The Startup Journal - Indian Startup Stories, News, Resources, Interviews http://www.thestartupjournal.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:08:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Naughty Strands – Helping Women Get Dressed, In Style http://www.thestartupjournal.com/naughty-strands-helping-women-get-dressed-style/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/naughty-strands-helping-women-get-dressed-style/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:26:53 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=985 Young entrepreneurs are starting up in areas unheard of. For instance, fashion segment which was once considered the domain of women is slowly giving way to men. And betting big on this shift is Bhuvan Bansal, who has founded Naughty Strands. Sharing the concept of business, Bansal says, “Fashion conscious women want clothes that fit […]

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Naughty Strands

Young entrepreneurs are starting up in areas unheard of. For instance, fashion segment which was once considered the domain of women is slowly giving way to men. And betting big on this shift is Bhuvan Bansal, who has founded Naughty Strands.

Sharing the concept of business, Bansal says, “Fashion conscious women want clothes that fit them well and they want a good deal of variety. I found a huge gap in terms of fast fashion which was not available in India time at affordable prices. So there was Zara, Mango which cost Rs 2,500 or more, then Chemistry was in the range of Rs 1200-1300.But if you are looking for something like Zara in the Rs 900-1000 price point, there was nothing. The Rs 900-1000 price point is what Indian women normally prefer buying things for regular wear and there was a gap there. Nothing was available in that space, either online or offline.”

Bhuvan has completed his graduation and is pursuing his post-graduation course in MBA.  What he believes is formal training and education in specialized domain is not required in a particular discipline to startup, if you are chasing your passion. He has not undergone training in design or fashion. The first challenge he encountered was convincing family members of his dream venture, but he was surprised to find that they were actually quite supportive. He says, “motivation and strong desire to follow your dreams make anyone to take up entrepreneurship”.

Based in Chandigarh, the company started in August 2013. Today the startup has a team of 8 people managing affairs, and most of the team members like its customers are under the age of 30. “It is a very hungry and dynamic team. There are pros and cons with the team, but there is so much to do and go to the next level that they all have enough things to deal with. All our products are hand tailored and delivered to any part of India within a week. As of now we are selling only through the online portal.” says Bansal.

A bootstrapped success

Being bootstrapped and showing significant growth is a sign of a good company. And a good company is a sign of a knowledgeable entrepreneur. Bansal says, “We’ve spent a lot of money in the backend of the business, like our supply chain, logistics and our delivery system. We source fabrics from local mills and import mainly from China. We’ve got our local courier partners and we’re known for our quick delivery. We use Blue Dart primarily for all our courier needs ascertaining that the customer receives the product in stipulated time. A lot of this money, is reinvested in bettering the business, he adds. Most of the marketing is mainly word of mouth.”

Bhuvan concludes by saying, “I’m not trying to take on the Myntras and the Flipkarts of the world, because we can’t. If you want to enter a dense market, you’ve got to enter with a different model. That’s what we did and it’s working for us.” He shared that the Naughty Strands is looking to raise their first round of funding in the near future for their expansion plans.

 

 

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FreeCharge Raises $33 Miilion Series B Funding From Existing Investor Sequoia Capital And Others http://www.thestartupjournal.com/freecharge-raises-33-miilion-series-b-funding-from-existing-investor-sequoia-capital-and-others/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/freecharge-raises-33-miilion-series-b-funding-from-existing-investor-sequoia-capital-and-others/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:16:07 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=963 FreeCharge.in, India’s leading online mobile, DTH recharge company has raised 33 million USD in its series B funding. The investors for the fresh round includes existing investor Sequoia Capital along with  Belgium bases Sofina and Russia based RuNet investment firms. FreeCharge was founded in 2010 by Kunal Shah, Sandeep Tandon and Alok Goel which gives […]

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FreeCharge Raises $33 Million In Series B Funding

FreeCharge.in, India’s leading online mobile, DTH recharge company has raised 33 million USD in its series B funding. The investors for the fresh round includes existing investor Sequoia Capital along with  Belgium bases Sofina and Russia based RuNet investment firms.

