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Forget Vine. Do Stryke. Create Funny Loop Videos

strykeStryke is a free mobile app that lets users capture split-second videos and create video loops from everyday moments. With a single tap any gesture can be recorded and played on a loop to get a funny end result.

Stryke is developed by iPhone app Development firm Global Delight who have previously developed iPhone apps like Boom, Camera Plus, Voila and Photo Delight. Video loops created on Stryke are all stored under the ‘Stryke Stories’ section on the user’s phone. The app also provides the option to remain anonymous while sharing videos on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or through social messaging apps.

Since its soft launch, Stryke boasts of a sign-up rate of 70%. The 7-day retention rate is around 24% with average session length of around 120 seconds. Stryke currently has more than 10,000 users on board. Stryke claims that their videos have been shared 3 times more than text messages indicating that the app is setting up a new trend in social messaging.

Stryke is currently on iOS and will be released on Android shortly. The app has been featured on iTunes as ‘best new apps’ for the week.

The interesting part about this app’s development was that about 50-100 students from colleges like University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin and University of Wisconsin-Madison were involved in using the app in its early stages and giving feedback for improvement.

Here are a few ‘Stryke Stories’. Have a look:

 

 

Walnut

Walnut – The Auto-magic Personal Assistant

Walnut Personal Assistantwalnut1 is an android app that tracks Banks, Credit Cards, Bills and more. The app requires permissions to check business related messages on the user’s inbox which according to Walnut are numbers that are less than 10 digits in length. Walnut always runs on auto-mode on the user’s phone and collects the required data to provide visualizations and insights on expenses.

The app will work on android phones but will not collect data from a test phone. Walnut requires a phone that is used on a daily basis as the app analyses the user’s inbox to create relevant data analysis.

Walnut does not require any data input and can provide intuitive visualizations and smart insights.
Walnut will also remind the user of pending bills, displays analytics on where and what the user has spent money on and provides a single screen view on all biz SMS message. Users can also search for messages, bills and reminders on the app.

At present, the list of supported businesses include credit and debit cards from HDFC bank, Axis bank, ICICI bank, SBI bank and credit cards from Citibank. Also includes Amex credit cards, IndusInd credit cards, Vodafone, Idea and Airtel services along with BookMyShow and OlaCabs.

Walnut is available for free download on Android Play Store.

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From KBC on DOS To Creating Flat.to : An Entrepreneur’s Journey

gMFlat.to is a service which helps students find accommodation and roommates. Gaurav Munjal, a software engineer from Mumbai, is the Co-Founder & CEO of the company. Flat.to was acquired by real estate portal Commonfloor in April 2014 but works as an independent company. Flat.to now serves in Pune, Bangalore, Kota, Jaipur, Delhi, Chennai and Gurgaon.

The team have several innovative features like the Facebook Flatmate Finder and the Flatchat mobile app to their credit. Here is an interview with Gaurav Munjal on his journey from his schooling days to being the Founder and CEO of Flat.to.

Tell us something about yourself before flat.to – schooling, college and the entrepreneur in you.

I was born in Bikaner in Rajasthan. Shortly later, my parents moved to Jaipur where I was brought up. I come from a family of doctors but studying science was never my cup of tea. I was more into doing things of my own. I used to build websites because I learnt coding at a very young age.

The first program I created was a simple Kaun Banega Crorepati game on DOS. I was in my 7th grade then. I was more interested in learning C, C++ etc and I never believed that Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics was something that I could learn.

exraysMy schooling was at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Jaipur. We used to have a school magazine called eXRays which had two editions coming out every year with a new version being updated every six months. Back in 2007, I felt that the magazine needs to online. I approached the principal with this idea.

He said I could go ahead with it and that I would be the responsible for the online version of the magazine. The magazine has since been officially available online. It is constantly updated. Now even the school’s annual results are published online on the website.

I joined NMIMS in Mumbai later for my B.Tech in Computer Engineering. It was in the third year of my college that I began with Flat.to

How did the idea of flat.to happen? What were the initial few ideas you had before starting Flat.to?una

Before Flat.to, I had developed an online education channel when I was in college. It’s called the Unacademy. It is currently one of India’s largest online education channels. Today the site is about to touch 2 million views and get around 15000 views in a day. For UPSC training, Unacademy is the largest website in the country. Overall it is among the top 5 education channels in India.

While I was in the third year of college, I used to find that most students did not have a proper accommodation in the city. I used to stay at Juhu in Mumbai. There used to be a family who would provide accommodation for students. For any student who went through me, I used to get 10% commission out of it. It was then that I began to think – what if I could make everyone in the college go through me? This could earn me a lot of money.

Being the hardcore techie that I was, in the third year of my college, I started developing the first ever map based search engine for finding accommodation. It served only three areas in Mumbai and was limited to our college accommodation use. Pratik Tandel, who is now a senior coder at Twitter, was also along with me on this. We built the website together and I tried to promote it. We even tried raising some money for it. It was then that I got an offer to work at Directi.

After around 3 months of working at Directi I saw that a new startup had started with a similar map based search website. That’s when I approached Aakrit Vaish. Aakrit has earlier agreed to fund me to start a product while I was in college and I had declined.

When I approached him the second time, he was still eager to develop a product with me on the only condition that I should quit my job and work on it full time. I asked Aakrit to be my Co-founder more than being an investor. We used to meet up almost daily at Costa Coffee and work together on the website.

How long did it take you to get flat.to up and running – from idea to inception? Did you have a team with you to work on it?

Flat.to_It took us only about a week to start the website. It was built very quickly. I had not taken it ahead earlier when I had started it from college, since I was offered to work at Directi. Later on it was started again in October 2012 and we launched the website in April 2013. Our current lead developer Hemesh Singh has just completed his graduation from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad. One of my friends had referred him to me and we immediately decided to call him to work with us on Flat.to.

Tell us about the Commonfloor acquisition – How did it happen? Who initiated the conversation? How has it helped flat.to to grow?

Sumit Jain, CEO of Commonfloor, has been more like a mentor to me since the day I started and Sameer Guglani was our common mentor. Both Sumit and Sameer have been very humble in their ways. In December 2013, we were planning to raise some funds for Flat.to and we were talking to many individual investors for this.

I had mentioned about this to Sumit who later said that Commonfloor could probably acquire us. We had good PR and promotional activities which Commonfloor liked about us. The only condition was that we were to run as a separate independent company. By then Aakrit has to work on Haptik. He had remained the co-founder with me for so long.

