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BiziNation # 66: Starbucks tastes India

Friday, 28 December 2012 19:51 Written by

Starbucks has been around since 1970 and last month it made its debut in India by opening three stores in Mumbai. In response, Cafe Coffee Day, the domestic player put out an advertisement on TV for the first time in 16 years. Online reputation is now a big business in the West and down south, a startup village takes shape in Kochi.

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The French government has made the classic mistake. Of interfering in business. Lakshmi Mittal is miffed as he has been asked not to shut down two of his loss making blast furnaces in Florange unless he wants to see all his French outfits getting nationalised. Greece gets another bail out package and in Australia, cigarette packaging will no longer carry any glamorous images or colours. Just plain packaging.

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BiziNation # 64: Indian Pepsi League

Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:45 Written by

Pepsi pays a bomb to get the rights of the title sponsor of IPL. BCCI has been quite the negotiator. It got Pepsi to pay twice as what DLF had paid in the previous edition. And this comes at a time when the popularity of IPL is possibly at its lowest according to many surveys. Amidst all the talks of recession, in October, Porsche sold a record number of vehicles in India. Also, according to a recent World Bank report, India receives more money through repatriation than any other. And typewriters are called off the shelves in UK.

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BiziNation # 63: Of double dips and fiscal cliffs

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:32 Written by

The Euro Zone goes under all over again. The latest numbers suggest that all 17 countries of the Euro have posted two consecutive quarters of negative growth. And thats what the economists call a recession. The US which is known to come up with fancy phrases to describe their economic plights have done it again. This time its called the fiscal cliff. Back home in India, Raymond, the apparel maker will soon launch its own brand of beer shampoo.

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BiziNation # 62: The on-ground Euro crisis tour

Sunday, 02 September 2012 22:03 Written by

 

For the last two years we have been reading a lot about the Euro crisis. Some might complain that we have had a bit of an overdose of it. So we at Indicast thought that we should send one of our guys to tour Europe and find out how exactly is the day in the life of an average European in countries like Germany, France, Austria, etc. Akhilesh, our co-host at BiziNation volunteered to do the trip (and sponsored it himself if we might add!) In this podcast, he brings us his on ground experience of his recently concluded Euro trip as we take a look at the Euro crisis from the common man's point of view.

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BiziNation # 61: 9/11 Revisited

Saturday, 10 September 2011 13:17 Written by

Ten years ago, on this day, two planes scorched the twin towers. More than 3000 people were killed and the world economy was impaired. In this podcast, we talk about where we stand today in the wake of bigger crises that the bankers have brought upon us. Continuing on the subject, Indian business and tourism has suffered gravely due to the series of bomb blasts. In other news, Yahoo! CEO has been sacked rather unceremoniously. Closer home, Archies, a company known for selling gifts and greeting cards has tied up with UNICEF and plans to expand to Rs. 400 crores in the next few years. And in the last few minutes, Ritika gives us a snapshot of her sojourn in Bali.

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  • 9/11: 10 years on
  • Archies launches expansion plan
  • Yahoo! CEO sacked

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BiziNation # 59: Go Africa!

Monday, 06 June 2011 19:49 Written by

Lately, Africa has seen a spate of investments from Indian private companies and Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to the continent a few weeks back only adds to the growing importance of being present in an economy which is growing at 6 per cent per annum. In this podcast, we talk about all the Indian companies which have set up businesses in Africa in the past year. Back home, Hero launches its first dirt bike after splitting with Honda motors and Naomi Campbell is not too happy with Cadbury.

 

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Ritika is privileged to be living in what the OECD declared as the happiest industrialised nation in the world - Australia. The Indian middle class, on the contrary is facing troubled times as the government considers increasing prices of diesel, kerosene and LPG a couple of weeks after pushing petrol prices. In the midst of this, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor visits India. In the world of IPOs, LinkedIn has a blockbuster start but we also talk about how the investment banks made more money in the deal than investors and Samsonite, the luggage maker gets listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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  • Diesel, Kerosene, LPG prices might be hiked
  • Australia declared as World's happiest country
  • German Chancellor Merkel's one day visit
  • LinkedIn IPO
  • Samsonite IPO

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Dominique Strauss Kahn preferred to gamble with his position by allegedly sexually assaulting a chambermaid from a Manhattan hotel. He lost his hand, rather literally and with it out went his chances to become France's president in the next term. In this podcast, we talk about what this means for the European nations who are flapping their hands and legs in the middle of the oceanic debt that stares at them. At Citibank, Vikram Pandit gets a retention bonus totaling to more than 10 million USD. Closer home, Ratan Tata passes some remarks on Mukesh Ambani and the Brits. Image source: Guardian.Co.UK.

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BiziNation # 56: A Tech Ka Masala

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:58 Written by

When Microsoft makes its biggest purchase in its history, everyone loves to talk about it. Skype got acquired for more than 8 billion USD. In this podcast, we talk about this and other related tech stories such as LinkedIn's scheduled Initial Public Offering (IPO) on May 19th. Hoffman, the 43 year old should be happy considering that his company will be the first social network from America to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In other news, Facebook was caught planting negative stories in the press against Google.

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  • Microsoft buys Skype
  • LinkedIn's 3 billion USD IPO
  • Facebook versus Google turns a bit ugly

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