FreeCharge was founded in 2010 by Kunal Shah, Sandeep Tandon and Alok Goel which gives free coupons for each recharge done through the website. These coupons are delivered through e-mail, mobile phone which can be redeemed at various foods, entertainment, clothing stores like Dominos, KFC, Flipkart, Amazon, eBay etc.. The company has more than 10 milliion registered user base.

Alok Goel, CEO of FreeCharge said “’FreeCharge wants to be an offline-to-online bridge in a unique manner.” He also added that 70 of the FreeCharge transactions comes from mobile platforms and the company is growing more than 400 percent per year.

FreeCharge raised INR 20 crore in its series A funding back in January 2012 from Sequoia Capital and have grown with high rate in these last 2 years.

“Freecharge is one of the most exciting companies in our Indian portfolio with a highly innovative business model that has global appeal and scalability. We are happy to participate in the new round to support the new initiatives the company has embarked upon. The team has done an awesome job to position Freecharge among the leaders of the mobile recharge/payment and data analysis market in India and we believe the new round will help the company to grow even faster,” said Galina Chifina, investment officer at ru-Net.

 

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i-lend.in – India’s First Online Peer-To-Peer Lending Platform http://www.thestartupjournal.com/i-lend-in-indian-online-peer-to-peer-lending-platform-connecting-borrowers-and-investors/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/i-lend-in-indian-online-peer-to-peer-lending-platform-connecting-borrowers-and-investors/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:08:09 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=950 www.i-lend.in is an innovative startup in the financial space in India and is likely to be a game changer in the largely conservative, regulation driven financial products market in India. In a sector dominated by banks and large NBFCs, www.i-lend.in ’s disruptive capability is attracting interest in this sector which has seen little or no […]

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www.i-lend.in India's Peer-To-Peer Investment Portal

www.i-lend.in is an innovative startup in the financial space in India and is likely to be a game changer in the largely conservative, regulation driven financial products market in India. In a sector dominated by banks and large NBFCs, www.i-lend.in ’s disruptive capability is attracting interest in this sector which has seen little or no innovation since the advent of micro-finance.

i-lend is a marketplace for peer-to-peer loans and seeks to match people who need money with people who have surplus money. This way i-lend eliminates the middleman, in this case, banks or NBFCs who raise money at a cost and lend it at a higher price thereby making money on the arbitrage. This arbitrage or the spread that the banks and NBFCs charge can be passed on to borrowers in terms of lower interest rates and the lenders get a much better return on their investment by lending directly to borrowers than on conventional financial products like savings banks and FDs.

Although www.i-lend.in works as a marketplace, it provides several value added services to both the borrowers and lenders. For the borrowers, it verifies their credentials, calculates their disposable incomes and matches with their loan repayment capability, performs full KYC of the borrowers and helps them build a credit story for themselves on i-lend.  For lenders, i-lend performs all the necessary due diligence on the borrowers. It gives them an analysis of the repayment the borrowers can safely make by calculating their income to expenditure ratio, performs physical residence and work place verification and subsequently facilitates full documentation and loan management for lenders which includes cheque deposit services, back-end MIS etc.

In India, majority of the people even in the urban space are not included financially. In other words they do not have access to credit or money at a moderate and reasonable interest rate. With banks and NBFCs becoming very careful on unsecured lending, the only option these people have is to approach moneylenders who charge anywhere between 36% to 55%, throwing these people into a potential debt trap. It is this segment that i-lend is targeting, the salaried and professionally employed who do not have access to credit at moderate rates. The market size for these loans is huge with banks alone disbursing personal loans over Rs.3 Lakh Crore last year.

