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    1. Vishal Gondal’s GOQii launches US beta

      Vishal Gondal’s fitness tracking solution GOQii has launched in limited beta in US, reports TechCrunch.

      It is open only to 500 customers in US during the initial phase, who will receive 12 months of personal training, including unlimited chat & monthly video calls via the GOQii app for $99. The fitness tracker wearable will be provided free of cost.

      Welcome to GOQii Life America ! #betheforce http://t.co/I3cGRYnzHu

      — GOQii Life (@GOQiiLife) January 22, 2015

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    2. Saavn appoints Mahesh Narayanan as COO

      Music streaming service Saavn has appointed Mahesh Narayanan as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Saavn, Narayanan was the Managing Director of Sociomantic Labs which was acquired by Dunnhumby in April 2014, less than a year after the company had launched its Mumbai operations. Before that, he was at Google, including as the country head of its mobile division.

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    3. Sunil Sood to be Vodafone India Ceo & Md; takes over from Marten Pieters

      Sunil Sood to be Vodafone India Ceo & Md; takes over from Marten Pieters

      With India’s spectrum auctions just around the corner, there is a change at the top at Vodafone India. The company’s COO Sunil Sood will take over from Marten Pieters as CEO and Managing Director of the company, with effect from 1 April 2015. Pieters will continue to remain on the Board of Vodafone India in a non-executive capacity. Sunil Sood’s successor as Chief Operating Officer has not yet been announced.

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    4. Dish TV adds 0.41 M subscribers in Q3-FY15; Revenue up 4.9% YoY, loss down

      Dish TV adds 0.41 M subscribers in Q3-FY15; Revenue up 4.9% YoY, loss down

      India’s largest direct to home television services operator Dish TV added 0.41 million net subscribers for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, an improvement over the 0.38 million additions in the previous quarter and 0.22 million net additions in the same quarter last year.

      Highlights

      – Average Revenue Per User: The average revenue per user (ARPU) for Dish TV increased to Rs 177 from Rs 172 in the previous quarter and from Rs 166 in the same quarter last year.

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      Mentions: Jawahar Goel MSO Arpu
    5. Shemaroo reports New Media revenues of Rs 9.89 Cr for Q3-FY15

      Shemaroo reports New Media revenues of Rs 9.89 Cr for Q3-FY15

      Shemaroo Ltd, the Bollywood content aggregation company which listed in August last year, reported its first results as a public listed company, with revenues of Rs 87.28 crores for the quarter, and net profit of Rs 10.46 crore. What’s noteworthy is that only Rs 9.89 crore of the revenues came from its New Media division, accounting for 89% of its overall revenues.

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    6. Vserv launches native ads format Aqua Native

      (source: Vserv)

      Vserv has launched a native ad format called Vserv Aqua Native, as a part of its Smart Data offerings, which was launched in October last year. The company says that Aqua Native is designed to displays ads that are customized as per the environment, design and layout of the app or site and can deliver 5760 different permutations of an ad to be displayed on an app or site. This appears to be a delayed launch: the company had said in May 2014 that it plans to launch native ads.

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    7. WhatsApp finally debuts a web app, but limited to Google Chrome right now

      Better late than never: Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp has debuted a much-requested web app, allowing users to send and receive messages through desktops. The service is currently available across all major mobile platforms except iOS which the company says is “due to Apple platform limitations.” It is also limited to Google Chrome right now with support for more browsers expected soon.

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    8. Magzter launches new subscription model with unlimited access feature

      Magzter launches new subscription model with unlimited access feature

      Digital magazine store and newsstand Magzter has launched a new subscription model called Magzter Gold that offers users unlimited access to over 2000 magazines, reports The Next Web.

      Magzter Gold is priced at Rs 499 per month, which would allow users to access the magazines across devices like mobile, tablet or on the web. For those who don’t want to pay such a steep price, there is Magzter Gold Lite which offers access to up to 5 magazines for Rs 249 per month.

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    9. Fremantle launches online only talent show India’s Digital Superstar

      Fremantle launches online only talent show India’s Digital Superstar

      FremantleMedia has partnered mobile video streaming service provider ZengaTV and YouTube MCN One Digital Entertainment to launch the digital talent show India’s Digital Superstars.

      The show will last for 14 weeks and will feature musicians, DJ’s, comedians, dancers, mimicry artists, contortionists, singers, jugglers and acro gymnasts among other performers. The auditions for the show began on the 19th of January and will culminate with a finale in May.

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    10. MakeMyTrip appoints Saujanya Shrivastava as chief marketing officer

      MakeMyTrip appoints Saujanya Shrivastava as chief marketing officer

      Online travel company MakeMyTrip has appointed Saujanya Shrivastava as its new chief marketing officer. Shrivastava will be responsible for leading marketing initiatives across the company’s business lines and group entities and his key areas of focus will involve strengthening brand association with leisure travel, driving customer engagement & loyalty, and the mobile platform.

