Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra has been a technology journalist and editor since the year 2000 with several publications including The Economic Times, Mint and TechCrunch. Based in Bengaluru, he writes about people and companies taking technology mainstream in India. Pankaj is the editor-in-chief and CEO of FactorDaily.

As co-founder, editor-in-chief and CEO, my responsibilities include having conversations with existing and potential investors of SourceCode Media Pvt. Ltd., the company that owns FactorDaily. These investors include Accel Partners for now. As the CEO, I also have an oversight of business strategy and branding functions, and I work directly with my colleagues dedicated for carrying out such activities. I consider it sacrosanct to keep “the wall” between pure journalism and sales, marketing functions intact. My writings for FactorDaily have complete editorial independence, and neither existing and potential investors, nor existing and potential advertisers or partners, have any influence on what I write. Everytime I write about companies where Accel or any of our investors have invested, I will make relevant disclosures. At FactorDaily, everytime we write about the companies or people who have any direct connection with our investors, we will provide a direct link to the ethics statement and code of conduct. I do not own any stocks in the companies I write about, and if at all I do in future, relevant disclosures will be made.

The Latest from Pankaj Mishra

Google Faces Antitrust Heat In India

Google could face a penalty of up to $5 billion if found guilty by the Competition Commission of India in a two-year old probe launched to investigate if the company abused its dominant position in t

As Flipkart Hits $1B GMV Milestone, Indian E-Commerce Becomes The Next Frontier For Amazon, eBay

Flipkart, India’s biggest e-commerce company, has just hit the billion dollar milestone in annual GMV (Gross Merchandise Value), a goal the founders had forecast to achieve only by 2015. In an i

Coming Out Of Stealth, MyCrowd Aims To Create World’s Biggest Marketplace For Freelance Projects

MyCrowd, a startup that helps companies find freelance talent for specific tasks through Google Docs, PowerPoint and other software applications, is raising $500,000 in a seed round from unnamed angel

Zoho Seeks To Disrupt IT Helpdesk Market By Offering ServiceDesk For Free

With enterprises looking to achieve cost savings as their top priority in managing their IT systems, the IT help desk market is getting commoditized very fast, leaving little room for any disruptive i

Walmart Planning E-Commerce Marketplace To Enter India, Challenge eBay, Amazon

India’s e-commerce industry is on fire. After eBay doubled down on its India play by investing $133 million in Snapdeal a week ago, the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is now looking to

Reflektion Raises $8M From Intel, Nike To Help Retailers Predict What Shoppers Will Buy Next

Reflektion, a predictive analytics startup that helps retailers such as O’Neill improve customer conversion rates, has raised $8 million in Series B funding led by Intel Capital and Nike. The st

As India User Base Nears 100M, Facebook Hopes To Earn Big Revenue From SMBs

India is set to become <a target="_blank" href="">Facebook's biggest market</a> in terms of number of users later this year, but don't expect that to translate into

What Can Indian Startups Learn From The Facebook Acquisition That Didn’t Happen

Little Eye Labs was not the only acquisition Facebook was chasing in India last year. Salorix, a social media analytics startup that had raised $3.5 million in Series A from Inventus Capital Partners

HackerEarth Raises $500K To Help Startups Find Great Programmers

HackerEarth, a Bangalore-based startup that helps other startups hire programmers through technical challenges, has raised $500,000 in seed funding from Angelprime incubator. Launched in late 2012 by

IBM Doubles Down On Cloud Services With Cloudant Acquisition

IBM is attempting to make up for its delayed push in cloud services by acquiring Cloudant, a YC alum and a cloud specialist in the area of NoSQL, database-as-a-service. This acquisition, the terms of

Target Accelerator’s First Batch In India Bets Big On Social Commerce, Mobile And Analytics

Target is finally launching its Accelerator Program for Indian startups with five companies that can help the retailer test and build technology solutions across 3D imaging, mobility, personalized sea

BlueTalon Raises $1.5M In Seed To Offer Single-Click Data Collaboration For Enterprises

BlueTalon, a big data startup that helps companies analyze information from both internal and external databases on-the-fly, is raising seed funding of $1.5 million from Data Collective. With the n

With $8M In Fresh Funding, Ezetap Is More Than Just A Square For Emerging Markets

There are almost 900 million active cell-phone users in India now, and from newer startups to some of the biggest companies in the world, everybody is chasing the next mobile disruption that could pot

Beckon Wants To Help Marketers Make Sense Of Data And Track Spend On-The-Fly

There is for sales professionals, numerous off-the-shelf packages for finance and HR professionals and thousands of apps for several other enterprise utilities. But marketeers still don

ThreatStream Raises $4M From Google Ventures To Add Realtime Cybersecurity Intelligence

ThreatStream, a SaaS-based cybersecurity startup backed by top Cloudera executives, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from investors led by Google Ventures. The other investors participating i

Calling Startup Warriors: Battlefield Deadline Extended To Feb. 27

For those of you who were looking for an extra few days, the deadline for submitting applications to be a part of the Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 has been extended to February 27 at 5 p.

Cloud Security Startup Elastica Comes Out Of Stealth With $6.3M From Mayfield

Elastica, a cloud security startup launched in 2012, is coming out of stealth mode with $6.3 million in Series A funding from the Mayfield Fund. The startup is also launching its new apps that offer

Siemens Launches $100M Fund To Back Startups Aiming To Disrupt Manufacturing

Siemens Venture Capital, the corporate financing arm of Europe’s biggest engineering company, is launching a new, $100 million fund to back early-stage startups working in the areas of industria

With $770K In Seed Funding, Playbasis Wants Businesses In Asia To Gamify

Playbasis, a Thailand-based gamification startup that helps companies engage with customers and employees through cool rewards and social games, has raised $770,000 in seed funding from Ardent Capital

Indian Music Streaming Startup Dhingana Shuts Down

Dhingana, the Indian music streaming startup battling to stay alive for past few months, has finally shutdown. We have been trying to speak with Dhingana CEO Rohit Bhatia for past few weeks, but he&
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