We do not work along with Commonfloor, but as a separate company. After being acquired by Commonfloor we have expanded our coverage to more cities.

Flatchat app – What was the idea and How is it working out?

Flatchat is the future for us. Flat sharing us something that needed to get noticed in the flatchatmarket and Flatchat can do that very well. Shared flats were completely listing based earlier. What Flatchat does is to match people of similar needs and interests so that you can chat with people and understand them better before sharing a flat with them.

Flatchat also has a Flatchat assistant feature in it. What the assistant does is that once you make a query, Flatchat assistant will look for places and notify you about it. The assistant will call people to check for available flats and only then does it notify you. All this happens in the backend and the user has hardly anything to do. Flatchat is free to download and is currently available for android and will be made available for iOS in the next 2/3 weeks. [Download here]

Has the journey been as you had expected it to be?

The most important thing in my life was to not do what others were doing. You need to feel happy about what you do and that is very crucial. Commonfloor made me happy. They could do what we could not and they have been a huge support for us.

A mentor like Sumit was someone that I had really needed to make it to where I am. Without Sumit I would not have been able to do all that I did. I am right now working independently. Our product Flatchat is the first real time messaging app in the market for real estate and we are really hopeful about making more innovations in days to come.

Any advice to upcoming entrepreneurs?

Build fast, make mistakes, fail fast, learn more from them and get back and build more. In our case, we had an option to take our time and build the best app or built it fast and then improve as we go. We took to the latter. We used to push everything every single day.

Even when Flatchat was launched, we never waited to make the perfect app. We designed it with whatever we had and pushed the app in to the market. There were many bugs in the app initially, but we made changes as we went about it and now the app is the best in the market. The point is not to think too much once you have decided what to do. You need to make mistakes, fail and learn more to make better the next time.

cognalys

Cognalys – An Indian App For International Mobile Number Verification

Cognalys is a professionally developed International mobile number verification toolkit for Android. Cognalys verifies the user’s mobile number irrespective of the App user’s location or country, very quickly and securely, using the missed call system. The App also enables data capture i.e. the Cognalys library will capture the hardware/software details like IMEI, MCC, MNC, Model Number, Brand Name etc. It will also fetch the latest location information of the App User.

Mobile phone number verification is usually done through SMS gateway or through self SMS. Both these methods are considered costly as either the app developer or the user has to pay for the SMS verification. Through Cognalys the server generates a miss call to the applied number and the Cognalys library checks on the validity of the number. Also the library verifies the user by comparing with the location module of app installation and returns the data to the server.

cognalys1Cognalys also comes with a User Activity Module which provides unique ID to verified users making the data fetching process very easy for the developer. Details like MNC, MCC, IMEI etc of a specific App user is also captured with much ease. The App also provides an elegant dashboard to view all the data at once. The Cognalys dashboard can provide detailed reports of the App user with filters. It can also handle multiple applications, thus, the developer can avoid creating multiple accounts to manage several Apps.

Cognalys also provides the RESTful API for developers to get the data from Cognalys server. Developer can access the App user’s data, or analytics via Cognalys web service.

Cognalys provides their service at different price rates customized depending upon the user’s need of the service. The range starts from Free Account with limited verifications and trials to Enterprise Account that is completely customizable.

Cognalys aims at solving the issue of developers not being able to release their apps worldwide due to mobile number verification.

Hiring Human Resources

An Early Stage Startup’s Guide To Talent Acquisition

Every successful company today operates with the core belief that talent is the magical ingredient that fuels innovative ideas and builds successful startups.

A great idea can only go so far without the right mix of talented, driven people working toward the same goals. A founder’s role is not just to post an opening on various job-portals and then wait for the piles of the resumes; but it involves doing all the dirty work to find those rare gems, the people that have that unique blend of talent, drive and passion that will bring fresh energy, ability and ideas to your existing team. So while you’re busy changing the world, it is equally essential that position yourself as a core part of the talent acquisition process for your company.

Few basic rules to understand the game:

People Matter: When they talk about your startup, they usually talk about the people behind it. Your company can’t grow without talent and we all know that good talent is hard to find.

Remember: 90% of the times, investors invest in teams (people behind the startup) rather than the products.

Talent Precedes People: Simply having a great team won’t do any good when every individual is not able to bring in a unique value addition for your growth story. Instead, you need that precise team where everyone is a rock star, a ninja, or a hustler.

Talent Outcomes Education: It’s important to tackle the qualifications of a candidate by looking beyond his/her prestigious education and big name experience. Instead, you need to recruit them based on what makes sense for your company. By focusing on just two things: Value addition to the team and their cultural fit.

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Pot Holes: This is the first step where you need to know what exactly is missing in your team in order to get results. One can easily get to know their pot holes by asking “How much revenue are we making?” or “How many users are using our product” and “Why only (xxxx)?”

Holistic Thinking: Now if your answer for not generating specific number or achieving a milestone is because you don’t have someone specialized to do that, then its the time you need to decide on increasing your team. Else, go back to previous step.

Documentation: Define the skills that you expect from a new hire on a document in a very clear and precise manner. Note down the pointers on why people will love to join your startup or company. What would excite them to be a part of your team? Are there any perks apart from the compensation that you are providing?

Talk To People: Have a story for your startup. People love hearing stories. Whenever you meet someone interesting, don‘t fire off routine questions. Instead, portray your startup using stories or anecdotes. People remember the people who are interesting.

Ninja Push: It’s the time to push (or publish) your opening(s) along with your startup story on the internet. Primary parameters should include the role, responsibilities, compensation, the culture you have and the team. This also includes boosting your content on all the possible channels over the web.

Being Human: People take immediate actions once they love your content over the web. Your role is to be easily accessible. Being human simply means that approachable state where candidates can easily get back to you with their questions and interest.

Remember: Relationships with people are fundamental to acquiring and retaining talent. Your startup has a long journey ahead, so value every relationship you establish and position yourself as a resource to others even if recruitment is not your motive.

[Guest article by Niranjan Yadav, founder of SwitchIdea, an internship platform.]

Aruna Schwarz wins the IBM GEP SmartCamp for Stelae Technologies.

IBM GEP SmartCamp India : A Look At Finalists and Winners

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At the closing ceremony of the IBM GEP SmartCamp India, held on 10th October at Royal Orchid, Bangalore, the six selected companies out of the 30 startups were asked to describe their product to the audience and a panel of judges. Both the audience and the panel were to vote on the best startup company and a winner was selected.

