When & how will Indian e-commerce turn profitable? Find out at Techcircle E-Commerce Forum 2013

19 Feb, 2013

ecomforum2013E-commerce in India is entering the next phase and the leaders in each vertical can be identified now, at least to a certain extent. The industry has witnessed rapid growth over the past 2-3 years, with some of the top players disrupting the existing retail framework and getting Indian consumers to shop online.

While the mega opportunities are here to stay, concerns remain over the sustainability of e-commerce businesses in general and how contributing margins for most of the models can fund sustainable business expansion.

With the objective to discuss these issues and explore other relevant areas, Techcircle E-Commerce Forum will be held on Feb 27 at the Taj President, Mumbai. The event will bring together India's top e-commerce entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital investors, advisors, investment bankers and other key ecosystem players.


The summit will also delve deep into topics such as the changing consumer behaviour and buying patterns; marketplace versus inventory-led models; e-commerce segments that will drive growth in the next three years; social, local and mobile usage for better market penetration; the next phase of customer acquisition in India; fundraising challenges; investor views; trends in consolidation and M&A; vertical versus horizontal e-commerce; playing the vertical e-commerce game; evaluating the ecosystem gaps in COD, logistics, payments and more.

To block your seat today, write to Kanika/Sandeep at register@vccircle.com or call 0120-4171111. Or click here to register online.

Below is the updated agenda. Watch this space as we have more exciting speakers joining.



8:30 am – 9:20 am

Tea & Registration


9:20 am – 9:30 am

Introduction Note

9:30 am – 10:30 am


E-Commerce In India: Discovering The Path To Sustainability & Profitability

- Path To Sustainability & Profitability in Indian E-commerce: Challenges & Road Ahead

- Changing Consumer Behaviour & Buying Patterns


- Opportunities/Scope For Diversification

- Marketplace Versus Inventory-led Models

- Indian E-Commerce Segments That Will Drive Growth In Next 3 Years


- Social, Local & Mobile For Faster Penetration For Indian E-commerce

- Next Phase Of Customer Acquisition In India

Sundeep Malhotra – CEO, Homeshop18

Nitin Bawankule – Director (e-commerce, local & media), Google India

Prashanth Prakash – Partner, Accel Partners

B Muralikrishnan – Country Manager, eBay (Moderator)

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Entrepreneur Interview: Insights Into Flipkart's Building-out Story

Sachin Bansal – CEO & Co-Founder, Flipkart

Sahad P.V. – Founder & Publisher, VCCircle & Techcircle (Interviewer)

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Tea & Networking

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Legal Session

Indus Law

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Fundraising Challenges In Indian E-commerce; Investor Views; Lessons From Other Markets

Nitin Nayar – MD, Warburg Pincus India

Supam Maheshwari – Co-Founder & CEO, FirstCry.com

Samir Kumar – Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners

Vikas Choudhury – Active Angel Investor & COO & CFO, Aimia Inc.

Niren Shah – MD, Norwest Venture Partners (Moderator)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Techcircle Lounge

A special session, where select 5 e-commerce companies and 10 investors can meet and network in a structured manner in a separate enclosure.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Dissecting The Trends In Consolidation & M&A In Indian E-commerce

Mukesh Bansal – CEO, Myntra.com

Ashish Kashyap – CEO, ibibo

Manik Arora – Founder & MD, IDG Ventures (Moderator)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Special Session

Shrenik M Khasgiwala – Director, Brand Capital

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tea & Networking

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Techcircle Insights: Is There Scale In Vertical E-commerce? How To Play The Vertical Game?

Ambareesh Murty – Founder & CEO, Pepperfry

Bhavish Aggarwal – Co-founder & CEO, Ola Cabs

Ankur Warikoo – CEO, Groupon India

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Evaluating India's E-commerce Ecosystem Gaps: COD, Logistics, Payments, etc.

Percy Avari – Regional Manager (South Asia), Aramex International

Nishanth Chandran – Co-founder & CEO, EBS

Praveen Sinha – Co-founder, Jabong

5:30pm - 5:45pm

Concluding Remarks

5:45 pm onwards

Techcircle Unwind

Continue the energy and networking of the day with more social time with top e-commerce entrepreneurs and investors with cocktails.