Mumbai has a very huge scope and it can get tough for people in Mumbai to explore this prodigious city. This is where TheMumbaicity.com chips in to provide information about the city on the internet.TheMumbaiCity.com started on 15th Aug 2011 with an aim to be an information rich website which provides a platform to explore, contribute, share, and connect by bringing bloggers, readers, prospective customers, and media together. TheMumbaiCity.com encompasses diverse topics such as Mumbai News (all sectors), Tourist Attractions, Real Estate, Education, Shopping, Local Train Timetable, Night-life in Mumbai, Religious Places in Mumbai and many more.
Currently, they are looking for tie-ups with big names and are also working on development of Mobileapps especially Android applications, which would be made available for free. Also, they have plans to introduce booking of Mumbai Local tickets by mobile and a special web based software package for maintenance of all the cooperative housing societies in Mumbai, which will be made available on www.TheMumbaiCity.com. They are in talks for tie ups with some major brands like, MTS, Reliance, Naturals Icecream, Meru Cabs, Vijay Sales, Kesri Travels, Water Kingdom and Essel World.
“There are many Market Players, but we are not competing with any one. The USP is to provide all information about Mumbai on the internet, which will make the life of people in Mumbai easy. We target to start with a website for all the metros inIndia,” says Founder Tanmay Sasvadkar.
TheMumbaiCity.com was started in a small room cum office with two writers Mitosh Mora and Supriya Bandekar, in guidance of Prateek Panchal who was deeply involved in the development of the website. With the good response the website received, they have now opened an office in Mumbai and are a team of 7 that comprises 5 passionate writers and an SEO and design team. It currently has no marketing team but plans to have one in place soon.The business idea of TheMumbaicity.com was conceptualized by Tanmay Sasvadkar, an Engineering Graduate having plans to have something of his own on the internet, which drove him to start off with tiny blogs, websites and many more internet related applications. The other thing at the back of his mind was to deliver something to the country. That is why he started websites on different cities. He firstly started with www.TheIndoreCity.com, which was brought into existence during his graduation days then launched www.TheMumbaiCity.com. After this, they launched www.ThePuneCity.com, which is the current project they are working on.
There is no official investor associated with TheMumbaiCity. All the capital invested was from personal savings.
“Our greatest initial challenge was funds, as there was no investor associated with us, which landed us into big problems from the start; still we stuck with the idea. Getting resources was an issue, but support from the team was exceptional, which hardly made us realize that we are at a lack of resources. There was help from friends during tough times and an overwhelming support from Varun Rajwade, who is still associated with TheMumbaiCity and is helping us get technically stronger. Many of the VCs we’ve pitched to, have shown interest in the project now,” Tanmay concludes.