The six selected startups were Shopsense, TalView, Stelae Technologies, Wolken, A3RMT and DronaHQ while the panel of judges included Jason Mosakowski (Director, Software Sales and Marketing, IBM India), Dulles Krishnan (Executive Director, IBM Industry Solutions, Asia Pacific), Anup Gupta (Managing Director, Nexus Ventures), Balakrishnan V (Ex Board Member of Infosys, Chairman of Reservoir Ventures), Ravi Gururaj (Chairman, NASSCOM NPC), Sanjay Anandram (Partner, Seed Fund), Pradeep Tagare (Director, Intel Capital), Shailesh Ghorpade (Partner, Reservoir Ventures), Robyn Selge (Director of the Ecosystems Development team for IBM in Asia Pacific).

The top three finalists for the night as per audience poll were Stelae Technologies, Wolken and DronaHQ. Aruna Schwarz from Stelae Technologies won the IBM GEP SmartCamp India 2014.

Wolken

URL: http://www.wolkensoftware.com/wolken

Wolken ServiceDesk is an easy to use, fully integrated ITIL compliant software that enterprise users can access via the internet to track and manage incidents, change requests, service requests and CMDB. This SaaS has a secure and scalable ITSM architecture that delivers reports, analysis and dashboards. Besides saving significant Capex and Opex, it helps in improving and maintaining the ITSM framework thereby focusing on increasing end-user productivity and satisfaction.

The firm is headquartered in Bangalore, India.

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Sudhir Prabhu from Wolken addressing the crowd at IBM GEP SmartCamp

Drona Mobile

URL: http://www.dronamobile.com/drona

DRONA Mobile is an enterprise mobile engagement platform. The core focuses being mobile learning and mobile engagement platform for businesses. DronaHQ is an enterprise mobility product for learning, training, communication and other multimedia delivery platform.

DronaHQ is an app builder for Enterprise grade apps, without coding. It’s a simple drag drop app creator with a built-in CMS. DronaHQ has served more than 40 customers who have created apps for Employees, Distributors, shareholders, franchisees, customers and a lot more. The apps created are native apps across Blackberry, Android, Apple, Blackberry 10. Some of the use cases for which customers have created apps range from employee engagement, learning and training, Lead management systems, communication channel, distributor management, feet on street communication, leadership development, balanced scorecard, shop floor updates etc from domains ranging from BFSI, Manufacturing, IT/ITES to Retail.

Drona runs on Microsoft, JavaScript, MySQL, mongodb, angular js, elastic search, android, iOS, blackberry, windows 8 and blackberry 10.

Drona Mobile is headquartered in Mumbai, India and has corporates like WIPRO, GENPACT, ICICI, AXIS Mutual Funds, ESSAR, Aegon Religar, TATA Steel as their client.

Divyesh from DronaMobile addressing the crowd at IBM GEP India
Divyesh Kharade from DronaMobile addressing the crowd at IBM GEP India

Stelae Technologies

URL: http://www.stelae-technologies.com/stelae

Stelae Technologies is a software vendor in the Information Management sector.

The winning start-up, Stelae Technologies provides an automated conversion solution for multiple categories of content; their product Khemeia™, is a cloud-based technology which transforms unstructured information into structured enriched content ready for indexing.

Steale’s product Khemeia is currently licensed by some of the world’s largest publishers and BPOs. The company is privately funded by a network of Business Angels in France, UK, Switzerland and India, and has been awarded multiple innovation grants from the French government.

Khemeia is an automated solution (on the cloud and on-site for defence implémentations) which enables an end to end work-flow in the transformation space. With over 70% of cost savings over current solutions, Khemeia enables rapid turn-around times and is ONE PLATFORM for multiple types of inputs (PDF, Word, ASCII, etc), converting them to multiple output formats (XML, S1000d, XBRL, etc)

Khemeia uses the content analysis algorithms to combine multiple non-semantic analytic methodologies.

The company has offices in Chennai, London and Paris. The firm’s clients include Indian Air Force (with Wipro as the SI), Rolls Royce Aerospace (UK), Wolters Kluwer (US), DCNS (France), Deutsche Bank (UK), Price Waterhouse (Ireland) and many more.

Aruna Schwarz from Stelae Technologies addressing the crowd at IBM GEP SmartCamp India.
Aruna Schwarz from Stelae Technologies addressing the crowd at IBM GEP SmartCamp India.
Aruna Schwarz wins the IBM GEP SmartCamp for Stelae Technologies.
Aruna Schwarz wins the IBM GEP SmartCamp for Stelae Technologies.

 

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Nexus Venture Partners Deepens Seed Program to IITs

Nexus Venture Partners has announced the extension of its Seed Program to IITs to foster entrepreneurship among engineering students by providing mentoring and other support to help build and scale ideas.nexus

Under this program, Nexus Venture Partners will facilitate tie-ups with co-working spaces, offer mentoring, and access to the Nexus network and offer seed funding based on certain criteria.

The Seed program will be launched for current students and recent alumni of IIT Mumbai and will be extended to other IITs in due course (BigQuestion : why only IITs?).

Says Suvir Sujan, Co-founder & MD, Nexus Venture Partners, “Nexus has been conducting interactive programs at IITs for the past couple years and we felt that students have innovative ideas but need support to help build companies. The Nexus Seed Program will bridge that gap to encourage the entrepreneurial ecosystem”.

Nexus Venture Partners has already funded many market leading innovative companies comprising IIT alumni including – Netmagic, Housing, Sedemac, Tinyowl, Zlemma,  FunctionSpace, Unicommerce, Snapdeal.com and Shopclues.com.

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Jugnoo – Meet The New Peer-To-Peer Ride Sharing App

Jugnoo is a mobile peer to peer ride sharing app developed by SoCoMo Inc. The app lets you find affordable rides on the go from other users who have joined the app. Jugnoo is open to users to choose between being a driver or a customejugnoo1r.

Once the user logs in to the app, upon being a customer, the user’s location is broadcasted on a map in the app. Drivers note this broadcast and pickup their customers. Jugnoo is a common app for both driver and the customer and hence the same map is shared on both sides. The driver also receives navigation routes to reach the customer pickup point.

For drivers, once the option is chosen, there are certain steps to verify the driver so that the app has the complete records needed to confirm if the driver can provide rides to people.

At the end of the trip, users receive a message with the ride fare. The fare is calculated by the app based on meter charges. Drivers are charged with a fixed amount monthly for the service and have a zero commitment policy. Drivers can switch off being one at any point of time during the trip.

