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Launched during the pandemic, how this Bihar agritech startup onboarded 500 farmers, over 10000 users.

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Anandi Devi of Makhdumpur village would seldom good price for vegetables she would grow in her backyard. She would go to local market carrying her bamboo stick woven basket but had to face tough competition with bigger vegetable sellers. Fruastrated, she would sell her vegetables – pumpkin and bhindi at throwaway price. 

But her life changed the day she came to know about PatnaKart, through Kissan Connect Initiative organised few days back in her village an online platform to buy agro products from likes of Anandi. She was no longer any other vegetables seller. She knew value for her efforts. She now owns Kissan Connect Card which makes payment system transparent.

At a time India’s agriculture sector, which employs more than half of India’s overall population, has been facing a crisis on many fronts, more so because of Pandemic, farmers and rural entrepreneurs needed a boost, a motivation from somewhere. 

One of the many difficulties faced by the agriculture community is supplying the produce, especially fruits and vegetables, before it perishes.

 A group of  young entrepreneur led by Abhinav Das  saw it all very closely and decided to solve it with their startup, PatnaKart.

Bihar based PatnaKart Agro Farms Private Limited optimizes agriculture supply chain using research, analytics, and technology, and is currently working with hundreds of farmers in Bihar to get the right price, supply, and distribution network.

While growing up, Abhinav Das, founder of PatnaKart saw farmers in his locality are struggling to sell their produce in the market. Apart from this, there were other challenges troubling farmers like arranging logistics, finding buyers, and getting the right prices. This had a huge impact on Abhinav.

A management Post Graduate and technopreneur Abhinav, who is successfully running a software company Intenext in Patna for nearly a decade. But each time he would think about farmers, he always felt he had to do something to solve the problems faced by the farming community.

The urge became his motivation to look for solutions. Abhinav also realized that there were many services delivering products to the doorstep of customers in metros, but there was no such service for farmers in Bihar.

With an aim to bridge this gap and get farmers a fair price for their produce by eliminating middlemen, Abhinav started PatnaKart during Covid 19 Pandemic in May 2020. The startup has developed a tech-driven solution to build a sustainable supply chain for fruits,  vegetables and other agro based produce.

PatnaKart has established technology-driven procurement centre at Karai  villages near Bihta from where it collects the produce. The farmers have to register with PatnaKart through Kisan connect programme and give informations about their produce to PatnaKart executive. PatnKart  later does a customised sorting, grading, and packaging to maintain the quality.

The startup then uses its tech-enabled logistics and delivers the produce to customers for free of cost. PatnaKart  basically buys the produce directly from farmers and sells it to small mandis and businesses such as hotels, retailers, restaurants, caterers, canteens, PGs, and even individual customers.

Abhinav says that he started up with minimum investment and worked on the business model and technology with his team. 

Abhinav says the startup is clocking about Rs 10 lac monthly revenue and has onboarded more than 10000+ users and 500+ farmers from across Patna.

The company is currently working towards scaling its procurement centre in more villages and is also building a price prediction model at the supply side for the farmers, for which the company will expand its technology team.

“It’s important to build trust with farmers to work with them. Our procurement centre at farmer’s locality is helping us build trust with small and medium farmers in rural areas. It is helping them to sell the produce easily through our executives,” says Abhinav.

“We are building farm to business  supply chain through an integrated network of mobile App. We are focused to build strong technology to create more efficient supply chain,” he adds.

Abhinav who has in past created paperless E- Governance technology for Bihar Government’s various departments aims is to drive change in farmer’s  lives by giving them better returns. “We are focused to build strong technology to create a more efficient supply chain,” he says.

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ThePetnest: The perfect home of care for your pets

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Pets are always considered an important part of a family and they need care too, but as most people are busy with their daily work, so they can’t take proper care. And it is a big concern for everyone that ho will take care of their pets when they are not at home or they are not available to take care of their own pets. With time there have been many developments in this field and there are many pet stores that normally take care of pets, but ThePetnest is something different from others. ThePetnest is a first-of-its-kind platform that supports the ever-increasing pet parent community by providing trustworthy pet care services across India.

