7 Web Portals that can help you land into your Dream Internship!

Internship has become a buzz word for today’s youth and very rightly so. Employers in today’s workforce market rely heavily on resumes that illustrate a relevant work history, whether that’s from internships, volunteer work, or actual job experience. A practical work background carries a major significance when attempting to enter the job market. It’s all about competition. Not only are businesses competing against each other for a competitive advantage, but people are also competing to land that coveted position in a company.


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Here, we try to list down 7 websites which can act as a bridge between you and the internship you are looking for.

Link: www.internshala.com


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Internshala is an internship platform, based out of Gurgaon, India. Founded by Sarvesh Agrawal, an IIT Madras alumnus, in 2010, the website helps students find internships with organizations in India. Internshala is no.1 internship & training website for students in India with 4000+ paid internships in Engineering, MBA, media, law, arts & other streams.

Link: www.letsintern.com


LetsIntern aims at providing a single platform for interaction between 10 million graduates across India and thousands of organization spread across the length and breadth of this country.  It offers internships across sector and disciplines, so whether you are law, architecture, engineering or art student, it caters to all of you. Similarly, it caters across firms.

Link: www.makeintern.com


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MakeIntern is an online portal which provides the best internship opportunities in India. Such as Summer Internships, Virtual Internship, Paid Internship and many more. It helps in providing internships across various sector and disciplines, like law, architecture, engineering, arts or management student, it caters to all of you. Similarly, it caters across firms.

Link: www.hellointern.com


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Hello, Intern is a new venture based on the idea of naukri.com but in a different field. hellointern.com differentiates from naukri.com by providing services in the field of training/internship, summer jobs, part-time jobs only. Right now they are focusing mainly on the domain of technical internships. They provide a FREE listing of companies’ internship positions and help them select the profiles best-fitting to their requirements. They already have more than 2000 students registered from premier institutions like IITs, NITs, ISM Dhanbad etc. in less than 3 months.

Link: www.linkedIn.com


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Well if you are in the Job market and don’t know about LinkedIn, then it would be like not knowing the sun. LinkedIn is a business- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via a website and mobile apps.  500 million members in 200 countries, out of which more than 106 million members are active. It offers internship as well with major companies listing openings through the portal throughout the year.

Link: www.interntheory.com


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Intern Theory provides you access to a variety of student-credit opportunities (paid/unpaid internships, volunteering at NGOs, virtual jobs etc.) that will ensure that you will cultivate the right amount of experience and the ethics of hard work, responsibility, discipline and of course the cool notion of ‘being at work’!

Link: www.naukri.com



Image: www.naukri.com

The word ‘Naukri’ translates to ‘Job’ in English. As of Dec 2016, Naukri.com had a database of about 49.5 million registered job seekers and an average of about 11,000 resumes was added daily while about 130,000 resumes were modified daily during the Fiscal year 2013-14. Those statistics in itself speak about the potential of the website and its capacity to get you an internship!

I hope this article gets you what you want and the company where you want to be. A suggestion would be to keep checking multiple portals for intern openings.

Till then, May the force be with you! 😋

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The Valley of Problems

“Silicon Valley has a culture problem. The list of allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination against women in the tech industry seems to grow daily”, writes the New York Magazine. This culture has always been apparent in this part of the States. A female developer Adria Richards got fired in 2013 when she confronted 2 men for making lewd comments at a computer programming conference, PyCon, by tweeting about it with their photos.  In 2015, Tinder faced a lawsuit from one of its own co-founders, Whitney Wolfe, alleging “atrocious sexual harassment and sex discrimination” before she left the company in April. She had accused senior executives at the mobile dating startup of conforming to ‘misogynist, alpha-male stereotype’. But as 2017 progressed,  with Google rejecting a man based on his past records of abuse and tech moguls coming out and apologizing for their awful deeds, there seems to be a change in the culture.

Here’s a list of 10 scandals from 2017 that kept Silicon Valley’s sexist culture fresh in our minds:

  1. Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, says Uber was investigating her and blaming her for all the deleted accounts of users whose trust has been lost in the taxi service. This happened following her blog post in which she wrote about all the sexual harassment she went through in the company. The startup’s co-founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, resigned from the post in June owing to the same.
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  1. As the Googler behind the Android smartphone software, Rubin had achieved a rock-star status in the Valley. But soon enough, stories in The Information emerged that he had been subjected to an internal Google investigation in 2014 after a female employee complained about “an inappropriate relationship while he was at Google.”
  2. A constant member of Forbes’ “Midas List” of Tech’s Top Investors and once named “Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Deloitte, Jurvetson had to leave his post at Draper Fisher Jurvetson after the company caught him lying about “serious allegations” of inappropriate behavior with women he worked with, according to Recode.
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  1. After virtual reality startup, UploadVR was sued for sexual harassment in May, a male startup CEO publicly commented that lawsuits like this make him “VERY afraid to hire more [women]. It just seems like such a huge risk as CEO.” His comments went viral and he later retracted, apologized and deleted them. 
  2. Anita Sarkeesian, a critic who was viciously targeted by trolls after speaking out about sexist tropes in video games says, “It’s frustrating to be known as the woman who survived #Gamergate”. After more than half a decade of continued backlash, she is still fighting to change the industry and is writing a book celebrating women overlooked by history.
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  1. Tech workers often sign non-disclosure agreements promising not to reveal trade secrets, but in addition to those standard NDAs, some lawyers say that Bay Area companies are using non-disparagement non-disclosure clauses to stop the employees who experience harassment at their workplace from speaking out. 
  2.  In June 2017, programmer Coraline Ada Ehmke was fired from her job at GitHub. She knew she was going to want to publicly speak about her time at the company when she was sexually harassed, so she turned down the company’s severance package which would have bound her with a non-disparagement non-disclosure agreement. She got another job and later on wrote a tell-all of her year at GitHub. For doing the same, she had to take an extra step and get an OK from her current company. 
  3. Female employees at Telsa arranged a company town hall meeting in March 2017 to retell instances of sexual harassment and mistreatment from male managers, an event the company says has already led to leadership and policy changes at the electric car maker. But surprisingly Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not attend the meeting which concerns the reputation of the company.
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  1. The founder of the powerful Silicon Valley incubator 500 Startups, Dave McClure, officially resigned from the company he created the following day after a female entrepreneur accused him of unwanted sexual advances. He apologized on Medium, admitting that he was a “creep”. 
  2. Google rejected a guy with a history of harassing Jessie Frazelle, a well-known developer, at their previous workplace Docker. The issue had gone viral but Docker CEO at that time Ben Golub declared, “She did not at any time claim harassment from people inside Docker. We parted ways on good terms.”
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Even though we would like to hope that the Valley is progressing, when Dave McClure and VC Chris Sacca came out and apologized after being publicly accused of sexual harassment, many praised them for confessing and didn’t condemn the actions that caused them to confess. Hope is all we can do.

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5 Startups that will make a difference in 2018

Around the world, there are about 300 million persons trying to start about 150 million businesses. About one third will be launched, so it means 50 million new firm births per year and about 137,000 per day. But, there is only handful of these which are able to shatter the glass-ceiling and make a difference. Read on below to know five such startups that will make a difference in 2018.

1. Faircent


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The post-demonetisation era saw a boom in FinTech startup ecosystem. These startups are working actively to bring innovation and disruption to the contrary conventional Indian financial sector. One such startup is Gurugram-based Faircent. It is a P2P lending startup which unites money lenders with borrowers. Started back in the year 2014, it offers a range of different tools like Auto Invest, it is an entirely-automated feature which pairs a lender’s loan conditions with that of the borrower’s requirements and itself communicates proposals to the borrower on behalf of the lender, based on pre-chosen lending conditions like loan tenure, amount, and risk profile.

2. Pymetrics


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“If LinkedIn and Match.com ever had a kid, Pymetrics would be it.”

Launched in 2014, the brainchild of a Harvard and MIT PhD, built this with the objective of eliminating oblivious prejudice from the recruitment process. Thinking, how? You just need to play a few games for a short duration on the website and then its super-smart algorithms will calculate your natural individual traits like attention span or motivation—and determine which career is best suited for you.  Later, it will forward your profile to potential employers looking for people like you.



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Tired of juggling between spreadsheets and docs? Well, two Google alums have come up with ‘Coda’ which will put an end to your misery. It allows flexible collaborations, has UI elements and new methods to fit data which you might find across different platforms like spreadsheets or documents. Its ability to combine documents together, infused with live data that updates automatically, has led prominent players like Uber to use Coda-like a wiki in some cases.



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Not to be confused with Naruto, the third-best selling manga of all time, Nauto is the name of a Silicon Valley-based autonomous vehicle technology startup which was founded in 2015. It has come up with inward and outward-facing cameras which are connected to the windshield of vehicles. The system catches the video and treats the big amount of data it collects in real-time and then gives personalized feedback to fleets and their drivers, to help reduce collisions. The aim is to apply the collected data to mirror and shape the autonomous systems in self-driving cars.

5. DocTalk


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In today’s time when mobile phones and health apps which link you to doctors, serves consultations and delivers medicines, there still exists the difficulty of keeping a track with all the patient follow-ups and calls. This is exactly why DocTalk a mobile app was created to allows users to stay in touch with doctors easily. It runs as a Dropbox and WhatsApp equivalent for the Indian healthcare domain. A patient can subscribe to a doctor and then easily share files and past prescriptions to ensure that the doctor can quickly access it. Doctors too can upload and share any reports that they might have.

It is crucial to pay attention to how startups utilize unique business models to improve the results and the ones who can achieve a high level of success will find sustained growth.

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5 Reasons Every Student Should Give Freelancing A Shot

Freelancing during college is the secret to “living the dream college life”. It not only prepares you to find success in the hardcore job atmosphere but also saves you from feeling depressed every time you see your wallet. You might not be able to make tens of thousands of bucks a month but freelancing during college life means that you can make the money you need without resorting to flipping pizzas or waiting tables. If you too have a vision for earning while learning then dive into the ocean of freelancing and get set to lead the life you always wished for. Still thinking about it? Hold on! Here are the reasons why it will fetch money in your pockets and smile on your face.

1. Live your life for the experience

Your impressive aptitude for beer pong and deep inclination of Netflix is not going to be worth for finding a job after graduation but your freelancing experience will definitely add gold to your resume. If you have a strong desire for regular income in the future then student experience can make it easier for you to find work. Even when you don’t have recommendations while you’re starting out, your freelancing experience will be enough to prove how awesome you are.