Jugnoo is currently up and running at Chandigarh and is in the beta phase. The app has around 250 registered users and quite a few auto rickshaws enrolled under the service. The app receives around 4 rides per day. The Team has plans to add more taxi services and later on venture to add customer driven vehicles to the list.

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IBM GEP India SmartCamp – A List Of Shortlisted Startup Companies

This list contains the shortlisted startups for the IBM GEP India SmartCamp. The previous list contained 15 of the total selected startup. This list adds to that.

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Instasafe

URL: http://www.instasafe.com/instasafe

Instasafe is a Cloud Security Startup focusing on enabling businesses to adopt cloud computing technologies and applications safely and securely. The company envisions providing a secure and safe cloud platform, acting as an intermediary addressing all the concerns for cloud adoption. For distributed businesses that run a centralized application InstaSafe provides secure remote access solutions.

The firm is based in Bangalore India.

Better-Life Solutions LLPbetterlife

URL: http://www.better-life.co.in/

Better Life Solutions (Better-Life) is a Mobile Cloud Computing application development company that specializes in Mobile Application Development and Software Product Development on the Cloud. Better-Life delivers business-changing mobile software products to its customers. Better Life specializes in creating iPhone and Android Mobile applications. Better Life currently enables printing of reports generated by Pathology Labs. It also helps maintain customer relations at a one on one level.

The firm is based in Mumbai Maharashtra and currently has Thyrocare Technologies Limited,  Sakra World Hospital, Nightingale Home Care Services and Tiwary Clinical Laboratories as its clients.

AdSparx USA Inc

URL: http://www.adsparx.in/adsparx

AdSparx enables monetization for Linear TV, Live Events and On-demand Videos delivered through the Internet by the use of targeted, in-stream Video Ads. AdSparx uses advanced algorithms and patent-pending techniques to deliver targeted, high impact & quality video Ads that works across all Internet devices, ranging from low-end feature phones, smart devices, tablets, PCs, IP Set top boxes and Connected TVs.

 

AdSparx caters to the Internet Video publishers and drastically reduces their time-to-market, with its ease of integration and device agnostic solution. AdSparx uses Ad Networks and Exchanges to enable Ad sales and achieve higher revenues for the Publisher’s inventory.

Adsparx is based in Pune India.

Dia-Treat healthcare Technologies

Dr.Assist is a smart health care assistant to solve complex diagnosis and treatment problems through automation.  It is cloud based real-time diagnosis and treatment solutions provider.  Dr.Assist amplifies doctor’s expertise echelons, thus helping them to provide better diagnosis and treatments.  It iconfies patients, by enabling them to receive tailored treatments.  It is empowered by cutting edge and innovative deep learning capabilities to learn from big  health care content, multiple  cases, and many images and turn the learned knowledge into solutions for discovery.

Dr. Assist runs on Natural Language Processing, Machine learning, Computer vision, Deep learning, Semantic(s) and Expert system.

ShopSense

URL: http://www.shopsense.co/shopsense

Shopsense is a platform that enables retailers to become more customer centric in the way they create, package and provide a shopping experience. Shopsense supplements the retailer’s current offerings by opening up a new and smart method to deepen its customer engagement. It complements sales representatives that form the backbone of a service offering and also doubles up as a go-to-system for customers exploring stores.

The firm has three products – Match, which is an in-store engagement platform. Built on large capacitive touchscreens, customers can easily browse products, search/discover new ones, and share with friends for feedback via email or social networks.

React – Prop an item on React and see it come alive describing the product. React helps engage and educate customers in stores like never before. It also helps empower customer representatives to sell more and faster.

LemurTM, which is a semantic search, discovery and recommendation engine, seeds new products to cover depth and breadth of the product inventory. Its recommendations are based on a user’s shopping journey. Lemur’s job is to help customers navigate across the depth and breadth of the product inventory.

Shopsense is based in Mumbai, India.

Qurater

URL: http://www.qurater.com/qurater

Qurater is a company that delivers a unique end to end technology solution that can discover, curate, personalize, and socialize content, relevant to a business that is dependent on any kind of data aggregation and analysis. QURATER translates social, web conversations to actionable sales leads, customer issues and brand insights, allowing businesses to act in real time.

Qurater Business Edge (QBE) mines social platforms and any web site for feedback, queries, complaints. This classification of conversations is based on industry specific filters and Natural language processing techniques to discover context & insights.

There are 3 key capabilities QBE offers

  1. Sales leads – mine for purchase intent and integration into existing CRM solutions
  2. Customer Care – service framework for representatives
  3. Brand insights for tracking your competition and getting feedback about your product.

QBE offers a framework with techniques, technologies & business rules for customer service & sales representatives to engage with customers in real time.

Pinovus Consulting

URL: http://www.pinovus.com/pinovus

The platform/solution leverages technology to extract data across multiple sources in an enterprise intelligently (with relevant domain knowledge) and sets up a metadata model which can then be used for reporting and analytics needs of the organisation. The emphasis on understanding domain is the differentiator and makes the cost of compliance and reporting optimal by deriving value from the extraction of data to the extent possible.Pinovous has two products – Compass and Mosaic.

Compass is built with focus on RBI & IRDA regulatory requirements. COMPASS can integrate with multiple core banking systems and other banking products to extract the relevant data for regulatory reporting. It also provides the base for an analytics framework for MIS reports required by senior management for better decision making. COMPASS has been leveraged for NICB in Mumbai and positioned for several IT service companies.

The firm was founded in 2012 and is based out of Bangalore, India.

Trendwise Analytics

URL: http://www.trendwiseanalytics.com/trendwise

Trendwise Analytics is a Big Data firm, formed by a group of technocrats whose experiences from the industry forms a strong foundation of the company. The founder members of Trendwise had been a part of early CRM evolution and hence establishes an authority over CRM analytics. The firm focuses on the newer aspects of analytics which is yet to come of age. While Hadoop, Cloud Computing, BigData analytics form the technological basis for Trendwise, the domain focus is on predictive aspect of analytics which would create insights for customers.

Trendwise provides end to end Hadoop and Big Data services and solutions.

Services include:

  1. Hadoop environment – Cloudera, Hortonworks, SAP HANA
  2. End to end project execution, Application development
  3. Training
  4. Visulaization – Tableau
  5. Advanced Statistical and predictive analytics – SAS/R

Big Data Solutions include:

  1. Fraud detection
  2. Television Audience Measurement
  3. 360 degree customer view
  4. Social media sentiment analysis
  5. HR Analytics – Employee sentiment

Trendwise solutions run on IBM BigInsights and InfoSteams. The firm is based out of Bangalore, India.

