and can be activated for 8 hours or scheduled for certain times throughout the day or the week. The most popular option allows users to set up happn and disable crossovers during working hours [from Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 6:30 PM for example] or late at night when they are at home. Another feature in happn allows users to choose what information they do or do not want to display on their profile. This includes their age, last active date and approximate distance from potential crushes.

Commenting on the development, Ms. Claire Certain, Head of Global Trends, Communications & Media, happn, said

Due to the nature of our app we wanted to offer this option to people who were at odds with always having their profile visible to other users. After discussing with our users, we wanted to enhance and ease the experience of those who prefer to be more discreet about their dating preferences and availability, especially in the workplace. We are happy to help them simply decide whether or not they are in the mood for love and/or new encounter.

It is also heartening to know that India is one of our growing markets and the 10 million users that we have registered in the country is a proof of that. Indian’s growing affinity towards downloading apps has catapulted happn’s growth and it is exciting to know that our users in India are enjoying the experience on the app, using its novel features. We will continue to be consistently focused on providing a hassle-free, seamless, safe and enriching experience to our users to provide them with a platform that encourages real life interactions, connections and meetings.

The feature is now available on the app through the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store. It’s included in the subscription offer, along with the list of people’s profiles who have liked yours.

H2, the premier global leadership network for the technology industry, and Google for Entrepreneurs announced a new global partnership, bringing together the worldwide networks and resources for technology leaders. The partnership aims to connect and support technology leaders in innovation centres globally.

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Nayan Patel, Founder & CEO of H2, said

H2’s mission and programs center’s on the core themes of connections, learning and supportOur global partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs amplifies these themes and builds valuable connectivity for H2 to the best of Google’s resources around the world. We are excited to be partnering closely across our programs to continue scaling H2’s reach and impact on a global level.

H2 also announced the launch of H2 Innovate, a new program that offers fast-growing startups scaling in large global markets access to advice, capital and connections across the H2 network. The program provides participating companies referred by H2’s partners curated and targeted access to industry leaders and domain experts from H2’s member community as well as connections to H2’s partner network.

Participating launch partners for H2 Innovate include Google for Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley Bank, Accel Partners, Cooley, Endeavor, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, GSF Accelerator, Kalaari Capital, Naspers Ventures, Seedcamp, SOSV and White Star Capital. Initial participating startups across Asia, Europe and Latin America include DataStreamX, Fleksy, IDwall and YEAY.

Genna McKeel, Head of Global Partnerships at Google for Entrepreneurs, said

At Google, we know that innovation is thriving across the world and not just in Silicon Valley. H2 shares this global mindset and has shown how bringing industry leaders together in innovation centers globally can have a real impact.  We are excited to welcome H2 into the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network and to work together to build connections between entrepreneurs and experienced  leaders in startup communities across the globe.

Oliver Plante, CEO of Fleksy, said

Our early participation in H2 Innovate has led to a number of valuable connections and targeted insights for our businessWe are excited to continue our engagement in the program through its launch and as we continue scaling up over the period ahead.

H2 will be hosting its sixth annual Global Summit on October 11th at Google’s offices in San Francisco, bringing together executives, entrepreneurs and investors from leading companies and industry organizations in innovation hubs around the world. Designed as a senior level, invitation only event, the Summit offers participants a unique platform to engage in dynamic and open discussions covering leading technology trends and industry insights from Silicon Valley and across the globe.

Swati Bhargava, Chapter Co-Chair of H2 India, said

Our partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs connects H2’s community to Google’s industry-leading resources and extends the reach of our programs to support technology leaders across the globeWe look forward to our collaborations over the period ahead in support of growth activities for our India Chapter and across the H2 network worldwide.

Neeraj Roy, Chapter Co-Chair of H2 India, said

Access to the right industry advisors and operating expertise is key to fuelling startup growthWe are excited to launch H2 Innovate in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs and other leading partners, providing participating startups access to H2’s qualified community of industry leaders and resources at a global level.

H2’s global member community consists of technology leaders from leading startups and top global firms including 99, Amazon, Apple, Carousell, CMUNE, Dropbox, Facebook, Freshworks, Etsy, Gengo, Google, HelloFresh, Justfab, LinkedIn, Lyft, MyHeritage, PopXO, People Group, PropertyGuru, Qunar, Slack, Spotify, Strava, Twitter, Ubimo and Wego among others across leading innovations centers globally.

