A person would simply have to blow into a mouthpiece connected to a 'high-precision breath sampler'.
The session with parents fell in the chaotic first months of Donald Trump's presidency. After an inaugural address proclaiming ``America first,'' two travel bans, a suspended refugee program and hints at restricting skilled worker visas widely used by Indians, parents doubted their children's futures in the U.S.
All but two of the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange traded lower, with real estate, pharmaceuticals and land transport leading the decline on the main bourse.
The staggering impact of COVID-19 has unleashed a wave of innovation and witnessed the birth of new ideas across the innovation landscape.
The system can be activated remotely using IoT Mobile applications.
While a large operator like RMZ is exiting the business, global major WeWork plans to expand as per client specifications only for some time. Awfis and Smartworks have also slowed down the pace of expansion as they continue to study the evolving market dynamics.
A recession amid a pandemic may seem like the worst time to start a business. Despite millions of loans and grants from federal and state governments, it's estimated that hundreds of thousands of companies have already failed since the virus outbreak began.
Amid work from home, their mega closets gather dust as loungewear becomes the new suits. Understandably, those periodic shopping trips overseas are off bounds. The summer skiing trips to the Swiss Alps have been cancelled. The coronavirus has been truly democratic in its rage, not sparing even the rarefied and gilded world of India’s super-rich.
Donut Robotics' engineers came up with the idea for the mask as they searched for a product to help the company survive the pandemic.
A national expert group is talking to public and private sector entities in the pharmaceutical sector, food processing industry and agro businesses as well as food delivery start-ups such as Swiggy and Zomato to identify cold storages or fridges at the taluka level that can stock and distribute the vaccine.
In the spring, the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls became the number one virus hotspot in America, with a cluster of 644 confirmed cases among employees and people they were in contact with.
The coronavirus pandemic has spurred new interest in products that help users of cigarettes and vaping products quit. Some public health agencies, including the FDA, have said smoking may worsen Covid-19 outcomes.
Muse Nanobots conducted a study with the U.S.-based Situ Biosciences, an independent product test laboratory in Chicago, to understand the effectiveness of Muse Nanobots antiviral coating on coronavirus 229E, showed that it inactivated 99.99 per cent of the coronavirus 229E within five minutes of contact time.
As weddings go online amid lockdown, startups and even bigger firms are exploring virtual wedding space.
Many of the vaccines at the front of the pack today try to teach the body the same basic lesson. They deliver a protein that covers the surface of the coronavirus, called spike, which appears to prompt the immune system to make antibodies to fight it off. But some researchers worry that we may be pinning too many hopes on a strategy that has not been proved to work.
Suddenly, startups that were looking for growth avenues were scrambling for ways to survive. The smart ones, however, have learnt to adapt.
BookMyShow is promoting free-to-watch Instagram Live performances in an effort to keep its users engaged, while restaurant aggregator and food delivery firm Zomato is targeting a push into alcohol delivery.
Bird recently raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, but is slashing costs to ensure it has enough money to keep it running through next year, according to VanderZanden.
The objective behind this service is to provide a "one-stop solution" to the families and give them support in their hard times and help them perform the last rites in a hassle-free manner.
The startup’s pilot machine can coat textiles of length up to 100 metres within a few minutes – according to them, it can deployed immediately for use.
The $2.2 trillion emergency relief will help many workers and businesses dealing with an unprecedented economic shutdown.
The move came in the wake of a study by the Quality Council of India (QCI) revealing that 67% of imported toys failed a testing survey, which prompted an aggressive push to produce safe toys in the country. Imports from China and Taiwan account for around 90% of the domestic toy market.
"The UP government came up with new policies with focus on 'ease of doing business' particularly in food processing, electronics, textiles and pharmaceutical sectors," he said. As a result, the state jumped to number two position, from number 12, in terms of 'ease of doing business' in India, Singh added.
IIT Kharagpur alumnus Debayan Saha has collaboratively developed Airlens Minus Corona, a device which may help sanitise large areas.
