YourStory.com is a popular web portal that publishes interesting news articles about startups and other useful business info in India. I’ve been following their website for sometime now. When I saw they were organizing TechSparks, their tech event focused on startups, in Chennai – I decided to attend it. Here is a summary of the event where people from a few successful startup companies addressed wanna-be-entrepreneurs.
Mr. Sridhar of Indix, a company that offers developers ‘Data-as-a-Service’ to access the world’s largest structured data information, spoke about their journey from making more than a million dollars in the first year, and then shifting their business model from an app-based one to an API-based one.
Prabhakar of Digital Ocean, a company offering Cloud Computing Data Center resources and Virtual Private System hosting for developers, spoke about the various stages of entrepreneurship and what a startup company can expect at each stage.
Arvind Parthipan of Zarget.com, a conversion rate optimization solution provider for marketers, spoke about the differences between working for an established company and working for one’s own startup.
Sahil of Zendesk, a Customer Service software and ticket system provider, spoke about how a product should excite customers and inspire them to market your product/service via word-of-mouth.
Vineeth of DriversCart, a company that enables people to hire and rent car drivers on demand in major cities of India including Chennai, spoke about the importance of acquisition and how even small companies can bring in teams/customers by acquiring competitors and related businesses.
Priya of IIT Madras Research Park spoke about how they have incubated more than 102 tech startups and how most of them went on to become successful. If you are a company, you might want to consider locating your R&D department in their campus. If you are a startup, you can apply for incubation and mentorship.
The YourStory TechSparks 2016 Chennai event was held at the IIT Madras Research Park.
YourStory TechSparks 2016 Grand Finale will be held on 30th Sep. and 01st Oct. 2016 at Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru. If you are/wanna be a startup, you should consider attending this two-day seminar-cum-exhibition on entrepreneurship.