LearnSocial adds self paced online learning courses 

E-learning marketplace LearnSocial has tweaked its business model and is moving from an MOOC-only platform to self paced online courses a la Khan Academy. Instructors can offer two modules of learning to the learners. There is the instructor-led  course where they can choose a specific day and time and with a set duration. Learners can take these courses from anywhere and can engage with the instructor by asking questions online, be part of discussion forums, share files, view presentations and much more. The second option is self paced  where instructors from across the globe can upload high quality videos of their courses and learners can access these courses at their own pace and time. LearnSocial was started by Way2SMS  founder Raju Vanapala in September 2014, claims that anyone with a PC/laptop and a 1Mbps or more internet connection can attend the live sessions. The e-learning platform also allows working professionals to join LearnSocial as instructors and get paid.

By Raidarmax (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Raidarmax (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Vodafone launches M-Pesa app to pay bills

Vodafone, the country’s second largest telecom operator, has launched a new application which enables consumers to pay bills and recharge mobile phones. Mobile phone users can load their M-Pesa wallet through net banking/debit card. M-Pesa App can be downloaded across all major mobile platforms; Android, iPhone, BB and Windows. Users will also get a 5% cashback offer on the payments made using the App (upto a maximum of Rs 50 per month). Vodafone claims that it currently has over 3 million customers on M-pesa and about 90,000 sales agents operating. For the quarter ended December 2014, Vodafone reported 78,000 transactions per day. In September last year, Vodafone India had signed a strategic partnership with Bharat BPO, a Spice Digital group company to integrate M-Pesa as one of the payment options for Bharat BPO’s SMS railway ticket booking service.


Cashkaro ties up with Alibaba for cashbacks

Coupons and cashback deal website Cashkaro has tied up with China’s Alibaba.com Wholesale and will now offer up to 1.50% cashback on products listed on the website. Members just need to visit Alibaba.com Wholesale via the CashKaro link and then shop. Cashback will be added to their CashKaroaccount and can be transferred to their bank account. Earlier in February, Cashkaro updated its website and now includes a product discovery and price comparison search engine, which can compare products and prices across websites including Amazon.in, Snapdeal, Jabong, Paytm, Homeshop18, LensKart, FabFurnish and Firstcry. Launched in April 2013, Cashkaro had raised $750,000 from a group of UK based angel investors, in August the same year. While the company did not disclose all the angel investors, U.K based coupon site, ASAP Ventures’ owner Doug Scott has co-invested in the company and is now an advisor at Cashkaro.