IAN Incubator in partnership with 91springboard presents a session on 'Finding a Co-founder' on 15th June, Delhi. Limited Seats, Register Now !!

Join this Workshop to meet and interact with Angel Investor from Indian Angel Network

Finding a co-founder can be one of the most important decisions that you take in your business.

A co-founder is more like a life partner in your journey as an entrepreneur. Many ventures fail because of incompatibility or difference of views or difference of aspirations between co-founders. Hence, it is important that entrepreneurs put adequate consideration when taking someone on as a co-founder.

In this session, angel investor from IAN and two industry experts will shed light on what entrepreneurs need to think about when looking for a co-founder.

Venue:
91springboard, B1/H3, Basement, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044.

Agenda: Friday, 15th June, 2013.

1.30 PM – 1.45 PM: Registrations/Introductions.
1.45 PM – 2.20 PM: First Session, Q&A (Neeraj Batra, Serial Entrepreneur).
2.20 PM – 2.55 PM: Second Session, Q&A (Rohit Gupta – Director & Co–Founder – Miway Resources Private, an HR Solutions company).
2.55 PM – 3.30 PM: Third Session, Q&A (IAN Member – Vipul Prakash – Angel Investor).
3.30 PM – 4.15 PM: Open Discussion
4.15 PM – 5.00 PM: Networking over Tea.

More Info & Registration:
http://event.ayojak.com/event/finding-a-co-founder

Do not miss this excellent opportunity to meet and interact with the Industry expert.
For further information please contact Sunil:
sunil@indianangelnetwork.com Cell No. +91-9650021006, 011 4075 5716

Join this Workshop to meet and interact with Angel Investor from Indian Angel Network

Registration Fee: Rs 750 Limited seats, on first come first serve basis.
Do not miss this excellent opportunity to meet and interact with Industry experts & Angel Investors.

For further information please contact Sunil:
sunil@indianangelnetwork.com Cell No. +91-9650021006, 011 4075 5716

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Exclusive Interview: Aashish Ramchand: Co Founder :Makemyreturns.com

Startup: makemyreturns.com

Aashish Ramchand,  co-founder of makemyreturns.com, is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He has also completed the American CFA Level I and is currently a partner at J. Ramchand & Company Tax Advisers. He has previously worked with KPMG and Ernst and Young in the international taxation field.

WD: What is makemyreturns.com all about? What problem are you solving?

Aashish: Makemyreturns.com is the go-to place when it comes to taxes. In this complex world where we practically pay tax on everything we earn or purchase, we bring clarity and simplicity in taxes and help you save wherever possible. Filing taxes is just a year end process, it gives the IT department a snapshot of your earnings and taxes paid, but our work begins at the beginning of every financial year. We understand every single individual case and make recommendations on the various tax saving avenues available to the assessee. Our years of experience in the taxation field have been built into the proprietary algorithms that analyze your financial history and help you save from the word go. We help you plan your taxes, then save them and then finally file them at year-end. We stand by our service and ensure that every customer’s tax problem is our problem.

WD: Tell us the story of how it started and the challenges you have faced?

Aashish: In 2011, my brother and I were having a discussion about the state of affairs in India and how tax compliance is significantly low. We realized that the major roadblock for tax knowledge and compliance in India was the fact that people did not have access to expert tax professional and advisors. We also realized that we had the expertise and there was no better way to bring it to the world than via the Internet. So we founded makemyreturns.com and began the crucial process of understanding core issues faced by the average Indian tax payer and devised methods to solve these problems. The biggest challenge we have faced so far was the mental transition between an online tax advisory and compliance service and our current offline tax advisory practice – the online customer is unknown and we have to quickly understand his problems and come out with a solution.

WD: Who are the Founders and their backgrounds?

