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Jayanta Banerjee on how tech is helping Tata Steel as the multinational behemoth's focus shifts to India

Jayanta Banerjee on how tech is helping Tata Steel as the multinational behemoth's focus shifts to India

'Our India team is very much at the heart of our sustainability efforts': Mohamed Ali

'Our India team is very much at the heart of our sustainability efforts': Mohamed Ali

Meet the GE Aerospace engineer who is responsible for more than 30,000 engines

Meet the GE Aerospace engineer who is responsible for more than 30,000 engines

An era for the right-brained to reimagine the world: Satish HC of Infosys

An era for the right-brained to reimagine the world: Satish HC of Infosys

Satish HC on how Infosys is pulling together all its AI experience and why everyone is getting an AI twin

Satish HC on how Infosys is pulling together all its AI experience and why everyone is getting an AI twin

  • Hemant Charaya on how Log9 built its cell tech team and a glimpse into their innovation efforts

    Hemant Charaya on how Log9 built its cell tech team and a glimpse into their innovation efforts

    In this episode, Hemant Charaya, senior vice president for battery cell technology at Log9 Materials, talks about how this Bengaluru venture is attempting something that's never been done before in India. One factor that's helped is that "people stuck around", he says, which helped him build a team of over 40 cell and battery tech specialists. Charaya also attempts some simple descriptions of the cell chemistries, processes, and materials Log9 has selected, as India's first commercial EV cell manufacturer, and the innovations it has developed

  • Gaurav Sharma's trip from AdSense money in his mom's account to building Sequoia-backed SaaS Labs

    Gaurav Sharma's trip from AdSense money in his mom's account to building Sequoia-backed SaaS Labs

    In this episode, Gaurav Sharma talks about what inspired him to turn software entrepreneur, the first in his family of air force officers, and how he built SaaS Labs, in Noida, into a company that went from bootstrapping profitably in the initial years to a VC funded startup — backed by investors including Sequoia Capital. Gaurav is a serial entrepreneur who started coding at the age of 15. At SaaS Labs, leading a team of some 300 employees, he aspires to make life easier for the millions of contact centre agents around the world, most of whom work for small and medium sized companies

  • Ankit Jain and Sidhant Pai on StepChange's new funding, and climate decision platform for large financial clients

    Ankit Jain and Sidhant Pai on StepChange's new funding, and climate decision platform for large financial clients

    In this episode, Ankit Jain and Sidhant Pai talk about how they arrived at their sharper focus on large enterprise customers for their software platform, StepChange, for climate change-based decision-making. Of particular interest is their ability to help large financial clients model the likely implications and trajectories of investments from a climate impact perspective and form an impact-due-to-climate point of view. The entrepreneurs recently raised $4 million in seed money, which will help them invest in further product development and target a 4-5X increase in their customer portfolio t

  • Rajen Vagadia unpacks Qualcomm's invent-and-licence model that made Snapdragon a household name

    Rajen Vagadia unpacks Qualcomm's invent-and-licence model that made Snapdragon a household name

    In this episode, Rajen Vagadia, vice president at Qualcomm and president of its India and SAARC operations, explains the semiconductor company's hugely successful invent-and-licence model, with its chips such as the Snapdragon line being a dominant force in smartphones around the world. They will increasingly be found in connected vehicles as well, he says. Vagadia also gives us an overview of the company's operations in India, where Qualcomm has been present for 27 years, and today employs 17,000 engineers, who helped generate more than 1,600 patents for the company last year

  • Climake's Shravan Shankar and Simmi Sareen on the glass-half-full climate tech finance scene in India

    Climake's Shravan Shankar and Simmi Sareen on the glass-half-full climate tech finance scene in India

    Shravan Shankar and Simmi Sareen, co-founders of Climake, a platform for climate tech funding and market access, discuss the latest edition of their flagship annual report—The State of Climate Finance in India 2023. Equity funding for climate tech decreased by 34 percent in 2022 from the previous year, although 2021 numbers were a bit skewed by eight large strategic, IPO, and post-IPO deals, they note. They also found that, on the positive side, investments in sectors beyond renewables—like agritech and waste and circularity—which urgently need to grow, increased