Shocking videos of coronavirus patients lying next to corpses in overrun hospitals and ambulances with critically-ill driving around in search of hospital beds have conferred fresh impetus to the task of rescuing Indian health care.
Startups like Urban Company, Bounce, Cred, Snapdeal, Unacademy, 1MG have supported the findings of the report.
Consumers around the world are showing an increased interest in safeguarding their health and boosting their immunity. In India, that often means ayurveda, the country’s ancient system of medicine. Here are a few of the products shoppers in the world’s biggest open consumer market have been stocking up on.
"About 25 per cent of the startups have less than six months of runway," the co-founder of IT major Infosy Ltd, told P T I. "They will be in serious trouble if the recovery does not happen in six months, it does not look like (happening within that period)."
Proxgy aims to provide consumers an experience of what it feels like to navigate the real-world like a video game in a first-person view through a camera controlled option. U
Should fashion weeks be dismantled and rebuilt? Are cycles of new items every six months still the best approach, at a time when garment overproduction is under scrutiny, restricted lifestyles are commonplace and runway spectacles can feel out of step in a world with different priorities? These are only a few of the uncomfortable questions.
The pandemic has given rise to self prioritization and individualism. However, some aspects of the shared economy are innovating to stay relevant and succeed in the post-pandemic world.
Demand has surged for startups that offer virtual learning, telehealth, e-commerce, video games and streaming, and software for remote workers. Startups in areas like fitness or children’s activities also quickly adapted their offerings to go virtual.
This year’s two crises have forced many foreigners to reconsider their lives in the UAE.
SEC gains 0.71 per cent, CSI300 up 0.84 per cent, SSEC gains 10.9 per cent in July, CSI300 up 12.8 per cent, biggest monthly rises since April 2015.
Pandemic lockdowns have affected consumer behavior in ways that will spur AI’s growth and development. As consumers buy more online to avoid the new risks of shopping in stores, they are giving sellers more data on preferences and shopping habits.
Sequoia has been a fixture of Silicon Valley for decades, helping fund generations of companies, including Apple Inc., Google, Instagram and DoorDash Inc. In 2008, the VC firm sent a similar, ominous note to founders called “RIP Good Times” during the depth of the recession.
Robot food service was a trend even before the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) confirmed it had invested in the Mumbai-based startup, without disclosing details. “Eruditus has a proven track record of increasing access to education globally in partnership with leading universities,” said Vivian Wu, managing partner, Ventures at CZI.
Airbnb’s policy is that all reservations are able to be canceled within 48 hours of booking for a full refund. Beyond that, it’s up to hosts to determine the refund policy, which are stated on the listings and range from flexible to strict.
The May 1-2 RAISE webinar will feature marquee venture capitalists, angel investors and other leading ecosystem players throwing light on the various dimensions of the stalemate .
Startup founders in India have joined hands and are taking the initiative to help the government and citizens battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by bringing various solutions ranging from a quarantine app to a disease-free vehicle shield.
The broader Topix lost 0.33% at 1,573.85, with all but seven of the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange trading in the red.
RAISE 2020 summit is expected to feature some of the most exciting global startups working in AI-related fields and is expected to have multiple events, such as the AI Startup Pitchfest, AI Startup Theater and The AI Startup Awards.
Before the outbreak, some rental managers were counting on a seasonal bump in business after prospective tenants return to large cities for work after the Lunar New Year Holiday. Instead, they’re now forced to cope with a decline in revenue.
"On an average, about 100 Indian nationals in Singapore continue to register daily with the High Commission here for flights back home, with over 11,000 having registered so far," Indian High Commissioner P Kumaran said on Wednesday.
Medal is among a growing number of startups offering stock-for-salary trades to preserve cash as the tech industry reels and economic uncertainty mounts.
