Dream big – your startup fix for the week

Meet Mayank Tewari and Prerit Srivastava, batchmates and roommates at IIT-Kharagpur, who promised that they would build a startup together one day.

23rd Dec 2019
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Actor Christopher Reeve once said, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”


Truly, no dream out of your reach if you will it to reality. Meet Mayank Tewari and Prerit Srivastava, batchmates and roommates at IIT-Kharagpur, who promised each other that they would build a startup together one day.


And in 2018, a decade after this promise, the two finally fulfilled their dream and set up blockchain startup Streamsource. Headquartered in New York, it also has an Indian offshoot in Gurugram. This year, the startup raised $1 million in funding from venture capital firm Accel in January. 


Streamsource


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