Stonehill International School hosted Stonehill Super Splash, a two-day international swim meet that kick-started on 18th May 2018. The event, which was hosted in a six lane outdoor 25 meter swimming pool, saw a participation of over 185 students from various schools from the Asia Pacific region. Also participating in the meet was Swyree Sangakkara, daughter and Kavith son of former Sri Lankan cricketer Mr. Kumar Sangakkara. The crowd was ecstatic in the presence of the legendary cricketer, who was seen supporting his kids. The event was abuzz with the loud cheering of parents, coaches and siblings, alike. Decathlon, the largest sporting retailer and other vendors gave away goodies to encourage the participants. Mr. Hakimuddin Habibulla Ex Olympian Swimmer [India] addressed the crowd during the opening ceremony.

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Mr. Kumar Sangakkara, Ex Cricket Captain Sri Lanka, said

It’s great to be here at Stonehill Super Splash 2018. My son Kavith and daughter Swyree are taking part this year and so are the host of other kids from various schools. My children go to the Overseas school of Colombo, it’s brilliant that Stonehill International is having an event like this. The kids and the parents are having a great time and hopefully, if we have another one next year maybe we would be back.

Legend Kumar Sangakkara, Ex Cricket Captain of Sri Lanka

Mr. Hakimuddin Habibulla, Ex Olympian Swimmer [India], said

Am here at Stonehill International School Bangalore for the Super Splash. I think it’s a beautiful event and am having a great time. It’s a fantastic day and a very festive atmosphere and I really encourage the kids to have lots of fun and that’s the key of this whole event, have fun make friends and take home good memories.

The schools that participated were

  • Stonehill International School – 62 Participants
  • American International School [Mumbai and Chennai] – 68 Participants
  • Overseas International School [Colombo, Sri Lanka] – 33 Participants
  • Swim Life Bangalore – 21 Participants
  • Trio World Academy – 1 Participant

About Stonehill Super Splash

Completing its third chapter, Stontehill Super Splash, which had started out as a primary swim meet, has now expanded into an annual inter school event that includes around 6 other international schools. This event is a great opportunity for students to engage in cultural exchange.

About Stonehill International School

Spread over 34 acres, nestled 20 minutes away from the Bangalore airport, the Stonehill campus is spacious, purpose-built, safe and highly conducive to learning. The international school is fully accredited by CIS/NEASC and the Australian Boarding Schools Association. Students from age three through secondary school enjoy a state-of-the art campus that features extensive sports fields and facilities, two swimming pools, an equestrian centre, three boarding houses, two libraries, and a cafeteria. Stonehill offers education in a warm and friendly small school environment, where each student’s quest for individual excellence is a priority. The students and teachers at Stonehill come from India as well as over 35 different countries spanning the globe.

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. have announced an exclusive partnership for the Indian market with Screenz, the most powerful platform for entertainment-based interactivity used by world’s top broadcasters and format owners. The partnership will add to Jio’s existing platform for gamification, which has proven itself time and again, as seen during the on-going Jio Cricket Play Along, where it has enrolled over 65 million unique users already, who are consistently playing the game as well as the Jio Kaun Banega Crorepati Play Along game, where it took KBC to every home and therefore in the common man’s reach.

With this exclusive partnership, Jio Screenz will become the largest platform and one of the only integrated providers of entertainment-based gamification in India. This will empower broadcasters and publishers to create engaging content with robust scalability. The features on this platform are highly adaptable for varied content, allowing for live, real-time interactions between broadcasters and viewers, keeping them watching and engaged.

Jio Screenz platform will provide increased engagement and new advertising opportunities due to its advanced abilities to create differentiated interactions utilizing distinct and specific profiles of individual viewers. Industry experts believe that this dual-screen experience is the next game-changer and will redefine passive advertising on television and mobile.

This is the second such innovative brand-engagement platform launched by Jio in the last few days. Last week, Jio announced the launch of the world’s first artificial intelligence-based brand engagement platform called JioInteract.

