Startup Sunday Season 3 Episode 8 (OYO Rooms)

OYO Rooms, to be valued at $2 Billion, could be the next entry in the Unicorn Club. Started in 2012 the success story of Gurugram based OYO rooms almost seems like a fairy tale. Founded by Ritesh Agarwal,24, a tall, thin, scruffy looking guy who would be lost in crowd is an inspiration to every budding entrepreneur. Earlier this June the online hotel aggregator, which reportedly has a network of over 1,00,000 rooms in India, has already started establishing its presence in London & China. Let’s unwind the story of OYO Rooms! Your budget-friendly holiday home.

The Maestro and the Orchestra

Ritesh Agarwal hails from a well-off business family from Bissam, Cuttack. At the age of Ritesh.png8, he started coding and thus began his love for software programming. At the age of 16, when he was in Kota to join IIT, Ritesh travelled extensively and stayed in odd Bread & Breakfast (B&B) places and by the time he was 18, he dropped out of college to kick-start his entrepreneurial dream. It’s been an exceptional journey for Ritesh, from being a college drop out at 18 to a Millionaire at 24.

In 2012, Ritesh Agarwal started with Oravel Stays! replicating the model of Airbnb i.e. providing short and midterm rental B&B joints, serviced apartments and private rooms. But the Company failed to pick up and garner any movement; so ultimately in 2013 the existing business model was tweaked to make way for “OYO Rooms”.

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Startup Sunday Season 3 Episode 7 (Innov8)

As per NASSCOM, India with more than 3,100 new startups is the third biggest base for entrepreneurship in the world. With more than 800 new startups being set up every year, the nation would have 11,500 new startups by 2020, employing more than 2,50,000 individuals. India is not only the third largest nation for startups but also has the most expensive real estate. Early-stage startups in India struggle to find high quality and affordable office space. Innov8 solves this problem by providing them with an ergonomically designed flexible workspace.

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Startup Sunday Season 3 Episode 6 (HUMhain)

Let’s face it: In such a fast-moving world where everyone is so busy and performance pressure is everywhere, we often forget small things and sometimes even the most important of the things! Imagine yourself going out on an important presentation and you reach the venue just to realize that you forgot to bring your pen drive. Another scenario where it’s your anniversary and you forgot to bring the cake for your wife (you’re already in danger). Who can possibly help you in no time?

HUMHain is the name!

Three years back, a boy who observed these scenarios, got a small idea which then got converted into a business model called ‘HUMHain’. Their tagline goes like this “Deliver anything from anywhere”, which itself explains the very motives of the company.

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Startup Sunday Season 3 Episode 4 (ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: THE INDIAN PERSPECTIVE )

Entrepreneurship is the most powerful economic force known to humankind! The “entrepreneurial revolution” that captured our imagination during the late 1990s has now permeated every aspect of business thinking and planning. As exemplified by the “dynasty builders” of the previous decades, be it Dhirubhai Ambani of Reliance or Bill Gates of Microsoft, the applications of creativity, risk taking, innovation and passion lead the way to economic development far greater than anyone could imagine. The 21st century presents newer and sometimes more complex challenges than ever before conceived; however, the entrepreneurial drive and determination of our yet-to-be discovered “dynasty-builders” will be our greatest solution.

A recent survey published in The Times of India (ToI) describes the Indian Youth as ‘cool, confident and even a little complacent’. The youth today, in marked contrast to his ilk of the pre-reforms generation, is not worrying about the future. The survey found only 7 per cent of the Gen-X Indians worried about finding employment and mere 5 per cent anxious about financial stability. Interestingly the study found that youth across India want to be wealthy, successful and educated, they want to achieve this through a range of business choices. A good number want to venture into business ownership and information technology. Entrepreneurship has been regarded as an important determinant of wealth creation. It was trading in ancient times, labour-dominated production in the medieval age, technology-enabled manufacturing in the modern times and services and knowledge-oriented in the post-modern era. The all-important question that needs to be answered is why entrepreneurship not picking up in India at the pace that is required?

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