The New Jersey-based health-tech startup plans to utilize the funds for customer acquisition, recruiting talent, scaling up operations in India and the US and ramping up technology to further digitalize physician engagement experience, said a press statement issued by the company.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought a change in startup investment patterns. Venture capital firms are shifting their focus from tech-centric startups to the ones operating in sectors such as FMCG, online grocery delivery, home entertainment etc.
This year’s biggest funding deals included Beyond Meat rival Impossible Foods Inc., which raised $500 million to support expansion of its vegan burgers, and Swedish oat-milk maker Oatly AB, which raised $200 million this month in a deal backed by Blackstone Group Inc. that values the company at $2 billion.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Thursday asked the IT/BT department to set up a committee at the earliest. The deputy chief minister took a decision to this effect after he visited Bengaluru Bio Innovation Centre.
Thomas Healy, a gearhead addict, uses a Tesla for his daily run.
CovidMaps.in lists details around when a store is open, what items are available and how much, safety precautions being observed, crowding, wait-times to help people get their essentials in a safe way.
The benchmark Nikkei share average retreated from early slight gains and finished 0.18 per cent lower at 22,437.27, with 72 advancers against 147 decliners.
Initial batches have been supplied in Chennai, while some were in the process of being scaled up towards mass production for use in hospitals and clinics across the country.
Operators of India’s busiest airports are working on increased digitisation, automated systems and big data with a sharp focus on health, hygiene and social distancing norms for a new normal when the traffic surges again on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As WeChat has become ubiquitous, it has become a powerful tool of social control, a way for Chinese authorities to guide and police what people say, who they talk to and what they read.
The old normal has given way to the new and WFH, an acronym that was born in the lockdown and quickly became part of everyday lexicon, is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. As millions of professionals strive for the optimum work-life balance in extraordinary times when they have been confined to their homes, industry giants as well as start-ups have told their employees to continue to be there.
Staying positive helped Devendra Parulekar keep his spirits up.
Modi demonstrated leadership by announcing a lockdown and 3 packages to help citizens & businesses to cope.
Some of the important measures demanded from the government to help the startups include rental subsidy for workspaces used by start-ups which are regulated/owned/managed by government agencies; blanket suspension of all deadlines including tax payment deadlines and filing deadlines until at least four weeks post lifting of all city lockdown.
The Action Covid Team (ACT) Grants, which is possibly a first-of-its-kind initiative globally, has already received about 40% of its target corpus, with some of the country’s top entrepreneurs also coming on board to not only provide capital, but also identify ventures that may be still at an ideation stage.
Apna Mask initiative, an effort by StartUpVsCOVID, is promoting homemade masks and aims to drive behavioural change to ensure that people wear masks and stay protected as they step out of their homes.
Like other cities of the world, Indian cities will also remain vulnerable to threats like pandemics unless we re-innovate urban design and products having a large public interface. Making them safe and resilient is a challenge for urban planners and designers alike.
Son’s conglomerate has taken one blow after another since the implosion of WeWork’s initial public offering last year and SoftBank’s subsequent bailout.
A better work environment for sanitation workers requires mechanisation, better gear and bigger private play
The virus will eventually be tamed. The fear of Covid-19 is already on the wane. The question is, will the newly acquired dignity that the sanitation workers enjoy outlast the pandemic? Will they still be treated with the respect they deserve when they step out of their PPE kits?
In a statement, the company stated that Automovill's Guwahati team is sanitizing the vehicles used by the Governor, Chief Minister, Director General of police and other ministers and high-ranking officers.
Malemm, FoodWifi, Hummingbird are among the app-based startups which have been granted permission by the state government to carry out home deliveries during the lockdown to prevent spread of COVID-19.
ByteDance has been in talks to divest TikTok's North America, Australia and New Zealand operations to potential acquirers, including Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp.
As the Covid-19 outbreak hits companies hard, CFOs like Vaish are bracing for what many are referring to as the toughest phase in their careers.
The robot is expected to be cost-effective. Once the mould is completed and spares made available, the company will be able to manufacture one robot a day.
BlueDot's algorithm can sift through several news stories a day in order to detect and monitor the spread.
