The Startup Hacks – Strategies and implementation

The Startup Hacks – Strategies and implementation

After exploring more than hundreds of startups across the world, few successful, some who fail badly and most of them disintegrated in the early phase itself, I personally felt an urge to write down few important aspects and strategies that I have learnt so far throughout my entrepreneurial journey.

I would start it with the importance of a team, more precisely the team members. Taking into consideration that you’ve already come up with an idea, which can bring a change in the lives of people – and all you badly think and want is – How to make it happen? The first thing that would usually pop up is to have those few people who can make it happen – An idea into a real product.

However, the real pain comes when you actually need to hunt those people and bring them together, without wasting too much of energy and money (of course). Most of them, either ship the codes, designing and other processes to others by PAYING THEM. But, believe me, unlike you these people are rather more focused on finishing the jobs (and getting paid), rather than putting in the real values and the efforts into the project. So, how to tackle this issue?

The good fact: There are millions of people who have the skills you’re hunting for. The not-so-good fact: These people are scattered across the various parts of this planet. Sounds crazy! But yeah, this is not a mission-impossible to make it work.

Now, this is what you have to start initially with:

Make a blueprint: Open the MS-Word, and start writing down your idea in a structured format. Like starting with: The startup’s name as title, the problem you’re trying to solve, the outcome on how will it bring a change in the lives of people, the skills that will make this project happen and lastly why people should be a part of this project (the benefits they will get).

Circulate the blueprint: Firstly, you need not be a marketing guy to do this. And as a matter of fact, I don’t believe in something when they say “Hey, I’m an expert at marketing.” Primarily, these are the same people just like you (in fact most of them with less brains), but with pretty good speaking skills. In order to circulate the blueprint, start your search from Google. Hunt down the contact details of the colleges, institutes and other bodies who align with the market of your startup idea. Talk to them over the phone (one-by-one with ample of breaks), introduce a part of your project and tell them (confidently) – you’re looking for giving an opportunity to students who have those required skills. Sometimes, you may even need to get down, personally meeting few of these people and explaining them what you’re working on. (Remember, you ain’t wasting your time – you’re simply spreading the word about your project).

Few tips to circulate the project can be:

[1] Sharing it on Facebook groups and other social networks.

[2] Sharing it over the emails (with your introduction).

[3] Talking to bloggers (the ones who’re connected to a good number of readers).

[4] Sticking the blueprints on the Bulletin boards of the colleges to grab the attention of the young folks.

Note: Always remember, if your startup idea is an online product, make sure you already own the brand assets (like logo, domain names, etc)

Grouping people: Maybe not early, but you’ll start getting less or even a great response from the people who read your blueprint somewhere. Make sure, you attend every call and answer every email. Ask them the value they would put into the project. On the same grounds, also do a real check of the skills of that individual (like: asking for the portfolio, articles, projects done so far, etc).

Few tips on how to manage the people efficiently:

[1] Assign a job to someone to simply do a crosscheck of the portfolio’s and works of the applying candidates.

[2] Make a private Facebook group, where you add the all the people, who will be a part of this startup.

[3] Inspiration is a key to success. People tend to work hard initially, but in the later phase, when the outcomes don’t seem to be quite good, make sure you fuel up their motivation, and show – We’re going to make it happen.

Assigning work: Every single member of this project has to be assigned a particular work or a job. Be it a few calls a day, the promotion, managing the twitter account, or the development work of the portal, you have to keep a record and track of the progress. This is the key process, and you’ll be surprised that your project is already in its development stage from an idea to a real product.

After following these same steps over and over, you’ll realize, it’s not just you but everyone who is learning and bringing a value to the startup. And who knows, this can be a next million dollar venture. Everything starts from you – the idea, the inspiration, the word, the people and the reality. Just keep believing and start working.

Gimme Bar – Create your unique collection of texts, images or video candidly

Gimme Bar – Create your unique collection of texts, images or video candidly

Can you tell exactly how many bookmarks you have got in your browser? Or how many of those bookmarks have you used recently? Research tells us that the more you use internet, the more and more you tend to collect bookmarks in your browser. The fact is that the large list of bookmarks clutter up the browsers, and gives rise to a host of time-consuming issues. If you are wondering about how to get rid of this problem which has been bothering you for long, here is Gimme Bar, an app to storing your valuable data.