2. The world goes around money

What’s the biggest benefit to freelancing? Extra bucks. Unlike the 9-5 job with an hourly cap and a schedule, you can work as much as you want from your desired place. Especially, when your college timing and homework are keeping you busy during normal business hours, freelancing is a pretty sweet deal. Whether you want to gift Zara dress to your girlfriend or you want to throw out a lavish birthday party, freelancing will keep your wallet heavy and your pockets full.

3. Variety is the spice of life


Have you ever got bored doing the same thing again and again? Freelancing will give you a chance to work outside of academia and explore the seemingly endless possibilities. Whether you’re an engineering student with a secret love for poetry or a computer scientist who enjoys dabbling in nature photography, you can follow your passion at any time while deciding your freelancing field. If you’re not clear about your vision after coming out from college then it will be a great way to get outside of your bubble and find your life’s passion.

4. Work from anywhere

Whether it’s your cozy quilt or your dorm room, the whole universe can be your workplace when you head out as a freelancer during college life. Can you ever get the flexibility of working in your footie pajamas anywhere else? Unlike most regular jobs that restrict you to work from a specific place on a set schedule, you can work from anywhere, anytime. You can create masterpieces, wherever you’re.

5. Live and breathe your ideas

As a student, you often don’t get the opportunity to venture further afield. Going freelancing means exploring the world of possibilities you haven’t encountered and embracing the changes you might find fruitful for your future growth. Whether you are a technology student brilliant at writing or you’re a fashion designer extremely talented at digital marketing services, freelancing will give you the chance to go beyond your limits and travel the untraveled road. It might help you find what’s right for you.

You may be thinking that focusing on your college work can help you achieve your ambition, but imagine the possibilities of exercising your passion outside of the academics and funding your way through college. Get set to paint the horizon of the freelancing world with the color of your talents!

7 Top Technology Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Entrepreneurship is not just having an idea and giving it a shot. It’s about adding value to it and also be able to spread the word in the most comprehensive of manners. We share a ‘Juno’s Swans’ relationship with technology, inseparable! So why not mould the Valyrian steel into a sword?? With some taps on the keyboard you can surf through variety of tech tools that will not only make your life easy breezy but also guide you throughout the evolution of your business.


But why worry when TheCollegeFever has jotted down 7 best tools that can give you and your business the extra edge.

1. Grammarly

Impeccable grammar, rich vocabulary and style are imperative for perfect content writing strategy, sending proposals to investors and formulated communication with customers. Do you haggle with your brain while thinking which preposition would fit in the particular sentence? Then leave your woes to Grammarly. It is a writing improvement application backed by machine learning algorithms which identify grammatical and stylistic errors, incorrect sentence structure and various other English language errors which otherwise only a professional proofreader can help you correct. Grammarly offers two versions i.e., paid and unpaid.The paid version comes with plagiarism detection as well as various other features for a certain price whereas the basic version offers limited features like spell check, syntax and punctuation editing.


2. Amy

Amy is the latest chatbot created by x.ai to help entrepreneurs who are busy managing routine meetings, communicating with clients, workers and investors. It is a personal assistant which assists you in managing as well as saving your valuable time for remaining crucial tasks. The chatbot on accepting a meeting request will schedule time, place and rest of the aspects of your meeting through email or any other communication medium.This chatbot solution makes life simpler without going through the hassles of downloading any app or creating any account.The unpaid version offers five meetings per month whereas the paid version comes with unlimited meetings, quick access and separate team accounts.



3. Crystal Knows

Get your personality outline drafted with Crystal Knows. It draws profile data from the internet by going through websites like LinkedIn, Salesforce, etc. Crystal provides access to this information and renders sales professionals with persona-specific email templates, established on the receiver’s persona. This kind of information will improve sales pros communication with customers, investors, workers and prospects. It can be integrated with email apps and web as well as desktop-based software apps too. It also gives sales phrase suggestions and templates, making it simple to use.


4. Legal Robot

Need a  guide through the complicated and blurred cosmos of legal agreements? Based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming, this tool makes top-level legal standards devised from a massive amount of contracts which includes a wide spectrum of industry scenarios and cases. To make it easier for the layman to understand legal phrases and terminology, the tool changes the difficult legal language into simple and non-technical one. It also enhances readability as well as uniformity of the contracts and ensures the compliance of contracts with best models and practices.


5. HubSpot Content Strategy Tool

Ran out of blog ideas or perplexed as to which kind of content aligns with your requirements? Head to HubSpot, which aids marketers with value added content strategies.It gives suggestions regarding which topic to pursue after analysing competitors and its significance. It also does competitor analysis itself and helps in developing successful content marketing campaigns.


6. Curata

You cannot serve a Mexican Platter at a South Indian restaurant. So is the case with the ready content. Curata, assists marketers in finding and distributing outsourced content. The tool utilizes machine learning with NLP, to know about user content choices and discover more content which agrees with these preferences. After finding the content, the tool itself will compile all the content for quick sharing.


