Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze Of India (Part 2)


(Guest blog by Sibi Gnanasundaram)

Continuation of the introduction and context from Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze in India (Part 1)

Payment gateways available in India (information as of April 2014)

CC-Avenue: Probably CC-Avenue is the best known of all payment gateways. Until recently, they were a monopoly, which led to awful customer service and no innovation within their website, or payment features. Some

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Sifting Through The Payment Gateway Maze in India (Part 1)

Gateway of India

(Guest blog by Sibi Gnanasundaram)

India has been going through a period of rapid economic expansion in the last decade. While most aspects of India have grown exponentially, internet and e-commerce seemed to lag behind until recently. An explosion of internet usage, especially mobile Internet, has caused many new entrepreneurs to focus on technology startups instead of traditional businesses. We have seen this first hand

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AI Progress Report: 2014 Quarter 1


The years 2011 – 2013 were our incubation period, a time to test new things and reinvent Appropriate IT (AI) as a company. AI’s Development Academy was pilot tested in 2011 – 2012. AI’s Innovation Lab launched one technology platform and laid the seeds of another in 2013. After these bootstrapping years, Appropriate IT v 2.0 was born in January 2014.**

Here is a

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Unlocking Money Via Social Enterprise

Crowdfunding (cc) Agora Koeln

At Appropriate IT, we’ve been calling ourselves a start up. While that’s true, it sometimes feels as though we’re not. For years now, AI has been a known entity through its project-based work, and concepts for our latest iteration have been piloted for the past couple of years. As we hit 2014 though, we’re shifting gears a bit – launching the hybrid model of Innovation

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Open Source Crowd Funding Platforms – An Overview


Crowdfunding platform is one of the ideas we have been toying around for a bit at Appropriate IT. It will probably get on our product pipeline at some point in the future. In the meanwhile, here is some preliminary research in response to the blog post at DoNeki on How to Build a Crowd-Funding Site. We started with the answers in response to a

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Drones For (Thoughtful) Development

AR Drone 2.0 (cc) Cajetan Barretto

One of Appropriate IT’s research areas is robotics and artificial intelligence, which includes a topic that has taken on quite a bad reputation in recent times – drones. Why the bad rep is a whole another discussion. I can see a few of you rolling your eyes (no Colby, I am not thinking of you :)) and saying “Drones for Development: Really?” There is an

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Do You Listen Or Hear?

Little kid listening to music on big headphones.

The other day, my boss and I had our weekly check-in call. After the first few minutes of initial chit chat, we began discussing work and 40 minutes into the conversation, (during which I had given my complete attention), my boss casually posed this question, “Do you have access to tumblr?”

Given the topic we were discussing, I ideally should have caught on to the

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Fashioning The Right Lens

Gender Lens Investing

Shortly over a month ago, I joined the Appropriate IT team as a manager of business development. My role, generally-speaking, is to cultivate relationships with our potential and our active investors as AI goes from a seed stage entity to one in full bloom. I’m supposed to help others see the potential in our enterprise and decide to make a bet on our successful growth.

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A Four Step Plan For When Life Sends You On A Detour

Forest Scene

When 2013 dawned, we had one mega plan for Appropriate IT (AI). We had successfully tested our curriculum and established demand for a radically different type of corporate training in India. All that was left was to launch the first physical center for Appropriate IT Development Academy in Coimbatore, India by the end of 2013.

The last quarter of 2013 did indeed witness a launch.

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Hope in Young India

AIDA Alumni Network’s first meeting at My Place, Coimbatore

(blog post by Deeba Murugesh)

I should have written this blog right after the meeting the girls in December 2012. We all need a task master and mine, though a gentle one nudged me to write this blog now.

While I was in India last year, Usha was there to conduct a training session for college students in Coimbatore. This was AIDA’s second training program

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