Cisco Announces LaunchPad to Accelerate the Innovation Ecosystem in India

Cisco LaunchPad to bring together Cisco technologies, Startup Community and Partners/Developers to connect the next 3 billion people and 50 billion devices

Cisco today announced LaunchPad, an open innovation initiative to accelerate startups and support growth in India’s developer community. Cisco® LaunchPad is designed to help startups, its authorised channel partners and developers scale their solutions, address new markets and build digital businesses. Cisco’s finest teams will mentor startups and developers on how to help create digital solutions to enable enterprise customers, service providers and other enablers in the public and private sphere to connect the next three billion people and 50 billion devices through digitisation, matching appealing ideas with business expertise and connecting engineering talent with investors and customers. Cisco will also provide a space at its Bengaluru campus with access to a suite of Cisco technologies and free grants to startups chosen to work at its campus.



Amit Phadnis, President, Engineering and India Site Leader:
“Imagine the innovation you will create when you provide global scale to the best ideas of the world’s youngest startup nation and second biggest developer community. We have an unprecedented opportunity to digitize the next three billion people in one-third the time it took to connect the first three billion. Through Cisco LaunchPad we want to unleash the next generation of disruptive ideas and help turn the entrepreneurs of today into the business leaders of tomorrow.”

Home to more technology startups than any other Indian city, Bengaluru offers a powerful combination of talent and infrastructure as well as business, academic, and research expertise. India is the youngest startup and developer nation in the world with 72% of startup founders less than 35 years old and the average developer less than 29 years old. India is projected to have the world’s largest number of developers by 2018.

Cisco LaunchPad will involve a rigorous selection process based on the viability of applicants’ business plans, the strength of their teams and their alignment with Cisco’s digitization vision. Through LaunchPad, the startups will get an opportunity to work on solving business relevant problems by catering to use cases that are identified and validated by Cisco go-to-market teams. The target of such innovative solutions will be to help digitize the next three billion people, and will initially focus on manufacturing, retail, transportation, education and healthcare. The LaunchPad program will focus on the innovation and monetization opportunities in these industries and will help unlock new markets. The successful applicants will have unprecedented access to Cisco, the company’s channel partner ecosystem and select customers, and will offer startups a worldwide go-to-market engine to validate and scale innovative ideas.

As an example of the powerful innovation possible through Cisco LaunchPad, Cisco and Tech Mahindra Limited announced a collaboration to develop digital solutions for the Indian electric utilities. Cisco and Tech Mahindra will work with select startups and developers to accelerate digitization of the power sector and transform the way electricity is delivered to and used by people

Underlying its commitment to digitization, Cisco already runs Cisco Digitization Acceleration and Cisco Investment programs in India. The Cisco LaunchPad initiative is the latest effort towards that commitment.

Supporting Quotes
KS Vishwanathan, Vice President, NASSCOM
“Innovation and investment are the key drivers of the Indian economy, leading to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. India is a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent and Cisco LaunchPad will be a tremendous accelerator for startups to develop digital solutions that reach a global market.”

L. Ravichandran, President and COO, Tech Mahindra
“Digitization is disrupting every industry and that is especially true in the energy sector. We are working closely with Cisco to bring the power of digitization to millions of people. Cisco LaunchPad is an excellent platform for Tech Mahindra to help solve some of the complex emerging market problems like the energy management, healthcare access and intelligent manufacturing. We are also committed to the Digital India and Make in India initiatives taken up by the government of India.”

Ravi Gururaj, Chair, Founder & CEO, QikPod.com
“Cisco LaunchPad is a powerful example of how the world’s leading companies can provide robust platforms that help promising India startups and developers benefit from deep customer insights, locally relevant products and global scale. We look forward to collaborating with Cisco to ensure the success of this terrific initiative.”

ViaSat Opens New Research & Development Centre in Chennai, India

ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today inaugurated its first Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Chennai, India. The new Centre advances ViaSat’s globalization efforts, strengthens its presence in India and enables the Company to tap into high-quality engineering talent to drive technology innovation.

The new ViaSat R&D Centre will have more than 30,000 square feet to accommodate nearly 125 engineers. By 2019, ViaSat expects to have more than 250 engineers in Chennai working on next-generation technologies.

The new Chennai R&D Centre will help ViaSat on its mission to connect the world with high-speed broadband internet. The news comes as India continues to transform into a digitally-empowered society under the government’s ‘Digital India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ programmes.

