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Archana was an entrepreneur with a startup in Bombay, working with women from lower income groups on hand-made products. She now lives in Singapore, writing and training in Iyengar yoga. She has also been a corporate lawyer in another life. Follow her on talkingqalam.wordpress.com or @talkingqalam and write to her at email@example.com.
Singapore based DocDoc is an online platform that enables patients to search and book doctor appointments, at no cost. We caught up with Co-founder Grace Park on starting up the company, its challenges and her journey as a women entrepreneur. Excerpts from our conversation: Tell us about your journey with DocDoc. It has been a […]
24 July 2013
The National University of Singapore has several initiatives to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among its students. Few weeks back, we spoke about the role of National University of Singapore in the startup ecosystem of Singapore, through an interview with the director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Center. Here, we bring to you another interesting initiative by the NUS Enterprise (enterprise arm […]
16 July 2013
TNF Ventures is an approved Incubator under the Technology Incubation Scheme by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Singapore Government. Managing Partner Shirley Wong, who has also been the founder of Frontline Technologies Corporation Ltd in 1994 (listed on the Singapore Exchange in March 2001) brings to TNF her own experience of being an entrepreneur for […]
15 July 2013
With ever increasing volumes of data, companies have started stressing a lot on how to make sense accurately from this and hence the filed of Big Data has emerged. From retail to telco and pharma to digital marketing, data and analytics are becoming core to the business. While the world has now woken up to (and how!) and is engulfed in this boom, Crayon Data founder and CEO, Suresh Shankar has been part of this space since early 2000, with his first startup RedPill Solutions Pte Ltd., when there was no real market to speak of.
11 July 2013
Successful entrepreneurs often find a logical transition to becoming an investor or mentor to young startups. South African born and Singapore-based John Fearon, founder of Dropmysite.com, has managed to find a great balance between entrepreneurship, mentorship and investments. John, who was at the panel discussion of the Mumbai TechSparks 2012, has spent his professional years […]
8 July 2013
Social media and tagging is intrusive and annoying for a few but if you look at the broader picture, everyone engages in it at some point in time. At Echelon 2013, I saw the Wooz.in counter soon as I walked in. Before I knew, I was chatting with CEO Ario Tamat about the product, he […]
2 July 2013
Singapore is an expensive place to own a car. Firstly, import being the only source of supply makes the car itself more expensive than most other countries in the world. Add to that, increased taxes and the high cost of certificate of eligibility (to own a car!), which is the Government’s way of discouraging people […]
1 July 2013
Singapore based Jungle Ventures, early stage investors, incubated under the Government’s National Research Fund Technology Incubation Scheme talks about their investments, Southeast Asia, India and the reality of incubation, early stage investments and more. Excerpts from our conversation with their Managing Partner, Amit Anand: YS: Tell us about Jungle Ventures Jungle was started in 2012 […]
29 June 2013
In the last few weeks, I have met several entrepreneurs in Singapore with one common thread binding them – National University of Singapore (NUS). Most of them said their entrepreneurial journey began while they were at the University. In the recent past, we have also discussed the role played by Universities in fostering the right […]
27 June 2013
Jia En Teo and Fedrico Folia, were living and working in New York, at Bloomberg, when the travel bug bit them. The couple would sub-let their apartment and rent a similar arrangement during their travels. It met two of their needs: living in someone’s apartment when they travelled gave them a local and homely feel to the place and secondly, it subsidised their travel.
27 June 2013
Varadharajan Kumaravelu’s story began in Chennai. Born in a ‘business family’, as it was referred to back then, Varad was 12 when his father lost everything with the sudden closing down of their business. “When I look back I realise that my entrepreneurial journey actually started and I was 13 years old when I was […]
26 June 2013
The Joyful Frog Digital Incubator has announced that they are accepting applications from early stage Internet businesses to its next 100 day acceleration program. Teams are selected on merit and applications from all over the world are accepted. The 100 day program concludes with a Demo Day where the participating teams get to make a pitch […]
26 June 2013
Research is a growing market, a fact that is corroborated by the large number of research softwares available in the market. While there is merit in the argument that a well designed project can give you some surprisingly different answers compared to conventional thinking and these sites do address one basic issue of ‘finding people […]
24 June 2013
India is familiar with power cuts. It may be the 21st century, and notwithstanding all the technological developments, several rural areas and second tier cities see hours of planned power cuts every day, while the metros have their own share of disruption. An interesting initiative I can across recently was an individual attempting to crowdsource […]
22 June 2013
The print and digital debate has been well documented. In this age of kindle and apps, the desire to touch and smell paper, to read something is undoubtedly declining. Personally though, I still buy my books and (select) magazines (though environmental concerns has made me switch to reading newspapers online). At the Singapore Walkabout, when […]
20 June 2013
Facebook allows you to connect with friends. Twitter enables conversations with strangers. In this age of social media overdose, is there room for another community platform? Two IIT Kharagpur graduates, Gaurav Srivastava and Aravind Ravi Sulekha seem to have found a missing link in both these popular social media network sites and thus started, Scrollback, to […]
19 June 2013
Everyday we tell you startup stories - to inspire and encourage you. We talk about entrepreneurs' journey, often from the corporate to the startup world. Yesterday we happened to meet a startup whose story stood out among all others. Flocations, a Singaporean startup which aggregates travel packages offered by offline tour operators, has a team from different parts of the world, who met and started their venture in 54 hours!
