Amazon enters Indian edtech; Aishwarya Rai turns investor
In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded the company as an online bookseller. Today, it is a pioneer in ecommerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, grocery delivery, and artificial intelligence. Well, guess what? Amazon has now entered the Indian edtech space by launching an IIT JEE preparation app called JEE Ready, which has already been downloaded over a thousand times on the Google Play Store.
At present, it is in its beta phase and is available only on Android devices. With Amazon's reputation of being a disruptor of sectors, should existing Indian edtech players be worried? Only time will tell.
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai has now donned the investor's hat along with her mother Vrinda KR, investing a little more than Rs 1 crore in Bengaluru-based environmental intelligence startup Ambee. Over the course of this year, starting February, Ambee has raised a total of Rs 2.26 crore from a slew of angel investors.
Twitter announced a major redesign of its web page, enabling support for seven Indian languages - Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada. This is aimed at letting Indian users personalise their content and communication. Twitter has also rolled out an improved translation engine.
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Veena Gupta (Image: TEDxGCEK)
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Jacqueline Guichelaar, Group CIO, Cisco
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Rajendra Prasad Yadav, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Genius Consulltant