March, 30, 2015

Why VCs are betting on technology-enabled startup restaurants

Food lovers in India have never had it better; the recent times have seen an explosion in the variety of cuisine, experiments with formats that meet convenient and luxurious needs and an infusion of technology to better logistics on all levels. While entrepreneurs are vying with each other to come up with the next big idea, investors too, seem excited about this space as food businesses have begun to show lasting power by achieving scale


Eating out, an Experience in itself

Riyaaz Amlani of Smoke House Deli indicates that the way forward for him will be to focus on the café model. He believes online food businesses will have minimal impact on offline restaurants


The technology in brick and mortar

Helion Ventures-backed Mast Kalandar restricts the adoption of technology to improve backend operations and improving delivery mechanism. In the coming months it plans to expand its presence in the global markets and increase its domestic presence to 300 outlets in 10 cities in the next three years


The frsh way

FRSH, which delivers fresh food ordered online, was started in January 2014 by two friends from IIT Delhi, Badal Goel and Sumit Kumar. Goel ran a food venture for more than two years before starting FRSH and manages product menu, procurement, and kitchen operations at the current startup. Kumar manages technology, marketing and logistics operations.


How holachef built a Tech-based food business

Backed by India Quotient, Holachef is an online food platform that crowd sources Chefs in Mumbai to cook and deliver homemade, preservative-free food to customers


Truck it out

Flavour Labs presently runs two gourmet-themed trucks, Kobri and Hoppers, in the NCR region. In the next two years, it aims to initiate many more Indian cities to this concept of fun dining


Faaso’s delivery mix

Jaydeep Barman and Kallol Banerjee were engineering graduates from Jadavpur University, who later pursued their masters in business administration, from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and INSEAD, France. Frequent travels abroad introduced them to the QSR format, and as the two missed the street food of Kolkata, they decided to start a QSR in Pune in 2003, to offer fresh, desi wraps and rolls.


Desh to videsh!

One can identify a Chumbak wallet, bag or key chain right away. This uniqueness in design is one of its key strengths, which Vivek Prabhakar is depending on, to take the company beyond India on to the world stage

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Farming the right idea

Though an agricultural economy, Indian harvesting and post harvesting technology is quite outdated. Aspada Investments-backed LEAF aims to correct this while simultaneously benefiting the farmers and the consumers

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Out in the field

Sequoia-backed outdoor gear equipment brand, Wildcraft, became commercial after a decade of starting up. Today, it is focussing on building outdoor gear as a separate industry in India and foraying into regions such as the Middle-East and South-East Asia which have similar requirements as India

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A niche software for compliance management

Clonect, with backing from former Infosys honchos V Balakrishnan and TV Mohandas Pai, aims to build a unique software for regulatory compliance management. Their secret weapon: the founding team’s years of experience in several CFO and CIO related processes

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Software for work-life harmony

By adding to its product portfolio, growing the domestic market and expanding into the U.S., Sapience Analytics, aims to become a Rs. 100 crore company by 2020

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One move ahead at all times

By addressing the entire process of technology delivery, Smart Play Technologies has made its place in the top three players of India’s semiconductor services industry. With an annual growth rate of 30 per cent (year-on-year) it aims to record a turnover of US $100 million in the next two years

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A hybrid approach in the analytics solutions space

Zodius Capital-backed Antuit Technologies has adopted a hybrid model (of being resource and product driven) to offer end-to-end analytics solutions in the supply chain and marketing domains. With a dual focus on the U.S. and Asia Pacific, it has designed several strategies with aspirations to become a market leader in the global analytics space

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Not just another job portal

Backed by IDG Ventures, Mynoticeperiod, is a platform which connects recruiters with job seekers who are on their notice period, thus reducing the turnaround time for companies to identify and recruit fresh talent

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Startup school on designing your firm’s communication strategy

In conversation with Mindtree’s Rostow Ravanan and Vivek Rana, CEO of The Practice, on the art and science of opening up a startup’ s communication channels across various stakeholders.

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Building a dairy company Out of odisha

Sustainable development of the dairy segment through ethical sourcing and putting out a quality end product is Milk Mantra’s secret to success

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Private equity - making a comeback in 2014!

PE investments in India increased to 47.30 per cent during 2014, after dropping to a four year low in 2013. This was led by big deals in online services companies, especially E-Commerce firms.

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Taking e-waste seriously

Bengaluru-based BinBag was founded with the vision of disposing electronic waste in an environment-friendly manner. In the past three months, it has partnered with residents, NGOs and companies and helped generate 650 kg of e-waste

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Where Data meets Marketing

Today, marketing, be it online or offline, is all about driving better ROIs. This simply means that the role of insights drawn from analytics is crucial, irrespective of the medium on which a marketing campaign is run. In this story, we take a closer look at how two startups, Frrole and Proof of Performance, are leveraging data (for marketing) in the media analytics and media buying space

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