Everyone keeps talking about the next big thing and how the next Google or the next Facebook will emerge out of India. However when it comes to making it then most fall short of the mark. Sreelaj John is not among the latter that fall but is among those who are in contention to be world players. His venture going by the name of iDuple has been turning heads and making waves. He told us more about it saying “The word, iDuple, means "I sell dreams". It is suggested to me by a friend of mine, and the idea was simple. iDuple should be able to build products that are world-class, stuff that now only apple or Google can build. From day one, we were very clear about our competition, Google and Apple. Not because they work in the same domain, but because of their passion for excellence.”
In his quest to be ranked among the best he has also found a great ally in “Sun Startup Essentials Programme”. He told us of their association saying “iDuple has been an active member of Sun Startup Essentials for a very long time. Sun Startup Essentials has always encouraged startups and embraced “opensource”, while big companies tend to treat them as threats. Partnership with Sun, in various domains would make real sense for a startup, because it gives visibility to potential customers.”
“One thing that is worth mentioning here is their willingness to help. We have worked with a couple of SSE facilitators, and all of them were very well connected and eager to introduce us to potential partners / customers.”
Business Idea- The fact that iDuple is aiming for the stars means that the idea behind it is a worthy one. Sreelaj explained what they are selling and developing saying “Our product, www.iDuple.com is a “webtop”, a computer living in the internet. You could store your entire digital life in that. The world is moving very fast towards browser based OS, and net-tops. Once you have an account with a webtop, you can check your mails, subscribe to blogs, chat with your friends, store and share your data, everything inside one single platform. Trust me, it is insanely great!!!”
What sets them apart- Sreelaj best summed up what they have that will take them to the top saying “iDuple.com, was a dream project for the entire team. It has an amazing user interface, and a great reusable architecture, real time technologies. It’s truly a world-class product. There are not many small companies that could dream of such a huge one.”
His Entrepreneurial Journey- Sreelaj had always been interested in business and money making. His entrepreneurial talents were already beginning to show through even in his early years. He says “I was always a salesman, even from the college days. I used to take part time jobs just to earn some extra pocket money. And I was always fascinated by technology and I would travel miles to attend a conference. Doing a regular job can only give you so much. At one point you realize, that, you are destined to do more, better stuff. Somehow it was a very easy decision for me.”
“I used to take up freelancing / consultancy works, part-time while I was working in Europe. I had good enough money to start off, hire a few employees and an office from the beginning. But I was extremely skeptical about my talent as an entrepreneur. And because of that, I was very orthodox in terms of handling money and was doing everything myself in the beginning. The one good thing about being an entrepreneur is, one day you will learn to have enough confidence to start spending money and place your own bets."
His positive attitude has ensured that every mistake has been taken in the right vein; he says “The funny thing about mistakes is, once you realize that it is a mistake, you would change it. And it is not a mistake anymore. There are certain things, which I wouldn't want to repeat. Again, the only way to be wise enough to know that is by doing it wrong at least once.”
He summed up his entrepreneurial journey in one word saying “Well, in one word. It is addictive. With me and with all the entrepreneurs I know. We definitely can talk about the experiences, the sense of achievement, the glamour or the challenges, or a combination of all these. Once you have tasted it, it is really hard to go back to an ordinary life.”
iDuple has recently been featured in the Hindustan Times as a “Fundable company” after their presentation in IIT Mumbai. The endorsement has been a positive note for iDuple and Sreelaj who are on the lookout for investors; he says “External funding is definitely in my mind. Also we are negotiating partnerships with huge enterprises. Once we have it, we could spend all our energy on innovation.”
Yourstory wishes Sreelaj luck and fortune in finding investors who understand what a great product he has. We hope to see iDuple fulfill its potential as a world leader and do us all proud.
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