It said that the challenge is open to all startups, companies, and innovators - whose innovation can plug the gap between the demand and supply of essential medical items to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.
As the global race for vaccine or a treatment for Covid-19 reaches a frantic pace, stem cell treatment is the latest to throw its hat in the ring.
The strain the pandemic is placing on national healthcare systems is driving interest in technology with the potential to facilitate care automatically and remotely.
Floap will also launch online consultation with nutritionists, behaviourists, trainers, groomers and other pet care providers in the near future.
While robots keep operations running, workers can see them as a risk to their jobs.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform healthcare, the Minister said launching the product developed by the Bengaluru-based health-tech startup, and urged startups to focus on developing low-cost solutions so that healthcare becomes both accessible and affordable to masses.
SoftBank's investments include a number of startups that are restructuring or scaling back: WeWork is recovering from its failed IPO last year, Oyo Hotels is cutting 5,000 jobs after its business in China crumbled. Uber is reducing operations and costs in search of profitability.
The startup, which had reportedly raised $15 million from investors including Dev last year, offers free rides to users for watching targeted ads. It had claimed that some 15,000 cabs were registered with it.
M Rangaswami, well-known venture capitalist and entrepreneur, told that while the IT giants like Google and Facebook might have a different approach, many of the startups were instituting either layoffs or reduction in salary or a combination of both.
Two and a half months on, Bengaluru, dubbed India's Silicon Valley for its tech firms and startups, has reported more than 110,000 cases. Where its infections in early June rose by 25 a day on average, the rate is now more than 2,500. In New Zealand, the total caseload stood at 1,339 as of Aug. 25.
The Oyo Homes board member feels that being able to communicate honestly with people around can help.
Cash is king but the significance of mergers, collaborations and sector specific reforms needs to be duly recognised too if one wants to find a way forward.
So far largely USFDA approved kits were permitted in India due to paucity of validation and certifications labs in the country as a result of which several hundreds of applications by start-ups were stuck for approval, a senior government official said.
A stream of startups has been firing employees over the past month, but a few have bucked the trend to continue hiring.
If you’re in an industry directly hit by the virus, think about how your experience would be applicable to fields that have solid long-term prospects, like cybersecurity, robotics and artificial intelligence. These sectors aren’t just for coders and engineers; they need accountants, compliance officers, HR managers and communications teams.
Menon said that future entrepreneurs should be cautious and wait until the current situation is under control before launching something new.
The war against Covid-19 has also opened a battlefront elsewhere. The unprecedented 21-day lockdown has unsettled lives, halted the economy and pushed India Inc deeper into crisis even as pain on the employment front looks inevitable. These difficulties are only dwarfed by the hardships and devastation faced by millions of migrant workers and daily-wage labourers.
Startups are closely looking at all major business functions as demand dives. Some of India’s top unicorns have also stopped hiring plans and are moving talent internally.
The development, a clear stance in favour of the remote working model, comes a day after Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter, said all employees at the company have been given the option to work remotely forever.
It's unlike software. Vaccines, drugs and medical devices cannot be churned out overnight.
The deal will be paid for with $400 million in cash from the blank-check company, as well as $170 million from other investors including Thiel, a unit of Volvo Car AB and GoPro Inc.
Swiggy and Zomato data suggests Indians craved for biryani the most during lockdown.
The spreading coronavirus has become a watershed moment, particularly for consumer-facing industries like travel and hospitality, because of sweeping lockdowns and travel restrictions.
A United Nations University study estimates that 104 mn Indians could fall below the World Bank-determined poverty line of $3.2 a day for lower-middle-income countries but the picture of where the Indian economy is headed should be a bit clearer tomorrow when the GDP data comes out.
If handshakes are indeed injurious to health, can we dispense with the custom once and for all?
COVID-19 led to supply chain disruptions and production halt in the latter half of March 2020.
Cos said such measures are to keep biz running as there is no certainty to when things will be normal again
Industry experts say rocky times will separate winners and losers among startups.