7. Buffer for Business

No business can flourish unless they have a strong hold on the varied Social Media forums. But one needs to constantly keep themselves updated to ace the game. Buffer shoulders the responsibility of scheduling posts from the application to the business’ social media profile on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, App.net and Google+. The Buffer for business is an extension of the Buffer. Following are the extended features:

  • More specified analytics that allow comparisons between different metrics, such as between retweets clicks and posts and sorts and accumulates data according to the user’s preferences.
  • The Team Collaboration feature helps managers and contributors to exercise the requisite control over the accounts and can allow more members onboard.
  • Data Statistics and Analytics can be easily exported to any reports or documents.


These tools are going to save you lot of efforts and time, which can be channelized into curating and strengthening your ideas. These tech tools provide a strong framework to your goals. But yeah, you gotta realise, that for materializing your dreams you gotta work equally hard. For technology supports you but cannot be you!



6 Awesome Career options for Wanna-be Entrepreneurs

We Indians are an amazing group of people. Especially the new, younger lot. Born into a tradition of “khaandani dhandha”, we have managed to sway away from this centuries-old custom of joining the family business established by our forefathers and are willing to take risks to create our own identity. As per reports published by popular business website BusinessStandard, a  whopping 87% Indians wish to be entrepreneurs at one point in their life. Almost 30% also reported being interested in opening up their own ventures immediately after completion of their studies.

So the question is – what’s stopping them? Here’s the answer – Funds, and a lack of sense of direction. Sample this –

Biggest stumbling block


The area of start 17%
Funds 28%
Fear of failure 9%
Entrepreneurship knowledge 11%
Don’t have partner 13%
Don’t have mentors 22%
(source: ISEED)

And so, TCF is right here, to give you the sense of direction that you need. We bring to you 6 cool career options for your entrepreneurial ventures. What’s cool besides them being cool? There’s potentially no risk in ending up as a huge loan defaulter like Mr. Mallya – because you wouldn’t need to take a huge loan in the first place! Cool, isn’t it?

  1. Your own eatery


The whole world earns so they can eat. Well now, you get to earn BECAUSE people eat! How better does it get? The lovely part about India is that everyone here is a foodie now, be it the middle class or the super-rich. Which means, that irrespective of whether you sell expensive 1000-bucks-a-plate authentic Mexican food, or humble yet satiating pakodas and vada-pavs for Rs. 10, you will always have takers. Simply put, if you have food to give people, people will always have money to give you! In this land, opening an eating joint is one of the most profitable and risk-free ventures one can take up. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a local fast-food restaurant like Shiv Sagar. You can also dedicate your cuisine to just a single, but authentic kinds, like Japanese or Lebanese. All you need is perfection and authenticity of that kind.  You also get a plethora of options to style your joint, e.g like a classic fine-diner

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or a vibrant and hip cafe


The growth potential is immense as well. The likes of McDonalds and Starbucks have catapulted into billion dollar chains. You too, can keep expanding across various areas – the kind of cuisine offered/extra services /franchising… the possibilities are endless!

2) Writing and blogging


Today being a writer is hot property especially when content is king., With  brands continously trying to capture the users attention with great copy if you can channel the inner J. K Rowling or Amish Tripathi then you are on to something. You can open up your writing agency and service clients in need of good content for their products.MNC’s look forward to tapping into local markets of India, but the 2000 plus languages is a hurdle in communication. As a writer or  agency you can help to provide local language support for such companies.


Writing does not only imply curating content for others. You can be your own client too. You can start your own blogs using platforms such as WordPress and choose your own domains at nominal prices. You can write anything – a travel blog, a food blog, movie reviews, latest gadget info and reviews, fashion blog, or even as a columnist for popular newspapers. Or you can go big like Indiblogger – where the creators built their own platform for blogging way back in 2007. A decade later, they’re churning out crores of business as an Influencer and have clients such as Lakme, Castrol, Apollo Hospitals, Mahindra & Mahindra, Cleartrip, Vodafone, Dove, Samsung, Surf Excel and Fiat, to name a few. Who said there’s no scope in writing, now?

3) Freelancing

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“Do whatever you want to do man!” are probably the wisest words ever to come out of Salman Khan (if not the only). Freelancing allows you to do exactly that! You do everything on your own, and still, get paid a lot more than others toiling about getting kicked around by their bosses. You can choose any field you excel in – be it writing, photography, dancing, musician, motivational speaker… as long as you have a skill that you have complete mastery over, you can be assured success. Of course, the only trick here is to get established. A brand name, an image, individuality – all of which require a lot of time and networks. Working on your own can get make it difficult to find clients, at least in the initial phase of your career, because no one knows you. You can manage that problem partially by signing up on websites such as Truelancer or FreelanceIndia which help to connect freelancers and clients – like a Tinder for freelancing! You can also visit Sutrahr for more info on websites.


It is recommended, however, that you take up freelancing only after working for some years and gaining requisite experience. Not only does it teach you the finer nuances of the trade, but it also helps to make connections, contacts, networks… the oxygen that any freelancer needs! An article by TOI can also help you realize and overcome the challenges coming your way. Check it out on https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/personal-finance/How-to-be-a-successful-freelancer/articleshow/29432235.cms. And if you need more reasons to compel you to try freelancing, well click here!