Features of the Jio Screenz platform

  • Jio Screenz Platform allows a real time two-way conversation between broadcasters and viewers in form of quizzes, polls and votes during a TV show.
  • It provides an easy to use Content Management System [CMS] that enables broadcasters to design, create and launch interactive engagements.
  • This can be enabled on any digital App using SDK with support on Android, iOS and Jio Kai-OS
  • Jio Screenz supports various social networks namely Google, Facebook, Twitter and more.
  • To ensure a continuous learning and feedback loop, it supports rich data reporting and creates unique profiles for each user, hence enabling targeted advertisement.

About Screenz

Screenz, a portfolio company of The Box Group, is a leading digital entertainment company comprised of an award winning platform and interactive original content. At the core of Screenz is a robust SAAS platform, enabling a real-time conversation between content and viewers. Screenz empowers broadcasters and publishers to manage content and create highly adaptable audience engagement through live, real-time interactions. Screenz has a partnership with Google, and customers such as ABC, Fox, Sony, Globo, Univision and more. For more information, please visit Screenz

mfine, an app-based on-demand healthcare service, announced it has raised $4.2 Million in Series A funding. Prime Venture Partners led the round alongside existing investors, Stellaris Venture Partners and healthcare entrepreneur, Mayur Abhaya. The company will use the fresh funds to build the hospital network across cities, and further strengthen the technology team. The company is planning to achieve over One Lakh consultations by the end of 2018 and also partner with more than 50 top hospitals across the country.

Launched in December 2017, mfine follows a unique model of partnering with leading and trusted hospitals instead of aggregating individual doctors on the platform. Hospital partnerships enable mfine to make high-quality care of trusted doctors available on a digital channel – for the first time in the country.

Top doctors from more than 15 leading and reputed hospitals in Bengaluru such as CloudNine, Aster, and Ovum consult with patients across nine specialties. For the hospitals, mfine is their new center on the cloud bringing in more patients and offering premium services, long-term care programs, super specialties without any upfront investments.

Within the first five months of launch, mfine has clocked more than 10,000 consultations. mfine’s platform ensures that patients can reach the doctors on the network within 60 secs and start the consultation. Users get access to the same doctors and other integrated experiences as visiting a hospital, virtually and when they need. mfine will soon launch additional services such as monitoring of vitals, collection of sample for lab tests and medicine delivery at home.

mfine has built an AI-powered technology system that improves doctors’ efficiency & effectiveness dramatically. The system is built on the foundation of standard medical ontologies and protocols and is able to learn and replicate high quality diagnosis and treatment methods. The system takes care of structured data collection, reminders for follow up based on signs/symptoms and execution of care protocols for chronic conditions, thereby building a platform that’s unique and globally competitive. 

mfine was founded in February 2017 by Ashutosh Lawania [Myntra Co-founder] and Prasad Kompalli, a former business head at Myntra. The founders were later joined by Ajit Narayanan, ex-Myntra CTO, Arjun Chaudhary, ex-Myntra head of growth marketing and Dr. Jagadish Prasad, an interventional neuroradiologist, and founder of Femiint Health, a hospital in Bengaluru. Including the current funding round, the startup has raised over $6 million and has 50 employees in Bengaluru.

[L-R] Prasad Kompalli [CEO & Co-Founder], Ashutosh Lawania (Co-Founder]

Prasad Kompalli, CEO and Co-Founder, mfine said

We see a huge opportunity to bring the much needed, tech-driven transformation in the $50B primary healthcare delivery. With our deeply tech driven approach and working with reputed providers, we are effectively creating a ‘cloud clinic’ where quality healthcare can be accessed on demand from anywhere. We believe we can scale this across the country and beyond and help people gain much more control over their health.

Shripati Acharya, Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners said

Teleconsult and on-demand healthcare is poised to fundamentally transform healthcare delivery in India. mfine has taken an innovative hospital-first approach where experienced doctors and specialists from established hospital brands are available directly on the app. It is backed by a stellar team with passionate founders who have deep experience building startups and getting them to scale and succeed.

Ritesh Banglani, Partner, Stellaris Venture Partners said

We are pretty excited about what mfine has built up so far both in the product and the provider network. The impressive consumer traction they have achieved in a short time reinforces our belief in this space and mfine’s differentiated approach. We are excited to back them in their journey to create large and impactful health-tech business.

