True to the international dynamic of 1M/1M, during today’s roundtable we had entrepreneurs from the U.S., India, and Israel pitch their businesses. And in the audience, there were people from at least 30 different corners of the world.
First, Senthil Natchimuthu from Coimbatire, India, discussed directdialogs. Senthil is doing a small business marketing solution that combines loyalty programs with email marketing and campaign management. The product roadmap is quite ambitious, and I was concerned about the viability of a minimum viable product with such a large scope. It turns out that the product has been built over the last two years, and a MVP is already in place. Now, Senthil is working on the positioning and go-to-market strategy for the business.
This is a very crowded market, and I asked Senthil to do some competitive analysis on some possible markets, and we discussed some of the pros and cons of those markets. We’ll look at the options based on the analysis.
Next, Yael Greenberg from Tel Aviv, Israel, pitched tapTank, a concept stage business where Yael wants to help consumers barter, collaborate, and compete on specific tasks. She gave a series of use cases from group travel to competing in marathons, and the one that resonated with me was barter. Each of her use cases is potentially a separate business, and I advised her to focus on fleshing out the barter concept.
Then Jeu George from Redmond, Washington, presented PinkVilla, one of the largest user-generated content-driven portals for Bollywood aficionados. The site has 11 million page views a month. The site’s unique visitors are at about 600k a month.
Jeu is trying to figure out his financing options, and the majority of the discussion today was around target market, product roadmap, and monetization models, which are the factors that would drive investment strategy.
This is a promising business, but clearly under-monetized. The revenue models need to be revisited, and the customer acquisition strategy as well. Their penetration in India seems relatively low, given that Bollywood is really an Indian phenomenon, its international following notwithstanding.
Finally, Kiran Nagarajappa and Rajesh Agarwal from Bangalore, India, pitched Reach360, a neat advertising optimization solution to help agencies, advertisers, and publishers get better eyeballs and click throughs out of their current campaigns. The product has been validated on campaigns by a dozen major Indian brands and / or agencies, and has shown great metrics. Now, Kiran and Rajesh are looking to take this to the next level. Last week, they won Microsoft’s Indian Startup Challenge grant of $40k.
Very interesting company with lots of great possibilities of working with major display advertising players, ad networks, and of course, advertisers and agencies.
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