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Superhero Of Startup: Edward and Vidur- Nectorr

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Startup aims to solve the problem that are yet unsolved. They work day and night and give all the efforts to their work. Considering all the work a founder  does there is not contradiction in saying that they are no less than superheroes. So today in our Superhero of startup series we have Edward and Vidur from Nectorr.
Let’s hear it from them.

1. Tell us something about you and your startup. 

We are nectorr.ai.  Nectorr is India’s first Robotic Process Automation (RPA) enterprise for Social Media. We use proprietary algorithms and complex technologies like AI, machine learning and neural networks to replicate the actions of a human being interacting with the social media platforms. Thereby easing up repetitive tasks of social media management.
Other than process automation it also creates knowledge based on social media data for automated decision making and creating tangible results. 

 

2. What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

 Social media is the best platform to reach out and engage users online. Like many others, we found the real task to be time-consuming, manpower intensive and the results were not up to our expectations. So we decided to change it for good.

3. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

The founders are seasoned IT and software professionals with umpteen years of experience in delivering high end software to clients in the US, Europe and India. Nectorr is the brain child of Edward Varghese and a common passion for social media made Vidur Kohli jump on board to take the wheel.
Vidur Kohli is the CEO and co-founder of Nectorr. He is responsible for the company’s overall vision and strategy as well as day-to-day operations. is the CEO and co-founder of Nectorr. Prior to founding Nectorr, Vidur was part of the IBM India leadership team as the CTO for India and also spent several years as a senior leader with GE Capital in India.
 
Edward Varghese is the CTO and co-founder of nectorr. He crafted the idea of nectorr and is responsible company’s technology vision, strategy as well as day-to-day product enhancement and the product roadmap and branding. Edward has worked for brands such as GE and HCL and had a brief professional stint in the US.
 He has been a part of the startup world for close to 10 years now and continues to grow stronger by creating what he likes and assisting others as well.

4. Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

1. Our span reaches 10 social media from a single window. Text, images, videos, blogs we can put it out there in a click or two.
 2. We do both organic and inorganic social media (wing-to-wing)
 3. Stronger and comparative analytics.
 4. Sleek and  better processes.
 5. Single place for software licenses or consulting for brands and micro-brands who prefer to focusing on their key abilities than social media.

5. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

At the moment a 20% PAT (Profit After taxes) is what we are optimistic about. The overall industry is well in billions of USD and is here to stay for a long time.

6. What are your future plans?

With beta-customers and the present release is looking much more promising that its competitors such as hootesuite.combuffer.com, we have an array of releases lined up for the near future with some power packed features.
 On the business front, we intend to be fierce and aggressive in engaging brands and microbrands using ATL and TTL activities. Most of our branding and engagement activities shall be using our own tool. If all goes well as planned, we shall look at expanding to Europe and USA as well.

7. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

No one becomes and entrepreneur to fail. Everyone wants success and success seems evasive. Budding entrepreneurs should be driven by the consumers and should adhere to the “5 Ps” which are crucial for success.

 

Passion: If you don’t have it, take a 9-5 job.”Tumse na ho payega!” 🙂
Patience: Keep in mind that the only one who does not make mistakes is GOD. The immortals, stumble, fall, get punched on the face and a lot more. Without patience you won’t loose PASSION, you shall strangulate and kill PASSION very soon.
Perseverance: Over 50% loose the taste in being an entrepreneur soon after the dip. The dip is when everything is headed south or downwards. No people, no money, no friends even the near and dear ones move a little away as you. Almost every one comes close to this. This is where you stick your hand out and say “I ain’t dead, still floating baby”. Here is where you gather the courage and ride the tide again.
Produce: This is what the consumer is dying to get. Steve Jobs did it, Mark Zuckerberg did it, so can you. This is what gets the moolah and this cannot be wrong.
Pride: This is something that shows others that you are proud about your team, customers, your work. Wear it everyday. This brings joy to within and outside the team.

