Techcircle E-Commerce Forum 2014
Indian E-Commerce industry has witnessed rapid growth over the last few years, with some of the top players disrupting existing retail framework and getting Indian consumer to shop online. While these mega opportunities are here to stay, concerns remain on how sustainable e-commerce businesses are and when they will see profitability.
However, the industry is still in its early days and the players are figuring out the best way to do business and expanding the market. Profitability is still a big challenge, and most players are caught between revenue growth and maintaining profitability. Also, the flow of venture capital dollars has slowed down.
In this context, Techcircle.in has come up with the 6th annual edition of its prestigious Techcircle E-Commerce Forum 2014 on 29th January at ITC Maratha, Mumbai. The forum will discuss and debate key trends, opportunities and challenges in Indian e-commerce today.
In this edition, the hot topics for deliberations will hover around - The future of online consumption behaviour In India; Hacking growth, scale & profitability; Creating user interface that generates user engagement & sales; Building local & classifieds to solve Indian problems at scale; Lessons learnt from investing in Indian E-Commerce; De-coding the best tech practices for E-Commerce; Enhancing efficiency in E-Commerce marketing, among other key topics.
We will also host a special session, Techcircle Showcase, where 5 exciting and innovative internet commerce companies will present on their business, differentiation, traction, product market opportunity and how they will disrupt existing ecosystem to create value. To apply, contact Sandeep/ Ravi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0120-4171111
Join us for India’s largest E-Commerce summit as it identifies the right path to create lasting and profitable companies in India.
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8:30am - 9:05am
Tea, Networking & Registration
9:05am - 9:15am
Panel: The nuts and bolts of managing and growing a large e-commerce business
What are the learnings of running and growing a large e-commerce business - the thoughts of e-commerce pioneers. What are the challenges in maintaining customer satisfaction, keeping up with hyper growth, and making sure the businesses are well capitalised. The learnings from various models - horizontal, vertical - and warehouse and market place - approaches. What are the key pain areas in operating an e-commerce business, and what are the solutions? What is in store for the sector in the next couple of years?
Supam Maheshwari - Co-Founder & CEO, Firstcry
Peyush Bansal - Founder & CEO, Lenskart.com
Srinivasu M.N, Co-Founder, Director, Billdesk
Sachin Oswal - Co-Founder & COO, Infibeam
Nitin Nayar - MD, Warburg Pincus (Moderator)
10:00am - 10:20am
Address: Creating user interface that generates User Engagement & Sales
Latif Nathani - MD, eBay
10:20am - 10:40am
Tea & Networking
Techcircle Insights : Sharp-focused panels on trending topics from the most relevant folks in the business with Q&A.
10:40am - 11:10am
TC Insights 1: Hybrid e-commerce - Is this the way forward?
First there were brick an mortar retailers, then came the e-tailer, and now we see a number of online retailers making their presence felt in the offline space. A number of e-com companies have already launched their own offline stores and are now looking to expand their reach ever further. Can we see a Flipkart store in our locality next? Is this the way forward?
Manoj Kumar - CEO, edabba.com
Manoj Gupta - Founder, Craftsvilla
Kartik Varma - Co-founder, Proptiger.com (Moderator)
11:10am – 11:30am
Presentation - Online Customer Experience
Kirankumar Kothari - Regional Business Manager, Smarter Marketing, IBM India
11:30am - 12:00pm
TC Insights 2: Innovations in logistics
Same day delivery versus standard delivery. Third party versus own delivery. Free delivery versus paid delivery. Delivery in marketplace model versus warehousing model. What are the customer feedback on delivery related issues? Everything about logistics in e-commerce and learnings of various players.
Ashish Goel - Founder & CEO, Urban Ladder
Mudit Khosla – CEO, Tradus.com
Mohit Tandon - Co-founder, CSO, Delhivery (Moderator)
12:00pm - 12:30pm
TC Insights 3: Payment gateways: The new trends
There is a spate of launch of payment gateways from large e-commerce players. Initially offered on their own site, the companies are gradually opening it up for other e-com firms too. But is it worth the effort? Pain points in payments in e-commerce.