Aashish: Our Founder is Vikram Ramchand, a computer science engineer from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and an MBA from the London Business School. He has founded two successful startups and is now leading the innovation and technology at makemyreturns.com. Co-Founder, Aashish Ramchand, is a chartered accountant by profession with years of experience in International Taxation. He has previously worked with KPMG and Ernst and Young.  Aashish builds on the tax knowledge base for makemyreturns.com and trains our junior chartered accountants into giving the best possible customer experience. Co- Founder, VarunAdvani, is a budding Chartered Accountant and works with M.B. Advani and Company. Varun is the brain behind the complex tax algorithms devised at makemyreturns.com.

WD: Why is your site so different when there are already eCommerce websites selling similar products?

Aashish: The key difference between us and other similar websites is the fact that our technology is people and experience driven. We have built and hand picked every aspect of the technology using the years of experience and practical know how of taxes in India. We aim to cut right to the chase and steer clear of complexities and make taxes simple for everyone. We assure every customer that after using makemyreturns.com, tax worries will be a thing of the past. The experts are now here to help.

WD: What technology platform is your site built on? Is it in-house?

Aashish: Makemyreturns.com is built on the .Net Platform and is built by in-house programmers and developers.

WD: Which locations is it available ?

Aashish: Virtually, we are available everywhere due to the Internet. But our head office is located in Mumbai.

WD: Did you raise any funding? If you want to raise funds do you want to be contacted by Investors ?

Aashish: Yes, we raised initial funding through certain venture capitalists. We will be raising another round of funds sometime early next year.

WD: What is the overall plan going forward?

Aashish: Help more and more people plan and save taxes regularly. Taxes don’t need to be taxing. We’re there for that.

If you have any questions for Aashish, please post it on the comments section. He is reachable at connect@makemyreturns.com. You can also connect with Aashish on Linkedin.

 

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eCommerce Startup: TopTomato.in- a Grocery Subscription Service Launched in Bangalore

2 Ex-IIT Kharagpur students Sananda Misra  and Sneha Roy left their corporate jobs and have dived into the eCommerce bandwagon. They have just launched a very interesting subscription based eCommerce venture (currently available in Bangalore)  called www.toptomato.in .

It is a one-stop online solution for all household needs, spanning the FMCG portfolio of foods, personal care and household care products, thus ushering in a new era of convenient grocery shopping. Leveraging on new-technologies and business strategies, Toptomato is committed to bring in superior service and customer delight.

Their Key USPs:
1.  Online grocery subscription for the 1st time in India – you subscribe for your regular needs like milk, butter, etc and we deliver these regularly to your home
2.  Discounts on all products – nothing sells at MRP.
3.  Super Flexible delivery slots – 7 am to 11 pm

The service was launched in September in Banagalore and have already received a good traction. Top Tomato is currently not available in North Bangalore . They plan to launch in other Metro cities like Pune, Mumbai and Delhi within a year. Overall its promising and with so many competitors in the Grocery space, its needs to be seen how these young dynamic entrepreneurs drive the show.

 

 

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Innovative Startup: Udemy – A Crowdsourced Teaching Platform,Teach and Discover Courses Online

I came across this very interesting platform called Udemy a couple of days back. I thought of sharing this with our readers as an Innovative startup. This could be a fantastic solution in India where Education plays an important role in our lives.

Udemy.com is an online platform that allows anyone to host and learn from online classes. The platform presently boasts over 7,000 + free and paid courses. We now have to learn new skills every year just to stay relevant in our jobs (not to mention making a career change!). And it’s not just our careers, we also want to learn and continually improve in the things we do outside of work. Whether it’s yoga or golf or photography or anything we’re passionate about, we want to be better. Every day we see our friends sharing their new achievements and posting their milestones on Facebook; how do we keep up and reach our potential?

Udemy provides just the right platform to start your own course or discover courses taught by Ivy League teachers from around the world from the comfort of your home/office. They give out 70%-30% revenue share. So a teacher can create a course, set up the price and start making 70%.

Gagan Biyani is the co-Founder of Udemy. He founded the company alongside Eren Bali and Oktay Caglar in February 2010.

