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Venture Capital Firms in India – Profile of India centric Venture Capital Firms and Fund Capping

Venture Capital Firms in India – Profile of India centric Venture Capital Firms and Fund Capping Indian venture capital firms being small in size a few years back have grown over a period of time. India has quite a few VC firms which are large in size, with larger number of professional employees. Venture Capital firms are experimenting with different types of businesses, and are willing to take huge risks. They invest in sectors like Internet, Ecommerce, Infrastructure, Consumer services, Mobile Read more [...]

Social Media and Crowd funding Act As The Perfect Partners: Crowdfunding new trends

It may be a shock for some people if someone will say, “If you are not active on social networking, then crowdfunding is probably not for you”.  But the bottom line is that crowdfunding is thriving because of email, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and perhaps even LinkedIn.  Imagine for a moment how much money is required to promote a brand or individual to the public without Twitter or Facebook.  Spending on advertisements in local newspapers can cost quite a penny.  It may be required to Read more [...]

Who Invests in the US Treasury? What Impact did US Shutdown have on Other Countries?

Historically, investors bought US treasuries on account of following reasons: Stable political system Possible favorable returns Dominance of dollar as a global currency Known as the largest treasury market in the world Higher  liquidity It is known that the other bond markets trade against the benchmarked US Treasury rates.  In addition to above mentioned reasons, there are many other reasons to invest in US treasury.  For example, China buys US bonds to depress or reduce the value of Read more [...]

End of the US Shutdown 2013 on October 16, 2013: Who Said What – Responses from the UK, China, Japan and Other Countries

The most talked about current topic is that of the US shutdown.  The shutdown is bad news for exporters from around the world, as exporters fear about checks being cleared by the US.  The shutdown has affected the world stock markets and world currencies.  Most economists feel global investors will gradually decline and the role of the dollar as world's leading reserve currency will be challenged due to the ongoing fiscal dysfunction along with debt crisis.  Countries all over the world had expressed Read more [...]

What is Meant by US Government Shutdown – US Shutdown of 2013 & Its Impacts

The United States Federal Government declared a nationwide shutdown on the 1st October, 2013, on account of failure to enact regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year.  Due to this as many as 800,000 federal employees were forced to take leave indefinitely without pay.  Approximately 1.3 million without immediate salary had to report to work.  Previously, in 1995-96 the US Government went in for shutdown.  Several questions arise in the mind of a layman.  The Read more [...]

Gold and Government of India: Impact of the Price of Gold on our Economy, Future of Gold in 2014

The year 2013 witnessed the Indian government taking a slew of measures to raise the domestic price of gold, like increasing the import duty on gold from 2% to 10%, and mandating RBI's 20:80 scheme, which states that 20% of imports have to be re-exported.  This wide difference between international and domestic gold prices has led to the legal smuggling of gold.  This in turn has led to a wide difference of about 10% in the market price of gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and their Net Asset Values Read more [...]

The Need for Interactive Features in Smart Watches

Patronized by Seiko (Japan), smart watches have been in existence for around three decades.  Early versions of smart watches allowed a user to feed data, view different time zones, and perform basic calculation.  The next generation of smart watches incorporated GPS and a host of other wireless sensor features, including thermometer, compass, altimeter, barometer, camera and accelerometer.  Several combinations of these features were developed to attract a specific set of consumers. However, Read more [...]

Comparison of Popular Online Survey Tools

Online surveys can be a huge help in understanding what your constituents think and how successful your programs are, without breaking your budget.  A number of low cost online tools provide easy interfaces for building surveys and viewing reports online.  These packages can be a great fit for smaller surveys where advanced question types, survey logic and results analysis are not required.  There are various sites for performing Online Survey.  Some of them are: SurveyMonkey SurveyGizmo Questionpro  Polldaddy  Limesurvey  eSurveyspro SurveyMonkey SurveyMonkey is Read more [...]

Online Survey- Benefits of Using Online Survey Tools

With the advent of the World Wide Web (Web or WWW) and electronic mail (email), the Internet has opened up new vistas in surveying. An online survey is a questionnaire that the target audience can complete over the Internet. Online (Internet) surveys are becoming an essential research tool for a variety of research fields, including marketing, social and official statistics research. According to European Society for Opinion and Market Research (ESOMAR), online survey research accounted for 20% of Read more [...]

Benefits of FDI in Indian Retail Industry – Foreign Direct Investment in India’s Single and Multi-Brand Retail Sector, an Analysis by DART Consulting

India has finally decided to allow global retail giants like Walmart and Carrefour to open stores in India.  With this decision, multinational retailers can invest up to 51 percent to open stores in 10 states and Union Territories which, till date, have agreed to implement the decision.  Minimum amount to be brought in by the foreign investor would be $100 million and outlets may be set up only in cities with a population of more than one million.  There have been many protests from political Read more [...]