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Micromax CEO Vineet Taneja on after-sales service, Xiaomi and unshackling the ecosystem

By on June 8, 2015 at 7:21 AM.

Micromax CEO Vineet Taneja on after-sales service, Xiaomi and unshackling the ecosystem

India's largest homegrown smartphone brand, Micromax, is currently racing neck and neck with Samsung to become the nation's numero uno smartphone maker. The company is reportedly in talks with China's Alibaba, which could invest as much as $1.2 billion, valuing the smartphone maker at $6 billion. Even as it faces immense competition from new Chinese players like Xiaomi and Lenovo among others, Vineet Taneja, who joined Micromax as CEO last year from Samsung, has his priorities set — to improve Micromax from the inside and delight its users with new products and services. I sat down with Taneja last week to talk about the big challenges and how Micromax is changing for the better since he became the CEO last March. Read on for some edited excerpts from the interview. More →
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Cyanogen co-founder speaks up on OnePlus and Yu Yureka battle in India

By on January 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM.

Cyanogen co-founder speaks up on OnePlus and Yu Yureka battle in India

OnePlus’ debut in the Indian market has been anything but smooth, and the company is currently embroiled in a court battle with Micromax after it turned out that Cyanogen entered into an exclusive agreement with the latter while offering its software to the Chinese brand. Micromax filed a complaint of alleged infringement as it owns exclusive rights to use the Cyanogen software in the country. Stuck in the middle of this battle is Cyanogen, and founder Steve Kondik has spoken to Android Central shedding some light on the ongoing saga. More →
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Meet Flipkart’s Mr Exclusive

By on September 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

Meet Flipkart’s Mr Exclusive

I first met him in February this year at the launch of the first-gen Motorola Moto G. It was the first big partnership for Flipkart where it was exclusively selling the Moto G in India in a first of its kind online-only sales model. The Moto G turned out to be a mega success, selling more than half-a-million units within five months. Soon after Flipkart also became the exclusive online retail partner for Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone vendor known for its sensational flash sales that have sold out in seconds in India. Meet Michael Adnani, Flipkart's vice president - retail & head - strategic brand alliances, who is responsible for spearheading Flipkart's efforts to not just be an online retailer and marketplace but also becoming the platform to enable international players enter the Indian market. More →
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Mark Zuckerberg admits to ideas where Facebook got it wrong

By on April 17, 2014 at 1:49 PM.

Mark Zuckerberg admits to ideas where Facebook got it wrong

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has for the first time spoken about the social networking site’s failures and achievements in recent years. In an interview with the New York Times, Zuckerberg touched on a number of topics, including the company’s perceived lack of innovation and his thoughts on new apps like Secret. More →
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Flappy Bird creator says he’s considering bringing the game back

By on March 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

Flappy Bird creator says he’s considering bringing the game back

For someone who shirked the attention he got due to his viral game and took it down as a result of it, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen sure doesn't mind giving long interviews to magazines. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nguyen talked about himself, the journey of Flappy Bird, his hate for the clones that have been making money and more importantly how he is considering bringing the game back. More →
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BlackBerry CEO tells us what he and Steve Jobs have in common

By on March 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

BlackBerry CEO tells us what he and Steve Jobs have in common

John Chen has a difficult road ahead of him, something he has acknowledged repeatedly since taking on the role of CEO at BlackBerry. In his latest interview with The New York Times, he went so far as to admit that phones might not be a major part of BlackBerry’s future, depending on where the software takes the company. If BlackBerry can find a profitable way to produce new phones, it will, but otherwise the company plans to focus on embedding its software into other products, forming partnerships and even building new devices altogether. More →
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Ballmer owns up to blowing it with Windows Phone

By on March 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Ballmer owns up to blowing it with Windows Phone

By the time Windows Phone 8 made Microsoft’s mobile platform a real competitor in 2012, the iPhone had been on the market for five years and Android-based phones had been on the market for four years. Clearly, Microsoft wasn’t nearly fast enough when it came to getting its mobile platform up to speed and now The Wall Street Journal reports that outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said this week that Windows Phone would be in a much stronger position today if he could go back in time and “re-do the last 10 years.” More →
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen says there’s a 50% chance his comeback plan fails

By on March 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen says there’s a 50% chance his comeback plan fails

One of the things that’s been the most interesting about new BlackBerry CEO John Chen is that he’s been refreshingly blunt about some of the challenges facing his company, which he’s likened in the past to a sick patient in desperate need of emergency surgery. In an interview with The Financial Times, Chen says that his BlackBerry turnaround plan’s odds of success are 50 percent and that everything will come down to how well he and his team execute. More →
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Tim Cook discusses Apple’s new device, larger iPhone in sit down with ABC [video]

By on January 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

Tim Cook discusses Apple’s new device, larger iPhone in sit down with ABC [video]

While celebrating the Mac’s 30th birthday, Apple execs have talked to the press this week in interviews with Macworld, and ABC News. The former has already been published revealing that Apple doesn’t plan to merge iOS and OS X, but the latter will late on Friday evening on World News with Diane Sawyer. However, a short tease of the interview has already aired during Good Morning America, showing Apple’s Tim Cook, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble talking about various matters related to the company. More →
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Chen on why he wants challenge of running BlackBerry: ‘I am abnormal’

By on January 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Chen on why he wants challenge of running BlackBerry: ‘I am abnormal’

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen definitely gets points for honest self-reflection. In an interview with Re/code, Chen admits that taking on a company facing as many challenges as BlackBerry does isn’t something that a lot of other CEOs would relish. However, Chen says that he does his best work in the face of adversity and that he would feel terrible if he simply left the company while it was still in dire straits. More →
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