My iSPIRT Experience, A Learning Of A Lifetime By Praveen Hari

In 2016, the company I co-founded, Thinkflow, went through a liquidity event. It was a great outcome for all and I was thinking of the next move. It was natural for me to think of starting again. I was wiser, had seed capital and only had to find a problem attractive enough. It looked like …

8-Dec Digital Lending PlaybookRT for Bharat Entrepreneurs

With the maturity and large-scale adoption of digital payments & UPI, GST,  and an upcoming public credit registry, there is a unique opportunity to re-imagine credit products for Bharat MSMEs like never before. The digitization is set to generate significant value, moving from the traditional asset-based lending to flow based lending. Join us for an …

4-Dec Unlock Bharat Market Using IndiaStack (Delhi)

India has leapfrogged the rest of the world by creating ‘India Stack’, a technology stack consisting of open APIs launched by the Govt of India. The idea is that established and startup enterprises can use these APIs to build innovative solutions focused on improving access to services for the general population. This is creating a …

4-Dec Drones & the Digital Sky PlaybookRT for Bharat Entrepreneurs

The govt is soon to launch Digital Sky – an enabling platform for Drones. With the new regulations, who will be the winners and who will lose? What is the best long-term winning play for your startup? Join other companies and the iSPIRT team behind Digital Sky in our playbook roundtable to know more. Click to …

24-Nov Deep Strategic Partnerships PlaybookRT In Bangalore

Strategic Partnerships is one of the 3 shifts for SaaS, and Vijay Rayapati provided very grounded insights on partnership building at SaaSx5. One of the takeaways was that pitching to a strategic partner is very different than pitching to an investor or even to a customer. The partnership mindset is different from sales, says Abhishek. Come, join …

Understanding National Digital Communication Policy For Startups And Cloud Telephony Players

iSPIRT has been actively engaged in pursuing the favourable policy for the Cloud Telephony sector in Telecom Industry, an amalgamation of the various IT and Communications technologies. National Digital Communication Policy has been announced recently and it is encouraging to see the announcements in the policy on some common issues to do with Startup ecosystem …

27-Oct MiniRoundTable on WhyAI for B2B SaaS

The MiniRT Agenda Seeding & creating an active discussion on Why AI/ML? What is the higher order value being created? How to identify the value & opportunities to leverage AI? How to get started with an AI playground (if not already running)? How to think of data needs for AI/ML investments, How to address the impact …

18-Oct MiniRoundtable on AI/ML Tools & ML/DL challenges

The MiniRT Agenda The current state of AI/ML tools & frameworks. Share & discuss ML & Deep Learning challenges in your products. Insights from these sessions are meant to help refine our approach & readiness to leverage AI/ML for building higher order value products. And in doing so building a vibrant community focused around navigating …

India Financial Services – Disrupt or Be Disrupted

Matrix India recently hosted two firebrands of the financial services world, Mr Sanjay Agarwal, founder AU Small Finance Bank and Mr Sharad Sharma, founder iSPIRT Foundation, Volunteer at India Stack, for a no holds barred discussion at the Matrix Rooftop in Bangalore. Here is an excerpt from the evening and some of our learnings for …

6-Oct MiniRoundTable on WhyAI for B2B SaaS

The MiniRT Agenda Seeding & creating an active discussion on Why AI/ML? What is the higher order value being created? How to identify the value & opportunities to leverage AI? How to get started with an AI playground (if not already running)? How to think of data needs for AI/ML investments, How to address the impact …

iSPIRT Final Comments on India’s Personal Data Protection Bill

Below represents iSPIRT’s comments and recommendations on the draft Personal Data Protection Bill.  iSPIRT’s overall data privacy and data empowerment philosophy is covered here.   Table of Contents Major Comments 1. Include Consent Dashboards 2. Financial Understanding and Informed Consent for all Indians 3. Data Fiduciary Trust Scores Similar to App Store Ratings 4. Comments & …

AI/ML is not Sexy

One would think that the new sexy in the startup capital of the world is self-driving cars, AI/ML… I got news for you! AI/ML (esp. Machine Learning) is not listed in Gartner’s hype cycle for 2018. This was corroborated on my recent trip to the valley and the US east coast, where I met several …

Policy Hacks On India’s Digital Sky Initiative 1.0

On August 27, 2018, India announced its much-awaited Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) for drones. The new CAR had many improvements on the original draft published last year, but most important was the introduction of Digital Sky, a technology platform that would handle the entire process of regulating the registration and permissions for all Remotely Piloted …

Why the SC ruling on ‘Private Players’ use of Aadhaar doesn’t say what you think it does

On behalf of iSPIRT, Sanjay Jain recently published an opinion piece regarding the recent supreme court judgement on the validity of Aadhaar. In there, we stated that section 57 had been struck down, but that should still allow some usage of Aadhaar by the private sector. iSPIRT received feedback that this reading may have been …

Make It ID Of Choice For Your Users

Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment has upheld not just the constitutionality of Aadhaar but also our right to identity. It also recognises Aadhaar as a tool that fulfils that right. While the founding principles of Aadhaar — privacy and inclusion —were upheld, a few provisions of the Aadhaar Act, including Section 57, were struck down. Section …