OK Monday, let’s do this: your startup fix to start the week
On this sunny first day of the week, we suggest you #Monslay. Our startup stories are all the impetus and inspiration you need.
Why are Mondays so, well, universally despised? Garfield, the fat cat we all love, hates 'em. The day is synonymous with “Monday morning blues”. And umpteen songs classify it as a day of depression and melancholy. If you disbelieve, lend an ear to Monday, Monday by the Mamas & the Papas, Rainy Days and Mondays by the Carpenters, I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats, and Manic Monday by the Bangles.
The first day of the week, the word Monday is derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday. To most of us, it’s a day we would put off for as long as possible. But think of Monday as a state of mind. It’s a day for new doors, new ideas, and new beginnings. Don’t let the start of a new week bog you down; use it to set a killer tone for the rest of the week.
Inspired much? Now let’s go #Monslay. But if you need more inspiration, we suggest you sift through our stream of startup stories:
Come morning, and it’s time to wait for the milkman. But, keeping tabs on the milkman, his routes, and deliveries isn’t easy for dairies. Enter Mr Milkman, which is helping streamline dairy operations with its SaaS platform. Founded by Samarth Setia, the Gurgaon-based startup lets dairies manage daily end-to-end operations, gather data, and track performance. Clearly, a “moo” in the right direction…
Admission time = paperwork. But NoPaperForms is changing the face of college admissions in India with its SaaS-based enrolment automation solution. The Delhi-based startup, founded by Naveen Goyal and Suraj Supra, cuts paper clutter and provides easy-to-customise-and-deploy enrolment solutions for unversities, colleges, schools, and students.
Local produce is scoring over imported options as awareness about food miles grows. Enter Nainital-based agritech startup Red Otter Farms, which cultivates local, fresh produce through soil-less, sustainable farming. One of the first few aquaponics commercial farms in India, the startup was founded by Anubhav Das and Srishti Mandaar.
Saleeh K and Mohammed Anees started freelancing as app developers to earn some extra bucks while studying computer engineering. Cut to six years later, and their startup, Kochi-based Appmaker, has clients from 35 countries, and aims to be Shopify for mcommerce. Appmaker allows you to create native apps for Android, iOS, and Windows phone, in seconds.
In India, milk is synonymous with good health. But every Indian knows that dairy is India is often tainted. Farm-to-table startup Happy Milk is using tech to milk demand for good, old-fashioned organic dairy products. The startup offers a range of organic dairy products, including milk, curd, ghee and paneer, sourced from cows fed on organic feed and in glass/clay packaging.
The lack of employment opportunities in smaller towns and cities often forces graduates to either move to IT hubs, or stay home and take up jobs that don’t match their skills. Reason enough for these former Wipro employees to bring jobs and business opportunities to smaller cities. NextWealth Entrepreneurs, founded by Sridhar Mitta, Anand Talwai, and Mythily Ramesh, is creating job opportunities in small cities by executing IT and BPO services at delivery centres run by local entrepreneurs.