Have a look at this Intro video of Udemy :

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Another Video worth watching :

How 10 Instructors Earned $1.6 Million on Udemy in One Year

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Link: Udemy

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Infographic: When to Start Your Own Business ?

There will always be a reason why now isn’t the right time to start your own business. And there will always be a reason it is.

Have a look at the infographic (below) from the startup organization Funders and Founders that challenges many of the excuses life presents.

 

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[ Via: Funders & Founders ]

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Innovative Startup: Galileo; A New IPhone Platform to Shoot Videos; Just Amazing

A new Kickstarter project is aiming to redefine how you shoot video with your iPhone. The Galileo is an iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform that lets you manipulate the angle your iPhone from another iOS device, giving you the ability to adjust your iPhone to almost any angle you could possibly want.

Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly.  With applications in areas of photography, cinematography, social networking, and video conferencing, Galileo gives iOS devices endless possibilities of remote-controlled motion. Capable of infinite 360° pan-and-tilt at speeds up to 200° per second in any orientation, Galileo is an invaluable tool to everyone from an amateur photographer to the professional cinematographer, and vastly improves the experience of video chat for anyone needing to stay connected.

Check out this Cool video.

The platform is also offering its SDK (software developers kit) for app development, giving app developers the freedom to integrate Galileo functionality into existing apps or create apps and software specifically designed to work with the product.It is looking for more funding and if you are interested to put your money you can goa ahead. They are looking to raise another $ 100,000

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Pintile – a clone of Pinterest, but for India

Gurgaon-based Fizzy Softwares has launched Pintile.com as an online bulletin board exclusively for India, inspired by Pinterest.com. According to the company, Pintile aims to depict India in the form of images where people “PIN” their cultures, styles, ideas and much more.

Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Pinterest is managed by Cold Brew Labs, a team based in Palo Alto, California.

Pintile offers people a way to connect with others to share their experiences by pinning them onto their boards that can be personalized for each person. People can also like pins, and even re-pin them on their bulletin board. While the website has a few guidelines, people are free to pin whatever they like.

Fizzy Software is a web and mobile product development company and was founded in 2007 by Sudhanshu Aggarwal and Ashish Sharma. Fizzy has built Facebook applications and iPhone games under the Fizzy Apps brand.

Business Model ?

Like Pinterest, Pintile doesn’t have a clear business model. So it needs to be seen till when the founders are able to hold on to it.

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Onswipe.com – Tablet enable your site

 

Designing a site for an iPad is not the same as designing one for an iPhone. And even when that is completely obvious, there’s people who pretend to ignore that fact, and have a “one-fits-all” mentality for designing sites. And what happens is that they end up losing clients because of that.

And such a thing is inexcusable when there’s services like Onswipe available. Essentially, Onswipe is a tool that can take your content and have it turned into something that would look really good on an iPad. And on pretty much every web tablet available on the market today, the truth be said.

Onswipe can be used for free, and it works in the easiest of ways. The app can gather the content you have on social media accounts and on most content management systems, and use that to create a tablet-friendly site. Twitter, Delicious, Flickr, Instagram, Youtube… Onswipe can import content from all these sites and more. And it can even handle RSS feeds.

You’ll be able to have everything displayed in the way you want. Onswipe comes with lots of layouts, you can choose where your own logo will be placed, and you can pick the color combination you want your site to have. Once you’re happy with the results, your new website will go live in just one click.

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Innovative Startup: Thing.to Ideas For New Products

So, you’ve decided to become the entrepreneur to end all entrepreneurs. One that would make the names of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs stand small in comparison. You’re going to leave your mark in history.

The only thing is, you just don’t know how you’re going to do it. You’ve got just no idea which product (or products) you could create to make people remember you.

Well, giving this site a look might help. On Thing.to you can learn what people want, directly from them. This site lets folks name these things that would make their lives easier, and that they’d have no second thoughts buying. Some are a bit far-fetched, the kind of products you could only bring back from the future with the aid of a time machine. Yet, others are really interesting, and could make any aspiring entrepreneur start scratching his chin with half-closed eyes.

