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APRIL 8, 2007
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Mobile Security
Today, it is all about information and how the right information is sent to the right people at the right time and right place. Uncertainty about how to secure mobile phones in the face of increasing threats is slowing individual adoption of mobile applications. There are many facets of mobile security, including network intrusion, mobile viruses, spam and mobile phishing. Analysts expect big telecom companies to develop security solutions on various security platforms.

Rough Ride
These are competitive times for the Indian aviation industry. As salaries zoom, players are scrambling to find profits. Even the state-owned Indian is now seeking young airhostesses to take on the competition. It is planning to introduce a voluntary retirement scheme for airhostesses above 40 years. On an average, they draw a salary of Rs 5 lakh a year. The salaries of pilots, too, are soaring. According to industry estimates, the country needs over 3,000 pilots over the next five years.
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Business Today,  March 25, 2007

BT SPECIAL: 1O Start-Ups to Watch
1O Start-Ups to Watch
A new annual listing of promising young ventures.
By some estimates, venture capital (VC) firms will invest nearly a billion dollars in India this calendar year. That's almost double of what they did last year. Predictably, that has got venture ideas to come crawling out of homes, offices, educational institutions, and laboratories. Here's the thing, though. While ideas are dime a dozen, only a select few are getting funded. Typically, these are start-ups focussed on internet, wireless (read: mobile phones), or domestic consumer services. Worse, there's almost no money available for seed funding; most of the VCs only want to fund firms that have demonstrated that a market exists for their offerings and are looking for growth capital. Yet, there's no dearth of start-ups that have not just survived crushing odds, but gone on to differentiate themselves either with a unique business proposition or rapid growth. Starting this year, Business Today will list 10 such ventures every year, based on the assessment of top VCs, industry specialists, and BT's own team of writers and editors. Turn the page for this year's 10.

Virtual University

NAME OF COMPANY: 24x7 Learning Solutions
FOUNDERS: Karthik K.S. & Anil Chikkara
FUNDING: KITVEN and Anil Garg; to raise $10 million over two years
REVENUE: $3 million
SIZE OF TARGET MARKET: Globally $28 billion; In India, Rs 350 crore
KEY COMPETITORS: IBM, Sum Total, Gurukul Online, NIIT, Aptech and Blue Apple

Sitting pretty: Karthik's firm claims to have trained 5 lakh executives

There are dozens of players in the global e-learning market. But if you want to meet the biggest Indian player in