Typically, there are about hundreds of apps designed for Android and iOS to organize the bookmarks for your browser. With the availability of so many apps, the demands of internet consumers has also been varying. Nowadays, we find that with organizing the bookmarks, the synchronization of them is also vitally important. And this is where, Gimme Bar helps you to collect all the valuable data be it text, image or video from the web and save it candidly under one single roof.

Rather than just keeping the bookmarks; it stores them in your personal library over the cloud.

Storing tons of bookmarks in our browser is not an issue anymore. The problem is to find them instantly when you actually need it. The beta app brings in a quick solution to this by giving you the freedom to store the content both with and without the original link. You can extract the exact snippet, by pulling it into the Gimme Bar box which appears at the bottom of the page. All you need to do next is to add a description, and plug into your collection from where you can access it anytime.

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Once you have created your own archive, it is very easy to access. The items are arranged in a chronological order, and making it convenient to share them via social networks. Additionally, it also allows the users to take a back-up of anything under the sun, (except the videos) to their Dropbox account.

Now, there’s certainly a good and hassle-free way to pile up your collection of bookmarks and manage them easily.

Visualize.me – Make your CV stand out

Visualize.me – Make your CV stand out

Every job enthusiast has an Achilles’ heel – the CV. Traditional resume, has been in need of sincere make over for a long time now. First impression may or may not leave a lasting impression but a CV that stands out does make ‘that’ difference, which will land you the job of your dreams.

There is crazy competition, when it comes to placements. With so many institutions and so many qualified personnel in the market there is but little scope for risks. Visualize.me has come up with a very innovative form of resume compilation to break away from the stereotype of boring, lengthy text CV’s.

The free-to-use online tool that brings to you a very cool, colorful and visually appealing mode of CV creation.  It is a platform that enables you to express your professional proficiency with simplicity yet making it compelling.

With a wide range of styles and themes, subject to your modifications and customization’s  from fonts, colors and backgrounds, your CV surely stands out for the quality and a first impression.

Vizualize.me - Kenneth Lee's Resume

Visualize.me also has a very funky store that sells cool customized t-shirts at very reasonable prices.

You can share your on social networks or print it as an Adobe file, with an option to integrate it on your website as well. The dashboard has an integrated statistics information for tracking the views on your CV.

Incubated by Digital Media Zone, the Toronto based startup has already bagged few prominent awards.

So are you applying for a job? Get a visualized CV with that will make your application stand out in the crowd.

Wardrobe Seven – Redefining wardrobes, the formal way

Wardrobe Seven – Redefining wardrobes, the formal way

Attire can play a very tricky role when preparing for an interview. The first impression may not be the last but it definitely leaves a lasting effect. To this effect, one’s wardrobe has to be carefully and precisely customized, which is nothing less than a hassle for teens effusing with enthusiasm. Thus, comes to our rescue Wardrobe Seven.

Wardrobe Seven is the upcoming, digital and sophisticated wardrobe of the new age professionals. With myriad online shopping portals popping up, offering goods and confusing customers, it is very difficult to wade through the maze of shoes, sneakers, casuals and formals. Wardrobe Seven is an attempt to improve the online shopping experience totally. Smooth interface, easy delivery, quick check out more than sums ups this platform.

Wardrobe Seven

Wardrobe Seven is an intuitive portal which works on developing a sensible clothing statement for you in a few easy clicks. The anxiety of an interview is exponentially reduced when it has the support of a very confident outfit.

An expanse collection of formal shirts for men – Wardrobe Seven is taking the shopping town by storm. A clutter free ambiance provides cool resolution and solution to formal fashion faux pas.

Wardrobe Seven’s very own label John Core tops when it comes to quality and affordability. The website is the latest ‘one-stop’ for all fresh recruits who are organizing their wardrobes. The free shipping and cash on delivery facilities are icing on the cake.

Got a call for an interview? Perplexed about your attire? Visit Wardrobe Seven for executive formals.

TypeForm – Building the next generation online forms

TypeForm – Building the next generation online forms

Be it a launch of a product, a new website, a mobile app, or may be a song, a book or a movie; anything and everything needs a feedback to judge its success, and this feedback is collected by conducting surveys and feedback forms. Nowadays, every now and then we get phone calls, messages and emails, to complete surveys regarding something or the other. Entrepreneurs today believe in consumer satisfaction and keep it as their main agenda. You not only need to know about your clients but also how you are going to keep them intact and gain more customers without losing the old ones.

