[Zoomcar in People Matters] Uber now delivers groceries, Zoomcar eases emergency travel during COVID-19 lockdown

Zoomcar is helping doctors, delivery executives to travel safely during the lockdown.

Read more here.

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Garnering value proposition interest on landing page but with payment?

We're doing value proposition testing with a landing page. Our service, which isn't free will either be subscription based or commission but we haven't decided. If the landing page simply said:

1) "Interest in a seminar with your favorite expert? Sign up here…." – it could possibly garner interest, but people could assume it is free and give false positives.

Instead of

"2) Interest in a seminar with your favorite expert? Check our pricing models below" – It's more blatant, but people that sign up would actually be willing to pay and a real indication of interest?

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Why Are Fintechs Not Killing Credit Scoring Agencies?

Every month, £14.99 comes out of my account because I have been too lazy to cancel my subscription with Experian and yes, I know that there are arguably better and cheaper (free) services out there which will give me the same information that paid-for companies can.
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COVID-19 Small Business Relief Funds Exhausted

You may have heard that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has run out of money to fund the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. In other words, at least for the time being, the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Funds have been exhausted.  

Congress is currently working on another appropriation to pick up where these funding plans left off. If you’ve already applied for funds, we urge you to continue on that path—at such time that funds are replenished, you will be better positioned to maintain your place in line with that lender or agent. 

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue additional PPP funding paths to increase your opportunities in accessing funds. We offer the same advice for those who have started the application process with any lender. We encourage you to stay the course as new funds are likely to be appropriated in the coming days or weeks.

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What to expect over the next few days

We anticipate the processing for PPP funds will likely slow across the board over the next few days—lenders may continue to accept applications in hopes of helping more small businesses, though they may not be ready to take immediate action in approving them. 

We encourage you to be patient with lenders and agents as they work through applications and determine next steps. They understand the role your businesses play in the economy and are as motivated to make funds available as you are eager to receive them.

We are following this situation closely and will share any information we receive to help you navigate what comes next.

What should you do in the meantime?

Here’s what we suggest you do to be best prepared for when additional funds become available:

  • Make sure your bookkeeping is up to date and gather documents lenders may need to verify PPP eligibility and funding amount. Read more about the PPP application here.
  • Join Nav’s Facebook group to stay up to date on PPP fund availability and join more than 10,000 other small business owners in discussing potential paths to funding.
  • On April 14, the SBA shared additional guidance regarding the PPP loan application process for self-employed individuals. It’s safe to assume that these same requirements will apply as new funds are allocated. If you are self-employed, you can learn more about those requirements here.
  • We encourage you to reach out to you representatives in Congress to encourage them to allocate additional funds sooner rather than later.

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We’re still in this together

Although COVID-19 small business relief funds are exhausted, we are committed to providing accurate, timely, and candid information to help you access the capital you need to weather the coronavirus storm. We will make any updates available as we receive them.

This article originally appeared on Nav.com by Ty Kiisel

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The decline in Indian Rupee does matter

One of the weak argument I came across on the internet is falling Indian rupee is good for the economy cause India is an export economy.

While it is true that keeping your currency low is a good way to sell products at competitive price in the International market, but that hasn’t been the trend in the recent times for India.

During the last five years the, exports of India have decreased at an annualised rate of -3.1%, from $ 274B in 2011 to $ 261B in 2016.

Not to worry cause we are catching up as exports grew at 9.8% in 2017–18, fastest in 6 years while at the same time imports rose nearly 20%.

Add insult to injury, ”Unreasonable US Tarrifs.”

”Make In India” campaign still has a lot of work to do.

Imports are now $ 459B and, we have a trade deficit of $ 108B.

Now the part that gets uncomfortable is under these conditions pushing for the devaluation of currency is asking for a plethora of problems.

Weak currency promotes Foreign Investment?

The assumption that foreign investors think they now get more rupees in exchange for their dollars and would bet more on India is not true.

FDI inflows to India has declined by 9% that is because setting up a business still requires a lot of import products or services assistance and the current climate doesn’t suit investors. I still want to praise the current govt. for putting great efforts in making it easier and smoother.

