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Amateur Photography Is Becoming One Of India's Most Lucrative Professions

A photo taken by But Natural Photography’s Sujata Setia. Photo courtesy of Sujata Setia. With the onset of e-commerce platforms, new avenues have opened up for the average Indian consumer to simplify buying photography equipment – something that wasn’t possible for many ten years ago. As demand spikes, does this make now the time for entrepreneurs to cash in on the new phenomenon of the photography business? Six years ago Indian papers were reporting on the sudden rise in popularity of photography as art, something art-loving Indians had never before considered as an alternative to the country’s well-established love of paintings, and indeed it was the talk of the galleries: were photographs the new thing in high-value works of art? Today, the market has moved beyond being a simple buyer’s market for finished works. People want to learn how to take their own photos. And they’re willing to pay. “The European market started to saturate,” says But Natural Photography’s Sujata Setia, who …

Business and design: The future of design

More and more people are realizing that smart design can be a source of competitive advantage, but there are some challenges. What is the future of design?
Unlike technology, design seldom follows a neat curve. When it comes to questions of style, it’s hard to chart steady improvements. At the moment, however, design does seem likely to become an even more powerful business driver—provided it isn’t undone by its own popularity.
In a number of sectors, executives are becoming more and more aware that smart design can be a shortcut to competitive advantage. The growth of Starbucks and the rise of Apple are two of the most familiar stories about the power of good design, but a number of industries have been similarly transformed by an idea that was less technically novel than packaged in a more appealing way.
One somewhat less familiar case in point is retail design. Shopping has been reinvented a number of times through design, from the arcades and department stores of the 19th century …

'India is one of the Top Five countries for workplace globally'

Facebook's enterprise application is seeing high levels of engagement among early adopters, says Ramesh Gopalkrishna, Asia-Pacific Head for Workplace by Facebook On October 10, Facebook announced the global launch of Workplace by Facebook, the social media giant’s enterprise communication offering. At the time of its official launch, more than 1,000 companies were already using the service as part of the pilot programme. It’s still early days, but Workplace (formerly Facebook at Work) is already being touted as a possible ‘email-killer’. Forbes India spoke with the Asia-Pacific Head for Workplace by Facebook, Ramesh Gopalkrishna, about the roll-out. Edited excerpts:

Q. You’ve engaged with enterprises in the beta stage. In what ways has Workplace evolved with that engagement? We got a lot of feedback about enterprises wanting the personal profile of Facebook to be separate from the work profile. That was one important piece of feedback. A lot of companies said: We love this platform …

Note ban: New-age startups exult, claim jump in digital transactions

The demonitisation may also push more people online, make India "data rich" and facilitate a transparent credit ecosystem, according to experts
India deciding to scrap existing currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 is being welcomed by the country’s fledgling fintech and online commerce startups like manna from the heavens.
They’ve rushed to capitalise on the hype around the cash crunch people are facing by promoting their own cashless payments and related services. Many have claimed big jumps in the volume of transactions they now see on their platforms, as India’s smartphone-toting English-educated urban households look at digital payments more seriously.

The other choice is standing in long, serpentine queues at banks to exchange their old notes for the freshly minted versions that the government has released.

“OptaCredit has seen a 300 percent increase in loan applications after the government’s announcement of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes,” an online lender …

Nothing lacking in Indian startup entrepreneurs, says Narayana Murthy

Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy says the new breed of entrepreneurs is smart and energetic
High valuations of new businesses are a byproduct of the free market mechansism, says infosys co-founder NR Narayana murthy
One of India’s most celebrated entrepreneurial minds, NR Narayana Murthy co-founded the $9.5 billion information technology (IT) giant Infosys in 1981. Since then, the self-made billionaire (his estimated net worth is $1.87 billion, putting him at No 62 on the 2016 Forbes India Rich List) has had an accomplished journey as a business leader. He led Infosys as its chief executive for over two decades, until 2002. Then, after relinquishing his executive role for almost a decade, Murthy returned as executive chairman of the Bengaluru-based IT major in 2013, only to step down a year later when he exited the board as well.  
The company he co-founded has not only created lakhs of jobs, but also made several of its staffers millionaires through its employee stock option pla…

Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

MicrosoftMSFT +2.61% has just revealed arguably its biggest Windows 10 upgrade so far and the irony is it is all about making things smaller… Speaking on the official Windows blog, Windows program manager Bill Karagounis explained that Windows 10 is going to get much smarter about how it downloads updates: “We are announcing the next generation of our delivery technologies incorporated into our latest Insider builds called the Unified Update Platform (UUP). One of the biggest community and customer benefits of UUP is the reduction you’ll see in download size on PCs.” UUP uses differential download technology meaning it will download “only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device, rather than a full build”. Karagounis says this should reduce the size of major Windows 10 updates by “approximately 35%”. This is a big deal. UUP will become the universal system used by all versions of Windows 10 – including on smartphones and tablets – and it should mean user…

Business: 20 Mind-Boggling Facts Every Business Leader Must Reflect On Now

Business as we know it is changing.  But some business leaders aren’t convinced that it will affect them or their business. But the truth is, business is changing at a fundamental level. Some of the key leadership challenges of today include the advent of big data, data becoming a major business asset, AI taking over, platform businesses challenge traditional suppliers, the sharing economy, 3 D printing, robots becoming more intelligent, and more. These eye-opening facts show the importance of all the things I continue to write about here, capturing the key tech trends and business challenges every leader should reflect on… More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.By the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet. Within five years there will be over 50 billion smart connected devices in the world, all developed to collect, analyze and share data.For a typi…