Rohit M A, Co-founder & MD, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals said

Digital health is the future of primary health care as it offers much more convenience and continuity to the couples in our care. Mfine’s connected care platform augers very well into the Digital Engagement strategy at Cloudnine and we are excited about the new reach and the extended clinical care programs for fulfilling varied needs of our customers.

Dr. Adarsh, Chairman and Medical Director Ovum Hospitals, Ovum Hospitals

With mfine video consultation, I can meet my patients virtually and that makes online consultation much more easy and safe. mfine app is super simple to use with almost zero typing. I can provide much detailed prescriptions on mfine including nutrition and growth chart.

The mfine app is currently available in English on Google Playstore & Appstore and can be downloaded from here.

Driven with a mission to bring transparency and simplicity in the trade of crypto-assets, Bengaluru-based CoinSwitch has launched its operations in India. CoinSwitch is a blockchain-based crypto-currency exchange aggregator platform that presents users with a one-stop solution for buying, selling or converting crypto-currencies across all partner exchanges. CoinSwitch users need not sign-up at multiple exchanges and yet, compare different prices and strike the best bargains.

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The aggregator platform further helps users diversify their investments in various leading crypto-assets by supporting over 100 cryptocurrencies in India and 300 across the globe including altcoins, tokens like Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Ripple [XRP], Litecoin [LTC], etc. Users can access CoinSwitch to also convert their existing crypto-asset in other pairs. The platform currently supports over 7,000 currency pairs in India and over 45,000 across the globe. Owing to its diverse offering, CoinSwitch has been successful in clocking in daily trade volumes worth over USD 1 Million.

Commenting on the milestones achieved by the company, Ashish Singhal, Co-Founder & CEO of CoinSwitch said

We have started CoinSwitch with a vision of making it easier for everyone to transact in crypto-currencies. We are further driven to bring transparency and trust in such transactions, giving the ultimate decision-making power to the consumers, aiding them with real-time charts and crypto-currency prices. The same reflects in the daily volumes that we are able to clock-in, spanning over 1 Mn per day. We owe this success to our partners and users who have decided to put their faith in our platform and are hoping for a positive response in years to come as well.

The founding team of CoinSwitch hails from established tech conglomerates like Microsoft, Amazon and Zynga.

About CoinSwitch

Headquartered in Bengaluru, CoinSwitch is a blockchain-based cryptocurrency exchange aggregator platform that supports transactions in over 100 cryptocurrencies in India and 300 across the globe like altcoins, tokens like Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Ripple [XRP], Litecoin [LTC], etc. Given its diverse offering, CoinSwitch has been driving daily sales volumes upwards of USD 1 Mn.

CoinSwitch aggregates multiple exchanges, facilitating transactions in all coins that are available with partner exchanges. For more information, please visit CoinSwitch

Uber Eats, the on-demand food delivery app has completed its first successful year of operations in India. Launched in Mumbai in May 2017, Uber Eats has grown its presence in India by expanding to 13 cities in India and adding more than 40 restaurants daily onto its platform. Uber Eats is now focused on taking the service to tier 2 markets.

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The platform is also experiencing nearly 50% MoM growth, in its first year of operations. It has more than doubled in terms of number of orders in the last 3 months.  Uber Eats is currently present in 13 cities across the country namely – Mumbai, Gurgaon, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Coimbatore, Vizag, Jaipur, Kochi, Pune and Chandigarh and is focused on expanding its footprint to additional tier 2 markets in the coming month.

Bhavik Rathod, Head of Uber Eats, India, said

It has been an exciting journey for Uber Eats and we’re happy to celebrate this milestone today as we complete a year in India. We are confident to grow furthermore in the coming years. Today, India is a huge sea of opportunities for startups and new age businesses like Uber Eats. We thank all our restaurant and delivery partners, all our happy consumers and look forward to your continuous support.

Uber Eats has gained great momentum in India and is one of its fastest growing markets in the Asia Pacific region. We look forward to accelerating this growth further on and India has huge opportunities to offer. Increased aspirations, a land of millennials, sky rocketing number of consumers going online, and fast paced internet and mobile penetration – it is a perfect concoction for Uber Eats to invest in India and tap on smaller yet upcoming educational and business hubs. And that’s the next step for Uber Eats.