4) Tiffin and catering services


Who said you need to be a 20-something youngster to be an entrepreneur. Indian housewives should have a shot at this too, right? After all, who doesn’t love maa ke haath ka swaadisht khaana? The dabbawaalas of Mumbai have successfully been carrying out this business since centuries, at six sigma levels unachieved by even major billion dollar MNC’s. That too, by just cycles! With growing demand for food, coupled with the inability of most people to personally visit the restaurants due to the paucity of time, providing direct-to-place delivery of food provides the best solution to bridge demand and supply. Which is exactly what ventures like Spicebox are doing. The beauty about it is that even housewives with limited resources at home can start this business. Teeing off from providing tiffins for neighbours and friends, over a period of time, can result in immense expansion.

This of course, also brings us to parallel fields of catering.


In a country that revels in lavish celebrations – for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, success parties, product launches – the need for class caterers is at an all-time high. And in India, always will be. After a considerable amount of time, you may even end up having tie-ups with major conglomerates for all their functions. Talk about brand image! All you need to dish out is a quality performance!

5) Creative arts and gifts


Is creativity your forte? Do people always run up to you whenever they want to gift cards and presents to their loved ones? Then you’d do well to follow the wise words of the Joker – “If you’re good at something, never do it for free”. What seems like a hobby can very well earn you neat bucks! Since creativity is too limited a talent, and demands of girlfriends and wives for being pampered are constantly on the rise, pre-curated gifts as well customized accessories are the sought after heatedly. Fancy cards, boxes, custom-painted t-shirts, mugs, keychains, bouquets – people are always on the lookout for such items. Do the math yourself – 365 days, 1.2 billion birthdays! Not to forget anniversaries! The potential is mammoth! The youth of today is slowly recognizing the potential of this burgeoning market and is taking various steps towards creating a niche for themselves! Like 21-year old Nidhi Jadhav, who came up with Giftery, whilst still in college and caters to hundreds of orders through its Instagram page.


If you still think there’s no profitability, we’re here to make you see differently. Your brand doesn’t have to remain stuck on the plateau of gifts. Over a period of time, you can start selling merchandises of popular brands. The way TheSouledStore does. It creates official merchandises such as t-shirts, phone covers, mugs, etc for popular TV shows and movies such as F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Avengers, etc. The scope here is magnanimous!

 6) Advertising and marketing


Who doesn’t like being talked about? Having good features announced to the public and making money out of it! Which is why advertising and marketing is a profession that will never go out of vogue. More so, in today’s digital world that runs on clicks likes and subscribes, marketing has now an exciting challenge on its hands to tap into the obscurest of markets. All you need is the right way to do it! Usually by combining the Holy trinity of modern marketing – Technology – Strategy – Creativity. SEO and Geofencing are new-age but potent tools still being under-utilized by traditional marketers, and so, your mastery of these skills can guarantee you success in this field! Do we need tell you the money prospects?

There you go. An enlightened soul. Much more ‘wisdomous’. If you still need more business ideas, hop onto MoneyExcel for some more. Maybe now that figure of 17% as an area of start –  stumbling block can drop down? We’ll wait for the next report of Business Standard!  Meanwhile, you, get ready to be featured on Forbes, maybe?


6 U-30 Indian Entrepreneurs For Your Weekly Dose of Motivation

Before you go on to read ahead, we have a warning for you – this article may make you feel very bad about yourself; make you question everything you’ve done so far in your puny little life. It may even cause you to worry about where your future is headed if your mother doesn’t already do that 10 times a day.

Or, you may choose to be an optimist for once, and actually, get inspired by the tales of these 6 epic Indians. 6 Indians that defied all odds and ensured success at an age where most people barely even get past dreaming about success. 6 young Indians that are making the world stand up and take notice of them.

We bring to you 6 Indian entrepreneurs, thirsty, but not yet thirty, making all the big noises for all the right reasons –

  1. Shashank ND


This guy barely made the cut here. He almost doesn’t belong in this list. Not because he isn’t worthy or meritorious enough – it’s because he’s about to turn over 30 next month! When it comes to merit though, the 29 ¾ -years old B.Tech from NIT, Surathkal, is right up there with the biggies. Co-founder and CEO of Practo, a healthcare website and App that primarily helps patients and doctors connect with each other quickly. Consumers can find doctors and book online appointments, chat online with doctors, order medicines and lab tests, store health records and even read health articles written by doctors.

Practo, valued today at over $500mn, has over 2,00,000 healthcare providers on its platform and is present in India, Singapore, Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia catering to consumers and providers and in 10 more countries with its software products for healthcare providers. Practo touches the lives of billions of people today and is responsible for over 50M appointments/year on its platform.

“I want to build something that lasts for decades,” says Shashank, with the steely resolve in his eyes determined enough to break mountains. If and how much he grows, is something only God would know. We, just have to sit back and watch him unfold his magic!

2) Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh Agarwal

Yet another dropout-success story. This time, of 23-year old Ritesh Agarwal, who founded Oyo Rooms soon after dropping out of college at 17. That’s right – 17 years! An age where most children are worried about getting good scores in their 12th Grade exams, Ritesh Agarwal had worries of a different kind going on. The man who has stayed at numerous budget hotels himself – and juggled roles as the housekeeper, call centre guy, and startup founder  – now owns India’s biggest brand of budget hotel rooms.

Three years ago, he started off with a single Gurgaon hotel. It had 14 rooms, and OYO took over 11 of those.  Now, it boasts of over 5500 properties in more than 170 cities! A net-worth valued over $500mn, Oyo is poised to raise a further $500mn from Softbank Vision Fund, thus putting it on the elite list of billion-dollar startups!