But one should know that people easily get annoyed with such feedback forms and surveys; so you better keep your forms interactive and engaging. Plus one should never forget that their forms reflect the organization behind it. Although people are using many online services to generate forms and surveys, but that hitch is still lacking. We already have popular web tools like – GoogleDocs, SurveyMonkey and MailChimp in the market, but aren’t we still missing the ultimate tool, that could engage people like never before.

To bring revolution in the form building market, there is this upcoming startup from Barcelona called “TypeForm” – which has played pretty well in bringing together design, rich media & new technologies to improve the user experience of online forms. It helps you to make your forms and surveys so interesting and fun to experience that your customers would surely change their mind-set of filling “boring forms” and completing “dull surveys”. “TypeForms re-invents the forms because answering questions online doesn’t have to be boring.” says the co-founder David Okuniev.

TypeForm

Beautiful templates, mesmerizing themes and easy to use platform, makes this startup really appealing. To add five stars to your form, TypeForm has a super amazing feature which is yet to be revealed; it is the only service platform that can create forms which can automatically adapt to usability of any device – android, tablet, computer or anything other device.

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Personally speaking, I see a lot of potential in Typeform, and I’m sure they will bring a revolutionary change in the concept of form building and conducting surveys. The market is soon going to heat up with new competitors. TypeForm is still in beta process, so lets see what they coming with.

NimbusBase – Store data for your apps on your user’s own cloud storage

NimbusBase – Store data for your apps on your user’s own cloud storage

With the demand for mobile applications increasing everyday, application developers are looking for newer ways to accelerate the development process. Even after development, considerable amount of time and energy is spent in data maintenance, security and worrying about scalability as users increase. NimbusBase hopes to make life simpler for you by taking away the problems of scaling, server management, and user privacy, radically changing how application back-ends are built.

NimbusBase helps you store data for your apps on your user’s own cloud storage. With this, you shift the burden of scaling from developer to larger companies that are experienced and technologically – better equipped. This in turn, shifts the control of the data back to the user thus alleviating security concerns on user data. Also, you don’t have to do any tail work as data server setup. By cutting the server out of the process, product creation becomes easier, saves server cost and precious time for developers and designers.

Currently, the product runs on HTML5 and Dropbox. Nimbusbase has also integrated Backbone.js so that you can easily convert any Backbone apps to be on top of NimbusBase. Building using HTML 5 ensures your data is accessible on all the devices, a user owns.

NimbusBase

NimbusBase does not host anything. It is not an application or web server. What NimbusBase does is, it allows you to store a user’s private data from a HTML5/JS environment. Most of the time, this means you need to already have a way of hosting a static html page.

The online tool today supports a lot of use cases, especially for developers who want to develop apps that works across devices:

  • Saving progress data for single player games.
  • Personal productivity apps. Like Evernote, Clear, or Wunderlist.
  • Apps where data privacy is important. Such as medical history or diary apps.
  • Offline+online apps. We are one of the few data syncing engine that works offline and then syncs data online.
  • In its Beta, NimbusBase was started by Ray Wang, the tech brain and Alex Volodarsky, the biz pro. Currently, they support private data storage and hope to include public data and private shared data for the apps very soon. They also plan to work on integrating with more backends so any type of apps can be built on top of NimbusBase.

The comprehensive learning material on their site makes it easy for anyone to get started. If you are an app developer, head over right now to check it out.

Float – Scheduling and Organizing gets easy

Float – Scheduling and Organizing gets easy

‘Success and excuses do not walk together.’ In order to achieve great heights you need to make sure that all the problems, difficulties, errors are sidelined. It’s easy to create a team but to manage each of the team-mates according to their schedule isn’t simple. ‘Scheduling done right’ can clear ways to many opportunities and help perform the best.

Running agencies, studios, and firms becomes a bit more fluid when you can assign all your members the tasks according to their skill at one time, at one place. FLOAT is useful in this context. It helps you to schedule the time and work for each team member for a particular time period, thus reducing the daily work tasks. This also helps to concentrate on company goals better and not spend time everyday on setting agendas.

This web-app keeps many plans available for us as per our needs with minimal charges so that it’s pocket-friendly for the users together with a 30 days free trial. Float has a special name to address the members of the schedule i.e. ‘Admins.’ The account owner, who creates the account can transfer the responsibility of assignment to ‘Super Admin’ or other admins whenever necessary.

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Additionally, it has an option named ‘task’ on the schedule list which gives you a clear picture of all the projects given to each admin at one glance. To make it more flexible Float allows you to reassign the task or update your schedule as per your work demands. The weekly schedule can be mailed to the members by choosing a simple ‘send team members schedules’ making it easier for the team-mates to make plans. There’s a time limit of eight hours for each admin which can be increased if needed, this will be notified by a red line showing the overtime hours.

