GetMyPeon.com, a start-up based in Mumbai, does everything including running
errands for its clients, it executes 80-100 tasks a day and aims to take it to 150-200 in few months and works with 2,000+ customers – individuals, companies or other start-ups – on tasks including paying bills, visiting a bank, collecting an item you forgot or delivering a specific food item. It charges ?200 per task
and has already broken even in Mumbai. Now, it is planning to begin operations in Pune and Bengaluru in next 3-4 months; it is also in talks with investors to raise money for the same.
On one’s own
The number of solo travellers seeking to explore the world alone and experience adventure – a predominantly western concept – is growing in India and We Travel Solo intends to capitalise on that. Wetravelsolo.com, a
start-up started with the idea to connect all the single travellers at one place claims to be India’s first solo travellers’ community. On the website, experienced solo travellers create all inclusive trips to the places they know best for other solo travellers to join the trip. Started by She- fali Walia, We Travel Solo has so far taken seven trips. To join the Website, a one-time membership fee of ?1,000 is required. The Website intends to make money through commission on every trip.
Search and find
A free listing website for Lost
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and Found articles, LostYa- Found.in started by a brother duo in August 2014 wants to help people find their lost items. If a user has lost an item he can put a post on the website with rewards for the person, if he returns the item. A user can also put up a post if he has found an item belonging to someone else. Dolesh, one of the founders feels this Website can play a big role in mega events like Kumbh Mela, where people lose a lot of their belongings. At present, LostYaFound.in is focussing on marketing to increase the awareness of the Website.
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Learning on the go
iProf Learning Solutions, a company focussed on providing education in digital format in India, has launched a free android app named ‘iProf’ for learning on the go. The app is a virtual classroom to facilitate learning on the go with practice test material, videos, discussion board and an option to raise a doubt for courses that include I1T-JEE, Bank PO, CBSE class VI-XII, English Speaking and GK. iProf claims the app gives students access to its library, which has 500,000 questions, 85,000+ videos and notes pertaining to these courses. It has plans to add other courses such as CSAT, AIPMT, NDA, CA CPT, Olympiads, GATE, Railway entrance exam & languages in few weeks.
Innovation to ‘pay’
Mobile payments are the future and, therefore, companies are launching innovative solutions to take the lead. iKaaz,
mobile payments company providing Tap & Pay solutions, has launched a mobile app ‘Mowa’, which facilitates consumers and merchants to make and receive payments based on the mobile number, without sharing private bank account details of the sender or receiver. The differentiating feature of this app is that it requires no pre-payment of account like other wallets, as consumers’ money resides in their own bank account until they undertake the transaction.
The app will benefit small merchants as they can accept digital payments – debit, credit and pre-paid card payments for free and without a hardware point of sale terminal. Users can also use the app to pay their friends and family. The user has to attach the credit or the debit card as a payment medium with the app and start making payments by entering mobile
number of the recipient. Users can also request for money and if accepted & paid, the amount gets deposited into the bank. The app is available free of cost and supports all banks in India.
As part of the India Digital Literacy and Internet Safety Campaign, Google India has launched Web Rangers, a program to empower teens to promote the safe use of the Internet among their peers. The program also introduces a contest, where students across the country will be given 12 weeks to create and run their own online safety campaigns, encouraging young people in their schools and communities to consider issues such as the effects of cyberbullying, managing one’s own digital footprint and online tricks and scams.
These youth-created online or offline educational campaigns can take any form, including online videos and other social media content, sketches and in-school events. The creators of the most creative and impactful internet safety campaign, as chosen from this contest, will head to Delhi to present their work to a panel of judges. The winners of the contest will be announced in May 2015.