 

Superhero Of Startup: Team Tark

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Startup involves a great deal of effort and teamwork. We people at TBS highly appreciate the work a startup puts in. Today the superhero badge goes to team Tark for their commendable work.

1. Tell us something about you and your startup. 

Tark Systems is a tech-savvy company that deals with smart robots and watches. Under Robotics branch we made a robot that resembles and moves like a biological snake, purely by flexing its body: SURP. Surp is most useful in a situation where their unique characteristic gives them an advantage over their environment like including long and thin pipe- like structures, highly cluttered rubble or it can also act as an support system for solider and doctors. Considering this Surp is currently being developed to assist search and rescue teams. It has an implementation in animatronics, search and rescue, space technology, solider support system, medical surgery support system, pipeline leakage detection and security and surveillance.

One of the section of Tark System is in Smart watches and Bands. The watches help people track their fitness and keep them notified. We have an exclusive range of smart wears listed on the website. The wearable is Sleek, trendy and technology loaded.

The Mission statement of Tark Systems is: Use our pioneering spirit to unlock the potentials of technology so as to deliver innovative solutions to the world and improve the qualities of life. We use social media platforms to connect with customers. We also use YouTube to showcase their prototypes. It is due to cost-effective products and an effective solution when it comes to the field of Animatronics, Military, Rescue & search and Pipeline leakage detection for Robotics and Price, looks and features for Smart watch that people choose Tark Systems over others.

2. What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

The major source of inspiration was our passion toward robotics and technology and we got the push to pursue it one we felt our un-satisfaction boiling with our current jobs.  And transforming our passion into a product was a greatest challenge, as the product should be made to solve a problem and make life easier for the user. We took the challenge bit more seriously and got one step ahead of it. We made a product which will not only solve a single problem but multiple problems and can provide various solutions for multiple scenarios.

3. Give us a brief background of founder and team members. 

Prateek Pandey, former employee of L&T with designation of Embedded Software developer with 4.5+ experience in the field of development and software.

Team:

Co-Founder:

Jitendra Pagare,  2 yrs experience as Nodal officer in TBSSL and marketing strategist.

Marketing:

Digambar chavan,  5+ yrs experience as Adobe Animate · Adobe Illustrator · Adobe Photoshop · Adobe Premier · Marketing digital · Website analytics

4. Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

We see many  MNC’s as our competitors, to name few of them are Aldebran robotics, KUKA, DRDO etc for smart watch we have Intex, MI, Samsung.

However we have out smart our competitors in terms of features, price, design and quality and we are constantly improvising our products.

Our systems are designed to provide solution for multiple problems and scenarios and can easily be replaced or changed. Made out of conventional and easily available material which makes them cheap and affordable.

Medical grade watches for constant monitoring of health with affordable price, best features and design.

 

6. What are your future plans?

Tark Systems is focused to be one of the major organization for Robotics and AI, also we are helping people lead a healthy life and stay updated with our Smart watches. We are an upcoming brand in Fitness bands and smart watches. We are targeting wide range of sectors for our products which are diverse and needs dedicated solutions.

Funding: We have been offered investment options from many investors which we would taking onboard once we expand our reach all over India.  Investor are highly impressed with both our section in Robotics and Smart watches.

7. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

I believe in one thing “ Try Try Until you get success”. Many difficulties will be coming your way you need to overcome them, find alternatives and never think of quitting. Believing in you no matter what, is the key to success.

Superhero Of Startup: Gitanjali- Infertelitydost

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Every startup we come across has something to tell. A story to share and a problem to solve. Today in our series of Superhero of Startup we have the founder of the startup Infertelitydost sharing her experiences with us.

So let’s hear it from Gitanjali.

1.Tell us something about you and your startup.

