[Monday Wrap] Willing is not enough; we must do: your startup fix for the week

19th Nov 2018
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Did you wake up wishing you could kick Monday's ass after a fantabulous weekend? There's no reason not to if you follow Bruce Lee's life mantras.

Born Lee Jun-fan, Bruce Lee, apart from being an actor and film-maker, was also a philosopher of sorts. Sample one of his sayings: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” Here’s another: “A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.”

Inspired yet? Wondering if this Monday morning is the time to get started on your plan? Let Bruce advise you: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”

We suggest you get started after sifting through our stories of startup success!

Meet Varun Mayya and Shashank Udupa, next-generation micro VCs from Avalon Labs who are showing startups the way to success. The duo founded Avalon Labs in 2017 as a micro-VC that invests in special ideas. How does it work? They find first-time entrepreneurs with great ideas, zero capital to start up, but a business track record behind them.

Avalon Labs' Co-founders Shashank Udupa and Varun Mayya

Recycling and upcycling are all well and good, but could you buy a second-hand cellphone? Or a laptop? Chances are you wouldn't trust the product would last a week! But Kolkata-based HyperXchange offers certified and guaranteed refurbished electronics, selling them through its network of retail stores and bringing transparency to the sector.

HyperXchange Co-founder Dipanjan Purkayastha

Make a wish, and the perfect virtual employee could be at hand. Delhi-based Wishup connects businesses with virtual employees who can take care of their every task. Founded by Neelesh Rangwani and Vivek Gupta, it uses selection processes and interviews to matches employees with the needs and demands of their clients.

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Neelesh Rangwani and Vivek Gupta, the Co-founders of Wishup

Robotics is one of the top buzzwords floating around these days. But how does one start and grow a business in the robotics space? Like Bengaluru-based Tech30 robotics startup Vyuti Systems, which provides a complete automation solution and is generating Rs 1.3 crore in business with zero investment.

The Co-founders of Vyuti Systems: Nikhil Ramaswamy (left) and NA Gokul

You need to hustle for that muscle and it ain’t easy. Bengaluru-based Altsoul aims to make fitness a part of life by offering “a single pass that gives you a lot more convenience and a far wider selection of fitness options” than ever before. Founded by Arvind Eashwar and Rohit Khanna in March 2018, an Altsoul membership offers access to activities such as fitness, dance, yoga, and meditation.


Pradeep Gowriraju was not your typical software engineer: he wrote code by day and planned parties by night. His love for party planning and organisation made him a go-to consultant for parties, events and functions for friends and families. Along with his childhood friend, Pradeep Goud Nagula, he founded Happy Retreats. The startup manages the properties completely, exclusive to weekend getaways.

Pradeep Nag and Pradeep Gowriraju

Bengaluru-based HR-tech startup UpYourGame aims to solve the problem of attrition at companies by addressing ‘performance management’ with an AI and ML-based enterprise solution. Founded in late-2017 in Dubai by Kishore Chand, Sofia Chand, Amogh Kamath and Tejas Kamath — folks with degrees and decade-long work stints in HR.

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