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Gokul Srinivas and his journey with his venture MinionLabs

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Gokul Shrinivas was a state hockey player before an injury ended his career and his prospects for any other for a long time. The injury affected his 10th board, limiting his picks for college. “Four-Hundred-plus rejections, can you believe it,” he says. Later, while interning for Amazon in IT, he realised electronics was his true love. MinionLabs, a Bengaluru-based startup that helps businesses and buildings become energy efficient, was born out of his final year academic project. And Gokul Shrinivas, aged 26, who is founder and CEO, is determined to see it through.

Energy Monitoring is a complex function that requires either the installation of a traditional meter or a smart meter, with sensors on every device in a house or a building, involving huge capex. The complexity of doing the right thing often dissuades positive action. MinionLabs created a smart AI (artificial intelligence)- and ML (machine learning)-enabled wireless device, which has to be installed only in the Bus Bar Panel Board of a building. The ‘Minion’ can fit in a palm, and detect the activity of each appliance in a home, office or a factory, without any new wiring or sensors.

It uses the unique noise or energy signature an electronic device produces when switched on, and collects up to four million data points per second. The user gets real-time device-level energy consumption analytics of usage and savings on a mobile application. Since it monitors noise signatures, it can also predict when any appliance needs repair, and alerts the user, saving time and cost. The company says it is GDPR compliant.

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According to a World Wide Fund for Nature-India evaluation in 2020, MinionLabs has enabled a lifetime savings of 5.25 million kWh of electricity and reduced 3,712 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. Seventy-three Minions are deployed at 52 buildings across Bengaluru, Chennai and the UAE, with customers including Fortis Healthcare, Cisco Systems, Accenture, MRF India, MSEDCL, Robert Bosch and Ford India. It claims to offer up to 30 percent energy consumption savings per annum.

During Covid-19, as offices and industries – MinionLabs’ target market – shut down, it pivoted to energy management for gated community buildings to survive.

“The technology MinionLabs uses has been around for a long time, but it has productised it successfully, and its self-learning model will accrue more value over time as the Minion gains market share. MinionLabs helps reduce capital expenditure and reduce electricity wastage,” says Mohan Kumaramangalam, working president, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, who led pre-seed funding round from Indian Angel Network in March 2020.

“Although the recognition is an individual one, getting here was certainly not a one-man’s show. I’d like to take this opportunity and thank everyone who has been a part of my journey. A huge thanks to our early backers, my incredible team, investors, friends, and well-wishers who continued to support and pushed me forward. When I first decided to start MinionLabs, I barely knew what entrepreneurship would really mean to me. But there were a couple of things that I was certain of:

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1. I wanted to build something great that could help people save their energy costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and save our earth from climate change.

2. I got rejected in more than 400+ job interviews due to my 10th Standard marks being less than 60 percent, but I wanted to prove myself to the world. I also wanted to show my capabilities and to change the method of hiring through skills and not just by marks.

And it all happened in India, where my values truly resonate.

Currently, MinionLabs is in its early stage, but it has been the proudest decision I have ever made. At the age of 26, along with my team members, we are all pushing boundaries every single day – from research & development to experimenting and building something that can truly make an impact in this world.

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I can’t wait to see my idea growing, and my vision becoming a reality one day – to turn our buildings autonomous that can take pre-informed decisions through Artificial Intelligence for energy efficiency and productivity,” says Gokul Shrinivas.

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Noted Educationist Ranjit Bijoor Awarded a Doctorate in Education

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Dr. Ranjit Bijoor was recently awarded a “Doctorate” In the field of Education by a French University. Dr. Ranjit Bijoor said, “My thesis in Educational Reforms in the Indian Education System is the need of the hour!”

 

Dr. Ranjit Bijoor was recently awarded a “Doctorate” In the field of Education by a French University. Dr. Ranjit Bijoor said, “My thesis in Educational Reforms in the Indian Education System is the need of the hour!”

 

 

Replying on a question raised by a reporter about the main challenges in the Indian Education System, Dr. Ranjit Bijoor replied, “India is one of the largest graduate-producing factories in the world! But sadly also a country that has the worst unemployment problem!! And the biggest contradiction is that India at the same time has an acute shortage of Skilled Manpower.”

 

Replying to a query by another reporter, Dr. Ranjit Bijoor replied, “It is absolutely wrong to say that we always had a problem in our Education System! The Indian education system during the time of Gurukuls was the best in the world. It produced generations of kings, scholars, and people of wisdom. It covered virtually every facet of Education in detail.”

On a more emotional note, Dr. Ranjit Bijoor added. “When I started my own journey as an Entrepreneur at the age of 20 I was an expert in Botany & Algebra or knew all the names of all the Mughal Kings or when the battle of Panipat was fought. But sadly I did not know how to open a bank account or even write a cheque! I realized that my 15 years of formal education had given me absolutely no Skills as an Entrepreneur or any kind of basic Financial Skills!!”

 

Dr. Ranjit stressed that internships should form an integral part of education whereby students from 9th or 10th grade onwards should be exposed to an actual work environment, be it a bank or an actual factory.