Academically, I have a degree from JNU and professionally I have been involved in the e-commerce space for over 10 years now. I started as a content writer picking odd content jobs from sites like odesk and Elance. Thereafter, I worked with brands like MakeMy Trip, Educomp and Policybazaar in their content marketing space with the last designation as Content Manager.

Being married to an army officer, travel plans were always on my cards, where I started my recording my travel diaries under the blog called “Travel By Karma”, where I share my tell-tales about offbeat destinations and experiences.  Trying to get into the next phase of my life : motherhood,  it was when I was it by life in the medical term – infertility.

For 10 long years, I battled infertility. Greatest pain of my life became my biggest strength – the idea of InfertilityDost was conceived in 2016.

I had seen how couples undergoing infertility had to simultaneously handle so many factors – medical, physical trauma, societal pressure and apathy, financial issues, psychological trauma, marital discord and relationship harassments.

InfertilityDost is India’s first digital platform that facilitates; empowers couples undergoing infertility with support and knowledge to manage their journey better and to endure pain with dignity. Wrapped up in societal taboos it is extremely difficult for such couples to seek help or even acknowledge the problem which complicates everything around. InfertilityDost aims to sensitize the society and spread awareness.

2. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

We are a team of five people with a content writer, technical support, doctor and counselor with myself being the bridge among all.

3.Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

We are frontrunner & exclusive at present in India. There are infertility clinics, IVF centers and other specialists, but we are leading with a holistic approach in this line of treatment ( genetic counsellors, surrogacy, adoption centres etc). Thus, providing end to end solutions for infertility patients.

There are big players of doctor discover platform domain like Practo, Lybrate, DocApp, which can be considered as an indirect competitor. Although, there is direct competition with companies like ElaWoman. International companies working mostly in US like FertilityIQ can come to India in future.

4. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

Right now we don’t have a revenue model, it is at a prostatic stage.

5. What are your future plans?

Going forward, InfertilityDost aims to build a complete ecosystem for infertility patients making support and knowledge accessible so that they can stay informed in the society. We are working to build and capture personalized platforms to hold hands with people fighting infertility.

In the next ten years, we are looking forward to have a totally new outlook and approach, uplifting the mindset of infertility as a taboo. Furthermore, we would be seen as global company reaching out to European countries as well.

We aim to bring more personalization to the platform and work at preventive healthcare level. I envision a day when infertility is seen no more than a normal treatable medical condition and not marred with social complexities of demeaning a woman. And, help is there.

6. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

Follow your passion, core competency, instead running after the trending modules. It is important to work to polish your strengths and areas of interest, while chasing the dreams.

Superhero Of Startup:Nikhil-Picnick

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Every startup starts with an unsolved problem with a motivation of founder to solve it by himself. Same is a story of the founder of Picknick(A platform where you can find pocket-friendly food around you.)

Let’s hear it from Nikhil, his story in his own words.

  1. Tell us something about you and your startup.

My Self Nikhil Gaur, Founder and CEO of Picnick – A Platform of finding pocket-friendly food around you, Based @ New Delhi. Recently we won the National level Business Plan competition  by Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Institute of Management and Research (BVIMR), New Delhi

  1. What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

The Motivation to start this startup is derived from my own story: In early childhood, I lost my parents and after wedding of my elder sisters I started doing a job for earn something to survive with managing my food by own. I used to travel a lot for my job purpose and as most of middle-class people I always try to find pocket friendly food nearby to eat, But that time there was hard to find quality pocket friendly food nearby, Resulting many times I had to face food poisoning and liver infection, then I decided whatever happened to me, will not let to happen with anyone I took a loan on my home and started a company in New Delhi and website named PICNICK.IN where People can search quality pocket-friendly food and can also order food from nearby quality street food carts

  1. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

Founders and Core Team Members:

Founder: Nikhil Gaur

A CS dropout, Ex employee of Citrus Pay ( Sales RM in Banking Relationships-North India) prior joined as a Sales Coordinator then moved into Banking Relations, Also worked with Vodafone And Airtel India @ their company-owned retail stores as a Sales & Customer Service Executive

Co Founder: Akash Sonkar

He has started his career in sales and customer services in various management, he belong to family wherein every alternate member is food maker so with that he is having a great knowledge in type of indian cuisines as well as he got great sales and marketing skill through his working experiences. As having rich knowledge in food and customer services with sales expertise he is a great pillar of our team

Operations and HR: Monika issar

The Founding member, she is final year student of Trinity Institute of Professional Studies, managing operations and restaurant onboarding with the human resource with learning selling skills for our organization.