Not just work or tasks but holidays and ‘personal time off’ can be assigned here too! That’ll be a sigh of relief for the members (I know).

#Enjoy scheduling!

Dressed.by – A digital showroom for fashion designers

Dressed.by – A digital showroom for fashion designers

Fashion industry is magnanimous. Everybody wishes to be the cynosure at one time or another. This interlink creates stupendous designers. Designers have a niche. Not all make it to the top but those who do have to be different in their approach and style. Dressed.by has come up with classic concept of specialized v-cards for designers that can be linked through and sent via all mailing systems.

Dressed.by is a digital showroom, where fabulous visuals make a particular v-card an eye-candy. Designers have to build their recall value in the market and eyeconic graphics are the ultimate option. The online tool is open to use, after confirmation of signup.

Dressed.by

The free app is a creative venture to help designers market themselves in a distinct way, creating individuality and more scope for development of their labels and brands. It is an opportunity to reach a wider network of clientele at a close and personal level which increases focus on the most exquisite details of garment buildup, trends, molds or fabric and other details that the designer would want to share.

Each v-card is further personalized with easily available URL’s which increases interaction between designers to review creations of fellow competitors or between the designer and potential clients.

The resolution of the entire module remains high through and through bringing out the magnificence of the cut and crops, sequins and threads, not missing out on even the minutest details.

If you are looking for a new approach for networking with your clients Dressed.by can help you with its large variance of social plugins.

#Happy Desigining

Uplaude – Start awarding your visitors and generate traffic on your website effectively

Uplaude – Start awarding your visitors and generate traffic on your website effectively

Money is probably the most vital reason when people resort to internet marketing. Majority of people across the globe choose to pay someone, for driving traffic in their web pages or they do it themselves by investing hours! In case you have just started your journey, you may find yourself running short of funds for traffic generation. Here is the best means of generating traffic in your website and developing your online marketing campaign with Uplaude.

Uplaude is an online platform which enables website owners and bloggers to add on achievements to their web page in a moment. Initially, the owners of Uplaude had a plan of developing this platform as a place, where people could offer awards to people for their achievements, but due to the diverse set of reactions from the first set of users, the site is modified accordingly. The owners of the websites, can now award the visitors along with the ad supported promotions to unlock the achievements.

You can now create an achievement by following a few simple steps, and allow the visitors to earn it simply by clicking or sharing the links. This way you can also pull back the potential customers in your website through Twitter or Facebook utilizing Uplaude effectively. All you need to do is to specify what the visitors need to do (viewing a web page, or multiple pages) in order to grab this achievement.

Uplaude - Bringing achievements to every site

Once a visitor grabs an achievement, it can appear readily on your Facebook or Twitter wall if you want to share the news with the subscribers of these social networking sites and the widgets make it all the more easy to showcase all the achievements that people earned recently on your website to make it more appealing for a viewer. Lastly, you can also track the point leaders of your website in the last 30 days and stay updated about the visitors of your web page via Uplaude.

Isn’t it the most effective method to drive traffic and arrest the gaze of the unique visitors in your web page? Try out Uplaude today and boost up your marketing campaign effectively.

Woolor – A collection of Indian web-based companies

Woolor – A collection of Indian web-based companies

Google has become a religion for internet users where every query is solved by searching for it online, and if you don’t know the answer, Google it! Be it buying movie tickets, shopping online, applying for jobs and most importantly hunting for services that are not only efficient but also cater to the requirements of the user. We all want to try the best, but the moment we hit that search button, we are flooded with several alternatives. Checking each and every platform one by one is quite time-consuming as well as a complex method.

Woolor, a new online directory for Indian websites, is so far a good initiative for all this mess. Better described by the founder, “Woolor is a start-up which aims to organize Indian web based companies in a structured manner making the information freely accessible and useful.”

Woolor - Collection of Indian Websites

The online app is simple to follow and presented in a very orderly manner. Integrated into various sections, depending on the category the website is catering to, Woolor makes it easier for the users to find out exactly what they are looking for in a fraction of seconds.

Lately, due to the impulsive growth in the Indian startups and especially the online businesses, an online business directory (with good tweaks) is certainly a niche worth targeting. Right from YourStory Pages to Startuppo, and many others in between – what matters more is the ability to deliver the maximum content about the company’s background with the extra chunks about the attached networks.

