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AirAsia India needs funds to survive
25.02.16 - PT Team
AirAsia India needs funds to survive



AirAsia India is again in the news, with reports now suggesting its CEO and MD Mittu Chandilya has resigned. Just a few days back, the airline made headlines for a different reason - when Tata Sons picked up additional equity stake to finally own about 41% share in the airline. Though both these developments are significant, what needs to be highlighted is the deeper rot within the airline.
 
AirAsia India needs renewed commitment from its shareholders, an urgent funds' infusion and a clear operational strategy to survive in a tough-as-nails Indian aviation market. India is unlike most other markets where airlines pile up losses but rarely folds up, making life quite tough for new entrants.
 
Vijay Mallya finally ended his airline dream after sinking millions of dollars in the business in Kingfisher Airlines, Air India continues on government dole despite massive accumulated losses, SpiceJet was very close to shutting down before former promoter Ajay Singh rescued it last January and Jet Airways is only now starting to make a turnaround.
 
What AirAsia India needs the most is commitment from its shareholders towards recapitalization and then a capable management team to steer it. Besides, the airline must be run from India, by a strong management team aware of market realities and clued into the dynamics here instead of being driven from the Malaysian parent's headquarters.




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WhatsApp group member limit extended to 256; Whats in the store?
25.02.16 - Pt Team
WhatsApp group member limit extended to 256; Whats in the store?



The world’s most popular instant messaging app – WhatsApp – just got a minor update that many users would be happy about. WhatsApp has now updated its app to support more than 100 members within a group. The app now allows for up to 256 members to be added to a WhatsApp group. And while casual users will be happy, there are others who would be happy with this news as well.

Seems like WhatsApp is giving its users (or group admins) more reasons to stick around on its platform. While this is not a big deal for many (apart from the fact that group conversations will now get more meaningless), there is this other group of people that are currently using WhatsApp as a platform to run their business.

Users and admins are selling everything from outfits to accessories and even using the same for advertising down to carpooling groups and more. WhatsApp groups have grown in number and an additional 156 group members seems to make the deal even sweeter for such group admins.

But while group admins are running their business using WhatsApp, the increase in the group member limit could be a sign of times to come.

Facebook could be ramping up plans for WhatsApp since acquiring it. The social network earlier made public that it would cancel the fee but had plans to make money off it by allowing businesses and organisations to communicate with users.

So increasing the number of group members could be a first step just to test out the waters as to how operations would scale. Also 256 being an odd figure (why not 300?) indicates that WhatsApp could be testing out the feature with its available infrastructure; so yes this number could increase soon.

WhatsApp could be in a position to introduce even more members to a group for an additional cost since the messaging app is a lot more popular than others. It was just recently that we heard that WhatsApp crossed the 1 billion users milestone with 42 billion messages exchanged daily so this does not sound like a distant dream indeed. This would benefit those group admins who run their businesses using Whatsapp.

Oddly, many such admins could already be working with the current 100 group member limit by creating multiple groups (different groups for different areas or zones). Moreover, there are mods or hacks available for rooted Android devices that will give admins a group limit of up to 1000 members.

Since conversations in larger groups tend to get cluttered, meaningless and hard to keep a track off, organisations use Slack to segregate conversations by tags. We’re pretty sure that keeping a tab on the conversations with just 100 group members is a task (or a headache depending on whether you have been forced into or not) so the complexity of chatting up with 256 or even a thousand will not make much sense.

Still then this is something that WhatsApp could really tap into, like a feature to tag users in its conversations wherein tagging actually prompts a particular user with a notification. This could simply be adding an ‘@’ sign in the message followed by the user’s name something that Facebook already follows.

So much speculation surely hints that Facebook is indeed up to something with WhatsApp. But for now it is all about when these ideas go into play as WhatsApp’s user base keeps growing, but Facebook has yet to take it first step to make some money of its acquisition.




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