CTO, IT and Product Development:Ashish Kumar

He started his Career with Realbox, A software development and data analytics company, as a Computer Engineer, having sound Knowledge in website and app development, Graduated from Dr. K.N Modi Institute of Engineering an Technology

  • Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

  • Our main competitors are Zomato, Swiggy, Foodpanda India, Foursquare

    We are quality pocket friendly food search engine where people can also order online food from quality nearby street food carts, we are kneen focused for quality pocket-friendly food options and also from unorganised restaurant industry whereas Zomato and other players show only organized restaurants.

    1. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

    The segment that we are focusing on represents multiple business opportunities, according to the reports of National Restaurant Association of India ( NRAI) the restaurant industry is expected to contribute about 2.1 % of the total GDP of India by 2021, There are more than 15000 restaurants and cafes in Delhi NCR right now. The total business of organized restaurants industry is expected to increase from 55000 Cr in 2013 to 139000 Cr in 2021, while unorganized market will also to around 293000 Cr in 2021. QSR is estimated to be worth around 25000 Cr from 500 Cr by 2021. QSR is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 22% of next five year since 2013 . the overall food service market is supposed to be worth 5 laks Cr 2021 with cafe industry amounting to 2905 Cr. Data shows that unorganized food market service still holds the majority of Indian food services. The increase in growth of organized restaurant industry which provides ample opportunities of online listing and reservations services. this growth also demand solutions to improve customer service, experience and online listing services.

  • What are your future plans?

  • In Short, we want to become Number one in finding pocket friendly food places nearby. our focus is to become google for fining pocket friendly food nearby

    1. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

    Keep your vision sharp and believe in you, no matters what other thinks about yourself, what you think is matters a lot…

     

    Superhero Of Startup:Ashutosh & Ishan-Broomberg

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    A mind-blowing startup starts with a mind-blowing idea, no matter how simple it appears. Today in our series of Superhero Of Startup the superhero badge goes to team Broomberg, for their tremendous work.

    1. Tell us something about you and your startup. 

    I am a Delhi University graduate and did my masters at the London School of Economics. I quit a lucrative consulting career at the Boston Consultancy Group to start this company with my childhood friend Ishan Baisoya.
    Ishan was previously working with Investors Clinic, a real estate consultancy. His keen understanding of property and spaces has helped Broomberg devise astute cleaning modules and helped chart its operations and sales strategy.

    2. What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

    It all began with smoke (a lot of it)! A fire broke at my brother’s home and wrecked the place in August 2013. There was no professional help to clean up such a mess. Then and there, this idea was born. After discovering a business opportunity, I got along with Ishan my childhood friend to start a Professional Cleaning Company in Delhi-NCR  when the market for deep cleaning services practically did not exist.
     
    We hired a small basement in Malviya Nagar, South Delhi which became our home for the next few months. Our close friends Bharat and Amit joined as Sales and Operations One Member Teams respectively. With no formal guidance, all of us followed a DIY learning approach and mastered the technique of deep cleaning all by themselves.                    

    3. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

    The founding team were 3 individuals. I as mentioned was a consultant with BCG before starting up. The co founder is my close friend Ishan who was in the real estate business. He recruited our sales head Amit who was his colleague at Investors clinic. Bharat, our operations head was recruited by Ishan. He was a student at that time pursuing Law. Ashutosh, our Marketing head joined after a year. He was an MNC employee who had quit his job to study business.
     
