"Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of fight in the dog - Mark Twain"
In this article HiringMonk covers 17 such dreamers who made it happen. This set of extraordinary beings believed that, "A baby shark, is still a friggin shark"
Led by Advitiya Sharma and other innate bunch of 11, leaving a mark of self- sufficiency and ‘taking matter in their own hand’. After having an inadequate and inimical experience of finding a place/accommodation in the busy streets of Mumbai, they thought ‘what the heck’, let’s resolve this and came up with Housing.com. Graduated from IIT-B, gave up all the remunerative job offerings only to alleviate problems which may simplify and make it easy for the people who’d face the same problem ahead.
Currently equipped with the two rounds of angel funding, these guys have amazed the big domains like 99acers and Magicbricks. Stating ‘data verification’ as their core business, we see them expanding abundantly in the ahead future and one may never know what this ‘foundation period’ may cause them to become, WATCHOUT!
Holidify came into existence from an avid travelers of IIT-B namely Kovid Kapoor, Rohit Shroff, and Prateek Chauhan, who got exhausted at one point of time after not finding the desired findings of their particular travel place, also which helped them realize the shortcomings in the travel industry; the ones who doesn't focus on unpopular places and the places which aren't very well known yet occupied with natural beauty and gave rise to Holidify.com. A very challenging start for these lads worked out a little late as they didn't want to compromise on the quality, rendering a slow start perhaps, although the site is very user friendly and makes it so easy for one to explore the profound scenic beauty India has to offer, refined map interfaces and powerful filters, makes you plan your vacation like never before.
Not funded yet but we see Holidify reaching great heights of success.
P.S. Please visit Holidify.com
Janardan is the founder of Autowale.com, who graduated from IIT-Kanpur also has keen interest in solving traffic issues since his engineering days. After working for quite some time in corporate industry, he finally came up with Autowale.in during Common wealth games in Delhi, where he was quite successful. Currently established only in Pune, Autowale is planning to expand in other cities soon.
It has raised no funding yet, but won’t be surprised if they get funded soon.
Gaana.com was founded by Mayank, Guarav and Shubhranshu in 2012, and has recently acquired musicfellas.com, which in turn gave them 700 indie music artist across the globe. During last decade, online music streaming has gained more attention in India. Its needless to say sites like these will definitely produce more traffic soon.
With its android and iOS application refurbished recently, Gaana.com is definitely going to thrive!
Founded by Pallav Nadhani, at the age of 17 is now a multimillion dollar company and has more than 21,000 customers across 118 countries. It started with a thought of creating a better charting solutions and came this far within last 10 years. It still has a team of a mere 65 members but has sizable amount of clients, including the giants likes of Facebook, Apple, Nokia and Microsoft. They have come a long way and undoubtedly foresee a substantial market in upcoming years.
Exotel excels itself in the Telecom and IT industry, and was founded by Shivakumar, Ishwar, Sridharan, Sid Ramesh and Vijay in the year 2011. Exotel gives a brief solution to the businesses for the management of the calls, SMS with the use of innovating technologies. It has raised great number of customers in the last year and looks quite promising to expand their customer list all across India.
Raised with 2.5 Cr Series A funding from Mumbai Angels & Blume Ventures in 2012, Exotels believes in tackling problems which are usually faced by businesses and helping them to run their business over voice and SMS, eventually optimizing man-power requirement.
MyOperator was started on service model for couple of SME customers and soon we started exploring possibilities as making it a product for the Indian market. We started slow, understanding real pain points for businesses upgrading our product from time to time and acquiring customers. MyOperator is serving 'call management requirements' in India for businesses in real-estate, IT, food and hospitality, e-commerce and education. While their operations are still confined to India, the company's founder Ankit Jain says they will go global by the end of this year. The idea of MyOperator is to provide not just a virtual PBX or a tollfree number but to create a complete call management system.
Founded by Gaurav Munjal, from Jaipur who did his graduation at NMIMS,Mumbai. A thought from his graduation days to do something for the students and young professionals, for whom the ‘relocation’ is a knotty term and does include variety of problems w.r.t to location, money and partners turned into Flat.to and since then its focusing on simplifying the ease for students for staying close to their campus or work related area.
Raised with an undisclosed amount of angel funding in 2013, Flat.to looks for a prominent establishment in different metro cities across India. The team of 8 members might expand in its size ahead, so if you’re a student or working professional go signup and fill their form and find yourself a satisfied solution(possibly the final one).