“India is a recognized technology innovation hub with highly-sought after engineering talent and business potential,” said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. “The new Centre in Chennai is a major step in building ViaSat’s footprint in Asia, making India important to our strategic globalization efforts, R&D acceleration initiatives and our ability to bring comprehensive, next-generation cloud, virtualization, networking and sophisticated network management applications to market.”

ViaSat is a world leader in broadband communications. In 2012, the Company launched ViaSat-1, the world’s highest-capacity satellite at the time of its launch, which earned it a Guinness World Records® title. ViaSat-1 is ViaSat’s first-generation satellite broadband platform. The Company plans to launch a ViaSat-2 satellite broadband platform in 2017, which will more than double the bandwidth and increase coverage seven-fold over the prior generation. Beginning in 2019, ViaSat will launch the first of three ViaSat-3 class satellite platforms. Each ViaSat-3 class satellite will offer 1,000 Gbps (or 1 Terabit per second) of network capacity, making each satellite equal to the total capacity of all commercial satellites in space today – combined. The first two satellites will focus on the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), respectively, with a third satellite system planned for the Asia Pacific region, completing ViaSat’s global service coverage.

“The investments made by ViaSat in the new Chennai R&D Centre represent a commitment towards accelerating our innovation efforts,” said Sathya Narayanaswamy, vice president and country manager, ViaSat India. “If Indian government policy allows, a ViaSat-3 class satellite could connect millions of Indians to broadband internet, potentially adding billions to India’s gross domestic product.”

Start-ups in M-Commerce & Mobile Payments attracted investment deals of $7,930mn in the last five years: News Corp VCCircle

Investor Interest in Mobile Start-ups Commensurate with Growth in Mobile Data Consumption

News Corp VCCircle, India’s leading publisher of start-up and private equity news, data and information, and an integral part of global diversified media, news, education and information services group, News Corp, has today shared highlights of its ‘Annual Indian Mobile Ecosystem Report’ on the eve of the News Corp VCCircle 5th Annual Mobile Forum 2016.

Key pointers of News Corp VCCircle Annual Indian Mobile Ecosystem Report

· While M-Commerce, Video streaming, Gaming and M-Payments are identified as major contributors to driving mobile data consumption; start-ups in these segments have attracted $8,053mn worth funding through 394 early stage funding deals since 2011.

· The year 2015 saw a surge in terms of deal volumes to 115 early stage funding deals amounting to $2,857.73mn across the 4 segments. This is against 87 deals amounting to $3,285mn in 2014.

· With majority of mobile centric start-ups still being in the early funding stage, the likelihood of them achieving scale and breaking even in the absence of adopting successful monetization strategies is still low.

Segment-Wise Analysis

· M-commerce: Startups in M-Commerce category witnessed 263 Early Stage Funding deals amounting to $7,479.64mn. This segment has seen an increase of 42% in deal volumes in 2015 with deal value falling from $3,128mn in 2014 to $2,623mn in 2015.

· Payments/Wallets: Startups in Payments/wallets segment saw 66 Early stage Funding Deals amounting to $450.90mn. Deal volume saw a year on year surge of 21% while deal value rising from $124.48mn in 2014 to $184.16mn in 2015.

· Gaming: Startups in the gaming space have garnered 38 Early Stage Funding deals amounting to $87.35mn since 2011. The segment witnessed an increase of 22% in deal volumes and 128% in deal value in 2015 as against 2014.

· Video Streaming: Startups in the field of Video Streaming also garnered 27 Early stage Funding Deals amounting to $35.24mn. Despite the sector heating up with the influx of over 20 players, deals headed south registering 6 early stage funding deals to the tune of $2.90 mn in 2015 as against 7 deals to the tune of $12.51 mn in 2014.

News Corp VCCircle 5th Annual Mobile Forum 2016

With mobile phones contributing 40% of all e-commerce sales in India as of 2015, start-ups across sectors are building businesses to reach customers using mobile phones as a channel of choice. Pertinent topics of using offline models to tap larger markets; the future of digital advertisements; mobile monetization models; understanding the mobile consumer behavior and the investment trends in mobile centric businesses will be discussed across 6 panels. Besides this, start-ups in the space will get an opportunity to use the curated platform to showcase their apps and businesses to a select jury of angel investors and venture capitalists.

