Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

6 interesting Forbes India must reads for the weekend

For those enjoying this weekend at home, we've compiled some of the best reads from our writers this week

Ruchika Shah
Published: Oct 22, 2017 07:06:33 AM IST
Updated: Oct 22, 2017 11:36:35 AM IST

Image (Clockwise from left): Lybrate co-founders Rahul Narang (left)and Saurabh Arora, who is also the CEO by Amit Verma; WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey by Nishant Ratnakar for Forbes India; Myntra CEO Anant Narayanan by Selvaprakash Lakshmanan for Forbes India; XSEED founder and CEO Ashish Rajpal by Nishant Ratnakar for Forbes India
We have compiled our best reads to gorge on, on this relaxed Sunday. Enjoy some of the best stories from our writers.

1) India is probably the biggest market for us: WeWork's Miguel McKelvey

Miguel McKelvey, co-founder of collaborative workspace firm WeWork, talks about how the idea for the business was formed, the potential in the country, how the company came into being and how his friends make fun of his billionaire status. He also speaks to our Associate Editor Anshul Dhamija about how his company managed to transform the relationship between the landlord and his tenants. Click here to read more

2) Forbes India CEO Dialogues: India is an emerging cradle for innovation
Industry experts believe out-of-the-box ideas along with changing technology have transformed the way business is conducted. And though some challenges remain, disruption will only spur growth in the future. For this edition of our flagship roundtable - CEO Dialogues – we were joined by Puneet Dalmia, managing director, Dalmia Bharat; Anil Rai Gupta, chairman and managing director, Havells India; Devansh Jain, director, Inox Wind; Sumant Sinha, chairman and CEO, ReNew Power; William Bissell, managing director, Fabindia; Tara Singh Vachani, CEO Antara Senior Living; and Ashish Gumashta, CEO, Julius Baer, Wealth Advisors (India). Associate Editor Aveek Datta takes you through the conversations that transpired behind closed doors. Click here to read more

3) Tata Teleservices deal signals Chandrasekaran moving in real earnest in group revitalisation effort
Tata Sons recently announced it had struck a deal with Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom player in terms of subscriber base, to merge the group’s mobile businesses – Tata Teleservices Ltd and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd. The move, when completed will add Tata’s 40 million customers to Airtel’s kitty. It also signals his biggest move yet at home in an ongoing effort to revitalize the group. Read our Editor (Technology) Harichandan Arakali’s take on the deal and what it says about Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran’s plans. Click here to read more

4) Myntra’s road to profits
The fashion etailer is betting on its private brands business, led by denim and casual wear line Roadster, to go from red to black. In early 2017, Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan unveiled his Mission Apollo to the top brass, identifying its private labels business, Myntra Fashion Brands (MFB), as the key catalyst to the company’s profitability. A clutch of 13 in-house brands owned and distributed by Myntra, MFB products had higher margins than third-party brands, and Narayanan assumed they could swing the Flipkart-owned fashion retailer to profitability. Principal Correspondent Sayan Chakraborty takes you through the Myntra story. Click here to read more

5) XSEED: A class apart
Our Senior Correspondent Varsha Meghani takes you through the story of XSEED, a Singapore- and Bengaluru-headquartered for-profit social enterprise that has quietly managed to become a force in elementary and primary education in India. Since it was set up in 2008, XSEED now benefits the lives of over one million children from more than 3000 low- to middle- income schools across India, Nepal, Bhutan, the Middle East and the Philippines. Click here to read more

6) With Lybrate, a doctor is just  a click away
Lybrate was born when Silicon Valley data scientist left a cushy job at Facebook and a lead software engineer at Snapdeal joined forces to address the dismal doctor-patient ratio in India. Touting itself as an online Out Patient Department (OPD), Lybrate now boasts of one lakh doctors registered on its platform across the country and, on a monthly basis, over six million interactions by way of searches for doctors, health queries, patient-doctor communication and appointments for doctor and lab tests booked on the site. Click here to read Assistant Editor Paramita Chatterjee's story