Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” And we agree. It’s important to dream big, aim big and follow your heart. What better time to make this promise than the new year?
Every year we start by discarding the old and calling in the new. But, sometimes, there’s a little old you need to remember to shape the new. Tales and stories of hate, passion and honesty that inspire us to challenge our limits and set new goals should always be remembered.
In that spirit, here’s a list of 20 startup and entrepreneur stories that you, our readers, read, liked, shared and enjoyed in 2018.
#1 impressed Mithun Srivatasa and Nikhil Shivaprasad’s Blowhorn, the man who funded Skype and Tesla.
Impressing the man who funded Skype, Tesla, and SpaceX can’t be easy. But Mithun Srivatasa and Nikhil Shivaprasad did it with them. Bengaluru-based startup Blowhorn. Full-city logistics company Blowhorn offers its services to businesses and individuals and brings them together A network of small truck owners and consumers. Read the story over here.
#2 Gurugram-based Big Boy Toys is offering luxury cars to all.
Who doesn’t have a Bentley, Cadillac, Ferrari or James Bond’s mean machine Aston Martin on their car bucket list? Jatin Ahuja is making luxury cars like these (and more) accessible to everyone. Big Boy Toys, a Gurgaon-based startup that refurbishes and sells pre-owned luxury cars. Read his story over here.
#3 With Wishup, you can delegate tasks to an experienced assistant.
Multitasking may be something you’re good at, but studies show it can hinder productivity in the long run. Befriend Wishup, a Delhi-based company that hires, trains and manages talented and experienced assistants to handle repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Founded by two friends at IIT Madras, Nelesh Rangwani and Vivek Gupta. The bootstrapped startup is already profitable and aims to expand to the US and Europe soon.. Read the story over here.
#4 How Cellbell started with 7 lakhs and generated 10 crs in three years
In the year In early 2015, Ulhasnagar-based brothers Chirag and Pawan Demla invested Rs 7 lakh into the ecommerce platform for mobile accessories such as selfie sticks, headphones, cables, screen glass and covers. right now Available on Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Snapdeal and local retail stores, Cellbell stands out as a small town success story.. Read about the brothers’ journey over here.
#5 Savart 19-year-old Sankarsh Chanda helps people make smart investment decisions.
Sankarsh Chanda started investing at the age of 14. He convinced his elder sister to use her demat account to invest the first Rs 2,000. Five years later Launched Savart, an offline wealth manager that enables people to make smart investment decisions. Two months after launching his fintech startup, the 19-year-old was managing assets of Rs 8.5 million. Read his story over here.
#6 Per Pillar Zagle increased his income 6x to Rs 650 in one year.
How do you build customer loyalty? Based in Mumbai Zagg decided to help companies and retailers find out by offering gifts and experiences across multiple channels. such as employee rewards and recognition, channel partner incentives, online shopping and restaurant cashbacks. Cracking the code helped the startup grow its revenue 6x to Rs 650 crore within a year. Read about the success story of the startup over here.
#7 Houseome has created end-to-end solutions for stress-free interior design.
Founded by Pradeep Singhvi, Mumbai-based Haume was started with one goal in mind: to make homes awesome. of The end-to-end interior design startup offers complete home design solutions, from floor plans to custom furniture To meet customer needs and budgets. Customers clearly liked the idea, and the startup earned 2.1 million rubles in 18 months. Read the story over here.
#8 How NRI Rohan Mirchandani hit the sweet spot with yogurt brand Epigamia
Can a new age FMCG brand find takers in a saturated market? Mumbai-based start-up Drum Food International has tasted success with its Greek yogurt brand. Epigamia, which sells more than 8,000 distribution points in five major cities. Founded by NRI Rohan Mirchandani, the startup sells about three million cups of yogurt a month. Read the story of Rohan over here.
#9 Software service startup HackerKernel reported that 18-year-old coder Hussain Safi earned 1 million birr in 3 years.
What can you do with 5,000 Birr? An 18-year-old coder from Bhopal has launched a software services startup that has reported revenues of Rs 1 crore in 3 years. If that’s not inspiring, what is? Hussain Saifi is a Bhopal based software services startup HackerKernel is one of the few enterprises in Tier II cities that are globally recognized. Read his story over here.
