September 22, 2020

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Savvy entrepreneurs are familiar with books like #AskGaryVee, Crush It and Crushing It. Those in the world know Gary Vaynerchuk as a brilliant marketer and entrepreneur. I had the opportunity to see Vaynerchuk speak before he was a social media phenomenon with eight million Instagram followers, and the lessons he taught that day are ones I still reference today.  

It was 2007, and I was one of a group of 300 entrepreneurs who saw Vaynerchuk at his very first public speaking appearance. We had heard of this crazy Russian with the funny name, but none of us knew what to expect. I remember sitting there listening to Vaynerchuk speak and thinking, “This guy is amazing – but I have no idea what he’s talking about.”

Social media was still

Regulator on Monday permitted life and general insurers to conduct KYC of prospective customers through Video Based Identification Process (VBIP), a move that will help company officials to complete mandatory requirement online during the pandemic.

The objective of the VIBP, Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) said, is to leverage various electronic platforms to simplify know your customer (KYC) process and make it customer-friendly.

Insurers may undertake live VBIP by developing an application, which will facilitate the KYC process either online or face-to-face in-person verification through video, the regulator said.

“This may be used for establishment/continuation/verification of an account based relationship or for any other services with an individual customer/beneficiary, as the case may be, after obtaining his/her informed consent…,” said in a circular.

It further said all accounts opened or any service

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Becoming an can seem like a daunting move, and for good reason. Half of all businesses fail in their first five years. While the internet is full of guides, tips and tricks to help you make your idea a successful one, there really is only one thing you need to do: a great product.

No amount of spin,  or financial wizardry will be able to replicate the success that a great product will. The key to being an entrepreneur is making something that people want to use. Here’s how you can do it.

Related: Design Thinking Is Not A Process, It’s A Mindset

1. Focus on a solid design objective

The last thing anyone wants is something that’s been designed aimlessly. Before you even start the drafting process, have a clear set of

Route Mobile made a strong debut on the bourses, with the stock rising 86 per cent above its issue price on its listing. Shares of the Cloud communications service provider opened at Rs 708 apiece — 102 per cent above the issue price of Rs 350. However, the stock fell and ended the session at Rs 651. Following the listing, the firm commands Rs 3,702 crore.


The Rs 600-crore IPO of Route Mobile was subscribed 75x. The offering comprised fresh fundraising worth Rs 240 crore, with the remainder being a secondary share sale by promoters. The funds raised will be utilised to repay debt, make strategic acquisitions, and purchase office premises.