  • Nitin Jayakrishnan and Abhijeet Manohar on their plan for Pando after recent $30 mln funding

    Nitin Jayakrishnan and Abhijeet Manohar on their plan for Pando after recent $30 mln funding

    In this episode, Nitin Jayakrishan and Abhijeet Manohar, co-founders of Pando, a supply chain fulfilment cloud platform provider, talk about plans for their five-year-old venture, after a recent series B funding of $30 million. Investors in the SaaS startup include Nexus Venture Partners, Chiratae, Iron Pillar and Uncorrelated Ventures, the latter two leading the new round. Jayakrishnan and Manohar are second-time entrepreneurs, and they talk about how Pando represents a new generation of Indian SaaS startups that are building software for the world's biggest companies

  • Jaspreet Bindra on the broader conversation needed to avoid the 'Hiroshima moment' of AI

    Jaspreet Bindra on the broader conversation needed to avoid the 'Hiroshima moment' of AI

    Jaspreet Bindra, founder of Tech Whisperer, a consultancy in the UK, and former chief digital officer of Mahindra Group, talks about the rapid rise of generative artificial intelligence and offers five practical tips to make smarter use of tools like ChatGPT. He talks about how AI could be the first technology that could replace humans and how, like nuclear technology, it could bring terrific advancement to society or terrible acts of destruction. And he gives us a peek into his current academic work in AI and ethics to which he is attempting to bring learnings from Indian philosophy

  • The Big Picture: Alok Nanda on the future of sustainable aviation and GE Aerospace's work in India

    The Big Picture: Alok Nanda on the future of sustainable aviation and GE Aerospace's work in India

    In this episode, Alok Nanda, CTO of GE South Asia and CEO of GE's India Technology Center, talks about the next decade of growth of the aviation and aerospace industry—a lot of which will happen in India. Over more than the last two decades, GE Aerospace's Indian team has made significant contributions to every important engine platform the company has developed, Nanda says. He also gives his perspective on where the industry is headed in sustainable aviation, ranging from the development of planet-friendly fuels to using AI to more accurately estimate when engines need repair

  • Sean Duca at Palo Alto Networks on the company's growing prospects and ops in India

    Sean Duca at Palo Alto Networks on the company's growing prospects and ops in India

    Sean Duca, vice president and regional chief security officer for Asia Pacific and Japan at Palo Alto Networks, one of the world's largest cybersecurity technologies providers, talks about how while businesses can differ in their products and services, their security needs are similar. As bad actors become more brazen, Sean wants to impress upon everyone that the threats are real. He also talks about some of the products at the company that are seeing strong demand and how the company's Indian operations have expanded strongly, with both enterprise customers and product development

  • SwitchOn's founders on how they're helping ITC, Unilever and SKF automate quality checks on the go

    SwitchOn's founders on how they're helping ITC, Unilever and SKF automate quality checks on the go

    In this episode, Aniruddha Banerjee and Avra Banerjee, cousins-turned co-founders, talk about how the quality inspection processes at some of the world's largest manufacturers are ripe for innovative interventions, as much of those remain manual. To that end, they're building an IoT, computer vision and machine learning-based platform at their five-year-old venture, SwitchOn, with customers such as ITC, Unilever and SKF. SwitchOn has recently raised $4.2 million in series A funding, and the Banerjees are looking to increase their revenue by 10X this year to $15 million

  • Vishal Salvi at Infosys on why the company's cybersecurity practice team has grown 5X in four years

    Vishal Salvi at Infosys on why the company's cybersecurity practice team has grown 5X in four years

    In this episode, Vishal Salvi, chief information security officer and head of cyber security practice at Infosys, talks about the increasing complexity of cybersecurity as it often evolves separately from the business-oriented technologies and digital solutions used by enterprises. He explains how security is becoming more "sentient" as the need for real-time context increases with the scale of operations of the company's multinational customers; and how this all adds to the challenge of finding experienced people in this area, making it an evergreen field for any young aspirant