The first step is to start - your startup fix for the weekTeam YS
Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
After all, the first step to starting up is just that - starting. For Nikhilesh Tayal, entrepreneurship began as a blog to feature prominent filmmakers. Today, his startup Vidsaga, based out of Udaipur, helps companies connect with video creators from across the world.
Take that first step. And if you need more inspiration, we have a host of startup stories for you this Monday.
Koala Kabs was born out of a mother's instinct to ensure the safety of her daughter while commuting to school. Two years into its operations, the startup now serves 130 women and children regularly. Currently operational only in the Delhi-NCR region, it soon plans to expand to other metros and Tier-II cities of the country.
Started in 2016, Gandhigram-based Author Form has developed Gripr, a mobile grip stand for easy smartphone handling. The startup has also developed prototypes of a laptop stand, lap desk, etc. for better ergonomics. Gripr is currently priced between Rs 139 and Rs 149, and is available on ecommerce sites such as Amazon and Flipkart.
Cultiv8 wants to grow an ecosystem that helps early-stage startups flourish. In this video interview with YourStory Business Editor Vishal Krishna, the Coimbatore-based incubator's Kaarthick Balakrishnan and Seshadri Krishnan delve into their latest initiative: a six-month accelerator.
Delhi-based startup Nanoclean launched in the market with ‘Nasofilter’, a kind of nasal filter that costs only Rs 10. Then, it launched AC filters that can turn any AC into an air purifier and cost only Rs 399. Now, it is embarking on a journey to put India in the elite group of countries mass-producing nanofibres.
After several years of running brick-and-mortar coaching classes, the husband-wife duo of Tanushree Nagori and Aditya Shankar realised that tech is essential for creating large-scale impact. Thus, began Doubtnut, a doubt-solving app which has now grown to five million MAUs.
Sudeep Anandapuram's personal experience in trying to buy a home of his own led him to start up Zippserv along with his friend Debasis Hota in 2016. A techie, Sudeep returned to India from the US in 2010 after spending 15 years in the country, and was looking forward to buying his own home and settling down in Bengaluru.
Mihup, which offers an AI-enabled speech recognition platform for vernacular languages, believes that offline is the key to protecting privacy. The founders agree that India seems to be at greater risk compared to the rest of the world. The startup runs deep research on accents and dialects across languages.