‘Don’t tell me it can't be done’ - your Monday startup fix

29th Apr 2019
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Movies make us laugh, cry, and cheer, And there are some that make us contemplate further. Be it a kid fresh out of school or an entrepreneur, movies influence us all. As Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society (1989), said: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”


Even action movies offer real-world lessons. “My number one rule is to hope for the best and plan for the worst,” says Noah Vosen in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Through life, it’s important to meet every challenge head-on. The story of Deepa Aathreya is a great example!


As you get down to work this fine Monday, don’t forget to read up our stream of startup stories.




Soon, you can interact with your favourite celebrities on Escapex


Move over Instagram because Avengers star Jeremy Renner is on Escapex to interact with his fans! Founded by Sephi Shapira in 2015 in Singapore, Escapex connects celebrities and fans on a more personal level. At present, it has over 350 influencers and more than 20 million users, helping celebrities and influencers create their own unique ‘decentralised’ social media platform.




Bootstrapped startup Vaizle lets you track engagement on Facebook, Twitter, etc


Social media marketing has become a powerful tool for companies to measure their performance. However, the only way to know what works best is by using analytics to measure the engagement, users, traffic, and sales coming their way. US-based startup Vaizle has gone one step further by letting its users know how they rank against their competitors.


The founders of Vaizle



This college dropout wants to make his startup the OYO of office rentals


Launched in June 2018, The Hacker Street is a technology-driven provider of co-working or managed office spaces. Founded by Gourab Paul, the startup offers more than 30,000 seats across seven cities. The founder claims it has close to 25,000 users visiting the platform every month, a number growing at 30 percent month on month. 




Dozee wants to win the medical device market with a contactless heart monitor


Medtech startup Dozee has created a contactless device that tracks sleep patterns, heart, respiration and stress levels. In a conversation with YourStory, the founding team talks about how the patent-pending monitor can help India stay on top of its health.




IIM alumnus' startup Barton Breeze brings farms to your doorstep


Gurugram-based Barton Breeze was started by Shivendra Singh in 2016 in Dubai, UAE, to bring innovation to farming. The startup focusses on Hydroponics - a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions. Operates eight farms in India, two in Dubai, Barton Breeze's clients include Hero Steel, True Leaf, Milkbasket, Naffaq, and JVL.




How bootstrapped startup Champu is winning a crowded t-shirt market


Siddharth Jain founded Champu.in in 2015 to help people own customised T-shirts. With over 200+ designs on offer, he entered the market when ecommerce was the sector to be in. Four years later, the company's revenue is growing 15-20 percent month on month. How is Champu beating its competitors?




TribeStays is giving student housing a facelift with a secret ingredient


Startups like NestAway and CoLive made co-living for professionals and students easier than ever. But premium student housing still needs addressing. Enter TribeStays with fancy furniture, and high-quality services that the sector has not seen till now. The facilities include 24x7 food, laundry, housekeeping, a fully-equipped gym, en-suite bathrooms, entertainment zones, parking space, and study areas. 




This political reporter successfully launched a sports OTT business


PowerSportz was launched in May 2018 by a Kanthi Suresh, a political reporter. Today, it claims to be garnering close to two million views every day. That's not all! The OTT startup wants to be a platform for all stakeholders in the sporting ecosystem, be it athletes, coaches, support staff, or management.



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