Currently, the community is moderated by a support team, to keep a regular check on the updated information and the companies waiting in the queue. We wish the team all the best for its future endeavors.

CircleMe – An innovative social way to collect things you love and discover new ones

CircleMe – An innovative social way to collect things you love and discover new ones

Facebook helps you know more about your friends, similarly how would you find a tool that will specifically keep track of myriad world of yours and likes of those close to you. Life is eventful and fun when it is engaging and quirky.

CircleMe is an innovative social tool to sum up all your likes -things that makes you roll over with laughter or that deserves a clap. Cool innovations will never cease to surprise, so add on to your list of likes, while discovering new ones along the way through smart serendipity.

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Additionally, the platform helps you connect to like-minded and stay updated about changes in trends, share news, trade curated recommendations, track conversations and develop plans with their social circles.

The online app lets you import your favourites from other services and social networks. You can keep updating and re-organizing your library, adding and removing items as you wish, thus building an elegant collection of envy.

CircleMe

You can be in the circle of CircleMe in three ‘ quick-start’ steps; the first being your formal introduction to the mechanisms of CircleMe.  The second step take you closer where iconic visuals helps you prepare your to-do list and import data. The last is what I loved essentially. Adding my friends! You can add as many people you wish – people whom you want to discover and share more with.

The startup’s motto stands as ‘be what you like’. The concept is based on a very beautiful thought on which the team works.  The team says “Relationships between people change with time and they are also modulated by things we have in common”.

Letterboxd – A social network for sharing your taste in films

Letterboxd

LetterboxdAre you a movie buff? The excitement of a new movie launch, the scrambling for getting the first review, to be that one person in your circle, who can predict ‘What will make for a fantastic watch’, because you understand the taste of your friends. It would be incredibly cool. (I know). The excitement perks up when it comes with the element of secrecy. Yes, what if you could find a secret diary that told you about the likings and inclinations of your fellow film connoisseurs’. The genre, the recently watched, the ratings, the favorites, the reviews of the movies; all could be out by flipping the open diary. And what if you can post comments too? Prodigious right!

Letterboxd is a social community, which creates an intuitive interface to share one’s taste in movies. You can keep track of new releases and escape being the black sheep. Read reviews and write your opinion off the movie, while building a personal collection. You can find and follow your friends take on movies and learn about their tastes.

The free to use, online app has ‘by invitation’ membership only. Once you’ve secured and accepted your invite by signing up or by the help of an existing member, getting started couldn’t be simpler. This tool marks your movie choices by adding star ratings. You can create a ‘watchlist’ of films you’d like to watch in future, be it of any genre or of any time period; Letterboxd brings it all on the floor.

The fun part is you can make as many lists as you desire, of different genres, containing innumerable movies in each. The ‘add a film’ button helps your followers to keep track of your movie- line and read your take on them. There remains to barrier to the number of times you wish to update your ratings and flip through the list of movies you have watched.

Letterboxd

Letterboxd provides the platform to watch movies via iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. The ‘activity dashboard’ keeps track of all your interactions which will help you remember all your cross-references in content, among your group. The site plans to introduce paid accounts down the line, but there’ll always be a free option for all the moviegoers.

The platform is in its public beta stage – makes all your diary content visible except the watchlist and curated lists that are marked as private. This keeps your privacy intact. Even your Twitter or Facebook friends could be connected to your profile if they are using Letterboxd to make a cooler hangout cyberspace. It’s a great way to recommend movies socially and keep the wished vs. watched lists of movies.

Give it a spin, and let us know what do you think about it.

VoiceBunny- A tool that pays you for your voice

VoiceBunny

Instant messaging, message packs, Hike, WhatsApp and more, have made the world a very virtual place. You are seldom found calling people with such hiked call rates. May it be a birthday wish, wedding cheers or cocktail invitations, personal invites have obliterated. From this arose the need of rapid communication for personal and business development.

VoiceBunny is an online app that aspires to connect people with great voices to those – who need them.

Why do you need good voices? When it comes to business the scope is unbound. From radio announcements to reception calls, a beautiful voice gives an awesome kick start. A pleasing voice is able to grasp attention, no matter where it is heard, may it be podcasts, toys, video games, mobile apps, e-greetings, e-learning etc. A personal message has the amiable convincing power, that helps in crowd sourcing, in this case though, ‘crowdvoicing’.