The risks are the same as in any unsecured lending but i-lend advises its lenders to spread their money over multiple borrowers thereby mitigating their risks. i-lend also has a stringent verification process which exceeds that of most banks and NBFCs in addition to constant monitoring of the borrowers repayments. This helps in mitigating the risk and in the event of a default i-lend assists the lender in taking legal action for recovery of the said amount.

i-lend intends to unlock a portion of the surplus money of individuals and build a business from it which has the potential to disrupt the Indian financial sector. Founded by Shankar and Niti Gupta, i-lend has received one round of early stage funding from Angaros Group – A Singapore based company. i-lend has piloted this model in Hyderabad. i-lend is planning on a launch in other cities in the next couple of months.

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[Exclusive] Quintessential Online Tools For A Successful Dream Home Hunt by Sumit Jain, Co-Founder, CommonFloor.com http://www.thestartupjournal.com/quintessential-online-tools-for-dream-home-hunt-by-sumit-jain-commonfloor-com/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/quintessential-online-tools-for-dream-home-hunt-by-sumit-jain-commonfloor-com/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:10:54 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=928 This article has been authored by Mr. Sumit Jain, Co-Founder & CEO of CommonFloor.com exclusively for The Startup Journal Despite the evolution of the real estate landscape in India, finding the right property in accordance with several parameters like livability, connectivity, proximity to one’s work place, value for money, returns on investment among others continues […]

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This article has been authored by Mr. Sumit Jain, Co-Founder & CEO of CommonFloor.com exclusively for The Startup Journal

Despite the evolution of the real estate landscape in India, finding the right property in accordance with several parameters like livability, connectivity, proximity to one’s work place, value for money, returns on investment among others continues to be a daunting task.

On one hand the massive increase in real estate activity (fueled by spectacular returns on real estate investments in the early and mid-2000s) has resulted in mind boggling choices for the property seekers today while on the other hand instances of fraud, lack of transparency continue to make the property search experience a nightmare.

Both issues can however be addressed with the apt use of online real estate tools. The online real estate space has today evolved to the extent of literally becoming the eyes and ears of any property seekers. It would therefore not be wrong to conclude that any property seeker is doing grave injustice to his/her property search by not deploying the right set of online real estate tools available at his/her disposal.

As per CommonFloor.com research, a first time property purchase takes place over a period of one year. This is time from when a decision to look out for a property is taken to the time when the property is eventually purchased. Relying purely on offline tools like personal visits, word of mouth recommendations for one’s search for such a long time frame can be extremely hard, taxing, demotivating and counter-productive.

Property Life Cycle

Further, matters do not end at purchase of the property itself. A whole new set of requirements surface while settling into a new home. Any property for that matter has five distinct states associated with it.

1)     Search: This is the stage where the property seeker is focused on gathering as many options matching his/her requirement.

2)      Research: This is the stage where the seeker extensively pursues details pertaining to location, livability, proximity to basic amenities, return on investment to zero in the final property for purchase.

3)      Management: Once a purchase is made, as mentioned earlier moving and settling into a property has different set of areas to be addressed. This could range from finding the right parking to onboarding reliable domestic help to locating workmen for repairs to zeroing in on the right childcare or school.

4)      Renting out: as one progresses in life, renting out property is the next stage in a property’s existence.

5)      Sale: Sale is the last stage of the property cycle. This is the stage where the owner looks at optimizing returns on his investment.

Efficacy of Online tools

There are many online tools are available for assistance at each stage of the property cycle today.

Tools for Search

Search: The online real estate space today spoils consumers for choice. We for instance on our www.commonfloor.com website offer our users over 4 lakh listings from 120 cities Pan India. A listing doesn’t just intimate a user about an available property but provides complete details pertaining to house type (flat/independent etc), furnishing state, flooring, owner, parking availability, possession along with images.

