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My analysis of Flipkart's existential dilemma in the article "Saving Private Flipkart" got an overwhelming response, including this rebuttal. There were some questions about the data I used for the analysis. I thought I should expand on some of them, starting with why we shouldn't take Morgan Stanley numbers at face value.
The Indian startup world was abuzz yesterday about a blog post by Haresh Chawla--"Saving Private Flipkart"-- outlining what he saw as problems with Flipkart, and proferring advice on how it could "save" itself. The post was entertaining -- using the literary device of re-purposing quotes from Saving Private Ryan and applying them to Flipkart. However, the post was completely unfounded. So here is my 2p response... I am also taking the liberty of borrowing quotes from Saving Private Ryan to embellish my riposte!