VoiceBunny Fast and professional voice overs

While calling a marriage bureau to setup a perfect match, you like to hear a voice that is charming rather than disgruntled. What more? You even get paid if you have the talent. Yes! VoiceBunny allows you for a free signup and pays you even for auditioning, if approved.

VoiceBunny has an API interface, what does that mean right? It means that your computer does all the hard work and you reap all the awards. Far cooler and easier that a user-interface.

When condensed, VoiceBunny has a complete customized structure flexible with your own rates, convenient timings, recording from home studio, projects of choice and remuneration. Nothing could be a more win-win tool.

#HappyRecording

Late Labs – Trading Code for Equity

LateLabs

Hardcore coders or hackers are an enthusiastic lot; symbolizing effervescing energy. But having the talent does not confirm ‘incoming- dinero’. Always on the look- out for more challenges, projects and enterprises, they fail to connect with the much needed resources.

Late Labs

Apart from those looking for work, there are people who are looking out for ‘people’ to do their work called Hustlers.  Late Labs brings these hustlers and hackers together creating an amazing web of ideas and resources, giving you codes and apps imbibed with creativity and zapping efficiency.

Late Labs is a crowd sourced community of cool coders. The online platform is a launch pad for developers to apply their time in a collaborative way and in return earn equity. Equity is the new cash!  It takes a long time to get any returns, if any at all, but when it does, it reaps big rewards. Late Labs is pretty much a summation of resource –oriented venture, which provides technical documentation, project management, infrastructure, design, distribution and dinero to make projects a success.

Equity for all the involved parties is calculated based on an “equity fairness calculator” (being worked on currently). As a developer you can connect using your GitHub account or by sending your resume and portfolio through mail. You need to apply for each project individually. The Late Labs team selects you, a budding developer, after reviewing your code. Once selected, you will have access to full project details and including the contract (sounds exciting!) with details of your equity as predetermined by the project lead. Equity will be awarded to the developer after the code is tested and released to the public in beta form. It thrives as much on simplicity as on its challenging aptitude.

Brainchild of co-founders, Justin Elof Johnson and Nathan Ross, the startup has got an enthusiast response with 3.5K people signing up within a month of launch. Late Labs will be running the process, and not the idea originator. But it also has an option for submission of an idea. The concept is similar to Ahhha but unlike them Late Labs only crowdsources coders and not the entire product development process.

Are you a hacker and hope for being a part of the next big thing? Do your efforts aim at trending ideas and do you dream of working with the brilliant minds of Silicon Valley? Here’s your chance.

Foundersync – An entrepreneurial match making platform helping you find potential co-founders for your startup

Foundersync – An entrepreneurial match making platform helping you find potential co-founders for your startup

What clicks in your head when you hear about match-making sites? I know the most obvious answer to prior line would be matrimony, but now disbelievingly you have FounderSync, an online board connecting you to the missing links of your team. Yes, it is a platform made for you to find co-founders for your startup and give it a very potential backbone.

You have the thought in place, your concept is ready to roll, but you need a support. FounderSync is that niche, which puts people together while striving to provide the fundamental tools and resources which is needed for a successful project.

The online application works best at ‘entrepreneurial match-making’, as the tool becomes a savior while it serves to bring out the potential in every project. Starting with social media signup option not only makes it super simple to join but it also eases your entry into a vast abyss of your prospective team mates.

The tool has a very visual appeal to it and makes the profile development cooler, with three word definition of self, as you go on to mention about your needs. The website gives you the freedom to build up efficient networking, through social plugins, while facilitating you to locate anxious entrepreneurs not much different from yourself.

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At the core, it has a very effectual pairing algorithm that goes beyond the general search keywords. It has highlights like soft skills, phase of venture, personality etc.

While the site may seem limited, the team more than fills up for it; further they say, [highlight]“We are in Beta and our intention is to rapidly deploy new features over the next few months as our experiments run their course. Instead of building tools that no-one will use, we have chosen to engage with our users and have them ‘tell’ us what they want to see.”[/highlight]

FounderSync Board

Now there’s a better place for you to find your perfect co-founder, or even an entire team!

Instinct – A faster and easier way to learn guitar

Instinct – A faster and easier way to learn guitar

Instinct helps you learn guitarHave you ever picked up a guitar and pretended to be a famous rockstar? Or do you just play air guitars every time you hear your favorite bands perform? Instinct’s defines a musician. Here, guitarists are defining – Instinct is for you! Get famous as you create your profile and save your tunes for other’s to listen and play along.