Tools for Research

As discussed earlier, property buying involves considering a huge range of parameters. Over and above examining a property against important set criteria first time property seekers often require themselves to be educated on complex property related issues. Today the online space is sufficient equipped to help all property seekers (especially the nervous newbies) with all these aspects. Consider some of the online tools available at a property seeker’s disposal

(A)   Map search: Itoffers seekers following

  • Map view of a property: exact understanding of where a property is located in a given area

Map Search

  • Map view of projects along with listings in them: number of properties available for rent, lease or sale within a given gated community

Map View

  • Ability to see listings/projects not just in a given locality but around a landmark within a given radius: provides a panoramic view of all housing projects in an area thus broadening his/her options

Panaromic View

  • Proximity to schools, hospitals, parks, departmental stores, medical shops

proximity

  • Directions from a given location to a particular project

Direction

(B)   Sky view through Drone Technology: vicinity of the property is an extremely crucial aspect that is considered while going about one’s property search. A seeker’s dream property needs to be ideal in terms of the perfect view and proximity to all important amenities (health care, departmental stores, petrol pump, eateries etc.). Keeping precisely these changing parameters of property selection in mind, the online space offers users a sky view of a properties under construction.  When property projects are marketed, seldom are details pertaining to the immediate vicinity shared. Brochures tend to not mention closeness of a project to graveyards or garbage dumps. With this feature, one can save great amount of time by choosing not to visit the wrong place.  Users can get an aerial view of the property and its surrounding area without having to visit the location in person. Today Phantom drones are used to click the images of these properties and its immediate vicinity. Images so clicked are then woven together to provide users with a 360 degree view of the location. These drones are set at a height of about 180 meters, keeping in mind the top floor of the under-construction building.

(C)    Virtual Tour: Gone are the days when property seekers would be handed over the blueprints of the under-construction properties, leaving them with no other choice but to envision the end result of the property by themselves in their minds. Today the online space offers users a ‘Virtual Tour’ feature by which property seekers can now see a 3D model/virtual view of any given flat or housing unit. The features that makes use of latest visualization software takes details from the same floor plan along with inputs pertaining height of the room to create a 3D room to room view for users. The primary objective of this feature is to provide property seekers with a 360 degree view of the rooms, right from wall to wall and ceiling to floor. The feature helps users to get a good feel of the property in terms of space, lighting and ambience. On the www.commonfloor.com website all that the user has to do is click on the camera icon displayed on the floor plan view on the side of the screen and rotate it for the 360 degree view.

Virtual Tour Virtual Tours

The virtual tour feature offered by CommonFloor.com can be tried by clicking on http://blog.commonfloor.com/vtour/indraprastha_ruhe/3bhk/tour.html

(D)   Locality Reviews: Online real estate portals also function as a forum for residents. At CommonFloor.com by virtue of our CommonFloor Groups offering (Apartment Management Software), we offer our users real time information and insights on existing projects and localities. Property seekers can benefit from a huge array of in-depth authentic locality & project reviews from current residents.

(E)    Augmented Realty: The online space offers seekers the ‘augmented realty’ feature in form of a mobile app. This feature that lets a user find relevant properties in the direction in which he points his phone. The properties shown are at a maximum distance of 2.5 km. from the user. This is very useful when one is on the road searching for a property.

1)      Research articles: Property seeker often find that the lack understanding on property issues. Educating oneself using online resources could not get any simpler in today’s day and age. The online real estate space offers property seekers thousands of research articles on real estate issues ranging from soft topics like Vastu to hard core subjects like completion certificate and project funding

Tools for Management

When it comes property management and settling into a new home, the online real estate space offers nothing less than ERP Level tools.

Apartment management tools today allow residents to (a) Voice concerns and bring important issues to the attention of other residents and the RWA (b) Track the status of an issue online anywhere anytime on the go (c) Use the payment gateway (d) Access the repository of home service vendors like carpenters, architects, plumbers (d) Buy, sell or rent belongings within the community (e) Find and reach out to neighbours with common interests

RWAs are able to manage accounts, Delegate activities, Set reminders, Send notices, Send messages via sms & email, Monitor complaints, manage parking, Keep track of vacant houses, Collect dues and generate receipts.

