We have Rishabh on board today covering the first set of startups showcased at Proto 4. The session included six of them, primarily in the Web and Technology arena. Without further adieu, let’s let Rishabh rolling.
“Thought that I was late, turned out so was everyone else. Was quite a task to find the gate. Dogra Hall is a labyrinth!” Anyway, pretty soon we began the session, and the following startups made their pitch.
Soliton is a Bangalore based 4 year old startup into vision systems and equipments, what me and you might call smart cameras. The company founded, funded and run by Dr. Ganesh Devaraj plans to launch the product within six months.
The company is a B2C targeting end users and enterprises. The product is claimed to be extremely useful for surveillance and more importantly for quality control techniques. It is a 26 member team and has been in the industry for nearly 10 years.
The product is focusing on building usability and affordability in to the system and that’s the pain point they want to bring relief to. And from what they claim they’ve been able to cut the price down by more than half from the existing average of Rs. 2 Lakhs.
Picporta is a startup based in Ahmedabad and works with a team of less than 10 people. Founded by Pulkit Gaur Picorta setup operations in 2006 as a content based image search product. In simpler terms, it is a face recognition software based on Tagging. They say that they are not really looking to get acquired by biggies like facebook or orkut(google). One of the limitations on Picporta is its 5mb space limit.
Also, Picporta guys seemed a little disappointed with the 6 minutes that they were allotted. Time does fly quickly during showcases don’t they.
Hiring Tool pretty much explains itself as a recruitment enabler and it claims to be India’s first B2B hiring tool. Their solution revolves around a basic question:” You connect the hr to agencies? So your job completely depends on the job agencies?”
It is a self funded startup established this year by Nupur Punjabi and is currently a 3 member team. As is obvious again their target are enterprises and aims to time itself into the market withing 6 months.
With three startups done we ha a bit of the Proto show with the vocals from Freddy Mercury. They showcased how the Proto Alumni have fared. A set of impressive numbers, numbers of users using the services of the startups, but personally to me the question remains, how much did proto contribute to it. I guess the effort is intangible. After the short session we move on to the next 3 startups.
Lifeblob is a 3 member team established by Pranav Bhasin last year. In Lifeblob’s own simple words it provides an easy and comprehensive solution to organise your life. Self funded and targeting the end users in the Interactive Marketing arena, Lifeblog is one of the few products to go live straightaway.
Lifeblob is an e-diary. Your life story shown on others people’s timelines where ever it links. I think it is very useful for a variety of events though the art about educational purposes was a little amusing. We will cover both Lifeblob and HR tools in depth in our WATShow edition to know how they put their seemingly obvious into business use.
Tiriyo Technology Consultancy has been doing rounds since 3 years (2005). It is a targeting an enterprise audience and is a 7 member team headed by Dinesh Neralla and their produce recruiter pilot will be out within 6 months.
Tiryo tries to find an employee sourcing process in one click. Essentially, it scans resumes for keywords and short lists them based on the users requirements. In its plans to market and promote itself it thinks of going viral by building Facebook applications and others.
It works on the revenue share model from the recruitment fee to bring in the money.
I think the organisers quite liked Muziboo, they were the only company to finish their presentation before the stipulated time.
Muziboo is a half year old 2 member startup providing a feedback and perhaps a networking solution for musicians both amateurs and professionals. So in essence, Muziboo is an online community for music creators, indi music mostly. It works on a revenue model of membership accounts. I.e. Give online tool to musicians and charge them for the pro account.
Muziboo is founded and run by Prateek Dayal and is a self funded entity in the web/ Internet industry. The product itself was launched today.
Lords of Odds :
Lord of Odds is initiated by Mindhive Labs solution and is a year old self funded venture. Currently Lords of Odds is a 5 member team headed by Hariharan Krishnamoorthy and the product targets 18 to 30 year old fantasy gaming enthusiasts.
If I can briefly explain the concept – There are events. The users have to predict a result for the event. And with every rightly placed prediction they get a virtual currency called Loot and every time you win you get more Loot.
They plan on promoting LOOT on Social Networks and Mobiles.