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    11. #Outlook15: What Online Travel Companies Plan To Do In 2015

      #Outlook15: What Online Travel Companies Plan To Do In 2015

      As a part of our #Outlook15 series, we asked online travel companies – iXiGo, MakeMyTrip and TaxiForSure about their focus areas for 2015, and the challenges that the online travel segment needs to address. Answers have been shortened for brevity.

      Which according to you were the top developments and roadblocks with respect to the online travel segment in 2014? Why?

      Aloke Bajpai, iXiGo

      – Growth of mobile, including mobile web traffic, searches & bookings on mobile and app downloads.

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    12. 20 common app developer mistakes that lead to Google Play suspension – Deepak Abbot

      20 common app developer mistakes that lead to Google Play suspension – Deepak Abbot

      We all know Google Play Store does not follow a pre-approval process for Apps. However, they actively scan the store and notify developers about any policy violations. In some extreme cases, they suspend the App without any prior warning. While Google has a very elaborate App Policy Center, which lists down all policies & guidelines, it’s not uncommon for developer’s to miss some minor but significant points.

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    13. Money On Mobile claims 121 m users and Rs 122 crore transactions as of December

      Money On Mobile claims 121 m users and Rs 122 crore transactions as of December

      Money On Mobile, the Mumbai-based mobile payments subsidiary of Calpian, claims to have been accessed by more than 121 million cumulative unique users, up from 116 million users in November 2014. The company said that a total of 9 million users accessed the service in December.

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    14. ESPNcricinfo launches World Cup focused web series Contenders

      ESPNcricinfo launches World Cup focused web series Contenders

      ESPNcricinfo has launched a new web series called ‘Contenders’, ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2015. The 10 episode show started on January 19th and will feature pre-tournament analysis from cricketers Rahul Dravid and South Africa’s Graeme Smith.

      ESPNcricinfo said that both the players will provide in-depth analysis of each of the 14 participating teams, focusing on the strengths & weaknesses of each team as well as the captain and key players of the respective team.

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    15. Twitter appoints Taranjeet Singh as Head of Sales for India

      Twitter appoints Taranjeet Singh as Head of Sales for India

      Microblogging platform Twitter has appointed Taranjeet Singh as the Head of Sales for its India operations, reports the Economic Times. In his new role, Singh will be responsible for finding commercial opportunities for Twitter in India, and to work with brands and agencies to optimize real-time marketing. He will operate out of the social networking site’s Gurgaon office.

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    16. CCAvenue launches payment gateway in 18 languages

      CCAvenue launches payment gateway in 18 languages

      Online payment gateway provider CCAvenue has launched a multi-lingual checkout/payment page for websites and apps. The Indian languages offered by the gateway include Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Punjabi. The gateway also supports various international languages like Arabic, Chinese, French, Deutsch, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish, other than English.

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    17. Govt bans import of of mobile phones with fake and duplicate IMEI numbers

      Govt bans import of of mobile phones with fake and duplicate IMEI numbers

      The government has banned  the import of mobile phones with duplicate or fake unique identity numbers in a bid to help security agencies in tracking callers using different SIM cards. The director general of foreign trade in a notification (PDF) said GSM handsets with duplicate or fake IMEI and CDMA handsets with fake or duplicate ESN/MEID are added to the list of prohibited items for import.

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    18. LIV Sports to live stream Australian Open 2015

      LIV Sports to live stream Australian Open 2015

      Multi Screen Media’s (MSM) digital entertainment platform LIV Sports has acquired mobile and Internet broadcast rights for the Australian Open 2015, which started on the 19th of January and ends on the 1st of February.

      LIV Sports will live stream and provide video-on-demand content for the tournament including highlights of the matches. This will include the Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches.

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    19. Hopscotch secures $11M from Velos Partners & others

      Hopscotch secures $11M from Velos Partners & others

      Baby & kids products focused flash sales site Hopscotch has raised $11 million investment led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s PE firm Velos Capital Partners and participation from Rise Capital, Jabbar Internet Group and existing investors LionRock Capital and Skype co-founder Tovio Annus, reports The Economic Times.

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    20. Snapdeal and Den Networks launch TV Shopping channel

      Snapdeal and Den Networks launch TV Shopping channel

      E-commerce player Snapdeal and cable distribution network Den have launched a new TV shopping channel known as “Den Snapdeal TV Shop”. The channel will be available to all Den’s subscribers and will soon be extended to other cable and DTH players over the next six months. This is essentially an extension of the pilot announced in September.

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    21. #Outlook15: What Indian Investors Plan To Do in 2015

      #Outlook15: What Indian Investors Plan To Do in 2015

      As a part of our #Outlook15 series, we asked venture capital firms – Nexus Venture Partners, Blume Ventures, Helion Venture Partners, GrowthStory, LightSpeed Venture Partners and Inventus Capital Partners about their focus areas for 2015, and the challenges that the digital ecosystem needs to address. Answers have been shortened for brevity.

      Which according to you were the top developments in the digital (Internet/Mobile) industry in 2014? Why?

      Suvir Sujan, Nexus Venture Partners

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