Speaking on the report highlights, Ms. Nita Kapoor Head – India, New Ventures, News Corp and CEO, News Corp VCCircle, said, “The numbers are suggestive of India being an evolving ‘data’ story. Revenue growth will come from the increasing data ARPU. Growth in data consumption will drive the next wave of growth for this industry. This is validated by telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea and BSNL planning capex towards setting up telecom data infrastructure in excess of Rs. 60,000 cr. This potential rise in capex will not only help mobile enabled businesses by creating a facilitative ecosystem but will also help in boosting the mobile economy as a whole. While our data shows growth of early stage investments into mobile centric start-ups over the last five years, the challenge now is for them to identify the right monetization model to scale up and break even.”

Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform Now Available to Customers from Datacenters in India

Cloud pioneer expands global infrastructure footprint with new Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, providing Indian customers a local choice to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud

Organizations including NDTV, Ola, STAR India, Tata Motors, Hike, Shaadi.com, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group, Hungama, Bombay Stock Exchange, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Future Group, Macmillan Publishers India, Infosys, Cognizant, Freshdesk, and many others are part of the growing community of more than 75,000 AWS customers and partners in India welcoming the new region

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), the world’s leading cloud computing platform, today announced the launch of the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, its sixth in Asia Pacific (APAC). With this launch, AWS now provides 35 Availability Zones (AZs) across 13 technology infrastructure regions globally. More than 75,000 India-based customers are already using other AWS Regions to save costs, accelerate innovation, speed time-to-market, and expand their geographic reach in minutes. Starting today, global and India-based developers, start-ups, enterprises, government organizations, and non-profits can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their technology applications from infrastructure in India, and provide even lower latency to India-based end users. Developers can sign up to start using the AWS Mumbai Region at: http://aws.amazon.com.

The new AWS Mumbai Region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to datacenters in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance.

“Indian start-ups and enterprises have been using AWS for many years – with most Indian technology start-ups building their entire businesses on AWS, and numerous enterprises running mission-critical, core applications on AWS,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “These same 75,000 Indian customers, along with others anxious to start using AWS, have asked for an AWS India Region so they can move their applications that require low latency and data sovereignty. We’re excited to make this available today, with the same pay-as-you-go pricing, ability to get started immediately without having to negotiate enterprise agreements or wait days for access, and unmatched functionality that customers enjoy in AWS Regions worldwide – all of which allows customers to go from idea to launch faster than ever before was possible.”

Since its founding in 2006, AWS has changed the way organizations acquire and manage technology infrastructure. With more than a million active customers worldwide, and more than 70 services across compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, messaging, machine learning, mobile, IoT, and application services, AWS has become the new normal for companies of all sizes and across all industries to deploy their business-critical applications. All AWS Regions around the world undergo regular audits by independent third-parties that validate that each region is designed and built to meet rigorous compliance standards, including ISO 27001, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 Security & Availability, PCI-DSS Level 1 and many more, providing high levels of security for all AWS customers. As with every AWS Region, customers have the assurance that AWS will not move their content from the region they choose. More information on how customers using AWS can meet their security, data privacy, and compliance requirements can be found at https://aws.amazon.com/security.

India-based Customers Welcome AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

“We have been working with AWS since 2012, steadily moving workloads to the cloud, such as test and development environments for our core enterprise systems – we run one of the largest CRM based Dealer Management implementations in the world – more than 90 Tata digital properties in production on AWS, and many other applications,” said Jagdish Belwal, CIO of Tata Motors Limited, India’s largest automotive manufacturer. “Tata Motors obtained 40 percent savings by running our digital properties at scale, benefitting from the tremendous agility made possible by AWS. One of the key priorities we had was around how AWS could save us costs on traditional workloads, those without much variability or demand spikes, and we are expecting to save similar amounts on traditional workloads by running them on AWS.”

Belwal continued, “We are so happy to have an AWS Region in India. AWS has allowed our IT teams to focus on innovation and become more nimble to the business demands. Environments that used to take weeks to setup can now be done in days or hours. AWS also makes it extremely straightforward for us to progress on our cloud journey utilizing a hybrid architecture, since it is important to us to leverage the past investments we’ve made in equipment and technology on-premises for a period of time; as we work to modernize and streamline our operations on the AWS Cloud. Rather than decide on ‘what workloads can move to the AWS cloud,’ we have moved to asking ‘how fast and which ones will be next in line.’”