Tools for renting out and sale

The online space also offers vast national level reach to find the right buyer or tenant. On average about 20 million Indian are searching for property online. So at any given point of time roughly 2% of the nation’s population is looking for property online.

In a nutshell understanding the use of online real estate tools and their timely deployment is necessary to be successful and effective in landing one’s dream home

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How Hard Is It To Get A Job At Google? [Startup Infographics] http://www.thestartupjournal.com/how-hard-it-is-to-get-a-job-at-google-startup-infographics/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/how-hard-it-is-to-get-a-job-at-google-startup-infographics/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:15:09 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=923 Everyone knows that Google is the search giant and hires the best possible candidates for the company. Many of us dreamed about working at Google. But what does it take to get a job at Google? How hard it is to be selected for it? Does your college percentage or high qualification really matters when […]

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Everyone knows that Google is the search giant and hires the best possible candidates for the company. Many of us dreamed about working at Google. But what does it take to get a job at Google? How hard it is to be selected for it?

Does your college percentage or high qualification really matters when applying for the search giant?

Did you know?

It takes an average of 37 days to complete an interview process at Google  with about 5 interviews?

How Hard It Is To Get A Job At Google

How Hard It Is To Get A Job At Google

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Jack Of All Threads – India’s First Crowdfunding Platform For T-Shirts http://www.thestartupjournal.com/jack-of-all-threads-indias-first-crowdfunding-platform-for-t-shirts/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/jack-of-all-threads-indias-first-crowdfunding-platform-for-t-shirts/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:57:45 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=908 Jack of all Threads is India’s first platform to crowdfund t-shirts.  JoaT makes it super-easy for absolutely anyone to make money by designing and selling t-shirts online, 100% free of cost, using the power of crowdfunding technology. Raisers design their t-shirts in minutes using JoaT’s online Designer and set their own selling price. JoaT handles […]

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Jack Of All Threads – India’s First Crowdfunding Platform For T-Shirts

Jack of all Threads is India’s first platform to crowdfund t-shirts.  JoaT makes it super-easy for absolutely anyone to make money by designing and selling t-shirts online, 100% free of cost, using the power of crowdfunding technology.

Raisers design their t-shirts in minutes using JoaT’s online Designer and set their own selling price. JoaT handles the production, distribution, payment collection and customer support and transfers the profits to the Raiser. Best part, the Raiser pays NOTHING– all costs are transferred to the buyers.

Founders, Jack Of All Threads

Founders, Jack Of All Threads

Founded by four young minds Yash Vardhan Kanoi, Pratibha Nair, Akash Datta and Apoorvaa Agarwal, the startup is based on Bangalore. It was started 2 years back in July 2012, while all of the founders were still in college. Two of them were studying in Bangalore and two in Singapore.

They started with regular bulk t-shirt printing for colleges. Very soon after the startup took a social spin and allowed all buyers to donate an extra few rupees per t-shirt to a cause. JoaT would match their donation, the total amount would go to the cause, and the buyers would get a special symbol of recognition printed on their t-shirt corner.

The idea of the crowdfunding platform came in nearly 2 years ago when JoaT was began trying to help social causes. The founders wanted to print t-shirts for animal welfare, but didn’t know how many people would want it, and were afraid to hold stock ourselves. They initially thought to simply try this via Facebook photos. Many months and much experience later, the startup is helping others deal with the same setback, and with a slightly more sophisticated solution.

The name itself sounds interesting and while asked about the story behind the name the founders share,

“JoaT has been started by students (at that time) who were sick of sitting in classes where they studied just one field. We all had diverse interests and weren’t quite ready to settle for a single label. Jack of all Threads is a private joke to showcase our true culture.”

Recommended Read: Fundlined – Crowdfunding Platform For Bringing Ideas To Reality

The founders have dropped all other plans of the future and are giving their 100 percent to the startup.  They are constantly improving the technology to make the platform more accessible and very profitable for individuals and communities.