Upasana Taku - Co - Founder, MobiKwik & Zaakpay
Mohan Nair - CMO, Avenues India Pvt. Ltd
Amit Lakhotia - GM - Payments, One97 Communications Ltd (Moderator)
12:30pm - 12:50pm
Presentation: Protect and Perform with Akamai
Jaydeep Nargund - Head Services, Akamai Technologies
12:50pm - 1:40pm
Lunch & Networking
1:40pm - 2:20pm
Session: What next for Classifieds websites business in India
A clutter seems to be building in the market in the space with two - three websites largely dominating. But the larger question still remains if there is any evidence to show that the classifieds usage has increased? What will be the focus areas for the business going forward? What are the innovations being built? Can't the model be disrupted with a hyperlocal/mobile platform?
Yogendra Vasupal - Co-founder & CEO, Stayzilla
Amit Jain - CEO & Co-founder, GirnarSoft, CarDekho
Murugavel Janakiraman - Founder & CEO, BharatMatrimony.com
Niren Shah - MD, Norwest Venture Partners (Moderator)
2:20pm - 3:00pm
Session: How to create differentiation for E-Commerce Marketplaces?
E-commerce marketplaces have not necessarily changed the customer acquisition costs. It’s more of a survival strategy; it’s not a proven success strategy in India yet. How to execute a marketplace successfully compared with direct online retail? Is it just an immediate survival strategy by e-com startups or actually generating results on the ground?
Ambareesh Murthy - Founder & CEO, Pepperfry.com
Sanjay Sethi - CEO & Co-Founder, ShopClues.com
Falguni Nayar – CEO, Nykaa
Pradeep Tagare - Investment Director, Intel Capital (Moderator)
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Session: Lessons learnt from investing in Indian E-Commerce
After 5 years of active investing in Indian E-Commerce, what are the Indian investors’ experiences? While none of the e-commerce companies have reached profitability - and a number of them have already shut shop - the sector continues to garner investor interest. What can we expect in the next 3 years? What are the high growth opportunities for investments? What is investible and what is not?
Vani Kola - Managing Director, India, Kalaari Capital Advisors P Ltd
Ashish Gupta - Senior Managing Director, Helion Advisors Pvt. Ltd
Shrenik M Khasgiwala - Director, Brand Capital
Vijay Shekhar Sharma - Founder & CEO, One97 Communications
Samir Kumar - MD, Inventus Capital Partners (Moderator)
3:45pm - 4:10pm
Techcircle Showcase - Powered by Nasscom 10,000 Startups
Here 5 exciting and innovative internet commerce companies will present on their business, differentiation, traction, product market opportunity and how they will disrupt existing ecosystem to create value. Nominations Closed
4:10pm - 4:30pm
Tea & Networking
4:30pm - 5:10pm
Session: Technology and design in e-commerce
Where most e-commerce startups are run by people who specialize in technology rather than retail, it is of no surprise that online marketplaces contend that their model is viable and even appropriate for India. The point that an e-commerce company is first and foremost a technology company has been driven home. But the deeper question is how to create efficiencies in technology, managing efficient backend tech infrastructure for e-commerce, what kind of UI works for each e-commerce models and not only keep up with market developments such as mobile commerce or social commerce, but also lead the way.
Atul Tewari - COO, Quickr India Pvt Ltd
Yashish Dahiya - CEO, PolicyBazar.com
Bhavish Aggarwal - Co - Founder & CEO, Olacabs
Amitabh Misra - VP, Engineering , Snapdeal
Vibhore Sharma - CTO, Info Edge (India) Ltd (Moderator)
5:10pm - 5:50pm
Session: E-commerce marketing: Bang for the buck
Built the technology, launched an website, now what? While technology is vital to an e-commerce company, what good is an e-com site it if there is no one to transact on it? This is where marketing comes in. How can you make the brand attractive to customers? How does one calculate ROI? Is online marketing the most appropriate way? Should e-commerce companies spend big bucks on TV advertising? If yes then at what stage and how much?
Radhika Ghai Aggarwal - CMO & Co-Founder, ShopClues.com
Kashyap Vadapalli - CMO & Head - New business, Pepperfry.com
Sumit Jain - Co-Founder & CEO, CommonFloor.com
Vaibhav Aggarwal - Co-Founder & MD, Fabfurnish
Mahesh Murthy - Partner, Seedfund (Moderator)
5:50pm - 6.00pm
Continue the energy and networking of the day with more social time with top entrepreneurs and leading investors over cocktail.
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