Ideyeah Solutions LLP.

URL:  http://www.ideyeah.com/ideyeah

IdeYEAH Solutions offers consulting services and software products that simplify business processes. IdeYeah’s  decision support solution opTEAMize attempts to disrupt the space currently occupied by Services Resource Planning & Professional Services Automation enabling Resource Management & Delivery teams in IT companies to keep track of the various project financials and skills required therein.

Other features include a comprehensive IT Skill library, Competency assessment of Global IT frameworks, Project allocation and quote wizard.

OpTEAMize runs on IBM Cloudant DBaaS – NoSQL Document database, Angular.js – Front end, Node.js – Server side, IBM Websphere Cast Iron – Integration & UI mashups and IBM SoftLayer – Cloud Hosting.

The firm is based in Chennai, India.

Gray Routes Innovative Distribution LLP

URL: http://www.grayroutes.in/gray routes

Gray Routes designs and deploys novel GPS-based mobile app solutions with cloud-hosted Analytics server that automates critical supply chain logistics & distribution processes intelligently, bringing Sales, Delivery & Retail iQ at the fingertips of its clients.

Founded by IIT KGP-IIM Ahmedabad alumni and ex-IIT Bombay startup leader with experience in Fortune 500 firms such as HUL, Nvidia and Google, Gray Routes is angel-funded by leading investors from The Carlyle Group, Qualcomm and Intel.

One of their products, GrayFOS Sales Force Automation solution is a location intelligence based Mobile app solution for Enterprise Field force. It automates order-taking, CRM, Asset scanning, Map-based search, Optimal routes, Auto-addressing with landmarks, real-time fleet and transaction tracking, with insta-cloud printing and other features that make it a modern day distribution tool for fmcg, pharma, durables, and other retail firms. All GrayFOS orders integrate with GrayDrop Delivery ERP or legacy ERP.

GrayFOS provides sales intelligence on the go using real time location & sales analytics built on the cloud. GrayDrop solves the data gap problem in delivery compliance using a Cloud-based Delivery Force Automation software for Enterprises. It provides a unique one-stop solution for handling the most important logistical challenges of the order fulfilment process – delivery scheduling, delivery routing, GPS route navigation, proof of delivery, fleet management & Analytics, expense management on the go. As they work on an easy Pay-as-you-Go model without ANY internet and hardware commitments, clients have an easy choice to try using both to serve their service-hungry customers better or get trumped by competition.

GrayFOS runs on Google App Engine, PHP, Javascript, Cloud Storage, Big Query, Compute Engine, Face recognition, Patent-filed for interface, road quality, POS ads and map-based geo-visual search.

The firm is based in Mumbai India and has clients such as Proctor & Gamble, GSK, Nivea, Pace Logistics, Vinay Switches, Elephant Paste Products, Bank of India, event management, QSR firms and several hundred retailers, courier and transport associations among others.

Vymo

URL: http://www.vymo.in/vymo

Vymo builds Mobile First solutions for driving sales force productivity with minimalist apps that collect simple data on sales process, competition and market. The analytics platform converts these into powerful recommendations that are delivered to various decision makers, helping them respond quickly and smartly to the market.

Vymo helps improve the productivity of large distributed field forces in emerging markets likeInsurance, Telecom, Healthcare, Consumer, Agribusinesses etc through real time recommendation and decision analytics, Gamification, Geo-analytics,  all of which are delivered via a lightweight mobile front-end app.

VYmo runs on Android, Node.JS, MongoDB and Heroku on AWS. The firm is based out of Bangalore.

LoudCell Technologies Pvt Ltd.

URL: http://www.loudcell.com/loudcell

LoudCell iFMS/iEMS (intelligent Fuel & Energy Management System) products help diesel generator owners save diesel costs, reduce wastage, improve efficiency and control pilferage.

The technology is IoT and SaaS based. LoudCell smart and Internet connected sensors process data, transmit meaningful information to the cloud, and present to the user actionable intelligence and analytics via dashboard, reports and alerts. The solution helps customers reduce wastage of diesel and energy.

LoudCell runs on IoT, Cloud, Internet connected sensors, wireless/GPRS, embedded & microprocessors. The firm is based out of Gurgaon, India , Santa Clara, CA, USA and Beijing, China. Clients include Unitech, Minda corporation, JTekt Sona (a Sona group company), etc.

FixNix Inc

URL: http://www.fixnix.co/fixnix

FixNix GRC is a SaaS based GRC solution for SMBs and Enterprises for automating complex Information Security workflows like Audit, Risk, Policy, Incident and Asset etc. This will help the CxO teams of the company to stay noticed about their compliance levels and gives great insights towards their organisations with intuitive dashboards. By this product the InfoSec overhead will be reduced by 70% and organizations can see immediate ROIs.

FixNix runs on Ruby on Rails, Windows Azure, Big Data and Analytics, Python, Postgresql and MongoDB. The firm is based out of Hyderabad, India. FixNix is operational at Mphasis, Cipla, and  E&Y.

Vitamap Software Solutions Pvt Ltd

URL: http://www.vitamap.com/

Vitamap is a Business Transformation partner for enterprise customers in India for their Field Service Management.

Vitamap’s Cloudtrac (Hosted Web platform) and mEdge (Mobile App) platform simplifies and improves operational efficiency of Field Service Operations.

mEdge runs on Java, Android and iOS platoforms.The solution is being offered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in India and ASEAN markets.

The solution increases field work force’s productivity, increases operational efficiency, reduces costs, provides competitive edge to our customers and enables growth. The solution is applicable for services of all products in the field by Field Service Engineers for break-fix and Preventive Maintenance (PM) calls.

The firm is based out of Bangalore, India and has 3000+ active user base and paying customers (including Fortune 500 companies) across India and South Asian countries.

A3 Remote Monitoring Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

URL: http://www.a3rmt.com/a3rmt

A3 Remote Monitoring Technology (A3 RMT) is a company which has been formed by recognizing a confluence of two powerful global trends:

  • Demographic trend – A global rise in population of patients with critical, chronic and emergency conditions.
  • Pharmaco-Economic trend – A huge increase in healthcare costs.

In response to this scenario, A3 (“Anywhere Anytime Access”) with its current operations in India (where the company is head quartered) has created a global opportunity to radically alter the delivery of critical life saving health care monitoring and preventive diagnostic capabilities at much lower price-performance points by innovative synthesis of digital signal processing, image processing, biomedical components, algorithms, wireless and communication technologies. The first sets of solutions are in the realm of wireless remote patient monitoring.

