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Want a can of drinking water? Try the new CanCan app developed by Chennai-based Dinesh and Mohana Srinivas
Looking for a dealer to supply you with cans of clean drinking water on a regular basis? Just pick up your smartphone and order one. It is that simple. With the new Can app, it is now possible to have water cans delivered at your doorstep with the click of a button. The app, which is currently live only in Chennai, was developed by brothers Dinesh and Mohana Srinivas, and allows users to book a water can, much like one would book a cab on one of the ride service apps.
Launched in September 2015, the app currently caters to areas like Adyar, T.Nagar, Saidapet, Nungambakkam, Velachery and Thiruvanmiyur, Can came about when the brothers, who share a room in the city, realized how cumbersome the whole water can-procuring process was. As bachelors, we would frequently buy 20 litre cans to meet our drinking water requirement. But the whole business is rather unorganized the supplier would either forget to deliver a can, or would be short-staffed, and we would have to go and bring a can ourselves. We figured this was a problem that could be addressed quite easily, and developed CanCan. It was the perfect way to bridge the gap, ex-plains Dinesh. He adds that the quality of water being supplied by local dealers was also a concern they faced.
The brothers then got working and got in touch with various water can dealers in the city, to bring them on board. We currently have over 20 dealers who have tied up with us to deliver cans through the app. These include both branded and local suppliers However, since quality is a huge concern these days, we do our own verifications. In case of a branded dealer, we personally check with the companies concerned if they are verified dealers. When it comes to local suppliers, we visit their plants to check for quality, and to see if they adhere to BIS and FSSAI certifications, before we sign them on, he says.
The app, which is functional on both Android and iOS platforms, allows the user to select a can of water to be delivered to their address at specific time slots. The dealer then receives a notification, and the user receives an SMS with the reference number and customer care number for any further instructions.
Incidentally, Dinesh worked with some reputed IT companies before he quit, joining his brother to develop their own company. I did my MBA, while Mohana did his engineering. We always wanted to start a business of our own, and not work for a company. We had been bouncing ideas off each other for a while now, says Dinesh, adding, Our family was a little concerned, since it meant both of us would not be financially stable for a while if we chose to be entrepreneurs. But we managed to convince them and now they are rather happy with our decision.
The brothers are now working to expand their operations in areas like ECR and OMR, and are also working on setting up a fullfledged website and IVR to book cans. The plan is to go live in all of Chennai before summer sets in, smiles Dinesh.
SchoolCom uses data to make education fun across the country, writes NIKHIL VARMA
In some of the most remote areas of the country, the daily call for school attendance no longer involves a bored teacher ticking boxes on a register. Instead, he /she uses a tablet that also sends an immediate notification to parents, if the ward is absent from class. This is one of the many projects undertaken by SchoolCom, a Bengaluru based start-up that aims to use data capturing and efficient analysis to simplify decision-making in schools.
The firm is the brainchild of Mangalram Purushotam and Saurabh Sexena. Saurabh says, When Mangal returned to India after a stint in the U.S. he discovered that the lack of quick analysis of data prevented school principals from taking decisions on a range of issues. He started looking for people to build a platform that would help in this endeavour. I had just finished my engineering then and was looking for opportunities in start-ups to put my skills as a coder to use. I gave up offers from a clutch of MNCs and started working on developing schoolCom.
He adds, We have grown from 3000 students to almost a lakh within three years. Saurabh explains, SchoolCom has developed SmartTab, a device that is pre-fed with data on a particular school, including student records, modules, teachers, and sections, It has inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity and syncing technology. The device also features customizable datacapture modules that enable teachers to record data, that can be converted into simpler formats such as tables and graphic, he says. Most of the schools that use the tab are based in areas where only 2G connectivity is available, and it helps that it works on slow networks as well. Teachers can keep a tab on the performance of their students; parents and teachers can communicate in real time, and keep track of their childs performance.
Data stored in the Smart-Tab can bee put to use in various ways. For instance, if the principal wants to pick a student for a Physics Olympiad, he/she can use it to find students who perform well in the subject, and ensure that he/she is chosen, instead of spending days pouring over class records and assignments.
The team is presently working on developing a new platform called Flap, that aims at making the evaluation process more interactive, by allowing teachers to create their own methods of evaluation. Flap is a learning platform that will benefit students, teachers and parents. It is a work in progress. As more schools use technology, we hope that demands for such apps and tablets will increase.
This web application boosts your business by generating leads of the companies that visit your website, along with all their details.