Oyo Rooms has been largely successful by adopting a business model that takes up budget rooms and provides top-class amenities like clean bathrooms and AC’s, something that was long considered to be the monopoly of fancy, 5-star+ hotels. The startup controls the entire process, from discovery to booking to the stay itself. OYO claims to have a 150-point standardization checklist and a 30-point audit checklist, to ensure top quality to every consumer even at budget prices.

The startup, which now offers premium rooms too, would rather focus on leisure stays and pilgrimages. Wonder what other masterstrokes lie in the 23-year old, Forbes -30-under-30 brain of Ritesh Agarwal…

3) Nandan Reddy & Rahul Jaimini

swiggy co-founders

Unless you’re living under a rock, you must be aware of Swiggy, if not used its services already for a million times. Nandan Reddy & Rahul Jaimini, both awarded the prestige of Forbes India 30-under-30, co-founded Swiggy. Swiggy is a food ordering and delivery company based out of Bangalore, providing services in across NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune.

Rahul Jaimini, 29, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus, who was then working as a software engineer with online fashion retailer Myntra, was roped in by Nandan to build the startup’s technology infrastructure. It has a simple business model – It collects commissions from restaurants, and also levies a nominal delivery fee from customers. This simple food delivery business has worked wonders – Swiggy has raised a total of $75.5 million in funding from various investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Norwest Venture, Accel Partners, SAIF Partners, Harmony Venture Partners, RB Investments and Apoletto.

Reddy believes there is big headroom for growth. “We see a million orders a day as a very real possibility in the next five years,” he says. We’re waiting…

4) Dhruvil Sanghvi

Dhruvil Sanghavi

“Logistics” is a term that is not widely used by many normal “muggle” citizens. Hell, more than half of them may not even know what it means! Talk about B2B industrial circles, however, and the masters of the trade would tell you just one name – LogiNext. Founder and CEO of one of India’s largest logistics networks, Dhruvil Sanghvi’s dinner guest list would probably include the Ambanis and the Birlas in a few years’ time. LogiNext has been recognized by some of the largest players including Reliance, Microsoft and IBM as one of the top 10 B2B startups of India. It is also backed by some of the top Indian HNIs as a part of Indian Angel Network. It has also raised more than $10mn by funding from e-com giant Paytm.

The brain behind LogiNext is no ordinary one. Dhruvil Sanghvi has previously worked with Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young Technology Advisory. He has extensive experience of advising a variety of Fortune 500 companies, starting from logistics companies to state and federal governments, on how to convert Big Data into intelligence. Dhruvil was on the core team of advising the largest logistics company in US as a part of their last mile route optimization program.

With plans for global expansion – eyeing China, South East Asia, and the Middle East regions, the only way this lad can go is up North on the scale of success.

5) Richa Singh

Richa Singh

For most of us, Dear Zindagi was our wake-up call to the harsh reality of depression and other mental illnesses. For 29-year old IIT Guwahati graduate Richa Singh, it dawned much earlier, when of her batchmates committed suicide. And then was born YourDost, a one-stop platform for anyone in trouble with depression, for anyone who needs a dost to realize he/she is not alone.

Teaming up with Puneet Manuja, also a victim of depression, Richa, via her one-of-a-kind startup, has succeeded in making her presence felt. Today, YourDOST has 750-plus experts, conducts 1,200 sessions per day and has helped 9 lakh people. Based in Bengaluru, the startup currently employs 25 people. The platform has three layers—self-help (educational content to build awareness), peer-to-peer (stories of people who have been through difficult times) and one-to-one (speaking to experts).

What drives this startup, even more, is that both Richa and Puneet have personal reasons to do this, and therefore their drive and hunger are very high. In a country of 1.2bn people, each living with miseries unknown, Richa knows she has only just tapped the tip of the iceberg.

6) Malav Sanghvi

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Ordinarily, people are too busy thinking of what sweets to buy from which shop after a baby is born in their family. Malav Sanghvi, 27 however, does not fit into the category of “ordinary”. Watching his cousin’s baby being taken care of by incubators at the hospital, Malav’s mind automatically sped into the direction of the poor, the destitute, who may not be so lucky enough to afford post-natal health care.

This thought slowly took the form of LifeCradle, a low-cost cardboard incubator that can be used even by the poorest of the lot to provide healthcare for newly-borns. LifeCradle is designed to provide hygienic living conditions as well as the technology needed for a newborn’s survival at home once it leaves neonatal care while keeping costs down. While the base is made of cardboard, the lid, which houses the technology, can be reused at care centres for the next child’s LifeCradle. The design makes it 90 percent cheaper than existing incubators and will be made available to neonatal intensive care units where such facilities are not affordable.

Already working on his another medi-care solution – Creoto, a programmable smart socket for amputees, Malav shows he is here to stay until everyone can afford the healthcare they deserve. With plans to reach out to the poorest of countries in Africa and Latin America with his innovative medicare solutions, his goal, he says, is to develop a system of sustainable and affordable health care at the grassroots.

What are you doing with your life, again, besides swiping right?

(All stories sourced from YourStory, ForbesIndia.)

