[Monday Wrap] From using CCTV data to make homes safer to launching a travel startup after a vacation - your startup fix to start the week


In these unsafe times, City Surveillance is watching and analysing CCTV data to make homes safer. The IIIT-Bangalore incubated startup offers a software-engineered recorder that can analyse movements and generate alerts. The software service provider can be retrofitted in video recorders to provide alerts through app notifications, SMSes, and emails.

The core team of City Surveillance

The laptop is the lifeline for a coder. But what if it goes missing one day and you can't afford to get a new one immediately? What if a good smartphone is all you can get at the moment? No laptop, no problem. For Rajasthan-based Dcoder lets you code on your mobile. Founded by Ankush Chugh and Shubham Soni, it lets you write code on Dcoder’s code editor; this is then sent to the cloud servers where it is compiled and executed, and the output is redirected to the mobile screen.

Dcoder Co-founders Ankush Chugh and Shubham Soni with a developer

Who hasn't dreamt of starting up when on a vacation? But the plans are forgotten as soon as the holiday's over. But not for travel lovers Nishant Sidhu, 33, and Gurmeet Singh, 32. Born out of a Thailand holiday, Trekteller’s travel network aims to change the way you explore the world. The startup connects travel lovers by letting them share photos, blogs, travelogues, and infographics.

The Trekteller team wants to make travel much more immersive

A few years ago, Sona Puri, Prakash Bhalekar and Shailesh Bishnoi decided to exploit the rapidly-growing ecommerce industry to benefit artisans. Now, Gurugram-based The India Craft House is changing the livelihood of Indian artisans. The founders believe that enabling artisans to reach new markets, and providing them with repeat orders, will help make craft a lucrative work option.

The India Craft House team wants to create a fair trade platform and support artisans across the country

Set up in October 2015 by Girish Raj Nair, Mohammad Javed and Sonia Manchanda, Spread stands as testimony to the founders’ love for and belief in affordable design thinking.

Bengaluru-based Spread’s design thinking methodology lets businesses quickly adapt to digital and physical transformation. The firm streamlines design projects and offers them to its network to execute, managing the process end to end.

Spread Design is facilitating the development of strategies and solutions across mediums and challenging terrains

Keen on stocks, but want to ride the big ones? Pune-based Zambala helps you invest in Facebook, Apple, and Amazon stocks. The AI-powered marketplace for Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi)-registered brokerage houses and market experts lets retail investors connect. It spares the investor of broker commissions and other fees, and is free of cost.

The Co-founders of Zambala, Amitabh Srivastava and Achal Darbari

With a focus on intelligent data and engaging users with personalised content, RecoSense Labs was launched in 2014. Founded by Amith Srinivas and Shivkumar Janakiraman, the startup uses AI to track user behaviour, and personalise content for them. The Bengaluru-based startup aims to achieve higher user engagement, watchtime, loyalty, and participation of users on content platforms.

Amith Srinivas, the Co-founder of RecosSense Labs

The Xatalog website claims it is the “world's most intelligent catalogue manager”. So why catalogue, when you can Xatalog it. Founded by Deepak Sharma and Aditya Kedia, the online catalogue management solution helps customers turn their product offerings into interactive e-catalogues that can help grow revenue, engagement, and interaction.

Deepak Sharma and Aditya Kedia, the Co-founders of catalogue management solution Xatalog

A PayPal report states India has 15-20 million freelancers, and its sharing economy could be worth $20 billion-$30 billion by 2025. With the number of freelancers and independent consultants on the rise, HR talent marketplace Noble House is driving the gig economy. Launched by Sanjay Lakhotia and Sumer Datta, the startup aims to organise the "fragmented" HR consulting space, and bridging the gap between talent and requirement.

Sanjay Lakhotia, Co-Founder, Noble House, aims to organise the HR consulting space

Mutterfly, founded by Akshay Bhatia, is betting on the rise – and the rise – of the sharing economy in India. So if you want to rent something for just a day, Mumbai-based Mutterfly lets you do just that. The sharing network lets people rent a range of products not available on rent elsewhere, including party gear, electronics, cameras, outdoor equipment, and premium helicopter and yacht experiences.

The Mutterfly team is focusing on collaborative consumption with its sharing network

Mumbai-based lifestyle brand The Label Life recently opened its first store in Bandra, Mumbai. It has also partnered with Reliance's Project Eve in eight cities, and aims to open a semi-permanent spot in DLF Promenade, Delhi, by mid-September. Clearly, The Label Life thinks going offline is as important as being online. Styled by Sussanne Khan, Malaika Arora, and Bipasha Basu, the startup is founded by Preeta Sukhtankar.

Sussanne Khan and Mallika Arora at The Label Life Store

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