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We have had our successes in the form of MakeMyTrip, Justdial, Flipkart, InMobi etc. And then, we saw the onslaught of some sexy startups in the SaaS domain – Freshdesk, InterviewStreet, VisualWebsiteOptimizer, WebEngage etc to name a few.
Now is the time for us to embrace the next lot of geeks, doers and believers with their vision of a better world. I have an undying tendency of keeping a very close tab on early stage startups (especially Indian) and I thought the one’s underneath are up to something really cool and shiny. Meet the go-getters:
Solves subscription management & recurring billing with a SaaS offering. Helps merchants focus on their core product, while the complex subscription management, billing logic & payments etc can be handled via ChargeBee, as a plug & play solution.
Allows users to create beautiful and professional resumes in minutes. Rose to the occasion on Hacker News recently
. Offers well designed templates for a small premium.
Aims to be a long pending alternative to Naukri that will only have selected but awesome candidates. Also, a better InterviewStreet where developers can choose their own language/IDE/framework and solve non-algorithmic challenges like “Scrape this webpage”.
Founder: Kaushik Sathupadi
Music discovery portal. Right now focused only on the Indie music scene of India. Anyone can visit the website and discover what’s hot in the Indian Underground Music scene. The songs will be streamed for free and if the user likes the song, (s)he can download it after paying for it.
Founders: Mayank Jain, Gaurav Shahlot and Shubhranshu Jain (IIT Roorkee and BITS-Pilani fellas)
A foursquare with messaging/social network feature specific for meeting points like the Airport/Bus Stands/Railway stations. Imagine knowing who is flying with you and choose your seats accordingly. Here’s a video demo and pitch for the product - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdZT3M8LPLw
Founder: Masoom Tulsiani
Providers of virtual stationery over the web. Users can write personal or professional letters straight from the browser using their HTML5 based virtual paper. They also have corporate accounts having special features like letter-head of companies, official directory and enterprise networking etc. Video pitch - https://vimeo.com/29003525
Founder: Arvind Nigam
Collaborative decision making which aims to make the entire process transparent. Everyone gets to share facts, data, analysis and opinions and final conclusions. They were recently reviewed on PluggdIn
An open source application that aims to be the GUI tool for PostgreSQL and eventually will abstract the db layer and make it as a standalone product that works with SQLite.
Founder: Hari (IIT Madras)
The world would be a moronic place to live in without people who love to create new stuff. I wish this brand new breed of Indian startups, who intend to change the world for better, all the best. May the forces be with them. Come out with flying colors fellas.
Disclaimer: The startups listed here are to the best of my knowledge. I might have missed some worthy ones. In case you think so, please feel free to drop a comment here.