Most recently, a friend of mine, a Software Developer came to know that his startup is shutting down, and he will lose his job soon. Well, his fate is better than another colleague, who lost his job on a day’s notice. Startups are great, when they do well, or seem to do wellSo, while many of us are excited about startups, we need to understand why we should join a start-up.

From my startup experiences at Appsterix, which I founded, Inmobi which I joined very early, and Unitedlex where I worked … Read more

When to join a startup


Mettl, an online assessment portal based out of Gurgaon has raised $4M led by IndoUS Venture Partners.  Existing investors also participated in this series A round. Mettl had raised angel funding from Blume Ventures, Sasha Mirchandani, Naveen Tiwari of Inmobi and others.  Vani Kola, Managing Partner of IndoUS will take a board seat at Mettl.

Mettl was founded in 2010 by Ketan Kapoor, an IIT Rourkee and Tonmoy Shingal, an IIT Kanpur alum.  Mettl is an online assessment and testing platform to measure, analyze and improve people skills. It is ideal for companies who want to run multi-competency assessments … Read more

Mettl raises $4M from IndoUS Venture Partners


StratosHear, a leading mobile media company, yesterday announced the launch of MobiAdz, its premium mobile advertisingnetwork. With MobiAdz, StratosHear has expanded its mobile advertising offerings from rich audio advertising to include mobile Internet ad formats—such as banner, video and text—and has emerged as the one-stop solution for all advertisers embracing the mobile medium.

StratosHear has deep experience working with leading telecom operators to ad-enable their subscriber base through its multi-channel, telco-grade ad platform. StratosHear has worked with top global and national brands to deliver excellent brand campaign results with its AdRBT product that delivers radio-style ad placement … Read more

MobiAdz – mobile Ad network


Inmobi has raised $8m venture capital from existing VCs – KPCB and Sherpalo Ventures. Inmobi is a bangalore based mobile Ad network which serves nearly 17billion ad impression per month globally.

InMobi offers advertisers, developers, and publishers a dependable global mobile advertising platform other InMobi has invested in building a highly scalable, mobile customer discovery ad network leveraging its unique analytics engine AdROItTM to optimize ad serving in real time.

Interestingly there was a strong buzz in the market that Yahoo and Apple had shown interest in acquiring inmobi but it didnt materialize.

Inmobi was founded in 2007 by Naveen … Read more

Inmobi raises money from existing investors


Vuclip, a mobile video search and delivery start up based out of Bay area and having an engineering center in India raised $6m USD from JAFCO Ventures. Vuclip allows user to access any video on the Internet and watch it on any video-enabled phone.

Vuclip users can also take advantage of numerous personalized services, like creating “Cliplists”, receiving alerts about new videos and sharing their favorite videos with friends.

Vuclip has a significant presence in India, providing video search  to Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, Aircel and Tata Indicom. Vuclip also enables online publishers and content owners to mobilize … Read more

JAFCO Ventures invests $6m in Vuclip