    Sugandha, who used to work for Ernst & Young as an auditor and Niel who was a sales executive at Express Car wash joined us soon after and are members of the core team.    


    4. Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

    The home services market is pretty unorganized mostly with small players. We do not consider services aggregators as our competitors as we provide the final service and are not a marketplace so we work with them and not against them. We are different from small home service companies because we have the manpower to do all kinds if jobs big or small and since we have been in the market for more than 4 years we have much more experience. 

    5. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

    We cannot disclose our revenue and margins. 

    6. What are your future plans?

    We are looking at venturing into other cities and grow our service line incrementally. The company wants to add a product line for cleaning supplies in the near future.

    7. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

    “Be super clear about the consumer issue that you want to solve. Articulate the problem very well before venturing into the solution formula”

    Superhero Of Startup:Sumit & Karan-LuvStay

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    Every startup involves a great idea and a great execution. It involves constant effort and hardwork. This is the main reason we beleive startup founders are a superhero without the cap. In our series of Superhero of Startup today we have team Luvstay. 

    Let’s hear their journey!!

    1. Tell us something about you and your startup. 

    LuvStay is a unique and bold startup which helps unmarried couples to rent a room to spend quality time with safety and security. As you know In India, renting a room for unmarried couples is much concerned. And it becomes tougher and complicates if you hold local id. So a team of young and dynamic peoples initiate LuvStay to solve this issue.

    2. What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

    Mr Sumit Anand Founder of venture had faced a similar problem in his days. So he decided to overcome. As you see the number of moral policing has been increased for lovers. And interestingly what we are doing is not illegal. Our constitution has made provision even our basic right that if two individuals are legally adult they can rent hotel across the nation anywhere, So after deep research on legal aspect Mr Anand left his lavish job and started LuvStay.

    3. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

    Mr Sumit Anand :- CEO & Founder. Prior to start LuvStay, Mr Anand is Biotech Engineer and worked in Jubilant, Modi Mundi Pharmaceuticals.
    Mr Karan Mago :- CMO & Co-Founder . MBA from KJ Somaya University , Expert in Digital Marketing.

    4. Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

    LuvStay hits in a very niche segment, although we have competitors but we are very different. We hit on budgeted segment as Price is an important concern in India. LuvStay is first couple friendly hotels in budgeted segment.

    5. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

    We almost got 100 numbers daily..5000 hits on website and application daily. 2000 active users daily.

    6. What are your future plans?

    By end of this year, we wanted to expand in every state. Right now we mark our presence in 30 cities so target for this year is to cover atleast 70 cities.

    7. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

    Patience and dedication. Idea won’t work.. Execution matters. Your core team’s dedications. And Patience is key. Don’t rush for funding.

    Superhero Of Startup: Mayur & Swapnil- On The Field

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    Every Startup involves a great idea and a great effort of people working for it. In our series of Superhero of Startup today the Superhero badge goes to On The Field  that empowers companies to gain visibility and better control while managing their field staff.

    So, let’s hear it from the founders.

    1. Tell us something about you and your startup. 

    Both of us are software engineers by education, started an IT and Media firm- The Horizon Technologies on 5th October 2013.First 6-8 months were too hectic and we got disappointed many times. But with the financial and moral support from our family we could survive and run the business. By June 2014, we worked with 150+ clients and established ourselves as one of the fastest growing digital agency. In August 2014, we started building a technology product 360Track which was launched in 2016.

    Recently, on 15th August 2017, we launched another product On The Field which is a field employee productivity tool. As the name suggests, On The Field offers operational convenience for managing field employees by means of real-time location tracking, meeting updates, order booking and consolidated client records. On The Field empowers companies to gain visibility and better control while managing their field staff.