 

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GoPaisa – India’s Highest Paying Cashback Portal http://www.thestartupjournal.com/gopaisa-indias-highest-paying-cashback-portal/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/gopaisa-indias-highest-paying-cashback-portal/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:50:58 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=894 For a country which thrives on bargains and loves to save! Gopaisa.com comes as a relief to all the online shoppers who can not bargain face to face with their online sellers. For the best deals, discounts and a unique concept of added cashback gopaisa.com gives the customers a chance to save money all the […]

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GoPaisa - The Highest Paying CashBack Portal In India

For a country which thrives on bargains and loves to save! Gopaisa.com comes as a relief to all the online shoppers who can not bargain face to face with their online sellers. For the best deals, discounts and a unique concept of added cashback gopaisa.com gives the customers a chance to save money all the way.

Brainchild of brother duo Mr. Aman Jain and Mr. Sugam Jain GoPaisa is a team of youngsters who are driven to provide the best deals to their customers. Gopaisa.com boasts of the most up-to-date repository of working coupons and cashback deals at over 350+ online store in India.

HOW IT WORKS?

GoPaisa - India's Highest Paying Cashback Portal

All you have to do is log on to Gopaisa.com register yourself and browse through the discounts.

Click on the GET CASHBACK icon and shop from your favorite retailer.  The cash back gets transferred to your Gopaisa wallet and you can redeem it for mobile top-ups, purchasing vouchers or bank transfer.

Saving money is as simple as that!!

Recommended Reading: Pennyful.in – Gifting you, your money!

HOW IT STARTED?

The company was founded by brother duo Mr. Aman Jain & Mr. Sugam Jain, who hail from a successful equity market investor family.

Aman did his graduation in Economics from Sri Venkates

Aman Jain (Co-Founder, GoPaisa.com)

Aman Jain (Co-Founder, GoPaisa.com)

wara College, Delhi University and further went on to do Masters in Risk Management from Nottingham University, UK.

While the model was very popular in the west, there were no credible players in the cash back space in India, though the E-commerce ecosystem existed in India. Hence, the duo who were already involved with Internet Marketing in India, decided to launch GoPaisa.com

Prior to starting GoPaisa, Aman was involved in Family Business and has been successful stock picker in India.

Sugam is a BBE Graduate from Delhi University  and joined Aman straight after college and both teamed together to start GoPaisa.com .

CURRENT SCENARIO..

With a team of 17 employees the company currently has an active user base of 1.9L users. With the motto of “Higher cashback rates, faster cashbacks and unparalleled customer care” it is doing an aggregate transaction of INR 10 crore per month and adding almost 1500-1800 users every day.

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Asia’s Largest Mobile Conference GMIC Expands to Bangalore, India http://www.thestartupjournal.com/asias-largest-mobile-conference-gmic-expands-to-bangalore-india/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/asias-largest-mobile-conference-gmic-expands-to-bangalore-india/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:16:29 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=883 Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014. GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and developers at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. The latest edition of GMIC Beijing in May attracted more than […]

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Asia’s Largest Mobile Conference GMIC Expands to Bangalore, India

Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) – Asia’s largest mobile industry gathering is making a foray into India with GMIC Bangalore on September 26th, 2014.

GMIC Bangalore will bring together mobile industry executives, experts, entrepreneurs and developers at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. The latest edition of GMIC Beijing in May attracted more than 20,000 attendees. In addition to Beijing and Bangalore, GMIC is also hosted in San Francisco and Tokyo.

With the theme of “The Next Wave of Mobile”, GMIC Bangalore will explore the current and emerging trends, technologies and business models in India’s burgeoning mobile internet industry. The smartphone market in India is the 3rd largest in the world and is slated to exceed the size of the U.S. market by the end of this year.

GMIC is organized by GWC, a membership organization which serves as a platform for mobile industry executives to build connections and trust with other mobile industry leaders across the globe.