A3RMT works on Ubuntu operating system, My-SQL RDBMS, Languages – C, C++, Java, Python and other tools like Matlab. The firm is based in Mumbai, India.

All interested startups can attend the Closing Ceremony on October 10th, 6:00 pm onwards at Royal Orchid, Domaluru, Bangalore. The registration form for the closing ceremony can be filled up here.

 

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IBM GEP India SmartCamp – A List Of Shortlisted Startup Companies [15/30]

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IBM GEP Startup Camp is India’s first B2B startup competition held by a corporate company. IBM SmartCamps are exclusive events aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with IBM’s strategy. After judging different startups across various cities in India, the top 30 shortlisted startups in the B2B space would be host a pitching session before a Panel of Top IBM Execs and VCs, on October 9th in Bangalore. Here is list of the 15 out of the 30 shortlisted startups:

Senzit Solutions Pvt. Limitedesenzit

URL: http://www.esenzit.com/

Senzit Solutions is a global software products, solutions, service consultancy firm founded in Brisbane in 2007.

Senzith Solutions have developed two products, EVIDENCER for justice and CYBERCLAZ for smarter education sectors, among others, with custom hardware. With the Digitization Strategy  and Audio, all Kinds of Data ( Audio , video , Text , Images )  generated in classrooms and courtrooms are digitized  and securely saved by EVIDENCER and CYBERCLAZ. These data are used to create analytic reports that help in decision making.

The solution work on IBM enterprise mobility, WebSphere, Cognos , Big data and Cloud.

LogiNextloginext

URL: http://www.loginextsolutions.com/

LogiNext is a logistics tracking service. LogiNext combines the technology for its tracker and data visualization solution to help logistic companies with their operations.

LogiNext has two products – Track-A-Pack, a match-box sized GPS trackers which tracks courier bags and high value assets in real time. The real time location data is used to analyze the delivery paths, routes and stoppages and help clients calculate KPIs for delivery network.

Second product, Track-Last-Mile is an android based mobile app which tracks the delivery boys and on the field sales force to get real time visibility into intra-city operations. Again, this data is used to perform route optimization, job scheduling, and workload balancing.

LogiNext products work on Java, JavaScript, Apache Tomcat, MySQL, MongoDB, Google Maps, D3.js, Amazon Web Services. The firm has FlyKing Couriers, S P Jewelers, Ecom Express, Fabfurnish.com as their clients.

Loginext is based out of California, USA and Mumbai, India.

BlazeClan Technologies Private Limitedblaze

URL: http://blazeclan.com/

BlazeClan offers Consulting & Services for AWS Cloud to Enterprises, SMEs & Start-ups to help them Build and Deliver concepts to Market.

Cloudlytics is BalzeClan’s popular SaaS Product which helps analyze AWS CloudFront & S3 Logs so to optimize end user experience. This Big Data Analytics Tool is completely running on AWS Cloud. Cloudlytics’ Interactive Reports for Analytics is what sets them apart from the rest.

Cloudlytics uses a Elastic Map Reduce cluster, as it provides rapid scalability which is required to handle huge amount of data. Along with custom jobs, it also uses third party transformation tools & in-memory database to map raw log data to required information & optimize the processing time respectively. The processed data is then stored in a petabyte scale data warehouse solution Redshift. Using Redshift Cloudlytics is able to minimize query time when customers login to their dashboards to get analytics. Cloudlytics runs on Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, EC2, S3 and Redis.

BlazeClan is headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, India and has offices in Belgium, Canada, Singapore,

and United States.

Findability Sciencesfindability

URL: http://findabilitysciences.com/

Findability Sciences is a Big Data company. Findability platform is a technology which integrates structured and unstructured internal data (from previously siloed databases, certificates and documents, etc.), along with data found online, to help see a complete picture of the organization.

For the purpose of Impact measurement, Findability has developed the IMA App. One of the biggest challenges for measuring impact is that the vast majority of data is unstructured narrative. This results in lengthy reports which are not read, or read only in part.

IMA app is the latest app being developed using Watson® to make sure impact is measured and analyzed as fast as possible, from thousands of unstructured documents with least involvement of human resources. No special training or skills are required to make use of the application. The application consumes content within and outside the organization. The user can then just ask the question via any convenient method – a text message, web search or access through SugarCRM.

IMA App works on IBM Watson, Data Explorer & Big Insight.

Findability Solutions is headquartered in Massachusetts USA and has offices at Florida, Aurangabad amd Mumbai.

Stelae Technologiesstelae

URL: http://www.stelae-technologies.com/

Stelae Technologies is a software vendor in the Information Management sector.

Steale’s product Khemeia is currently licensed by some of the world’s largest publishers and BPOs. The company is privately funded by a network of Business Angels in France, UK, Switzerland and India, and has been awarded multiple innovation grants from the French government.

Khemeia is an automated solution (on the cloud and on-site for defence implémentations) which enables an end to end work-flow in the transformation space. With over 70% of cost savings over current solutions, Khemeia enables rapid turn-around times and is ONE PLATFORM for multiple types of inputs (PDF, Word, ASCII, etc), converting them to multiple output formats (XML, S1000d, XBRL, etc)

Khemeia uses the content analyses algorithms to combine multiple non-semantic analytic methodologies.

The company has offices in Chennai, London and Paris. The firm’s clients include Indian Air Force (with Wipro as the SI), Rolls Royce Aerospace (UK), Wolters Kluwer (US), DCNS (France), Deutsche Bank (UK), Price Waterhouse (Ireland) and many more.

Digital Future of Education Private Limiteddfoe

URL: http://www.dfoeindia.com/

Digital Future of Education Private Limited is a company committed to the development of technology products for use in the educational sector.

Currently DFOE believes Internet/Intranet as a connectivity constraint for intra-classroom digital interactions as this is what prevents devices from replacing books. With DFOE’s Educational suite on patented connectivity platform, it closes the learning loop in every single class session paving the way for TRUE TABLET based education.

The service runs on Native Java Apps on Android. Architecture is using TCP/IP – UDP – WiFi. The firm is based out of Bangalore, India and their service is currently being used at Dayanand Sagar Business Academy, Bangalore, Malik Deenar Institute of Management Studies, Kasaragod,  Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management(NITTE), Udupi and SDM, Mangalore.

