Day: January 6, 2021

Indian B2B e-commerce startup Udaan raises $280 million – TechCrunch

Business-to-business marketplace Udaan has raised $280 million from new and existing investors as the Indian startup builds a war-chest to accelerate its growth and fend off rivals.

The new capital is not part of a new financing round but is an extension of Series D. The Bangalore-based startup, which secured $585 million prior to the new capital as part of its Series D round and overall $1.15 billion to date, is now valued at over $3.1 billion, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.

Octahedron Capital and Moonstone Capital are financing the fresh capital, with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, DST Global, GGV Capital, Altimeter Capital, and Tencent.

Much of the business-to-business market in India remains unorganized. This means that merchants in the nation today have to travel to other cities — where all the major dealers operate — to stock up their inventory. But these merchants

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Top 5 things to know about Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps are becoming more and more popular. Tom Merritt lists five things you should know about PWAs.

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are starting to get some attention. For instance, Amazon is using it for game streaming service on iOS. PWAs give you the advantages of an app with the freedom of publishing on the web, but they aren’t for everyone or everything. Here are five things to know about Progressive Web Apps.

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  1. They’re more of an idea than a thing. The term was introduced by Google’s Alex Russell in 2015 to apply to app-like web technologies. There’s no single standard for a PWA, but there are some agreed upon things they need.
  2. PWAs need a manifest. This is a JSON file that defines things about the look–like the name of the app, the icon for
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9 tips for successful remote communications for HR professionals

Human resources is contending with an upheaval to the traditional way of doing things by conducting interviews and onboarding online, and managing the emotional and mental state of staff.

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For many Americans, there was work, and there was home (with a commute in between). When COVID-19 swept across the country starting in March last year, all of that changed when millions went from brick-and-mortar offices into remote, work-from-home situations. Issues of immediacy were relegated to IT, which dealt with Wi-Fi and firewall issues, prioritizing. Theirs was not an easy task, but one so topically critical the bulk of the changes were addressed within the first few weeks.

Meanwhile, human resources, with the potential to hire and fire, had their own issues. “Since we’re all living at work, it’s a totally different dynamic as professionals,” said DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat. 


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