Uber Eats Growth Story

Uber Eats Milestones

  • Launched in Mumbai in May 2017; India is the fastest growing market in APAC and has expanded to 13 cities in 12 months.
  • Appointed Bhavik Rathod, as the Head of Uber Eats for India, one of the almost five years back.
  • Shiv Sagar, Chaayos, The Bohri Kitchen were some of the first restaurants that were on-boarded on the platform. Today there are over 12000 restaurant partners across the 13 cities in India.
  • Pooja Rani from Chandigarh was the first woman to join Uber Eats as a female delivery partner.

What India Eats

This past year, Uber Eats has discovered some interesting food habits of Indians, let’s take a tasty trip down memory lane:

  • Winner, winner Chicken dinner? Across north and the south and the diversity in between, Indians expressed one common dish that they just couldn’t resist – the Chicken biryani was the hot favourite dish amongst Indians was the most ordered item in India on Uber Eats
  • Think you splurge way too much to fulfill your sugar cravings? Think again. An eater in Bangalore ordered ice-cream worth INR 11,341.
  • Keeping up with the ongoing cricket fever, 15th April 2018 was the hungriest day for all our Eaters in India as Uber Eats made the maximum trips in a single day.
  • The most gigantic order delivered by Uber Eats was on 10th March 2018, when a consumer called for 143 pieces of Rawa masala dosa, taking our delivery services to newer heights.

New app-based service S3 Cabs have been rolled out in Mumbai and were inaugurated by Sudhakar Deshmukh, Hon. MLA for Nagpur West. The service is an initiative by the Bharat Freight, a logistics company.

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S3 service does not have surge pricing or night charges; the cabs are available at a flat rate. Sahayadri Smart Safe Private Limited – the company behind the cab services thought that flat pricing will be a good respite for riders traveling in the peak hours and for regular and corporate travelers. Also, passengers who do not have the application downloaded or without a smartphone, have the option of booking the cab through service representatives designated at different parts of the Mumbai region and also through a phone call.

A separate service application has been developed to enable this service. New and innovative ways of deploying SOS service has been planned for the safety of passengers. Not only SOS but the riders will also be able to customize the trip using language options, tourist guide option, etc. At the time when complaints are rampant from drivers against other dominant players of the cab service industry for various reasons, S3 has already drawn strategies around the pain points.

Sohel Kazani, Director, Sahayadri Smart Safe Pvt. Ltd. also said the service gave a higher commission to drivers and took their safety and well-being seriously.

Both the drivers and the riders are offered 24/7 phone support, and that drivers are not allowed to spend more than 10 hours driving for S3, in order to prevent driver fatigue. In-cab entertainment options are also being explored and will be rolled out soon.

Sudhakar Deshmukh, Hon. MLA for Nagpur West, speaking on the development said

Government was trying to create a similar application and that I am very happy to know Bharat Freight Company has taken a CSR initiative and the state will extend its full support for the same. I am also of that opinion that we should give sufficient training to drivers to enhance the standard of taxis and improve the quality of life of the drivers and their families. The company should explore our skill development program to meet the desired objectives.

Actor, screenwriter, producer and director Akbar Khan were also there for the launch along with corporator Mrs. Harshala More. The idea was the brainchild of Prafulla Shinde, son of a retired police officer from the Mumbai Police. Prafulla is now a director with Sahayadari Smart Safe Pvt. Ltd.

Prafulla exclaimed

We are going to charge 3% towards facility charges from drivers on a daily earning of up to INR 1,500 INR 2,000 and 10% on any amount above it, as opposed to 20-25% charged by others. We have set up a call center. Complaints can be made via mail, WhatsApp, and on the helpline number. Drivers can also be rated.

The app is available on Android and iOS platforms. S3 also developed a service app for restaurants, hotels, bars, etc. who can use it to book cabs for their customers. Shinde said S3 also plans to launch a parcel service in July and they are already in talks with two online shopping companies.

S3 has deployed the most updated technology platform that will greatly reduce the booking v/s delivery turnaround time for customers. It will also minimize the response time for customer calls. The chauffeurs are called, are well-trained in the use of the technology and soft skills. The venture is expected to generate 5,000 direct jobs.