The site’s free to use, both to people who have something to share and to the ones who’re looking for ideas. The only thing to keep in mind if you’ve got something to share is that ideas are limited to 120 characters. But other than that, you can request mostly anything.

Visit website http://www.thing.to

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Innovative Startup:She-i.com a meeting place for the New Age Indian Woman

“Celebrate your individuality”, is the core idea behind the latest online lounge launched for women across India. The brainchild of Ujala Pandya, www.she-i.com aims to be the most rewarding online experience for Indian women where they can discover new experiences, be entertained, network, have inspiring conversations, shop for products at the online store, receive fabulous discount deals, participate in contests, campaigns and surveys and much more.

The founder of the site Ujala Pandya hails from the city of Vadodara in Gujarat and counts both engineering and IT as her forte. Having worked
as a consultant in India and abroad, Ujala specialises in ERP, e-commerce, website development and IT solutions for improving business productivity.

Her new-found mission in life centres on the idea that women are more than the traditional stereotypes dictated by society. Her goal is to elevate women from the stale idea of being just a daughter, wife or mother, to realise their full potential as agents for social action and as enablers in society today. SHiE therefore represents the new age Indian woman and aspires to be a platform that enables every Indian woman to celebrate her individuality.

While SHiE will ‘inspire’ you to be agents of change and enable you to ‘interact’ with your inner self and women alike, the online lounge is also about ‘indulgence’. It’s the place for you to be pampered, reward yourself and feel good about who you are as a woman and as an individual.

Elaborating on the ground-breaking site, the company’s founder Ujala Pandya says, “When you look at the opportunities available to women out there, it’s easy to become discouraged and believe that we can’t impact the status quo. But we aim to show you that you can rise above these accepted norms and make a difference in your life and to community as a whole. So, we are here to encourage every Indian woman to connect with us and become a part of this change.”

She-i.com has also introduced a first of its kind of comprehensive reward system wherein the members will receive reward points for most activities they engage in on the site, including networking and shopping, which they can redeem in exchange for amazing surprises.

Ujala Pandya believes that every woman should be empowered to rise above her mundane daily rituals and interact with her inner self, indulge in the best life has to offer and inspire the world with her leadership and compassion -it is this vision that fuelled the birth of She-i.com. Ujala Pandya continues “The new age Indian woman is beautiful, intelligent and independent. She speaks her mind and follows her heart; she’s breaking free from stereotypes; she’s everywhere, all set to write her own rules and is the master of her own free will. We represent the new age woman who has finally arrived and is here to stay!”

The website and online lounge will also provide avenues for creative exploration to bring out the artist in you. And that’s not all. if you’ve got something to say SHiE gives you the platform to discuss, debate and put your ideas out there. With an integrated presence on social media and iphone/android through SHiE App, the brand attempts to harness the power of modern technology and provide more direct avenues for women to get involved while ensuring greater information flow and, in turn, stronger action.

She-i.com will shortly introduce an online store and deals section, which will offer the best brands and deals to Indian women. The cutting-edge site has also incorporated a survey tool, which will assist Indian brands conduct online surveys in a very economical manner and provide an opportunity to members to voice their opinion on Indian brands.

The site has loads of other exciting features including free advice from experts, useful tools, monthly contests for blogs, forums, fans, photography, inspiring stories and a whole lot more await members and users to ensure their site experience is rewarding!

She-i.com will also collaborate with its members and NGOs to support causes related to women and their empowerment in India. “We’ve planned a whole lot of activities to get the ball rolling. Our Facebook page and Twitter updates will give you the latest news and updates and let you know what we’ve got planned. So get involved and make a step towards positive change and log onto our website,” Ujala Pandya reveals.

It’s a great way for brands, retailers and vendors to get their products and services featured on the hottest site to hit the web this year.

Log onto www.she-i.com for more details and information on how you too can be a part of this exciting change! Interact, Indulge, Inspire…

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