Ola, India’s leading cab aggregator and an Indian online transportation network company, is building their business on AWS. “We are using technology to create mobility for a billion Indians, by giving them convenience and access to transportation of their choice,” said Ankit Bhati, Co-founder and CTO, Ola. “Technology is a key enabler, where we use AWS Cloud to drive a superior customer experience, and innovate faster on new features and services for our customers. This has helped us reach more than 100 cities and 550,000 driver partners across India. We do petabyte scale analytics using various AWS big data services and AWS deep learning techniques, allowing us to bring our driver-partners closer to our customers when they need them. AWS allows us to make more than 30 changes a day to our highly scalable micro services-based platform consisting of 100s of low latency APIs, serving millions of requests a day. We have tried the AWS India Region. It’s world-class and should help us continue to enhance the experience for our customers.”

Shaadi.com is the world’s no. 1 matchmaking service providing a superior matchmaking experience to Indians all over the world. “As one of the key initiatives of becoming a world class tech organization, we decided to migrate to the AWS Cloud. We have many interdependent applications built over the last 15 years having unique High IOPS requirements,” said Ketan Doshi, CTO and Sr. VP, Engineering at People Interactive. “We worked closely with AWS teams and migrated ‘all-in’ to AWS successfully. We leveraged AWS Database Migration Service to reduce the time required to migrate our databases by 40 percent and also realized 55 percent cost savings by moving some of them to Amazon Aurora. We are planning to move our other databases to Amazon Aurora. We are now able to efficiently manage spiky workloads by using AWS for Auto Scaling our compute resources and improving our site’s performance by 50 percent. AWS has allowed us to exploit the potential of serverless architectures (AWS Lambda + DynamoDB) that has delivered more than 80 percent cost savings. Our Redshift data warehouse solution analyses 67 billion records to derive key business trends. Being an ‘all-in’ customer of AWS, it is exciting to see AWS launch their region in India. We will continue to adopt the latest AWS services to accelerate innovation and continue to redefine the way Indians find a companion for life.”

Novi Digital, a wholly owned subsidiary of STAR India, is one of the largest media and entertainment companies in India. The company uses AWS to run Hotstar, a flagship over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting platform for delivering movies and live sporting events via the internet. “Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 85,000 hours of drama and movies in eight languages, with coverage of every major global sporting event. Launched in February 2015, Hotstar quickly became one of the fastest adopted new media and entertainment apps anywhere in the world,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar. “It has now been downloaded by more than 68 million users throughout the world and has attracted followers on the back of a highly evolved video streaming technology, with high praise from customers on the quality of experience across devices and platforms. The reliability of the highly scalable AWS Cloud infrastructure has been a contributor to Hotstar’s ability to build and deliver a compelling streaming service for our global customers.”

Investing in India’s Cloud Future

The rapidly expanding AWS Partner Network (APN) is made up of tens of thousands of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) around the world who are building innovative solutions and services for the AWS Cloud. The APN program helps partners build successful AWS-based businesses by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market (GTM) support. In India, the number of partners joining the APN program has grown over 80 percent in the past 12 months. AWS SIs such as Infosys, TCS, Wipro, HCL, Accenture, PwC, Blazeclan, Minjar, Frontier, Intelligrape, Progressive, Cognizant, and Team Computers are helping enterprises migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications on AWS, and are providing a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers’ AWS environments. AWS ISVs in India include SAP, Microsoft, Adobe, Druva, Freshdesk, Manthan, Indusface, Newgen, RAMCO, Seclore, Mediology, Mithi Software, Vinculum, Infor, Splunk, and many others who are providing software solutions that are either hosted on, or integrated with AWS. Customers can easily find, trial, deploy, and buy software solutions for the AWS Cloud on the AWS Marketplace.

AWS offers a full range of training and certification programs to help Indian professionals who are interested in the latest cloud computing technologies, best practices, and architectures, advance their technical skills. More than 16,000 attendees have participated in various AWS training events since January 2016 to learn about the latest in cloud technologies, AWS best practices, and get hands-on instruction with the AWS Cloud. The AWS Educate Program promotes cloud learning in the classroom and has been adopted by more than 500 universities worldwide. The program helps to provide an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals.

The AWS Activate program provides India-based startups with the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS and scale their businesses. AWS has teamed with accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and startup-enabling organizations such as Nascomm 10K, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, Tlabs Accelerator, GSF Accelerator, and others that provide a range of services including training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other benefits.

