Young ‘uns on a mission @ Crayon

We’re constantly being blown away by some of our younger Crayons. A few weeks ago, a triumvirate of Crayons gave us a demo. In a room filled with their peers and seniors, they presented a cool solution to an age-old, tedious but necessary process – client reports. In fact, they gave the entire flow a complete facelift and presented a dashboard that blew us all away. What’s extra special about…

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Here’s why Chennai is the SAAS capital of India

Chennai is a city which has always been steeped in tradition. It’s a city where conventional business models have been tried and tested time and time again. And the organisations adopting these models were quite happy with the way things were. But that is not the reality of today. There is a new kind of buzz emerging from the tech community in the city. And that energy comes from a…

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Why we really love our new office – Anissa Wong on our #NewDigs

What is a startup like ours to do, when we have big plans but no money?  We mind every penny we spend. First and foremost, we invest in people. Then infrastructure and tools. Then marketing and business development.  And then way down the list, the office space. Why was the actual office space the least of our priorities? We noticed that people are rather tolerant of a less-than-perfect environment, as…

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How This Former IBM Director Received a Backing From The TATA group

SURESH V SHANKAR (55), FOUNDER, CRAYON DATA – by Entrepreneur Magazine. Among the league of companies which have kept their high growth under the radar for quite some time is Singapore and Chennai-based big data company Crayon Data. Launched by former director at IBM – Shankar has been a big data and digital evangelist for over a decade. Further, he has been the point person in creating disruptions in the…

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#DataMeetsDesign: the DNA of future corporate success

We live in a world of rapidly exploding tech trends. A big data world. A mobile-first world. The collision of big data and mobile creates a unique challenge of contrasts. In such a world, #DataMeetsDesign is the biggest challenge, and the biggest opportunity. Why? Take big data. In an era where data is expanding exponentially, humans are plagued with an overwhelming number of choices. Through a tech lens, reduction is…

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7 kinds of applicants who are NOT LIKELY to get a job at Crayon

  This post has been co-authored by Prarthana Jairath. Recruitment rudiments at Crayon Crayon’s culture is as unique as its people. We write our own values that charter the course of rainbows to the pots of gold, at the end of it. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at the other side of recruitment. Want to know if you’ll sink or swim in this deep data sea? Well we’re a data company.…

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In conversation with banking expert Vik Atal, on the past, present, and future of banking

Over the past year or so, I’ve been privileged to get to know Vik Atal, and interact with him closely. In an era where reputations, especially in banking, get built and damaged so quickly, it’s inspiring to see the near-universal respect that Vik commands. It’s not difficult to see why. When I interviewed him recently for this article, his depth of understanding around issues relating to today’s banking challenges was…

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The age of the cockroach

I read an article, The Age of the Cockroach, on Medium and found myself completely agreeing with it. In fact, it hit a sweet spot. We all know there’s a lot of money chasing that all B2C internet and e-commerce start-ups need to do. These investments however happen at highly inflated valuations. Most of the money raised is spent on customer acquisition; where customers are basically allowed to use the…

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Hong Kong has ‘RISE’n

The Web Summit, billed as one of the “best tech conferences on the planet” by Forbes, has long been considered the gold standard in technology events. In July 2015, TWS decided to host its inaugural Asia-focused tech conference RISE in Hong Kong. And I got to go for it (representing Crayon Data, of course)! Designed to be a meeting ground of the finest minds in tech, investing and entrepreneurship in…

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Every day has its dog

While the world has paw-marked just one day of the year to celebrate dogs everywhere, our endearing four-legged friends of Crayon may have a different tail to tell. We don’t necessarily need a day to honour the canine kind at Crayon. We celebrate them in small ways, every day – through our products. They say that people’s pets are a reflection of themselves. Crayon’s products reflect what we think, feel…

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