You don’t need any special guitar; it can be either an acoustic or an electrical. GetInstinct acts like your very own guitar teacher, who listens, guides and at the same time provides instant assistance in very cool-themed visuals. The online tool is certainly a ‘fascinating dream’ come true for novice musicians because, it helps them learn guitar online by quick sign up, after having selected trendy-in-vogue-avatars.

Instinct

Instinct provides you with an option to play on your guitar – yeah a tangible one. Or play on a virtual one, polishing your Instincts. For real guitars it syncs with your computer’s built-in microphone and thus provides essential feedback, without the troubles of a jack or cord appendages. It is specially designed for amateurs and the first few lessons contain very detailed information on strings and more to give you a perfect kick start.

Pull out your guitar, follow the visual notes on your computer screen and get ready to take a step towards reaching your dream. Just hit the notes and Instinct will take care of the rest.

Experienced guitarists can also find Instinct interesting as they can check out ‘Riffs’, which has a whole bunch of riffs created by other users (later, down the line – You can be one too). Instinct aims at introducing chord lessons in the near future and also plans on building apps for iPhone, iPad and Android – making it easier to access.

Founded by Blake Jenelle and Brian Stoner, this incredible tool can make a musician out of novices without much cough-up. The testimonials are validity after all!

Other than this, you can also opt to have interactive guitar lessons emailed to you every week. GetInstinct provides you this; and much more.

Trust your instincts , but trust this new app – Instinct more!

Giveter – An intelligent way to know right gifts for right friends

Giveter

Confused what to give your best friend on her upcoming birthday? Turns out a lot of them face the same issue. We want our loved ones to feel special, by gifting them something they have always longed for on their special occasion, be it birthdays and anniversaries or New Year. But choosing gifts is difficult and at times make you want to bang your head against the wall. Giveter brings you an interesting solution and the art of buying perfect gift no longer remains a mystery.

Giveter is an online app that helps you to buy gift items for friends, by providing suggestions on what the person would like to get. A group of analysts come up with mind blogging ideas, based on three vital information:

  • Age of the recipient
  • Relationship that you share with the recipient
  • The occasion

Plus there are few additional options to help you make the gift more relevant:

  • Mood – As in what is your mood to gift your loved one. Which might range from – precious, personalized, funky or romantic.
  • Personality – This helps you select a gift based on the recipient’s personality or nature.
  • Price – Your budget – an important factor.

As to how they do it, the Giveter team prefers to keep their “$100 idea” a secret. Avinash Saxena, co-founder at Giveter, says “We have an in-house gifting aggregation team which cherry picks unique giftable products. Once the user finalizes a gift, presently we redirect the user to our partners, for payments. Currently we have a total of 2500 gifting option in different categories.”

Giveter

What makes Giveter even more appealing is a connect with Facebook account option, with background synchronizing to find the recipient’s “Facebook likes”. This amazing feature helps you get the perfect gift for your loved one.

That’s not all, Giveter not only helps you get the correct suggestion but also helps buy them at reasonable prices, as it has business connections with most of the popular Indian merchandise brands, stores and vendors. This is indeed a good deal in terms of users getting amazing offers and combos.

Giveter also introduced a Zip-Gift feature, for the event of friendship day. “With e-addresses becoming more real than physical addresses, people will be able to send, receive and share gifts on Facebook. The pilot was carried out on Friendships day and 10,000 zip-gifts were sent within 36 hours!” says Mayank Bhangadia, another co-founder at Givetar.

What are you waiting for? Head onto Giveter and surprise your loved ones with that perfect gift they’d love to have.

Sizzlepig – Resize multiple images (yes, entire folders) right before your eyes

Sizzlepig

Images have become the basic mode of crowd sourcing but Photoshop may not be everyone’s forte. Now, if you have a presentation in an hour and you still have two batches of hundred pictures each, to be processed, edited and re-sized, then even Photoshop wouldn’t suffice. Designers and developers have a tough time converting multiple images, a hundreds of them at a single shot, to aesthetic images without affecting the pixels. Moreover, precious time is wasted as available market-scripts require a lot of time, testing and tweaking.

Sizzlepig is an online image resizing tool, redefined with human touch. It creates multiple sizes for multiple images and is the solution, by far, for creative imagery. The tool is undoubtedly a better approach for less work, more productivity. While, content gives you more readers, pictures play a major role in user’s engagement. And that’s where Grit Design, a Detroit based team of like-minded troops, built Sizzlepig to get more than just graphics, with an ability to preview your resized images even before they’re created. What an idea (whoa).