    Employees are provided with an easy-to-use, interactive mobile application which captures and reports real time location data. Employees can submit meeting details and even book products for the clients. All the location data, meeting details and orders are synced online to the server and depicted in an admin panel, which can be accessed by the employer and manager. The admin panel provides consolidated information and the important insights. On The Field’s capabilities expand to Geo-tagged attendance, Meeting scheduling, Client record management and Employee performance analysis.

    1. What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

    For marketing of one of our products, 360Track, we employed some 7-8 employees few months back and faced the challenge of managing them. Keeping records of their meetings, schedules, clients, etc. was really a challenging task. Eventually, we hired a manager! But still, it was not getting sorted. We not only lost our money but the crucial time too.

    This incident made us develop this app for the entire community of field employees, managers and employers which will offer easy solution at the most economical rate.

    Moreover, on a business side, as per records, there are 1.8 Billion field employees worldwide and to the surprise, 85% of them do not leverage technology. To be specific, in India alone, this is a $5 Billion market opportunity.

    1. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

    2. Mayur Dabhade

    A technology enthusiast and an entrepreneur, Mayur is Founder & CEO of The Horizon Technologies, Thane. Mayur is well-versed with technology and advertising design on digital platforms. Under his leadership, the company has registered impressive growth with more than 150 clients within 3 years from its inception and today is known as one of the fastest growing Digital Agency.

    With the vision of empowering educational institutes, Mayur co-founded 360Track Systems on 23rd April 2016. He works as CEO of the company.

    1. Swapnil Dabhade

    A software engineer by education, Swapnil is Co-founder and Business Head at The Horizon Technologies a Digital Agency based in Thane. Very passionate about his work, Swapnil also works as Social Media Strategist & Consultant for Start-up companies.

    Swapnil is also a Co-founder and CMO of a tech-startup 360Track Systems.

    1. Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

    Well, there are few players in the market but as we see, everybody is focusing on large corporates and SMEs are untouched. We are going to cater each and every company, SME and corporate who has got 1 to 100000 field employees.

    Moreover, the brand identity, UI of the app and marketing communication of On The Field is going to leave an ever lasting impact on our consumers’ mind, for sure.

    1. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

    The primary goal while we developed On The Field, was to offer peace of mind and better control over the business for the employer. So, the cost model which we figured out is also in such a way as an employer should not be burdened. We are following SAAS model wherein the employer pays per employee per month basis and the amount is just 1 to 3% of the employee salary!

    1. What are your future plans?

    To speed-up marketing and sales of the product we are appointing Sales Partners domestically and internationally. With this, we are looking to foray in 20+ countries within next few months and people are very much interested to take up this product for marketing in their respective regions.

    1. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

    Whatever we do, try to give the best possible. Be the best; and nothing else!

    Superhero Of Startup: Aditya & Jinesh- YourEducare

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    Startup culture is taking a boom in every field.The best Startup aims to provide a better facility and what could be better than providing students with proper guidance. Today in our series of Superhero of Startup we have team Your Educare which is one stop portal for all educational assistance.

    1) Tell us something about you and your startup.

    Your Educare is one stop portal for all educational assistance. We are to enable parents and youth into informed decision making by providing them with a bundled service or you can say a complete solution which they need for decision making because we understand that cost of choosing incorrect profession/institute could lead to disenchantment, unhappiness for the lifetime.

    Some of our key features include:

    1. All information at one place:

    By Information we do not mean Name, number, contact details or name of courses, by information we mean such information which is required for decision making like Recent results, prospectus, Awards& Honours, bringing genuine reviews, connecting them through social media, Fees etc which one needs to know before making his mind.

    1. Ask your Buddy;

    Everyone before selecting any course or institute want to connect with someone who has studied from that institute. So we help them to connect with previous alumni and clear their queries so as to enable them to get an unbiased opinion.

    1. Admission Hassles:

    One can leave all admission hassles to us. We will notify them when admission for their interested institutes are open so that they do not miss out on any dates. This solves the problem which is faced by parents specially regarding admission dates of schools.