ThePetnest is a Noida Based Pet Care tech Marketplace. It is a One-Stop Platform For Pet Care services like Pet Grooming, Dog Training and Vet on Call Across 24+ Cities in India. Vivek Kumar and Chandrakant said in a statement, “With the Exponential Rise in Pet Adoption, the pet care market is growing at a fast pace in India. The Petcare industry is here to grow and sustain, while we need a platform which can cater to provide 360-degree pet care solutions to make the industry more organized ThePetnest has created a platform to meet all the industry demands and take the Indian pet care market to the next level. We take care of your pet as they are part of our own family. And we ensure that your pet is happy, and healthy and must stay as sweet as ever. But it’s now not just about pet love. ThePetnest is likewise devoted to creating pet care safe, smooth, and affordable so that everyone can revel in the unconditional love of a pet.

Currently, Thepetnest has 520+ Pet Groomers, 160+ Dog Trainers and 200+ Veterinary doctors across India. And this is not enough as we are well experienced in providing the best services to your pet by taking care of them and treating them wisely so that they. ThePetnest donates a part of their every service to pet NGOs & Rescue shelters through this program and additionally offers meals to shelter dogs in India.

The company said that as it grows, Thepetnest plans to support pet parents as they navigate all aspects of pet care services, including the decision of bringing home a pet, pet boarding and dog walking, fulfilling all primary needs for the pet. The 2 years, the long bootstrapped firm is touted to have 1 lakh customers with a repeat rate of 34%. ThePetnest aims to have 2 lakh users on its platform by the end of this year. ThePetnest has got your back in taking care of your pets and you can simply contact me if you need any type of help.

http://thepetnest.com/

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“I am not what I am…” – (From the eyes of Blockchain)

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The title best describes my personal tragedy, which I have endured every day since I came into being. Indulge me, please, while I try Brancusi’s and Michelangelo’s subtractive sculpture approach of carving out ‘what am not’ until I set free the true angel of a tech that I am.

I am not a Bitcoin..

I am not an Ethereum..

I am definitely not a Crypto..

I’ll never be a Metaverse.. 

I am not an NFT.. 

I am not some play to earn game..

I am not some anonymous database..

I am neither Luna nor Terra..

And I am certainly not responsible for the recent near-collapse of the crypto world.

Phew! Finally, maybe, the real me has started to emerge. Stay with me for a bit longer, and I promise you will see who I really am.

I am an immutable, tamper-proof humble ledger, using an infinitely extendable chain of blocks, enabling time-stamped storage of different kinds of records and transactions. From the data’s provenance and through its perpetual continuance, I stand guard to its perfect auditable history. 

So let me begin from the very beginning. I was born in 1991. 

Haber & Stornetta laboured on solving the problem of the immutability of digital records. While evolving the solution around hash functions and time-stamped digital certificates, they realised that such a process could be open to subversion, either by corruption or by fraud. 

Therefore, a way to distribute the trust by creating multiple certifiers of a timestamp was worked upon. And there it was, the first glimpse of “me, the blockchain”. 

Oh! I almost forgot to mention Satoshi Nakamoto. No, I don’t intend to indulge in the mystical riddle of his identity because remember, it’s me who we are setting free here.  

Satoshi Nakamoto’s paper on Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System proposed to layer me with a transaction system that didn’t rely on third parties and prevents double-spending through a peer-to-peer(P2P) network with public registration of all transactions that cannot be corrupted or reversed. It was a purely P2P version of an electronic cash transfer system allowing online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. According to him, the entire network could be modified through a voting system between nodes. Each node votes with its CPU power, and as long as the majority of the network consists of honest nodes. The entire system remains incorruptible.

Now some say that I was layered with an extreme liberal bent of mind requiring no intervention/control/ regulation, emphasising autonomy and the protection of rights, not only against the state but also against any private economic actors/regulators, including businesses. I prevent myself from expressing my opinion on the issue. Still, I would not shy away from admitting that I work under a layered architecture with innumerable possibilities and unfortunately, that is both my strength as well as weakness.

You layer me with legal and regulatory engineered intelligent contracts (read code), and I work in compliance with the law of the land without requiring any specific regulations for myself.  

