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Radhika Ghai Aggarwal, MBA 2002, Chief Business Officer and Co-founder, Shopclues, is featured as one of five “women-led startups smashing the glass ceiling in India,” in a column by Suparna Dutt D’Cunha, a contributor to Forbes.

“She’s the first Indian woman to break into the unicorn club. Valued at over $1 billion, Shopclues is one of India’s home-grown e-commerce stars. Started in 2011, along with Sanjay Sethi (CEO), ShopClues becomes the ninth startup to join India’s unicorn club by raising about $150 million from Singapore government’s GIC and its existing investors Tiger Global and Nexus Venture Partners last year. What started with a team of 10 is now a 1,000-strong organisation.

“Prior to starting Shopclues, Aggarwal, a management graduate from Washington University, worked for diverse sectors including retail, e-commerce, fashion and lifestyle with companies such as Nordstrom and Goldman Sachs in the U.S. She looks after branding, marketing, acquisitions, sales, hiring and product mix at ShopClues.

“There has never has been a better time than now to do any kind of business in India,” said Aggarwal. The e-tailer has about 350,000 small and medium sellers on the platform, and 14 million registered users.

“But, do people still stereotype the woman entrepreneur? ‘It’s not as much about stereotyping. The challenges are the same in entrepreneurship, man or woman. The only challenge is that because there are so few of us, people end up asking questions like, ‘How do you ensure work-life balance?’ You need a support system at home and work as your responsibilities grow.'”

Link to Forbes article.


SaaS, PaaS, IaaS for E-commerce or E-commerce for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS both can have symbiotic relationship for fueling the growth in the coming years, Want to know more, here’s HOW?

It is very evident that cloud is taking control over the industry IT services, recently GE has announced that it will move 70% of its existing application to cloud. This it-self is a huge win for industry as players like GE has global consumer base for various domains be it healthcare, aviation, Finance, Oil and Gas etc. A lot is there that can be encashed from usage of cloud offering with SaaS, PaaS and IaaS especially when we have big player like Oracle having special focus on the cloud.

Cloud has got a very much important role in the easy availability of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS for e.g. Amazon AWS which itself is revolutionizing the industry.

Leveraging SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS for e-commerce solution

With the proposed growth of E-commerce across globe to be $1,506 (USD) billion by 2018, there lies huge potential in the usage of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS for quicker E-commerce solution (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS for e-commerce). The standard packaged E-commerce website solution based on leveraging the cloud based SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS will result in huge benefits (Shortening the effort estimate required for bringing the E-commerce website live along with the future upkeep and maintenance) to the E-commerce industry as well to the IT industry as well, though this can be certainly packaged with other value added services like SEO optimization and other related features.

Leveraging E-commerce Platform for selling SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS 

Another revolutionizing aspect can be usage of popular E-commerce platforms (E-commerce for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) for selling the SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. This way IT industry can make use of the rise of e-commerce for retails sales and this can be used as additional channel for sales.

The selling itself can be workflow based on approval and regular checkout feature which is normal facility from the e-commerce players. This should really help in value addition for the SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offering from the vendors where they can package the same with value added service like end to end consulting or assessment of the requirement from the customer. This can be a bundled pricing or someone may opt to provide it as a free pre-sales service.

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