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Wish you a Happy New Year

Sun, 03 Jan 2010 23:16:35 +0000

Here’s wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous new year.  I’ve been writing rather infrequently in 2009 and thats likely to continue into the first couple of months in 2010. I’m going to be in Ahmedabad around 15-20 th Jan. If anyone wants to meetup, drop me an email. CommentsJanuary 4, 2010, Rama [...]



VoiceTap connects you with experts to get answers

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:06:27 +0000

VoiceTap is a Noida based startup that hopes to connect knowledge seekers with knowledge experts.  As the fast-food content on the Internet grows, its becoming more and more difficult to search for relevant, precise, authoritative answers to your questions on Google. VoiceTap hopes to make it easier for those seeking answers to questions to connect [...]



MumbaiTrader – another social investing startup

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:26:48 +0000

MumbaiTrader is a new startup, offering social investing tips to Indians. The site brings together a network of pre-screened and verified advisors, who will offer their services to investors. Each advisor is ranked and investors can opt to follow an adivsor based on their rating and track record. This Covestor like model has been implemented [...]



NYT on slow pace of innovation in India

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 20:34:02 +0000

Vikas Bajaj has a story on NYT about India’s slow pace of innovation.  Nothing new and nothing most of you all didnt know already. Even the ubiquitous Sujai Karampuri gets a mention as is normally the case on stories based on this theme (no offense to Sujai – I love his blog and admire how [...]



Rediff exodus is an ominous sign

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:46:22 +0000

Since August, Rediff has lost four key executives - – Long time product head – Zaki Ansari – who quit in August to join UTV New Media – India Abroad editorial director Prem Panicker quit to join Yahoo India – CFO Joy Basu left in August – Most recently, Salil Chandrashekar, director of product development [...]



Is Burrp deleting user reviews ?

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:54:25 +0000

I recently uncovered an incident where Burrp seems to have deleted a user review. Nishith,  founder of Pune based True Sparrow Systems (team behind SocialMedian – acquired by Xing), wrote a review for a Pune based burger joint, which he tweets was deleted by Burrp. While I havent seen this as frequently occurring scenario, I [...]



Need recommendations for a reliable data entry service provider

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 03:08:31 +0000

I’m looking for some data entry work to be done — can you recommend a reliable service provider if you’ve used one ? Leave a comment or drop me an email – contact [at]startupdunia[dot]com. CommentsDecember 8, 2009, Neelabh Prabhat commented: Hi, We have started a rural BPO in collaboration with the CSR arm of Usha [...]



Notes from Nasscom Product Conclave 2009

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 19:21:28 +0000

Overall Learnings There is no problem, i.e., (1) there are not enough good problems that startups are working on (2) there seems to be no shortage of funds, platforms and ecosystem partners willing to help startups, there are not enough good startups for them to support. The ecosystem is hungry for successes. It was a [...]



Infy co-founder NR Narayana Murthy setting up a VC fund

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:55:33 +0000

VCCircle reports that Infy co-founder, NR Narayana Murthy, has sold $37 million worth of Infy shares to setup a VC fund. Proceeds from the sale will be used as seed capital for the fund. That is great news. He has amazing street cred and is definitely viewed as an entrepreneurial icon who grew Infy to [...]



The Crapstore

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:28:33 +0000

Although I’ve been tempted to own an iPhone since the day it launched, I’d held off doing so because AT&T is the sole carrier in the US and frankly – AT&T simply sucks. However, I finally caved in and got myself one a couple of weeks ago. First and foremost – there’s no denying that [...]



A Guide to NASSCOM Product Conclave 2009

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 13:56:14 +0000

Introduction Question: Where are the successful product startups from India? How to become one? And how long will we be taking example of only one company (Zoho)? To answer this question, we’ll be attending NASSCOM Product Conclave 2009 on Oct 27-28 at the Lalit Ashok hotel, Bangalore.It’s a traditional conference organized by NASSCOM (short for [...]



Happy Diwali

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 13:26:58 +0000

Wishing you a very Happy Diwali & for those who celebrate their new year, wish you a happy & prosperous new year as well. StartupDunia is one year old StartupDunia is 3 years old CommentsOctober 28, 2009, raj commented: Wishing you a very Happy DiwaliCopyright © Pranav Dharma -StartupDunia, 2006-2008



Dynamic pricing for movie theater tickets

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:45:50 +0000

In most of the consumer markets, pricing is guided by a supply – demand fit. Price a product too high and there’ll be less demand, price it too low and you’ll miss out on potential profits (of course, there are lots of exceptions to this too). Pricing is therefore more of finding that fit as [...]



StartupDunia is 3 years old

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 22:32:44 +0000

Yesterday marked the 3rd anniversary of StartupDunia. Wow – its hard to believe its been 3 years already. Its been an amazing journey so far, of course with its share of ups and downs. Along the way, I’ve made some awesome contacts and friends and come in touch with folks whom I would have never [...]



Play by play strategy of TweetPhoto

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 18:19:55 +0000

WSJ has an interesting story on the play by play strategy of TweetPhoto, that hopes to usurp TwitPic as the leading photo sharing service via Twitter. Right from initial idea to leveraging developers, it highlights how TweetPhoto stumbled along the way and then went on to have Britney Spears as a user. Read it here. [...]



Iglooo – Compare book prices

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:00:35 +0000

Iglooo, a Pune based startup, has launched a price comparison website for books.  You can search for a book based on title / author and they provide price comparison results from vendors like A1 books, First & Second, Landmark and Crossword. To purchase, you are redirected to the vendors website. Currently, they claim not to [...]



How many mobile platforms can we take ?

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:59:33 +0000

The iPhone without an ounce of doubt jumpstarted the smartphone category. So much so that smartphones are one of the fastest growing category of phones in the US market. Earlier, mobile app development was restrained by closed platforms and proprietary OS’es.  Now, however, it looks like the increasing number of mobile platforms might lead to [...]



Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive by IIT Kharagpur

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:44:49 +0000

The E-Cell @ IIT KGP is organizing an ‘Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive’ to promote entrepreneurship and encourage students across the country to embrace entrepreneurship. They will organize an Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp in 10 cities over a span of 10 days across various college campuses. Some of the campuses they intend to cover as part of this [...]



When will Indians learn to take themselves a little less seriously

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 19:55:34 +0000

Apparently, a tweet by Shashi Tharoor, the minister of state for External Affairs, about some joke related to ‘holy cow’  has landed him in some shit. I kid you not – it has offended Indians and Indian politicos. So much so that Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with him about the ‘controversy’.Rumors also floated that [...]



Startup Idea – Rent a SMS short code

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:17:59 +0000

It is an undeniable fact that mobile is *the* platform in India. SMS usage aka texting is probably one of the most pervasive mobile applications prevalent in India. However, if you want to provide an SMS interface to your web-app, there is no easy solution out there. You need to either buy a SMS short [...]