Business Ideas, Motivations

Inside the Investor’s Mind – Ajeet Khurana

Ajeet Khurana is an entrepreneur-turned angel investor. A member of Mumbai Angels, Khurana invests in about eight startups every year. He mostly invests in early stage ventures but not at the ideation/planning stage of a firm. Khurana is mostly looking for startups that have demonstrable products and revenue traction. His key investment areas include education, e-commerce, software, internet and internet-enabled services and mobile. He also works with various incubators, accelerators, startup events, entrepreneur clubs and social media platforms, in addition to the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN). In his talk, Ajeet is talking about startups and investments.

A University of Texas alumnus, Ajeet Khurana has earlier founded Corpus Collosum Learning Pvt Ltd and KITS (Khurana Information and Training Systems Pvt Ltd). He also works with various incubators, accelerators, startup events (credit jose), entrepreneur clubs and social media platforms, in addition to the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN). Being the former CEO of IIT Bombay’s SINE, under Khurana, many SINE incubates had raised funds. These include communication app for schools Knit, IT security startup Wegilant and industry visit organising firm Purple Squirel.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Business Ideas, Business Plans, Motivations, Networking

Last Call To Apply For TiE SoCal Labs. Are You In?

Start Up word on a dry erase board written as steps or a diagram on how to launch a new business including idea, research, business plan, funding, budget, staffing and launch
Start Up word on a dry erase board written as steps or a diagram on how to launch a new business including idea, research, business plan, funding, budget, staffing and launch

Introducing TiE SoCal Labs

Introducing TiE SoCal LabsWe are pleased to launch a new program called TiE SoCal Labs on 9th March.  This virtual incubator program is designed for “Hungry SoCal Entrepreneurs” who are eager to receive help from the TiE Global network. Nitin Rai from TiE Global Angels Alliance (TGAA) will be launching this amazing program. Mangesh Mahajan, Partner at WaterMark Venture Capital, will be the chair of this program. Well-known VCs, Angels and seasoned Entrepreneurs will be available to mentor these startup founders. An exclusive group of founders and their startups will be selected in the first year.

Our bold vision is to help aspiring entrepreneurs with the entire lifecycle of their company – from cradle to successful exit: ideation process (above), making a realistic business plan, finding co-founders, building proof-of-concept, finding beta customers, commercializing the products, creating go-to-market strategy, expanding sales and distribution channels, and above all, exploring various fund-raising options. We are going to put key people, processes and systems in place to make you successful!

TiE SoCal is going through a selection process for the first batch of startup companies to be admitted to this amazing incubator. We have already received a dozen or so applications, and our committee has decided to keep the invite open for a few more. Are you interested in applying for the TiE SoCal Labs? This is your chance to get in on the ground-floor!
Please Apply here

We are anticipating a Huge Turnout for the TiE SoCal Labs launch event (we’re hearing that this launch may include live pitches from the final round of applicants, live audience participation and selection (aka The Voice), and a few surprises… but we can’t give it all away).

Place: Real Office Centers at the Vine OC
5151 California Ave. Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92617

When: March 9 from 6 pm onward
What: Indian dinner will be served

Register Now
Business Ideas, Innovation, Marketing, Networking

World’s Biggest Robotic Championship Event

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Overview

Join the World’s Biggest Robotic Championship Event – TechnoXian 2017

Connecting 40 Million Youths 

5000+ Teams | 12+ Countries | 2100+ Institutes | 16 Competitions | Awards Worth INR 5.0 mn 

Age Group:

12 – 18 – High School
19 – 25 – College Grads
26 – 35 – Professional Group

 

VENUE: Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi
DATE: 28 – 30 April

 

Business Ideas, Innovation, Motivations

Uriji Jami

Uriji Jami an app that will change the perspective of todays social media.capture


Have you experienced that we spend a lot of time on these so called social networks without a real reward or even end up draining our time and miss real connections.

URIJI Jami is a new age app that thinks different
We believe that Life Is our Main Asset
It lets you share your aspirations (dreams) to look into the future, and your life experiences (stories) to value your past.
This app matches peoples similar Stories and Dreams.

On this network, you can share your life stories and Inspire others to achieve their dreams
and connect with inspiring people around the world who could help you accomplish your dreams.

If you wish, you can attribute with economic value, achieving powerful and immediate connections with other people around the world.
We hope you like our project and back us on Kickstarter
Here is the Link:
 

URIJI Jami, the network to build your future.

FOLLOW us in our social networks: @Urijijami

 website  www.urijijami.com
 
 
Thanks& regards,
Kanchan Dhankani
PG Graphic Design,NID
Proprietor & Principal Designer
StudioKD
Mumbai, India
Business Ideas, Motivations, People / Stories

Jackfruit 365

Biryani, masala dosas and galouti kababs made from jackfruit ? Their creator is an ex-Microsoft director who is showing the world that jackfruit is truly the jack-of-all-fruits !