Sizzlepig

The website is very visual and works with Dropbox sync, making it efficient, easy and responsive. You create an account, sync it with your Dropbox folder and you’re set to roll. You can start by uploading your images by creating a project and the online app will store the processed images automatically, if you chose so.

With no scripts required, the tool has vibrant frames, allowing you to input the dimensions you need (for the exported images). What makes it more interesting is its “one-change” function which updates all the images just by adjusting the original one. This is certainly an important aspect for cropping, retouching and framing multiple images – just like a cake walk.

SizzlePig Tour

 

Sizzlepig is an endeavor to make image fine tuning easy without multiple scripting. So, if you need to resize multiple images (yes, entire folders) right before your eyes, give it a shot. No scripts, no guesswork.

Tablewalla – Restaurants à la carte

Tablewalla

Planning for a sundae brunch this weekend or planning for a dinner on your anniversary but confused where to find the best Lime Pie or the best Italian restaurant? You go online for answer but the list is crowded with all kinds of eating places and you don’t know whom to trust for that special occasion. Tablewalla is your answer.

Tablewalla has come up with a fun and useful tool to help you explore your city’s dining scene and discover great new places. It is a real-time restaurant booking and discovery site. The USP of Tablewalla (TW) is that it cuts through the noise and only features a curated list of the most highly-rated and popular restaurants in India – the ones they’d visit and would recommend to their friends and family.

Tablewalla - Promotional cover image

You can expect to see latest news and updates from restaurants, images from their culinary adventures, and lots of recommendations here. You can also book the tables from tablewalla and avail special offers and discounts by booking through TW. The sign up options include sign up with Facebook which makes signing up easier and there is a no-mail option while signing up which ensures you inbox is clean. There is a nice TW status which indicates whether you are a kid or a player in the big league and know your fondant from your souffle.

Tablewalla

Started by Nisha Khanna, the site is fairly new and is rolling out lots of exciting new features in the coming weeks. Currently the site features only restaurants from Mumbai and Delhi. The sites like zomato offer reviews but no booking option than others like JustEat or bookurtable lets you book tables but that isn’t a curated list. Only I wish I could see the menu for the restuarants from here.

If you love eating out and exploring new places then don’t miss out on this site. Sign up now!

Moqups – Create wireframes and interactive mockups in minutes

Moqups – Create wireframes and interactive mockups in minutes

When you want to share a webpage layout with your friends or clients, the worst part is – explaining the elements and the sequential flow of the design. So if you’re designing a user interface for a website or a mobile app, it’s always a good idea to start with a mockup. It can be a big time saver if you’re able to list down the placement of major layout elements in a project before things get complicated.

There are a number of wireframing applications out there, but a lot of user interface designers like to start out on paper with sketches of what things might look like. With so many tools available to quickly create digital wireframes, some may argue that this is an unnecessary step in the design process. But I think the free flowing style of a sketched wireframe or mockup can be refreshing. Besides, there’s nothing like good old pencil and paper to get the creative juices flowing.

Mockups, not only helps you to have a full and clear exchange of ideas with your team but also play a major role in conserving your energy and focus.

Moqups, launched in July 2012 is a web application for creating wireframes, mockups and interactive prototypes. It’s built entirely on open web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SVG), thereby making it available on any modern browser on desktop or mobile platforms. Aha, so no more downloading any plugins or flash players (sigh!).

Startcup Mobile MockupI landed onto their homepage about two weeks back, and I must say the experience of creating my first mockup was phenomenal! It’s as easy as dragging and tweaking the elements on a blank paper.

Apart from its own library of stencils (predefined elements), you can also add your custom images to the playground, which has a well defined grid layout.

“Our design goals were clarity, simplicity and flexibility. We wanted our product to be blazing fast and load instantaneously. We are very enthusiastic with what we’ve built so far and we’re improving it on a daily basis, in no small part thanks to the suggestions of our lovely community where people share ideas and send us issues they’ve encountered” says Dan from Moqups.

The startup also plans to introduce few premium features in the near future, including:

  • Real-time collaboration on projects
  • Fine-grained sharing & privacy options
  • Master pages
  • Integration with GoogleDrive, Dropbox and other third-party services
  • Feedback tools for designers and developers

Startcup Homepage layout wireframed on Moqup

Though there are many strong players in the market including Balsamiq and Creately, Moqups is certainly one of the finest wire-framing tools to kick start your prototyping, plus it’s free!