#10 Moonshine Meadery wants to bring mead to India and change the way we drink
What is your poison? Single malt or wine? Why not let it be the world’s oldest drink? Based in Pune Moonshine Meadery has brought it to the Indian field and wants to change how India drinks and enjoys it. Founded by two engineers, Nitin Vishwas and Rohan Rehani, the startup’s beverage is now sold in 225 stores and restaurants across Mumbai and Pune. Read the story over here.
#11 Bootstrapped Blue Vector is creating videos for Trump Towers and Audi.
Not all startups are profitable from day 1. But Gurgaon-based Blue Vector, founded by 23-year-old Piyush Khedia, quit his job at Ernst&Young and started a career in design! The startup that creates relationships for big, small and mid-sized brands now big-ticket clients like e Audi, Porsche, Trump Towers and Sotheby’s International Realty India. Read the story of the startup over here.
#12 Tight Whites or Boxers? XYXX wants to change the culture of men’s underwear in India
When do men buy new underwear? A Debenhams report shows that most men only shop if they are in or about to start a relationship. XYXX founder Yogesh Khabra aims to change men’s underwear culture in India with Surat-based online brand XYXX.. Starting sales on online marketplaces in January 2017, the group claims to have seen a 50 percent month-on-month sales growth Read XYXX’s story over here.
#13 Varun Agarwal is trying to convince Indians that rankings don’t matter.
Varun Agarwal, who has inspired thousands of young entrepreneurs to venture ‘Anu Akanti (Community)’ and the startup is on a high with his new venture. Classes don’t matter, he wants to help Indians excel in alternative careers Learning from the best in various fields. Read about Varun’s journey over here.
#14 Biotech startup Bugworks is developing a drug to fight deadly superbugs.
About 30 percent of deaths in ICUs are caused by bacterial infections acquired after successful procedures, according to the World Health Organization. Bengaluru-based startup Bugworks – founded by V Balasubramanian, Anand Anandkumar and Santanu Datta – He has renewed the fight against superbugs and is working to find solutions to eradicate hospital-acquired infections.. Read the story over here.
#15 At 13, entrepreneur Tilak Mehta is making news at Dabbawala Network Papers N Parcels.
Entrepreneurs are growing every day, it’s true! Meet Tilak Mehta, an 8th grader at a Mumbai school, who is using it. Commercial capital Dabawala network to help Mumbaikars courier documents and packages across the city at affordable rates.. Papers N Parcels was born after Tilak took the problem of “waiting and looking for a solution”. Learn more about Tilak over here.
#16 Boneafite is a social networking platform – but made specifically for dogs
Your pet doesn’t really have a dog’s life. Not now, especially when there’s a social network for it. Founded by Yogendra Reddy and Govardhan Reddy, Boneafite offers an all-in-one app for dog lovers and pet businesses. Daily users earn “Virtual Bones” – rewards, discounts and lucrative deals redeeming with suppliers. Learn more about Boneafite over here.
#17 Pawan Gupta and Rahul Namdev You can find your perfect partner using betterhalf.i predictive analytics.
In a world of swiping right and left, compatibility seems reduced to a few words and pictures. Recognizing this modern-day problem, Pawan Gupta and Rahul Namdev started Betterhalf.ai. The “True-Compatibility” partner search product caters to five million modern independent working professionals looking for a life partner. Read how to find your partner here.
#18 Slang Labs is being developed for Voice by Kumar Rangarajan, Satish Gupta and Giridhar Murthy.
In the year Interest soared when the founders of Little Eye Labs, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, decided to start over. Kumar Rangarajan, Giridhar Murthy and Satish Gupta decided to launch Slang Labs, a voice-to-action platform that allows app developers to add a natural voice interface to control their apps with voice commands. The decision to build for voice came in the wake of the launch of Amazon’s Alexa. Read the story here.
#19 See, Like, Buy: myBataz is using AI to make fashion more accessible.
I love it, I want it, but how can I get it? Social commerce app myBataz is bringing brands and consumers together to admire, buy and track fashion using artificial intelligence. The Bengaluru-based startup, founded by Sormi Karpen, integrates user data to help fashion and lifestyle brands make smarter decisions with performance marketing capabilities enabled by multiple engagement points from consumers. Read the story here.
#20 The idea of BigSmall is simple: small special gifts that bring great joy
Started as a passion project by brothers Yatin and Aman Hans in April 2016, BigSmall is a great gifting platform. With 30K orders in six months, the bootstrapped startup claims to have seen 150 percent organic growth per month. BigSmall Online Gift Shop works with global and Indian suppliers to source products. Read the story here.