James Joseph did something few are brave enough to do. He quit his high-paying job as a Microsoft director to start a venture based solely on a fruit. Taking his love for jackfruit to a whole new level, he started Jackfruit 365, a company that sells the fruit in a packaged, freeze-dried form, and aims to promote all things jackfruit.

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Talking to CrowdStudio about the eureka moment when he came up with the idea of Jackfruit 365, Joseph said:

“At the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, where I was hosting a dinner for my clients, Chef Hemant Oberoi had made a spectacular dish called the Varqui Crab along with its veg version, the Varqui Mushroom. It was delicious, but I couldn’t help thinking why the chef didn’t use jackfruit, which is more nutritious than meat and mushrooms.

Perplexed by the utter absence of jackfruit at the five-star soirees I attended, I asked around and all the chefs said the same thing: Too sticky, too smelly and too seasonal.

When jackfruit season finally came, I took some to a chef I knew. He used it to create a jackfruit burger coated in jackfruit seed crumbs that was delicious and much crispier than the aloo burger at McDonald’s. The actual eureka moment happened when we created a jackfruit pie, spectacular and more delicious than the apple pie and pecan pie I had in the US. That was when Jackfruit 365 truly took off.”

So Joseph began to investigate and found that despite being acknowledged as a super food, huge amounts of jackfruit are being wasted every season. According to an article on the state government’s website, Kerala alone wastes an estimated 35 crore jackfruit annually, which is about 75% of the harvest.

There are several reasons for this. The weight of a jackfruit, which is typically in the range of 3-5 kg, makes transportation in bulk difficult, while storing this highly perishable fruit is difficult. Cleaning jackfruit is also a tedious process, with the large ungainly fruit throwing prickly wedges, sticky sap, and a strong odour one’s way before offering its rich, bulbous flesh.

Concerned about the collective disregard for jackfruit, Joseph left his cushy job with Microsoft  to return to his native town Aluva in Kerala and set up Jackfruit 365 in 2013. He wanted to make this undervalued and underrated seasonal fruit available for consumption 365 days a year.

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Plunging headlong into the pursuit of his passion, this graduate of the Thiruvanathpuram College of Engineering decided to first address the challenge of making the jackfruit available 365 days a year. On learning that 80% of the fruit is made up of water, he hit upon the idea of freeze-drying jackfruit.

Freeze-drying reduced the weight of the fruit by 82%, cutting down the huge costs of transportation and storage. A 180-gm pack of freeze dried jackfruit can be stored at room temperature for 365 days and, when soaked in lukewarm water, yield one kg of jackfruit.

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Joseph soon hired Amalgam, pioneers in setting up food processing factories in Kerala and Bangalore, to procure jackfruit and process and sell the freeze-dried fruit in packets of his brand, Jackfruit 365.

A stickler for perfection and quality, Joseph insists on farmers supplying unopened jackfruit, as opposed to the traditional practice of storing opened jackfruit in plastic packets, to ensure food safety.

His company also sponsors five midday meals for school children under the Akshaya Patra Foundation, for every pack of Jackfruit 365 sold.

The Microsoft Circle of Excellence award winner wants to create an organised market for jackfruit because its health benefits are numerous. Since the glycemic load (glucose level) in unripe jackfruit is almost half that of rice or wheat, the fruit makes a potent carbohydrate substitute for diabetics. Jackfruit’s high potassium content helps lower elevated blood pressure and its high anti-oxidant and flavonoid content protect against cancer. Jackfruit also increases the human body’s capacity to absorb iron, making it extremely effective in preventing and curing anaemia. Since jackfruit blends beautifully into most recipes, it can also change the way we look at health foods and gluten-free foods in particular.

Determined to demonstrate that dishes made from jackfruit can be mouth-watering irrespective of cuisine type, Joseph has also designed signature dining experiences for his clients with several internationally renowned chefs. His interesting and unique jackfruit-infused recipes include galouti kabab, biryani, masala dosa, kathi roll, panna cotta, and payasam, all made from dehydrated jackfruit!

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In his tryst with the jackfruit, Joseph also realised that the indigenous tree is as good for farmers as it is for consumers. Drought-resistant, evergreen and environment-friendly, he believes this tree can act as climate shock absorber for farmers:

“I don’t even consider it a crop. It just grows. When other crops fail, you can always count on the jackfruit tree.”

The techie turned entrepreneur is also the founder of Professional Bharati, an online platform that is a one-stop shop for NRI professionals wanting to relocate to their hometowns and still earn handsomely. Through his own experience, he knows that the opportunities in India’s non-metros, small towns and villages are endless and this venture is his attempt to persuade others to return home too.

 

http://www.thebetterindia.com/59942/james-joseph-jackfruit-365-superfood-india/