7 tips to nail the Entrepreneurial Game

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Business is a romance novel, replete with the “happily ever after…” stories scripted by the successful. The Jeff Bezos, the Bill Gates, the Michael Dell… the history of their entrepreneurial ventures is legen-wait for it-DARY! How a seemingly miniature, godown-room startup burgeoned into a global, billion-dollar empire, is a process only they would know. We know the story of their success, but do we know their ‘Struggle – The Untold Story’? Most of us don’t, which is why we’re misled into thinking that if we follow the footsteps of these legends, we’re bound to become legendary ourselves too, one day.

But for every Amazon that churns out turnovers of billions year after year, there’s a Snapdeal or a Kingfisher struggling to even sell itself, right?

Which basically proves that there is no sure-shot roadway to success. Worse, there are no shortcuts either. Success is a long drawn process, and the most beautiful (if you see it that way) part about it is – it is never guaranteed. Which is why, neither us nor any legend, can give you the exact road-map to the beautiful destination called success. What we can give you, though, are the following tips, which can greatly improve your chances of success.

Patience, lads!


You must have heard the centuries-old adage “Rome was not built in a day”. How do you expect your empire to be up and about in a jiffy then? Unless you’re an extremely lucky jackpot-winner or the son of an influential politician in India, success shows its face to you only after years of toiling hard. Sample this – according to a celebrated speaker and author Grant Baldwin, it takes roughly 10,000 hours to be the master at something, anything you do. Also, read up Business Insider’s article on how Bill Gates took 11 years in order to get recognized; how Steve Jobs toiled for 2 decades to make Apple what it is today! For those familiar with cricket – think of success as one big, long Test match.

Build a network


Turns out, your Dad did his homework right. Every time he says “meri pehchaan hai, saste me mil jaayega”, understand the importance of a network. For those aloknath-y sanskari people who are skeptic, thinking we’re talking about corruption here – no we’re not. “The objective here is not to get many business cards, but make quality connections that can help you stand out from the competition” says Kartik Yadav on addicted2success.com A network helps to build a consumer base. The single biggest factor, also the cheapest (free, really) form of promotion is word-of-mouth publicity. It is this network – be it friends, relatives, neighbours, anyone – that will help to establish that. Having a varied bunch of people in your network – people working in different fields – helps a lot too. You get the expertise of different fields at your doorstep at virtually no cost. Take an example – your network includes a friend who is a CA, as well as another friend who is an advertiser. By virtue of this, not only do you get tax advice and auditing services at a lot lesser rates than the market, but also free advice so as to promote your business. All these small things go a long way in minimizing costs as well as obtaining expert services in various fields.

Understand your competitors


This is the utmost basic aspect of a business that you must look out for. Be it any industry, any market, the one question that you should always ask yourself is – “What will entice the consumers to choose my product/service over my competitors’?” If you cannot convince yourself to buy your own product, what makes you think the consumers would? The very blueprint of the business should involve satisfying those needs of the consumers that are not being fulfilled by your competitors currently. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of your rivals and position your business accordingly. A classic example being how Jio managed to destroy all competition at once and wreak havoc in the telecommunication market with it’s master plans.

There is no gratification in ratification


Kimanzi Constable, entrepreneur, speaker and author, in his article 3 Truths Wise Entrepreneurs Learn The Hard Way, says “You can’t wait for permission”. Indeed, most of us have been brought up under the caring, watchful eyes of our parents. As a natural consequence, we often become used to the idea of receiving someone and everyone’s consent, a nod of approval, before going ahead with anything even remotely risky. Guess what, business doesn’t work that way. No decision can ever be made if you keep waiting for 100% consensus from all and sundry. Something will always seem wrong – but perfection lies in how adeptly you handle those imperfections.

Innovation is sacrosanct


“Hey! What’s new?” You’re allowed to have trouble answering this question only when asked by a pesky relative constant badgering you like “aur batao?”. Not when it’s about your business. In an ever-changing, dynamic environment like today, if you can’t innovate, get ready to get kicked out. Ola and Uber have been magnanimously successful because they took a simple cab-driving business and then completely overhauled it by their innovative methods of customer retention and satisfaction. Not only success but mere commencement of business requires an out-of-the-box thinking too – Venture Capitalists and crowdfunding websites give no cent to the innovatively absent, do they?

Diversify your investments


As the Stock Market King, billionaire Warren Buffet says himself – “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. Putting all your money is a recipe for potential disaster, even when put in your own company! It is always prudent to diversify your money, your profits into various portfolios. Say e.g, you put 10% of your profit in Bank FD’s, another 10% in Mutual Funds, and a further 10% in high-risk but equally high-yielding stocks. You may put in a further 10% intangible assets like property or gold. Here’s how the benefit accrues to you –

– Assuming all investments increase in value, your otherwise normal profit now has grown substantially by doing nothing in your core business.

– Even if your stock investments go down, or gold prices decrease, you’re still left with 80-90% of your profit, not to forget the sure-shot increase in the value of FD investments. Which would not be the case had you put all that money in say, just stocks.

– Most of these investments act as a security for any loan that you might be looking to take up. Which means you can expand your business manifold with the help of loans secured with these investments.

The trick is to diversify across a varied form of instruments providing a varied level of risk and growth.