    1. Personalisation:

    We make this process really personalised to you. With this one can actually target, directly their target market on the basis of their education, interests and current profession. E.g  Now if a person is shifting to Mumbai for a job, he will still be updated about events happening in Mumbai as per his interest which save a lot of time in scrolling down feeds and will reduce approximately 80% cost for reaching them.

    2) What was your motivation behind venturing into this?

    We realised that how uninformed people were while making some important decisions. Usually, education-related questions are answered by someone who has done excellently well in their respective field. Few people understand that this is a really personalised process, there is no straight jacket approach. It’s imperative that students should know about everything which they need to know before decision making. Peer and parental pressure may lead to a dead field. That’s why we came up with this concept.

    3) Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

    CA AdityaDudheria founded it in 2017, Aditya is a single attempt CA passout at the age of 21. He has been a champion in elocution and debate and has won several competitions at various levels. Later he was joined by his friends Jenish Jain who is a textile businessman and CA Janish Jain. Along with that, we have 2 interns.

    4) Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

    Education is highly competitive industry that’s why there is no billion dollar company. We see shiksha, Career 360, India Education, and various small startups and facebook pages running in every city.

    We offer people with tools which they require for decision making and help them ease out their hassle. We have features like Ask your Buddy, Personalisation of events and Solving Admission hassles which nobody is offering.

    5) What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

    Revenues and margins are great with less cash burning because already a big market exists. What is more important is that we deliver 5 times value to our customers who pay us with every single conversion.

    6) What are your future plans?

    We want to incorporate certain other segments too which we dropped because of cash crunch and want to expand ourselves to Mumbai, Delhi and Banglore.

    7) Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

    If there was a time, now is the time. Go on and believe yourself, because you will find people who will give you hundred reasons why you should not do it. But it only reflects their limited abilities. Go on and do for that one reason. Just remember Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix, Excite refused to buy Google, and there are many other examples. So just one thing, have faith in what you are doing.

     

    Superhero Of Startup-Ruhma & Abhinav-ZingoHotels

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    A base of the startup is always a dream, a dream to stand out from the crowd, a dream to rise like a star. Then comes the card of passion and hard work. Every startup includes a set of some awesome card which we call team. So today in our series of Superhero of Startup we are featuring team ZingoHotels.

    1. Tell us something about you and your startup.

    About Me:- I started my career when I was 18 years old as an HR Generalist with an MNC in Bangalore, I Met my Other Co-founder Abhinav Prashant in an event at IIM-K and then he led and inspired me into this entrepreneurial journey. My first startup YatriCab.com (An Online Car Rental Company) which served more than 1lacs customers. I have Co-Founded 5 Startups earlier and the current venture  ZingoHotels is my 6th Venture. When I started my career at 18 I knew one thing that was to be Self-Independent, I belong to a typical Muslim orthodox family and convincing initially was a tough journey. But Today, they have recognized my efforts and have accepted me the way I am.

    About my Startup:-   Zingo Hotels is a data-driven travel Intelligence startup which uses AI for hotel search and discovery, Local experiences and delivers a High-quality personalized guest experience to guests.

    1. What was your motivation for venturing into this?

    I have recognized one thing down the line- It is not about Fame or Recognition, Just be Focused and Keep Moving and discovering 1000 things to make it work. Offcourse Bad Things always come for free, Ignore and Be Positive with Life.

    1. Give us a brief background about founders and its core team members?

    We are Total 11 Member Team. We are 2 Co-Founders and rest are the team members.

    Abhinav Prashant- CEO- comes with over 7+ years of start-up experience. He is a BBA Graduate from SMU. He Co-Founded his first startup YatriCab.com which served more than 1lacs customers and then worked with 2 well-funded startups -TinyOwl where I was handling the complete marketing of Bangalore and then I launched FabHotels in Bangalore. In ZingoHotels I am responsible for the expansion, operational policies, strategic plans, and Annual Operating Plans and dealing with vendors, suppliers & network expansion and also responsible for fundraising.