 

Dr. Ranjit Bijoor said, “The problem in our Education System is very vast! The solution cannot be done overnight. Educationists across India need to start taking baby steps toward Educational Reforms. My thesis won’t solve the entire problem overnight, but I am happy it will make a difference over time, however small it may be!!”

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Pink Beagle : A Brand New Guide to International Marketing

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International business is a phenomenon of global percolation and adaptation of organizations selling products and services to conducive and favorable niches across the world. One requires strategic and well versed knowledge about international marketing and its applied principles for the foundation and expansion of any business to global boundaries.

The Pink Beagle written by Dr. Vikas Singh offers a detailed and perceptive insight on his experience and expertise of global business and trade. Mr. Singh, a doctorate in business administration from Lucknow University, has an experience of more than two decades in leading international corporates and is an authority on global trade and its various niches due to his extensive knowledge in the field.

Despite having a successful career, Dr. Singh left the corporate journey a few years ago to follow his passion of helping small businesses and exporters go global. He also gives a considerable amount of his time to writing, the result of which has been two books — Return Ticket and his last release, The Pink Beagle. The latter is a concentrated effort to bring into focus the concept of globalization and, as Dr. Singh puts it, Glocalization — a portmanteau of the connection between global and local trade.

Dr. Singh is also a successful speaker and has given many speeches on various platforms and is soon slated to speak at TEDEx Motijheel.

Coming back to his last release, The Pink Beagle is a thorough guide with plenty of references of successful brands and ventures for any aspiring business and is a must read for anyone starting a venture of their own. Dr. Singh brings all his experience and knowledge to play here and shows a path that can be trodden by anyone new or old in the world of global trade and branding. The book, segregated into many different chapters all dealing with a particular aspect of international business and trade, also contains a plethora of anecdotes from both DR. Singh’s personal experiences as well as popular culture.

The Pink Beagle is written in an easy to understand conversational style and many of the anecdotes and references are not only useful but are also extremely witty, making the reading experience a fun one.

Dr. Vikas Singh is presently working on his next book which is slated to release very soon. Here’s wishing him all the best for it.

You can purchase The Pink Beagle from the following link:

http://mybook.to/thepinkbeagle

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India Hemp expo 2023: Get ready to learn, grow and network about hemp!

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After the successful accomplishing of the first edition of India Hemp Expo 2022 in Delhi, now it’s time to gear up to witness the second instalment of the unique B2B exhibition in Mumbai. Slated to be held at Nehru Centre Exhibition Space, Worli, Mumbai, from 24th to 25th February, the India Hemp Expo 2023 aims to promote the hemp industry by bringing together professionals and industrialists who are involved in one way or another with this nascent industry.

Celebrating hemp in all its splendour, the event is expected to feature over 30 exhibitors, and thousands of visitors including business experts, Ayurveda doctors and hemp enthusiasts from across the world.

 

The India Hemp Expo 2023 will serve as a brilliant space for all the participating exhibitors to present their brands on a grand level in front of all the potential buyers, consultants, and business experts under one roof in order to widen their network.

The expo is being organized by indianvaidyas.com and hempvaidyas.com. While talking about the prime motive behind this event, the founder Vaidya (Dr.) Piyush Juneja said, “Our main focus is on creating positivity around this great Ayurvedic Herb and letting people know about the incredible list of health, industrial & nutritional benefits of hemp.”

 

He also added, “I believe like the previous season, IHE 2023 will serve as a great platform for all the exhibitors to present their brands on a grand level in front of all the potential buyers and business experts.”

 

The India Hemp Expo 2023 will help accelerate the growth of the hemp industry, and it’s an opportunity that should not be missed. You will get a chance to learn about the inner workings of the industry as well as a chance to enhance your knowledge about the various related products and their benefits in your personal as well as professional lives.

For two days, the expo will feature a host of exciting events such as exhibitions, conferences, inter-college competitions, CEO round table, B2B meets and a gala India Hemp award. Visitors will also get a chance to participate in various engaging activities and win hampers.

 

While the India Hemp Expo 2023 is supported by an incredible list of sponsors such as Ananta Hemp Works, Svadhishthan, 13 Innovations, Twiee & Moksa, Cannazo India, Awega Green Technologies, Noigra, Aim Biosciences, Sawant, some of the big names of the hemp industry like Buffalo Extraction Systems (Technology Partner), Blazen Photonics, Hemp Satva, Hampa Wellness, Cannapure, Weaving Vibes, Wig Health Products, and Rafbrix Essentials, will participate in the event as exhibitors.

What are you waiting for? Whether you are a hemp enthusiast, Medical/Pharma/Ayush practitioner, Ayurveda student, B2B delegate, wellness expert, someone related to the paper or fabric industry, cosmetics expert, dietician or entrepreneur looking to know this nascent industry in a better way, visit http://www.indiahempexpo.com/ to register yourself. Click here http://indiahempexpo.com/welcome/delegateregistration to register yourself as delegate. Limited slots available!

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