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Google plans to invest US$ 10 billion over the next five to seven years to help accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in India. Mr Sundar Pichai, who was born in the country and is currently chief executive officer of parent Alphabet Inc., made the announcement at the annual Google for India event via video conference. The outbreak of the coronavirus has pointed out the importance of technology for conducting business and for connecting...
According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC), television advertising saw its highest ever volume in week 43 of 2020, which began from October 24 to October 30, showing a rebound in brand advertising expenditure after the slowdown caused by the pandemic. TV ads of 38,705,978 million seconds were reported for the period, which is the highest since week 16 of 2015. The increase was attributed to high ticket...
What will it mean for the streaming ecosystem, and how will it impact subscriptions? Netflix has plans to offer a free weekend-long access of its content in India. The US-based global streaming giant revealed this when it announced its third quarter earnings on October 20, 2020. “… we think that giving everyone in a country access to Netflix for free for a weekend could be a great way to expose a bunch of new people to the amazing stories that we have, the service, how the service works, really create an event, and hopefully get a bunch of...
Dairy major Amul reinvents itself along with an uninterrupted advertising calendar. many food and beverage (F&B) brands have struggled to locate their voice and supply chain during the lockdown, dairy major Amul, managed by Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has been on an accelerated treadmill of new product launches and brand...

Media and entertainment sector to be a $100 billion industry by 2030: Star Disney


The media and entertainment sector in India, needs a fresh regulation with a simpler governance structure which has the potential to grow to $ 100 billion. The potential of the industry is untapped. Adopting technology is the new norm as seen in the growth in e-commerce, online video, and digital gaming and this can drive the sector to...

Srikant Datar named Dean of Harvard Business School


Srikant Datar has been named as Dean of Harvard Business School, becoming the second consecutive dean hailing from India to lead the prestigious 112-year-old institution. Datar, an alumnus of University of Bombay and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and the senior associate...

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India's projected GDP growth of over 7 per cent for the current fiscal is "amazingly fast" and if this momentum is maintained the size of the economy can double within a decade, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada...

NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India

Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have come together to work on a range of initiatives to help build. A Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed to this effect...

India is projected to have a skilled labour surplus of 245 million workers by 2030, mainly on the back of "vast supply of working age citizens", even as most of developed and developing economies are expected to grapple with talent crunch at that time, says a study...

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New Delhi: Economic growth in India is expected to strengthen to 7.3 per cent in financial year 2018-19 on the back of robust activity from construction, manufacturing, and services sectors, says a report. According to a BMI Research, a Fitch group company, the negative shock from demonetisation...

India has the potential to create one crore sales jobs in the next three years on regulatory reforms such as consolidation of 44 central labour laws into four labour codes, among others, according to a report. Other reforms which can aid the job...
Private equity and venture capital firms in India invested $7.9 billion across 180 deals in the quarter ended 31 March, led by large transactions in the infrastructure and real estate sectors, according to EY’s private equity monthly deal tracker. This is the second highest quarterly investment since the third quarter of 2017, when private equity and venture capital companies invested...

Rendezvous with Personalities


 Remembering A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: Leadership Lessons from a ‘People’s President’

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a space scientist. He was a key driver of India’s space and missile programs. After he retired, Kalam tried to bridge the gap between rocket science and politics. A popular president (2002-2007), he accepted the proposal to run for a second term. He laid down one condition, however; the choice had to be unanimous. Some political parties didn’t agree. Politics (and politicians) did not win; the country lost. A popular president had to go after only one term. In the U.S., the president has executive powers. In India, though every bill is sent to the president for his approval before its conversion into an act, he merely...

Media & Entertainment

 Predictions for Media & Entertainment Industry during Covid 19

COVID-19 forever changed many aspects of our lives this past year, and our collective media and entertainment choices certainly were no exception. The global pandemic fueled a massive industry divide where in-home entertainment choices thrived, while many out-of-home entertainment players, quite literally, died...

 Utilizing AI in Media and Entertainment

Artificial intelligence is a new boom for the media and entertainment sector which offers personalized content based on users data obtained from their activity and website. AI will be used to increase the speed and efficiency of the overall classification and search process. Movie production involves multiple procedural areas where AI can automate tasks such...

Exclusive

  PR & Corp Communication industry demonstrated its versatility in 2020

Crisis brings out the true character. Intent, Integrity, Confidence, Empathy, Determination, Patience, Sturdiness, Curiosity, Loyalty, and many such blocks that constitute the word character get tested to the core during the crisis. COVID was an ugly disruption and has brought damage to many spheres. However, the silver lining in this story is that our...

 Leadership In The Time Of COVID-19

The reality of life post-COVID-19 has not fully sunk in yet, and its consequences for our businesses, organizations, economy, and society will play out over the rest of 2020 and beyond. Right now, we really need sober, smart, values-driven, and focused leadership. Remember the old adage, “Crisis does not build character, it reveals it.” No matter how effective you were yesterday, you will find that today and tomorrow are likely to make new and different demands on you as a leader. If you fail to reinvent and adapt...

Books

The Phoenix Encounter Method: Lead Like Your Business Is On Fire

Crisis brings out the best in a person. Shaken with fear, confusion and lack of direction, when encountered with crisis, most turn to self help books or consultants. When consulted, the consultants advise them to question their own comfort zone. A new leadership strategy to transform business from a dream team of INSEAD professors and mega-bestselling author Ram Charan the business scenario is touched based. The Phoenix Encounter Method depicts leaders a direction by transforming their organizations into innovations of tomorrow...

 
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