Zenatix Solutions Pvt. Ltd.zenatix

URL: http://www.zenatix.com/

Zenatix is an energy analytics company that help clients understand their power consumption pattern and the way they interact with their buildings. Using analytics, insights are then provided to help clients save energy, and make their buildings smart working environment.

Zenatix installs energy monitoring equipment such as smart meters and controllers along with cloud based software for real time monitoring of energy consumption. The data from smart meters is stored in the cloud, and can be visualized on our software. Zenatix runs advanced analytics on the collected data and also recommend energy saving measures & benchmarks consumptions.

Zenatix runs on Python, open source timeseries database, Apache and Javascript. The firm is headquartered at Gurgaon, India and has Majestic Auto Limited, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Sellowrap Manufacturing Private Limited, Girnar Software Private Limited, UnitedLex India, Manikaran Wind Power Limited, Karytron Electrical Industries  and  Motherson Sumi Infotech and Designs Limited as their clients.

Drona Mobiledrona

URL: http://www.dronamobile.com/

DRONA Mobile is an enterprise mobile engagement platform. The core focuses being mobile learning and mobile engagement platform for businesses. DronaHQ is an enterprise mobility product for learning, training, communication and other multimedia delivery platform.

DronaHQ is an app builder for Enterprise grade apps, without coding. It’s a simple drag drop app creator with a built-in CMS. DronaHQ has served more than 40 customers who have created apps for Employees, Distributors, shareholders, franchisees, customers and a lot more. The apps created are native apps across Blackberry, Android, Apple, Blackberry 10. Some of the use cases for which customers have created apps range from employee engagement, learning and training, Lead management systems, communication channel, distributor management, feet on street communication, leadership development, balanced scorecard, shop floor updates etc from domains ranging from BFSI, Manufacturing, IT/ITES to Retail.

Drona runs on Microsoft, JavaScript, MySQL, mongodb, angular js, elastic search, android, iOS, blackberry, windows 8 and blackberry 10.

Drona Mobile is headquartered in Mumbai, India and has corporates like WIPRO, GENPACT, ICICI, AXIS Mutual Funds, ESSAR, Aegon Religar, TATA Steel as their client.

GLOBALS ITES PRIVATE LIMITEDglobalites

URL: http://www.globalitsystem.in/

Global ITES Pvt. Ltd. is a premier IT service providing company. Digging into the fact that here weren’t many companies which offered quality IT solutions services such as designing, developing or other IT services to their clients, Global ITES Pvt. Ltd. aims at helping small as well as medium sized companies by providing latest innovative affordable web solutions and services.

The firm works on Website designing, Website development, E- commerce solutions, Software development, Internet marketing and Mobile applications.

Globals focuses on the Private & Public K-12 Education. Their flagship product Educube ERP has helped K-12 Educational Institutions in India and abroad to streamline their academic and administrative processes, bridge the communication between all stakeholders such as Parents, Teachers, Students, Alumni and School Administrators. They have also been able to integrate Educube, a cloud / SaaS based ERP & Social Learning Suite for schools with IBM Cognos, to give analytics to the decision makers and teachers in Schools to help them personalize lesson plans to every students based on their performance, analyze drop-outs, understanding teacher effectiveness, collaboration between teachers and better knowledge management, parent-teacher engagement for remedial programs for students, student-alumni engagement for mentorship programs, etc.

Educube works on ASP.net, C#, HTML5, WCF, Cognos, MS SQL and Amazon EC2 Cloud. The firm has offices in Ghaziabad, India and Maryland, USA. Clients include City Montessori Schools, Presidency Schools, Bangalore, Kangroo Kids, Mumbai, Viraj Shri Ram Schools across India, Ambuja Vidyaniketan across India, Yuva Bharathi International School, Singapore and Yuva Bharathi International School, Coimbatore.

SPRIN Technosys Private Limitedsprin

URL: http://www.sprin.in/

SPRIN stands for Systems, Products , Research And Information Solutions and is a Mobile Apps Development Company Experts in Sencha Touch & IBM Worklight to develop secure Mobile apps in iOS, Android & Windows.

SPRIN has developed the MRMS app – an employee mobile portal for existing HR systems.  The app grants mobile access to the existing HR solutions and is highly secure built on Sencha touch with IBM worklight. The app can be accessed anywhere, anytime from a smart phone.

The App is designed to run on any mobile environment and can be used by operatives of a company to send and receive leave requests, cab requests, claim requests, access payroll on hand device, income tax, daily logs or simply attendance, profile information, workplace that provides the contacts of operative’s work place, and in fact raise the ticket. It is a single sign-in mobile application, where employees of an organization can access their official information both online and offline.

The app runs on IBM worklight 6.2, Sencha touch 2.3.2 (MVC). The firm is headquartered in Bangalore, India and the app is currently pilot testing with ALP consulting Bangalore and MFAR holdings Bangalore.

Algo Engines Pvt. Ltd.algo

URL: http://algoengines.com/

Algo Engines is a wind turbine portfolio management and performance improvement solution. Wind turbines are one of the best use cases of the “Internet of Things”, with over 200 sensors in each turbine, a single turbine can generate over 1 Tera Byte of data in a week. Algo Engines uses the data generated by a turbine to help wind turbine owners/operators/investors increase turbine performance.

Algo uses visualization, big data analytics and advanced data mining models to deliver 5% to 10% revenue increase for its clients.

Algo Engines work on C# .NET, SQL, Time series data base, R & Google charting. The firm is based in Mumbai, India.

Wolkenwolken

URL: http://www.wolkensoftware.com/

Wolken ServiceDesk is an easy to use, fully integrated ITIL compliant software that enterprise users can access via the internet to track and manage incidents, change requests, service requests and CMDB. This SaaS has a secure and scalable ITSM architecture that delivers reports, analysis and dashboards. Besides saving significant Capex and Opex, it helps in improving and maintaining the ITSM framework thereby focusing on increasing end-user productivity and satisfaction.

The firm is is headquartered in Bangalore, India.

Interview Master Technology Solutions Pvt LtdIM

URL: http://home.interviewmaster.in/

Interview Master is a screening tool which helps organizations screen candidates before an in-person meeting.

Interview Master’s platform helps organizations leverage technologies like Internet, Video, Mobile and Analytics to solve hiring challenges and make it more efficient and effective. The common challenges are poor candidate quality, logistics, difficulty in attracting good candidates, candidate fraud, lack of analysis leading to poor decision making etc.