Thrillophilia, a 3 year old travel startup founded by Chitra Gurnani and Abhishek Daga. It has a bunch of outdoor department with people who mainly travel to places and curate the local experiences, and also keep a check on quality and the services of the vendor, helping them to put their listings online. It’s a very dynamic nature of work which has been acquired on their site. Serving to 2200 customer monthly and 50,000 travelers with 1500 travel options and has 500+ corporate customers, they seem to set the bar high in years to come ahead.
Recently bagged $200,000 in a round, led by Hyderabad Angels, Thrillophilia is the big next thing in the Travel Industry giving various set of options to the widening range of places, which travelers loves the most!
GOQiilife was founded by Vishal Gondal, and came up with the idea when Vishal was with his trainer, and the gadget GOQiilife was born. It’s a very useful gadget to those who takes fitness very seriously.
Recently GOQiilife has partnered with Snapdeal for its fitness band to be available for Inidan Online customers. Must check out this wrist band for its optimized used in fitness.
Redquanta is mystery shopping start-up from Mumbai, and was founded by Pankaj Guglani in 2010, since then there is no looking back for Mr.Guglani. So basically, Redquanta pays you to eat, shop and watch movies, in return the shopper has to give its honest feedback or opinion to help retailers to serve better and all this without paying any penny!! Isnt that awesome!? Well, believe or not at Redquanta this all seems to happen in a realistic way.
Currently funded with an estimate of $1 million, Redquanta does seem to set more shoppers in the market for their honest feedbacks instead them paying cash! What an idea sirji!.
Founded by Nitin Purswani, Zepo.in is quite a riveting idea for online stores. You can open your own online store within 5 minutes, there are more than 200 e-commerce companies who have used Zepo as their platform. Stating ‘simplicity and ease of use’ as their key characteristics and what sets them apart. It has evidently become a fine class of platform for anyone who wants to open an online store. Doesn’t it sound so easy, I mean 5 minutes and you have it all figured what exactly your online store would look like. Not to mention the dynamic amount of designs available to customize your online store. It’s a real treat!
Also raised an undisclosed amount of funding, Zepo is a real solution for all those who seek to open their own online store. HIT THEM UP at Zepo.in
18th Parallel is a Pune-based start-up and was co-founded by Nishith, Hardik and Samir in 2011, the whole idea is to develop a middleware object that can readily convert any android device into a micro-console without any sort of optimization from game developers. 18th Parallel has its Cannoball software which would integrate with android device and then can use their own controllers to play games on their smart phones.
18th parallel has received the undisclosed amount of funding, and is determined to urge the gamers to turn their smart phones into game consoles for a great gaming experience.
Fin Ring is a ring you can wear and control your smart devices through gesture interface, turning your palm into a magical one, managing all your desired commands and control your daily used gadget! Sounds way to cool right?
Well, it also has Bluetooth connectivity through which you can connect all your smart devices to your palm, and palm has all the control, what a world we’re living in!
Developed by Rohildev, from kerala, it’s a waterproof and durable material able to manage 3 devices at a time. It’s price is 7,500 INR for now, which may come down in future. So make sure you have a look at this epic controller, and turn your palm into a magical one.
Kajal dubey is the founder of this great free App(Android/iOS) which is available on Google Play store. Must say, What an App! Great UI, with so much simplicity has become one of our favorite app lately. All you gotta do is..
Install>Fill Pickup Address>Fill Destination>Fill Pickup Time>Select Cab>Fill Info.
And thats it! In no time, you got yourself a cab.
Technology hails! It is India’s first ever multi-operator cab booking app, which seriously worth a download, and especially if it’s for FREE! It also has 3 options in cab (Economy, Sedan, MUV).
It also raised an undisclosed funding from Celkon Mobiles. It’s going to be great as they might add Auto rickshaw booking service in future. Taxipixi is going places, as it already has its services in Malaysia, other countries might add in recent time soon.
Skyfi Labs was founded by Pavan Ponnaganti in 2010, with a hope to help under graduate engineers to get practical and hands-on training, ““Our mission is to equip Indian engineering graduates with the right combination of praxis and theory” said Pavan, whose a graduate form IIT-Kanpur. So far, it has trained over 25,000 students from more than 150 colleges, and it looks for more 1,000 new colleges to reach out and provide refined courses and offerings.
Funded by Chennai Angels recently, it hopes to scale far more rapidly than the current.
Idubba was founded by Rabi and Anish, claims to be the next generation of television programming guide. Users create an account and rate TV programs, set alerts and share or recommend on various social sites, which in turn follows by the rewards earned by the users which can be redeemed of course. It also aims to target half a million users in next year or so. It’s an interactive site for the users pertaining to the television industry and would prove to gain more of them as they soon going to come out with their Smartphone applications.
Yet another one with undisclosed funding, they’re the potential ones.
-Himanshu Singh Rathor