You Layer me with advanced analytics. I can offer supply chain managers a path to digitising the prevention and detection of financial crime. 

Unfortunately, I have also been layered with greed, fraud and corruption. From Squid to Lunar and Terra, and many more have sucked away investors’ money. Still, somehow people are losing their confidence in ‘me’ as a technology instead of peeling off these layers on top of me and analysing the same. 

I can be a beast when the layers above me make me into it, but when you peel off the same, the heart of the beast is still purely secure and untarnished data. 

Once the world understands me, their trepidation towards me will dissipate. 

“I am Blockchain” I am not a threat to anyone. Rather I am the last frontier of Security that everyone was looking for, to secure their Assets.

I am Blockchain – if used correctly, I can create trust where none exists, be the connection in a disconnected world, go where no one dares to go, and be the force that binds different ideologies for a common Goal….

Tapan Sangal: 

An Indian citizen, an enthusiastic visionary, focused on the virtual world with a difference. Positively working towards building a virtual platform baring a society driven by culture-rich creativity, art, and talent in this vivid world. Driven towards unfurling the augmented reality to greater horizons potentially to shape our future.

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How This New Age Start-Up Has Revolutionized The Laundry Industry

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A laundry start-up, Tumbledry, that started just three years ago has come to the forefront as India’s largest laundry & dry clean chain. The promising brand is burgeoning all across the nation with 250+ live stores spread across 82 cities and is on its way to being a household name for laundry solutions.

Gaurav Teotia, Business Head & Co-Founder, Tumbledry, shared, “We had a vision of becoming India’s largest laundry & dry clean chain by 2022 and today we have turned it into reality. Today we have a strong presence in 25 Indian states covering all major cities. Be it metros like Delhi, Mumbai, or Bangalore, Tier 2 cities like Meerut and Varanasi or Tier 3 cities like Bhagalpur, Asansol, or Rudrapur, you will find our stores everywhere.

On being asked about Tumbledry’s journey so far, the Co-Founder & Director of Tumbledry, Gaurav Nigam, said, “We started 3 years ago in April 2019 with an aim to solve laundry woes of urban India. Our first store in Noida achieved operational break-even in just 3 months from its start and we expanded at a rapid pace. Around this time Covid hit the world hard. When other mainstream businesses were sinking, our strategically planned laundry business model not only survived but grew exponentially, even during the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. Over the last few quarters, we are adding 20-25 new partners every month and at the same time, our existing partners are also opening more franchise stores with us after realizing the potential of our successful franchise business model. 15% of our franchise partners have already opened their 2nd or more stores in their area with us. 36% of our total stores are owned by these 15% partners alone.”

The newly-established brand which is already a behemoth in the laundry industry is backed by a team of industry veterans from reputed companies like Airtel, Reliance, Perfetti and Lava and IIT-IIM alumni.

Crediting the success of Tumbledry to various elements, Gaurav Nigam said, “We strongly abide by our business principles focused on customer convenience, high-quality service and trustworthiness.

To ensure high quality we have employed World’s best Swedish machinery. While we use globally acclaimed organic German chemicals for general purposes, we have also developed proprietary chemicals for treating 65+ indigenous stains of Haldi, Henna, etc. in our RND labs. Because of our unmatched quality, we already have a community of 2 lacs+ regular customers PAN India and their number is increasing every day.

Another most important factor that keeps us growing is adaptability. As a business, we never refrain from accepting our mistakes. And after acknowledging them we adapt fast to get better. 

For example, we started as a “laundry only” organization and used to outsource our dry-clean orders. This caused quality issues in service. So, we took up dry-cleaning too and it improved our service quality to a great length. 

Next, from only offline marketing, we went to both offline and online modes of marketing to leverage the benefits of digital platforms. And, today 70% of our customers are reaching us via digital modes. 

Initially, we had a compact CRM but now we have an integrated suite of store CRM, call-centre CRM, runner app and a customer app.”

The brand holds higher aims of reaching every urban household by 2026 with 1000+ live stores. Out of these, around 500+ stores will be present in Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities. Already having a strong national footprint, the brand is well on track to fulfilling its aim.

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