Most companies are at their with its end trying to figure out new way of generating leads. Almost all methods have been tried out, and results are not as expected. You can fall back on the good old cold calling, but chances are high that you might end up meeting companies that are not, in any way, interested in what you have to offer for they do not meet your target audience demographic.
But, If someone does need your product or services, how would you know if they visited your site? In comes Who Is Visiting, a web application that can give your business the boost it needs.
This application tells you the companies that visit your website, down to every detail, including the pages they visited. This sounds pretty cool, and works well. You can get to know the name of the company, their address, their email id, their website URL, their contact number, and in most cases, will also display the executies whose profiles are on LinkedIn. You can always get in touch with them and find out what they need.
WhoIsVisiting.com plans to change all that with the help of their powerful control panel that will let you view the details of each and every visitor, keep notes on various activities, produce custom reports, and also automatically assign leads to your sales representatives depending on the local address of the visitor. Users can get in stant reports in addition to daily, weekly, and monthly reports on activities of visitors.
The application has subscription plans once the free trial gets over. You can choose from any one of the $29, $49, and $99 a month plans.
If you need something tailored to your requirements, the application also has a custom plan where the subscription fees will be decided according to your requirements.
This application, however, can only show you the visitors who visit from fixed IP addresses. Dynamic addresses are a tad difficult to track, and hence it monitors only companies and not individuals. With real time tracking, this application is worth checking out.
Mouth-watering regional snacks travel the world with the help of a website called snacks Bazzar
Tirunelveli halwas from the trademark iruttu kadai has made its way to the U.S., the flavourful sambar podi has been dispatched to Thailand, and organic murukkus have marked a presence in the united Arab Emirates. G. Vengudupathi, director of snacksbazzar.com is smiling. We have got phenomenal response during our traial run on Facebook; we received 1,500 hits in one week. A substaintial number of registered users are from China, the U.S. and U.K., he says.
Snacks Bazzar, which launches today, sells traditional Indian sweets and savouries made in an organic way to consumers across the globe. We have tied up with sellers across the country. Our UPS is organic living, explains Vengudupathi. The website has been put together by Vengudupathi, along with J.Niedhita, and C.Ramachandran.
The website helps us connect with food lovers, and is also an opportunity to offer them something new, says Nivedhita, who quit her software job to turn entrepreneur. Ramachandran, who owns acres of organic coconut farms in K.K. Chavadi, says, It has been a decade since we switched to organic farming. Now, it has become a way of life. They also make many in-house specialities. One of them is organic murukku, a savoury made with virgin groundnut oil, rosewater in traditional copper and aluminium vessels at their kitchens in Udumalpet.
With over 70 products already listed, including jalebimysorepak, Chettinad special thenkuzhal, kai murukku, gulkhand burfi, Ceylon halwa, assorted sweets, and cakes, Vengudupathi also plans to add organic green tea and continental delicacies.
Vengudupathi says social media is a buzzing market place. Everything sells. But, one has to offer something unique to grab the attention. In 70 days, we have 4,000 registered members from across the globe. All the efforts is worth it, when you find a sweet that tastes good and makes you feel good too.
For details, visit snacks-bazzar.com or call 07200472008.
Software engineer Hemalatha Annamalai has always wanted freedom to manage her own time and not have somebody tell her what to do. Though she founded a human resources consulting company in the past, the bigger opportunity came in 2008 when manufacturer Ampere. The start-ups product range today includes electric cycles, scooters, trolleys and special purpose vehicles for the differently abled.
It has not been an easy ride, through, for the alumnus of the Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. While setting up the core team was a challenge, she had to face bigger challenges with customs while importing certain key parts for research and development. She did not give up. I came into manufacturing consciously as the scale potential is huge, unlike ecommerce and the Internet where only few companies can succeed, said Ms. Annamalai.
Ampere focus is on rural markets these electric bikes are used by farmers to transport chicken feed, eggs and rains. Annamalai believes personal mobility is a basic need on par with food, clothing and shelter that defines the dignity of an individual. Two years ago, it received funding from private equity firms Forum Synergies India and Spains IMI Investments.
And in July this year, Ratan Tata chipped in with an investment. She got Mr. Tata attention by sending a simple email with three concluding remarks: If China can consume 32 million electric vehicles every year, why cannot India? Why should not the auto industry, dominated by a few large petrol players, be democratized by capital-light but technology-intensive electric vehicle industry? Why cannot we bring manufacturing to villages through electric cycles?
She said, I explained the impact that it can create for rural and semi-urban markets and then he (Mr. Tata) quickly told me the Tata Nanostrory.