To further enable AWS customers to rapidly deliver their websites, applications, and content to India-based end users, AWS also recently opened a new AWS point of presence (PoP) in Delhi for its Content Delivery Network (Amazon CloudFront) and DNS service (Amazon Route 53). This is the third AWS PoP in India, joining Mumbai and Chennai, and is part of the global AWS network of 56 edge locations across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

Teams of Account Managers, Solutions Architects, Technical Support Engineers, Professional Services Consultants, Technical Trainers and various other functions are available to support Indian customers from offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Pune in their use of the AWS Cloud. Through Amazon’s local selling entity, Indian customers are provided local invoices and payment options, enabling payment in rupees via credit cards or bank transfers. Additionally, AWS recently established an AWS Technical Support center in Bangalore that leverages local engineering talent to help AWS customers around the world with everything from break-fix situations to advice on application development, architectures, and best practices. The new AWS Mumbai Region, along with the various other investments for assisting Indian customers who are building their businesses and running applications on the AWS Cloud, are part of the $5 billion overall investment that Amazon announced is part of its commitment to India.

Qualcomm Files Complaint Against Meizu In China

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced that it has filed a complaint against Meizu in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. The complaint requests rulings that the terms of a patent license offered by Qualcomm to Meizu comply with China’s Anti-Monopoly Law, and Qualcomm’s fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing obligations. The complaint also seeks a ruling that the offered patent license terms should form the basis for a patent license with Meizu for Qualcomm’s fundamental technologies patented in China for use in mobile devices, including those relating to 3G (WCDMA and CDMA2000) and 4G (LTE) wireless communications standards.

Qualcomm has negotiated extensively and in good faith with Meizu to sign a patent license agreement consistent with the terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to, and accepted by, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2015. Although Qualcomm would have preferred to reach a resolution with Meizu without the need for litigation, Meizu, unfortunately, has been unwilling to negotiate in good faith and enter into a license agreement on the rectification plan terms while unfairly expanding its business through the use of Qualcomm’s innovations without compensating Qualcomm for the use of Qualcomm’s valuable technologies. In contrast, more than 100 other companies have already accepted the rectification plan terms, including the largest Chinese mobile device suppliers.

“Qualcomm’s technologies are at the heart of all mobile devices. Meizu is choosing to use these technologies without a license, which is not only unlawful, but is unfair to other licensees that are acting in good faith and respectful of patent rights, and ultimately damaging to the mobile ecosystem and consumers,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are, and have been, a good partner in China, and we are pleased to see how China’s mobile ecosystem is thriving. Chinese smartphone suppliers are succeeding both domestically and globally, and we are pleased to help drive that growth. Qualcomm looks forward to continuing to increase its level of commitment to, and investment in, China across both the wireless and semiconductor ecosystems.”

LibreOffice 5.1.4 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers (the full list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.1.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.1.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

LibreOffice Conference

In 2016, LibreOffice Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Information Technology at Brno University of Technology, and organized by OpenAlt, from September 7 to 9.

Details of Call for Papers, open until July 15, 2016, are available at: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2016/04/08/libreoffice-brno-conference-call-for-paper/. Registration for the conference is open at: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2016/registration/.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.1.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Lead-Edge Technologies: KOPLAYER Presents Ultimate Gaming Experience

KOPLAYER for Mac goes online on June 7th. KOPLAYER Android Emulator (www.koplayer.com) is developed by one of Chinese elite developers – Fuzhou Kaopu Network which has hundreds of millions of users in China. With a domestic market occupancy of 90%, Fuzhou Kaopu Network is now well on its way to becoming a platform with infinite fun. Within a short span of months, KOPLAYER becomes the first choice of users because of its stable performance and perfect compatibility. To enhance user’s gaming experience, KOPLAYER overthrows other Android emulators with improved RAM usage, virtual keyboard control and time taken on startup. And it is worth mentioning that video record tool brings conveniences to users who don’t need third party plugins to record their gameplay and share to SNS platforms like YouTube, Facebook, etc. with one-click. Users can launch multiple instances for multiboxing, can be used to login multiple WhatsApp account simultaneously.

Benchmarks is one of the most important reference standards in testing device’s hardware capability. Of course, this can be done on Android emulators using a software titled AnTutu.

We can easily tell that, KOPLAYER has a full edge of superiority in compatibility, stability and startup time. It will be a dark horse in Android emulator industry. More surprises can be found in the future versions. With the gradual development of the industry, it is highly probable that users will turn to Android emulators due to various unexpected problems of their phones. Many game publishers and developers have noted this potential market and are making emulators exclusively for their own products. The market share of Android emulators is sure to keep on the expansion.