19 June 2013
Imagine being able to change TV channels, monitor the settings of the air conditioner, switch on and off the lights in the room, draw the curtain, lock the door, turn of the gas, all with one remote. You get the drift. We’re talking about home automation services – a growing market in India, thanks to […]
17 June 2013
Abhinav Krishna moved to Singapore in 2001 from Lucknow, on a Singapore Airline Scholarship available to students after class 10. He graduated from NUS with a computer science degree and joined the corporate bandwagon at Citibank, gearing up for ‘that perfect life’. Couple of years later, when the entrepreneurial urge became too hard to resist, […]
17 June 2013
Investors are hard to meet. Mentors, harder to find. Perceptions, which are perhaps true to a certain extent. Last week we attempted to answer ‘where is the startup ecosystem in India‘. Many of you read it, tweeted, liked and many perhaps brushed it aside as ‘media perspective’. Here, we bring you answers from where it […]
15 June 2013
We spoke about Ahmedabad based CityShor, which identifies the ‘treasure troves of Ahmedabad’, all the ‘hidden must-dos’ of the city, only a couple of months back, when they had formally launched their website in April 2013 (the business has been in operation since January 2013). What was uncertain at that point was how they would […]
13 June 2013
Bangalore based IT services firm, Compassities has been in operation for seven years. In these years, they have had several successes, which has also helped the company go global. After setting up offices in Australia and Middle East, Compassites is now gearing up to open offices in Singapore. Compassites joins the list of other Indian startups looking to go global.
13 June 2013
Employee engagement by organisations and various tools to simplify employee efforts has been in focus lately. Among the startups engaged in that space is Sriram Hariharan and Srikanth N K’s Myfriday. Founded in 2012, Myfriday is a software platform, working towards changing the way employees and organisations collaborate in day-to-day work by giving employees a ‘go […]
8 June 2013
Urban India is waking up fast to the organic and natural way of living. We cannot say if its a genuine change in thought process or simply a ‘fad’ but many new businesses see this as an opportunity – to create an enterprise and perhaps a social impact. One startup in this space is iKheti […]
7 June 2013
Urban India is waking up fast to the organic and natural way of living. We cannot say if its a genuine change in thought process or simply a 'fad' but many new businesses see this as an opportunity - to create an enterprise and perhaps a social impact.
7 June 2013
Looking to setup office in Singapore? We were at Singapore’s most ‘joyful’ incubator, JFDI (Joyful Frog Digital Incubator) DEMO day on the 3rd of June where several startups (with teams from all over the world including India), made their pitches. Here is an account on JFDI, their DEMO Day, the Indian teams and how you […]
5 June 2013
Imagine you are a company looking for funding or an acquisition. You have just signed a term sheet and suddenly instead of dealing with your perfectly in-sync team, you are now having to 'close the deal' with multiple parties. You could be any of the parties in that transaction, the company, a VC, legal or accounting advisor, the nightmare of several back and forth is what you sign up for, with every term sheet.
3 June 2013
Indian startups are literally going places today. Anil Advani from Inventus Law spoke to an enthusiatic crowd at Yourstory’s office recently on setting up US operations. Singapore is the other ‘go to place’ for several Indian startups. Couple of weeks back, at the Singapore Walkabout, we met many expat startups that viewed Singapore as a […]
3 June 2013
In the beauty business, the world seems to be taking a step back to move ahead. In this shift from chemical products to natural and organic, the customer is sometimes faced with the dilemma of choosing between effectiveness and safety. While organic products are safer to use, they may take longer to 'tackle the problem'.
31 May 2013
Saurabh Parmar graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology with a BTech in IT in 2006 and started his career with IBM. Feeling an urge to do something different, Saurabh switched his focus from engineering to digital media and landed a job at Gurgaon based, Quasar Media and Drizzin Media. It was in 2010, when he […]
31 May 2013