    Ruhma Fathima- COO- I come with the total of 6 years of varied work experience.I have the experience of 1.5 years in HR Sector with Aruba Networks and co-founded multiple Startups such as Delhi based Cab startup YatriCab.com which served more than 1lacs customers, Bangalore based startup name Notarry Media labs which were into Advertisement and had more than 40+ Paid Clients in Bangalore. My expertise is mainly in handling Operations of Zingo Hotels and people management. I also handle the marketing and finance of the company.

    1. Who do you see as competition and how is your startup different?

    Our Competitors are Oyo, Treebo, and Airbnb. We are Offcourse Different cos we have a different Model and approach towards the market.

    1. What are the revenues and margins like in your industry?

    ZingoHotels has been quite an amazing journey, We started with literally Zero Investments and Touched a Revenue of 1.5Cr in Matter of Just 9 Months Of operations.

    We are a Bootstrapped startup and have a decent commission between 20% to 25%.

    1. What are your future plans?

    Future is Huge. We are gearing to be one of leading Startup in the Travel Industry with some amazing technology backed to it.

    1. Any advice you want to give budding entrepreneurs.

    As a start-up, you want to have everything in the beginning. You are a learner and not an expert. I still don’t see myself as a person who can give advice. In a start-up, you will never know what and where are the resources you need to put in, what and how much back-up you need, etc. As a company, you need to streamline all this. Avoid being vague and illusionary.

     

    Superhero Of Startup:Arun & Jyoti-greenBUG

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    Every startup in the world aims to give a message to the fellow people, a message that says,’dreams do come true if you work on it passionately’. So in our series of Superhero of Startup today we have a couple who made their dream come true.

    Let’s hear it from Arun & Jyoti on their journey of greenBug.

    1) Please tell us a little about yourself

    I am an MBA by education, consultant by profession, and entrepreneur at heart.Arun Balachandran, my partner, has a similar profile. We are both first-generation entrepreneurs.

    We started greenBUG as our passion to promote green and responsible living. Now it has become a full-time engagement for us. Whenever there is no rush, we both enjoy quiet time and travel. Walking de-stresses us J

    We both are fortunate to have a wonderful circle of family and friends around us. That really helps ride us through times when things don’t happen the way we’d like.

     2) Please tell us about your startup and products. 

    greenBUG is a uniquely designed dustbin liner made out of used newspaper and starch glue. Designed as a convenient alternative to plastic liners, greenBUG liners can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, under desks, office rooms, etc.

    Our customers love greenBUG’sutility and eco-friendliness. Many of them also appreciate the fact that these liners are produced by homebound unskilled women whom we train. They are able to pick up the skill rather quickly due to the simplicity of the design and process.

    Thus, this initiative serves two causes – bringing convenient eco-friendliness to the well-off, and a dignified income to the disadvantaged.

     3) What are the further plans?

    EverygreenBUGliner used is one plastic linerless in our landfills. We plan to keep lakhs of single-use plastic liners from polluting our environment.

    In the long term, greenBUG wants to be identified as a line of products, which make environment-friendly living convenient. We have just started selling outside Bangalore. New products will be added to the portfolio soon.

     4) One-line advice for budding entrepreneurs.

    No matter how well you plan your business, chaos will stare at you almost every day. Beat it.

    • Quick Trivia around the Entrepreneur:
      1) Favorite Book: 
      Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini; Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
      2) Favorite Food:
      Thai green curry; Khichdi
      3) Favorite Movie:
      Cinderella Man/Life is Beautiful
      4) Who inspires you: Almost everyone who lost and stood back up on their feet
      5) How can your customers buy your products: 
      gogreenbug.com and Amazon.in/saheli
      6) Your social media pages: 
      Facebook, Twitter