For China, purposely devaluing their currency worked cause they already had the apparatus, logistics and capability to enable a foreign entity to invest.

India hasn’t reached a level of economic stability in which it can support an international industry entirely on its own neither did it achieve producing at economies of scale.

Excess cash circulation means inflation. And, we have learned from history that inflation increase above productivity results in predicaments like hyperinflation.

In the next few months, expect price increases in foreign products. My empirical evidence tells consumerism culture is now moving towards buying foreign products instead of domestic. This again will affect badly if the trend continues.

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Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia: The Startups On Show At This Year’s Summit

From robots to rockets, footwear to wearables, the startups at this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia summit are breaking new ground in their respective industries all across the continent. Here’s just a handful of those that featured.
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Doist founder Amir Salihefendic explains why his remote team doesn’t try to do everything in real time

Does working from home have to mean sitting in a chatroom all day or always being available for a video call?

Real-time chat and video platforms are great for building camaraderie and maintaining a sense of connection with remote teams, but when you need to focus for a few hours, it can be tough to tune out the endless GIFs and notifications.

Some of the most successful fully remote companies (like GitLab, or Zapier) have promoted the benefits of asynchronous communication — a fancy way of saying that not every conversation needs to happen in real time. Your server is down? You probably need to have that conversation now. Brainstorming a new feature? That might work best when everyone has a bit more time to think between responses. The key is acknowledging the strengths of both synchronous and asynchronous communications — and finding the right mix.

Doist co-founder Amir Salihefendic has been an async advocate for years. After leading a team spread around the globe to build popular task management tool Todoist, he set out to build Twist, a tool specifically built for conversations that deserve a longer shelf life.

I chatted with Amir last week to hear his thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches, how he balances the two (and handles emergencies) and why he has focused heavily on making async a part of his company’s culture. Here’s a transcript of our chat, lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

TechCrunch: How big is Doist now?

Amir Salihefendic: I think we are about 73 people spread around 30 different countries now. [We’re on] most of the continents around the world.

Why’d you go remote in the first place? What made you make that call?

Startups – TechCrunch

Bradley Tusk on starting a company and seed investing in the coronavirus era

Bradley Tusk has carved a unique path in the VC investment landscape: A longtime political and communications operative, he has built a track record for Tusk Ventures by going after highly regulated industries, rather than shying away from them.

Whether it is ride-hailing, sports betting, cannabis or myriad other regulated sectors, Tusk takes the approach that laws are ultimately malleable, and if a service is popular, its users can mobilize to effect change.

Given his unique perspective, it was great to have him join us this week in an Extra Crunch Live call — our new initiative here at TechCrunch to bring tech-world thought leaders right to your screens.

In our conversation, Tusk talked about edtech, telemedicine, cannabis, mobile voting, biotech, pandemics and the future of regulated industries in this dastardly economic environment. We’ve transcribed a handful of his answers to our and our readers’ questions and have embedded the entire video below the fold.

We’ve edited his written answers for clarity and brevity.

Startups – TechCrunch

Is Mailchimp GDPR Compliant

Hi All

Just having a read through of this article on Medium regarding some issues with GDPR compliance for businesses using Mailchimp for email marketing.

I appreciate that the article is a couple of years out of date (May 2018), however, I wonder if anybody can provide some guidance on whether Mailchimp is GDPR compliant now, and if not what areas are lacking GDPR compliance?

From having a look on their site they list a couple of things which aren't GDPR compliant, however, I am still not all that clear on how that pertains to my particular situation.

For reference, I will have a landing page, whereby people can sign up to receive a weekly newsletter type thing, which I had planned to do via Mailchimp. I appreciate I will need to have a form on their landing page whereby people give their consent in line with GDPR regulation so as I can then use their emails addresses to send the newsletter to, however in the original article on Medium linked above, this is an area highlighted as not being GDPR compliant.

Can anybody shed any light on the situation from their personal experience? In the case that Mailchimp is not great for GDPR compliance, can anybody recommend an alternative?

Many thanks in advance for your responses.

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