 Confirmed Speakers  

  • Sachin Bansal, CEO, Flipkart
  • Naveen Tewari, CEO, InMobi
  • Hugo Barra, Global VP, Xiaomi
  • Yu Yong Fu, CEO, UCWeb and Alibaba UC Mobile Business group President
  • Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
  • Fu Sheng, CEO, Cheetah Mobile
  • Vishal Gondal, Founder & CEO, GOQii Inc
  • Hong-Jiang Zhang, CEO, Kingsoft
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO,Paytm
  • Sasha Mirchandani, Founder/Chairman Kae capital, Co-founder Mumbai Angels
  • Nitish Mittersian, CEO, Nazara Games
  • Dippak Khurana, CEO, Vserv.mobi
  • Karthik Reddy, Co-founder, Blume Ventures

 

GMIC Bangalore will include an expo which will showcase products and services from mobile companies and startups. As part of GMIC Bangalore, GWC is also organizing G-Trip, an executive trip for mobile industry leaders who will visit Indian mobile and IT companies.

The Startup Journal is offering Exclusive Silver passes (value of $200) for developers and startup folks in collaboration with GMIC. Please contact us at editor@thestartupjournal.com or +91 7205805153 for the passes and queries related to GMIC.

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HelpingDoc Raises $1.6 Million In Its Series A Funding http://www.thestartupjournal.com/helpingdoc-raises-1-6-million-in-its-series-a-funding/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/helpingdoc-raises-1-6-million-in-its-series-a-funding/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:08:58 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=878 HelpingDoc which helps the patients to connect with the healthcare providers has raised $1.6 million (approx. 10 crore) in its series A funding round from Senior Marketing Systems (SMS), a Singapore based investment company. The company said that, the infused funds will be used for strengthening the field force and enhancing the technology back-end of […]

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HelpingDoc Raises $1.6 Million In Its Series A Funding

HelpingDoc which helps the patients to connect with the healthcare providers has raised $1.6 million (approx. 10 crore) in its series A funding round from Senior Marketing Systems (SMS), a Singapore based investment company.

The company said that, the infused funds will be used for strengthening the field force and enhancing the technology back-end of the company.

The company wants to extend its services area and go beyond the Delhi-NCR region like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai within next 18-24 months. It also aims to scale up by 4-5 times and enroll over 20,000 doctors in the next two years.

Amit Bansal, Founder and CEO HelpingDoc, said, “The funds will help us to scale up faster and also facilitate us in strengthening the internal operations, processes and systems.”

Through HelpingDoc patients can book instant appointments with their chosen healthcare provider based on their needs and preferences.

According to survey, the Indian healthcare services sector is estimated to touch $100 billion by 2015. This sector has grown rapidly in last 2 years.

 

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How Social Media Affects Your Business [Startup Infographics] http://www.thestartupjournal.com/how-social-media-affects-your-business-startup-infographics/ http://www.thestartupjournal.com/how-social-media-affects-your-business-startup-infographics/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:36:33 +0000 http://www.thestartupjournal.com/?p=870 Now Facebook has more than 1.3 billion registered users around the globe. Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram have also grown high in their number of registered users from last several years.  These numbers show that there is no denying that the social media can affect any startup or business to a great extent. These social media […]

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Now Facebook has more than 1.3 billion registered users around the globe. Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram have also grown high in their number of registered users from last several years. 

These numbers show that there is no denying that the social media can affect any startup or business to a great extent.

These social media websites represent a huge potential for businesses to build a brand image and grab the attention of the customers globally.

Use of social media to share and engage the potential customers is growing in a rapid rate, so the businesses should develop and implement sustainable media strategy to take advantage of this opportunities and convert these potential customers to real customers.

Below infographics shows how businesses can use these social media websites to gain the most brand visibility and customers.

How Social Media Affects Your Business And Startup [Startup Infographics]

 

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