Conversica Acquires Intelligens.ai to Give Small Business a Leg Up on AI Conversations

Small businesses that can’t afford to hire data scientists and machine learning experts — and that’s probably most of them —  now have a sales and marketing AI virtual assistant scaled specifically to them. Conversica, a company supplying conversational AI for business, announced the recent acquisition of Intelligens.ai, a company focused on the Latin…

What A Creative Can Teach You About Advertising Your Small Business

There’s an old adage that all publicity is good publicity and it rings true with any new business. An entrepreneur can pour heart and soul into their new product or service, but without market awareness of it, the business dies before its first breath. One of the most essential ways to build…

EBRD, EU launch regional small business support program in Central Asia

By Kamila Aliyeva Small and medium-sized private enterprises (SMEs) in Central Asia will benefit from a new Regional Small Business Programme (RSBP) launched in Almaty. The program is funded by the European Union and will provide financial institutions in Central Asia with online training for employees, according to the message…

Budget 2018: LTCG tax seen impeding mutual fund investments

Budget 2018 also proposed to introduce 10% LTCG tax on gains accruing from equity and mutual fund investments exceeding Rs1 lakh per annum. Photo: iStockphoto Mumbai: The government’s move to impose tax on long-term capital gains tax, or LTCG tax, as well as dividend distribution tax could pose as a small…

Budget 2018 pushes for ‘A’ rated bonds for investment

Finance minister Arun Jaitley urges concerned regulators to consider moving from ‘AA’ to ‘A’ grade ratings for investments. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint An appeal to consider A rated bonds for investments was among Budget proposals made on Thursday to deepen India’s corporate bond market. Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget…

Investment advisers, analysts to face huge fine for violations

New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) Investment advisers and research analysts are set to attract huge penalties of up to Rs 1 crore for violation of Sebi norms, according to a proposal in the Budget 2018-19. Failure to comply with regulations by individuals with respect to alternative investment funds (AIFs), infrastructure…