“To start off let us be very clear that unlike what the title might seem to suggest, this one is not intended to be a guide about how to setup a culture at your organization or anything remotely connected to processes as such, because eventually culture, be it organizational or societal isn’t something that starts by following a few guidelines. It’s you and what you do that goes on to be the culture or at least a part of it.”
Besides her original name, Josephine Selvaraj is known by quite a few nicknames, and of the lot ‘Queen Bee’ is the one even she is proud to flaunt. Josephine Selvaraj is both an entrepreneur and a social entrepreneur. Unlike the many high profile women entrepreneurs we have written about in the past, Josephine turned entrepreneur to fulfill the most basic need that many Indian families still struggle for – three square meals a day. “We were a family of five me, my husband and three children. My husband earned Rs 2000 per month and things were difficult when you have children going to school and a family to support,” explains Josephine. She has a degree in history and at some point she also toyed with the thought of being a teacher. But a three-day course in bee-keeping at Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Madurai changed her life forever.
Knowlarity is a Gurgaon based cloud telephony company that is backed by Sequoia Capital and has scaled rapidly over the past couple of years. The company was founded in 2009 by IIT Kanpur batch-mates Ambarish Gupta and Pallav Pandey and is currently a 250+ member company. In a recent development, Pallav Pandey has quit Knowlarity and will be moving on to other things while he still remains on board of the company.
In this week’s jobs board, it looks like Ixigo is massively expanding their team size, as they have openings for as many as 6 startup superstars. Other than this, this weeks job listing has openings from marquee startups like ZipDial, with the requirements across the compete spectrum of startup jobs. Here is the job listing for the past week –
There are stories to be heard , books to be read, a whole new world to be explored; hidden behind those pages. Mangosense is a Pune based startup that is trying to get people to read books to underprivileged kids through their campaign MangoT20. Mango T20 stands for “Mango Teach 20”. Starting June 1st, for a period of 50 days , you can read books to underprivileged kids in your neighbourhood. You could spare one hour per day, or do it on weekends visiting a local NGO and reading to them. A relatively small step for you has the potential of bringing tons of brightness into the lives of these young children. Read to 20 kids for 20 hours and you could become a Champion. Apart from the social impact you would create, champions will also be rewarded with a few goodies.
Jiyo India is a food brand selling healthy snacks like sandwiches, salads, soups, shakes, organic juices by setting up counters at corporate cafeterias, in a format very similar to the concept of QSR (Quick Service Restaurant). Jiyo India was started by an IT engineer turned entrepreneur, Pankaj Judge. But unlike his counterparts from the field of IT, Pankaj decided to transform his interest into a business, rather than venture into software development.
Pramati was recently in news for acquiring WaveMaker from VMware. WaveMaker is a Java IDE for designing business applications and websites. It was clear that Pramati wanted to leverage the investments made in the application server with WaveMaker to come out with a new offering. CloudJee is the latest offering from Pramati’s stable.
The issue of food wastage is central to India’s efforts in combating hunger and improving food security. While focus has been on improving production, reducing food supply chain losses remains a relatively uuaddressed problem till very recently. It is hard to put a figure to how much food is lost and wasted in India today [...] Read More
Nyassa’s founder and owner Ishween Anand, a qualified C.A. and MBA from Stern School of Business, New York, left her job at E&Y, USA to pursue her passion for fragrances and started Nyassa in April 2007. Ishween found the number crunching, long hours of work and unending travel to have no meaning after a point in time. While she continued the routine work, every weekend she would look forward to her weekly escape to the farmers market, where she could see the large variety of natural bath and beauty products being sold. Her love for fragrances also made her take up a course in making natural soaps. “It was very hard to find someone who could teach soap-making, because this process is mostly restricted to factories and manufacturing units,” explains Ishween. But after four years of searching, she finally found a lady who taught her the art.
This column is sponsored by Nokia Asha Marketing and technology have often joined hands in the recent past. Companies like Coca Cola have made great use of technologies, which wouldn’t have great use on a daily basis, for a marketing campaign and the novelty of the technology would lend itself to these campaigns beautifully. Augmented [...] Read More