Make a brand, not sales


It is one of the commonest rookie mistakes to think the Turnover column is all that matters. Sure, the money a venture makes is depicted by the sales. But mere sales is not what makes someone the best in the business, does it? The power of “Brand” is what allowed Cadbury to regain top spot in the Indian FMCG market despite the controversy of insect-pilferage rocking its sales. More so, “Brand” is what allowed Nestle’s Maggi to remain India’s favourite despite being banned for months due to alleged substance misuse. Brands can only be built by giving value, giving quality, and giving more than their money’s worth to the customer. Treat one customer like a King and he shall bring 3 more the next time. So much, that even your faults get covered by your brand image in the market. Apple fans anyone?

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Here you go, here are some of the tips we think can go a long way in making you the next success-sensation. Nothing works as inspiration like rewards though, right? So head to your favourite section specially curated for you, by you, to pamper yourself every time you make a profit and tick things off your entrepreneurial checklist! Head out there!

Do you have it in you, to be an Entrepreneur?

Not everyone can start up their own business. And, even if they do, not everyone will be a successful entrepreneur. So what makes an entrepreneur tick? And, if you think about it, an entrepreneur does more than just have an idea. S/he has to convince others it is a great idea (be it team mates, or investors), they have to make sure that they keep thinking about the idea to make it better. They have to be good at implementation. They have to be able to juggle multiple things simultaneously. So what all are the characteristics of a good entrepreneur?

Entrepreneur.com identifies 15 core characteristics of an entrepreneur.

According to Elon Musk, this is what an entrepreneur needs to be:

Venture Capitalist, Vinod Khosla, has this to say about the qualities that define great entrepreneurs.

Learn Bill Gates rules for Success, from Bill Gates

You have all heard of Bill Gates and his list of achievements. And, for those who don’t :

Entrepreneur Bill Gates founded the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, with Paul Allen, and subsequently became one of the richest men in the world.

How rich, Forbes says he is the richest person on earth, with a networth of US$ 89 billion.

For those of us who want to be entrepreneurs, Bill Gates remains a role model. In this video, he tells you the secrets of his success

source : wikipedia


As the world seems to be moving towards a start-up culture, India also doesn’t lag behind. To ensure that, BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus announces Coalescence’16:

Going Zero to One, targeted at being one of India’s finest e- summits. It will take place on September 4 and 5. The summit is aimed at providing one platform where the budding entrepreneurs of the country will get ample opportunities to showcase their talent in front of the experts from various industries. The participants will also get the opportunity to get their ideas funded by the partner incubators.

ACT, The Conference

ACT is committed towards being a stage where the flow of ideas and inspiration flows endlessly. After all, who can beat the power of an idea, especially when the inspiration comes from someone who has seen it all, and achieved a success story of his own! ACT hosts a panel of successful entrepreneurs of the country, who share their stories with the attendees, in order to inspire them and to create new stories. Some of the speakers from the past editions are:

  • Rahul Yadav (Co-founder, Housing.com)
  • Pawan Agrawal (CEO, Mumbai Dabbawalas)
  • Vijay Nair (Founder, Only Much Louder)
  • Kunal Shah (Founder, Freecharge)
  • Naveen and Jeetu (Actors, TVF Pitchers
  • Hussain Zaidi (Investigative journalist, Author)
  • A Muruganantham (Founder, Jayshree Industries)
  • Taapsee Pannu (Bollywood Actress, Entrepreneur)
  • Rajat Kapoor (Actor, Director, Writer)
  • Alok Shetty (Founder, Bhumiputra)
  • Biswa Kalyan Rath (Engineer and Standup Comedian)
  • Sanjay Nath (Co-Founder, Blume Ventures)


Coalescence 2016 brings to you the third edition of its B-plan competition, Novatia. It is one of the hallmark events of Coalescence. Novatia is that one platform that bridges the gap between the startups and the potential investors. The competition takes place in three rounds. After sorting out 200+ entries including those from teams from prestigious institutions like IITs and IIMs, the top notch innovators are given an opportunity to present their business models to panel of experts from various industries. The previous edition awarded the winners prizes worth 1,50,000 INR. With grander partners confirmed this year such as Kae Capital, Venture Studio, Ide-in Ventures, Forum Synergies to name a few, Novatia is all set to be the next level competition for those committed to entrepreneurial thinking. The finalists will be provided with a two-month long mentorship period. The registrations are open till 18 th June 2016. Register now at www.coalescence.in and get a chance to win prizes worth INR 2 lacs and seed funding up to INR 3 million!

For queries and information, reach out at novatia@coalescence.in

Start-up expo is the first of its kind start-up exhibition that provides a platform to start-ups to exhibit their products in front of its potential customers. The expo encourages individuals to associate with the growing start-ups of the country. It serves as a great meeting ground for the talented entrepreneurs, who encourage each other to tap the potential of ideas that count. The start-ups also get to recruit talented individuals who have the zeal to ideate and innovate. The start-ups are offered a marketing stall for displaying their products. The start-ups get to interact with the VCs and investors of well-known firms.

To participate in the Startup Expo, write to us at startupexpo@coalescence.in


Along with an idea, a team also requires a proper skill set in order to present its idea effectively. At Coalescence, the workshops are targeted at achieving the same. The attendees get to learn various skills that are necessary for raising a successful start-up.

The previous edition hosted four workshops out of which two hosted by Knolskape and 91springboard aimed at enhancing the ideation, business decision making and pitching skills.