The IM suite of tools based on proprietary technologies focus on helping organizations assess job candidates remotely via internet on platforms including mobile using methods which are efficient than traditional methods while ensuring that all assessments are proctored eliminating malpractices. The analytics help evaluate the effectiveness of the processes and improve them for better results.

Interview Master runs on PHP(LAMP), Flash, Html5. The firm is based in Bangalore, India.

Green Cosmos Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd

URL:http://greencosmos.in/dnn/default.aspxgreen cosmos

Green Cosmos, has developed the Real-Time Energy Analytics software, “RealNatics 1.0″ Powered by SAP HANA.

RealNatics 1.0 tracks, analyzes and optimizes energy use for multi-site businesses, manufacturing industries,  hospitals, institutions. Based on their energy consumption and location we help them optimize their PV rooftop solar panel installations.

By using Predictive analytics with SAP HANA, each business unit is able to predict its solar power production in real time and plan its power purchase from the grid on a daily basis. The solution also enables the business unit to track, analyze and optimize its COemissions and integrate with the Renewable Energy Resource, Rooftop Solar Panels.

The interactive “Energy Dashboard” gives the user an interactive tool to view the energy usage, CO2 emission and solar energy production and integration with conventional energy in real-time.

 

All interested startups can attend the Closing Ceremony on October 10th, 6:00 pm onwards at Royal Orchid, Domaluru, Bangalore. The registration form for the closing ceremony can be filled up here.

 

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Rico – This Little Device Uses Your Spare Smartphone To Protect Your Home

Yes, India is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. Yes, many of us have more than one smartphones with us – some we still use while some just lay around. And no, we do not know what to do with our spare smartphones.

Mindhelix, a startup incubated at Cochin’s Startup Village, is working on a great solution to reuse old smartphones.

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Rico is a smarthome security device that uses a spare smartphone as its brain and eyes. Rico takes away the clutter of heavy and expensive home security hardware and replaces them with an old smartphone. All that the user needs to do is to install an App on the used smartphone and insert it into Rico and turn it on.

Within few days of launch, Rico has raised more than $30,000 (30% of goal) and is also featured on the front page of the popularity list as well as on the staff pick on Kickstarter. You can extend your support to make Rico available by clicking here.

Here is a video of how Rico works :

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Directi’s Bhavin Launches Flock, Team Collaboration App

Directi’s cofounder, Bhavin Turakhia has launched Flock, messaging app meant for team collaboration. While there are the obvious competitors in this space (Slack et al), Flock has a few interesting features to offer

Bring clients into your conversations
You can share files, have discussions and get instant approvals from clients and others outside your team.

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A public group to share knowledge and send alerts
You can broadcase announcements to all of your team members without going through the hassles of creating new groups (and visibility). New members are automatically added to this group. 

The Flock app is currently available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS and is free for unlimited users. Flock runs on same messaging backend as Talk.to which has been shutdown.

Bhavin was the cofounder of Directi, which was acquired for $110mn last year.

Messaging apps is certainly a crowded space and Flock is betting big on simplicity – do give Flock a download and share your comments.

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Flat.to Is Now Flatchat App. Makes Finding Flats and Flatmates Easier With Messaging Integration

Mumbai based student accommodation website Flat.to which was acquired by Commonfloor, has launched Flatchat – an app that lets people, hunting for flats and flatmates, chat with each other by matching them according to their requirements.

Currently a lot of people take to Facebook groups for finding flats and flatmates in major cities like Mumbai Delhi Bangalore etc. and most listings for houses can be found only on real estate portals. This is where Flatchat has its potential customers who can now find flats easily through an app.

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One of the most interesting features of Flatchat is the personal “Flatchat assistant”. Apart from having the option to chat with “Matches (people matching your requirement)” Flatchat provides with an assistant who will be the one point of contact for any requirement. Flatchat assistant will personally assist in finding available places.

The team at the backend will make calls matching to user’s requirement and provide available options to the user. Users looking for accommodation now only have to chat with their assistant.

Earlier in October last year, Flat.to had launched Flatmate Finder that could list a flat to find a flatmate and find others who want to rent a flat with the user. In July 2013, Flat.to had raised angel funding form Aakrit Vaish, the Director of Flurry India.

Flat.to started off as a college project in 2013 for three areas of Mumbai and is now present in six cities across India.

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Madhya Pradesh Government Launches 100 Crores VC Fund To Promote And Incubate Startups

The BJP government has been focusing on local innovation – starting with budget announcements to launching Make In India campaign.

ShivrajSingh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has announced (on Twitter) that the state government is launching a VC fund of INR 100 crores to promote and incubate startups in IT and MSME sector.

This is a great step to not just promote innovation at state level, but also will help tap (and grow) local talent.

Having said that, the bigger question is who is the beneficiary? Who helps government decide on a ‘great startup’ to invest in? What are the metrics to track such funding?

We certainly hope that the government has answers for all these. Nevertheless, entrepreneurship is going mainstream and is certainly a good news for all!

Recommended Read : What is the role of government in promoting Entrepreneurship? Stay Away!

[Thanks @ravhari for the tip.]

ShopStr Uses ZopNow's Ecommerce Platform

Exclusive : ZopNow Launches ShopStr; Is Playing A Platform Play [Brings iPhone 6 To India]

Online grocery store, ZopNow’s parent company, ZN Retail has launched ShopStr, an online platform that offers great products at competitive prices, and is (probably?) the first online store to sell the iPhone 6 in India.

More importantly, and something which could be of greater significance in the Indian e-commerce space is that ShopStr marks the first use of the ZopNow e-commerce platform and this also gives a sense of the path ZopNow is going after – i.e. as an enabler of ecommerce platform.

ShopStr Uses ZopNow's Ecommerce Platform
ShopStr Uses ZopNow’s Ecommerce Platform

“While building ZopNow, we have consciously built it as a modular platform which will help other retailers to come online in a very seamless manner. This platform will take care of all aspects of building a scalable e-commerce business, all the way from marketing to consumers to customer relationship management to inventory management and last-mile delivery. We did this first with Hypercity, where we have made their inventory available to ZopNow customers. And now ShopStr is the proof that the platform works.” Mukesh Singh, the founder and CEO of ZopNow

ShopStr has tied up with suppliers across the world to bring well-established products at competitive prices to consumers in India and the iPhone 6 is the first product on ShopStr (which reminds us of 20North, Bangalore based startup that did something similar).

For ZopNow, this is an interesting platform play – i.e. they control the front-end to delivery experience, but will aggregate inventory from others and in some cases, license the platform.