ADIF roundup: Panel discussion on 'Platform Lagaan', interview with IAS (Retd.) Ramesh Abhishek, and some ecosystem updates.

Our work and activities and the latest highlights from the Indian startup ecosystem.

ADIF’s work and latest activities

Panel discussion on Platform Lagaan. On August 27, we hosted a panel discussion on taxation by mobile app stores and its impact on the startup ecosystem. The event was a part of our online series aimed at spreading awareness around how certain policies of big-tech companies affect our society, individual privacy, and the startup ecosystem. 

The discussion captured the duopoly issue, the ambiguous nature of the policy, its impact on various sectors in the startup ecosystem, and the need for free internet and a fair market.

Listen to the full discussion and read a summary here.

Our comments on the third-party cookie issue. Our executive director, Sijo Kuruvilla George, was quoted in the Impact Magazine on the Google third-party cookie issue.

Our comments on the app-store issue. Snehil Khanor, the co-founder & CEO of TrulyMadly, a founding member at ADIF and a member of our Executive Council, was quoted in the Hindu Business Line in a report on India’s startups seeking laws for app store transactions.

If you have any thoughts on Google’s FLoC or on the app store commission taxation issue, please share in the comments section or write to Tom Thomas, who heads Policy and Research at ADIF, at

Our alliance is growing bigger and stronger

ADIF’s alliance is now nearly 300-member strong and we are eager to have each and everyone who is vested in the success of the Indian startup ecosystem as a part of our alliance.

Find out more about our org members here.

Find out more about our individual members here.

Should you have any suggestions on who can join our network, feel free to reach out to Jibin, who oversees Startup Relations at ADIF, at or +91 9633908735

Latest from our blog

Interview with IAS (Retd.) Ramesh Abhishek, Former Secretary to DPIIT. As a part of ADIF’s Indus Valley Series, where we speak to startup founders and ecosystem champions that have helped our startup ecosystem grow, Amanat Khullar and Tom Thomas interviewed Ramesh Abhishek.

The conversation focused on the unique opportunities and challenges in the Indus Valley startup ecosystem, the role of the government in the progress of the ecosystem, on improving women’s participation in entrepreneurship, and the impact of the recent rise in unicorns in India.

Watch the full interview here.

#FundingAlert: Edtech firm camp K12 raised $12 million, Khatabook raised $100 million, and more. Learn about the latest funding news here.

Updates from the ecosystem

Delhivery plans $1-billion IPO
Scaler Academy acquires Coding Elements
MapmyIndia eyes $175 million fundraise through IPO
Zetwerk becomes a unicorn
Accel’s pre-seed funding initiative for early-stage startups

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Amanat Khullar
Content & Editorial, ADIF