A very interesting read. I liked the idea to crowdsource for the bot to learn from public. The result would have been fantastic had it worked. It would have been much better if the machine learning algorithmic rules came out without any loopholes for the public to exploit. Have you come across any other company which exercised a similar approach?
That’s a really good observation, Amy. At present, most of the transactions happen for social causes which adopts donation-based model. Yes, rewards-based model looks very shallow as there is no motivation for crowd funder to give his money to the project as there is no incentive. To scale-up, Impact guru has to innovate more to incentivize crowd funders. For example: there is so much one could improve in the debt/loan based model where trust factor between donors and businesses is still a problem.
Great article, Alex. As you rightly pointed out, sellers should face difficulty in multi-homing as they have to keep up their commitment to transact their ticket to the buyer. Is there any penalty that StubHub applies it on seller for not withholding this commitment? Why do you think it is virtually impossible for the seller to list his/her ticket on 2 platforms? How stubhub enables this?
I agree. They are yet to solve problems for premium customers. They are venturing into that zone. Also, for now, unmarried couples cannot book OYO rooms because of cultural sensitivity. They are piloting few hotels to relax that regulations. It would be interesting to see how their complimentary business on Townships pan out. Since the profit margins are higher in such ventures, they are betting heavily to make it a success.
It is very interesting to note the way Amazon’s sustainable innovations. What I find interesting is the fact that they are expanding their device portfolio – Alexa and Echo is a great addition to kindle. It remains to be seen whether they would diversify their business into hardware.
Yes, Paytm is planning to enter into consumer financing area acting as a bank which would give the users some interest on your monthly principal balance.