Gone are the days when students had a problem of too little information on the contrary today students have a problem of too much information.Today we are in conversation with Mr. Srikant who has developed just the right app for you .This MICA graduate has come up with Dabblr-The Student companion app .So lets check it out
1.Tell us a little bit about your startup.
Dabblr-The Student companion app is aimed at helping the restless and information overloaded student of today, stay ahead of the curve by having easy access to important and necessary information such as current affairs, campus events and fests, career counselling, learning material, daily vocabulary and aptitude and even exclusive student deals.
2.What inspired the creation of it?
While pursuing our MBA, our first time studying outside Hyderabad, we came across students from all over the country and the difference in exposure of these students was very visible and evident. We realized that this difference is because different institutes and cities have access to different kind of avenues. We felt that we were left out on a lot of things that we would have loved to participate in and experience only if we knew.
3.What is your target audience and why?
The consumer is every student in the higher education space. Dabblr is meant to make their lives easier, become better students, and make them more career wise. The other stakeholders who are targeted to utilize the app to reach out to this student base are businesses, brands, higher education institutes, coaching institutes.
4. Since now it also has a dedicated website and all, how time consuming or difficult was it to get started?
Dabblr was launched on the android platform, and we had only a app promotion webpage. But now we have a live content page as well. The Windows and iOS versions will be launched very soon as well and are nearing completion. Each platform is a different product altogether, hence doubles the work of maintenance.”
5.What problem does your company solve ?
1) To help the restless and information overloaded students stay ahead of the curve and have access to necessary information at their fingertips
2) To help the stakeholders such as colleges, coaching institutes, recruiters, local businesses and advertisers reach out to the student demography
6.Who are the founders and key team members ?
Srikant Rajasekharuni:Co-Founder, Marketing
Shirish Ghosal:Co-Founder, Product
Bhagat Marla: Co-Founder, Technology
Rohit Tirunellai Co-Founder, Sales & Operations
Avani Jaiswal: Lead Developer
Harsha Aluri: Co-Founder, Strategy
7.What relevant domain experience do they have ?
Srikant: Handles content and marketing. Prior experience as Digital Marketing manager with UB Group and prior to that as a game developer with GameShastra.
Shirish: Handles Product. Worked as Account Specialist at Facebook and as Aircraft designer at Infosys before MBA.
Bhagat: Handles Technology. This is his second venture. Was working as producer at Purple Talk and EA games for over 5 years.
Rohit: Handles Sales & Operations. Was working as head of Marketing Operations with WaterHealth India, and prior to MBA was working as QA tester at EA games
Avani: Handles development. Was working as a game developer in Purple Talk.
Harsha: Handles strategy. Co-Founder of Tech services company called Zlapch and prior to that was working as Software Developer for Amazon, India.
The Vision of dabblr is make a thriving ecosystem of students and make them more career wise and also build an effective platform for relevant stakeholders to communicate with them.
8. How many hours a week do you spend on work? What about family/hobbies?
We spend every minute we have on dabblr. We are all from Hyderabad and have all our friends and family here. Me, Shirish, Rohit and Harsha are bachelors but Bhagat and Avani are a married couple.
9. Why do you think this company can beat the competition?
There is no direct competition as a multi-faceted content aggregator mobile application, but there are individual competitors for each content channel. By being an all in one, one stop solution, dabblr is more useful to the students.
10.What outsiders have been most important to your business (eg. Mentors, bankers etc.)
Our mentor Prof. Sridhar Chari has been very integral to shaping our venture. He was our finance professor at MICA, Ahmedabad, where me and Shirish studied together.
11.What is your advice to young entrepreneurs starting today?
There is never a right time to start, but starting earlier does help. If you have an idea, just start it and don’t look for the right moment. And don’t start something just for the sake of starting something, you need to be really motivated and convinced of your venture idea.
12.How has been your journey so far as an entrepreneur?
We feel as though we have done 10 MBAs during the one year of operating dabblr. We have learnt so much, so many new things, that we could have never if we were working for a company.
13. Where do you see yourself and your venture 5 years from now?
I see myself heading dabblr as an organization on auto pilot and looking to start the next venture.
Thanks Srikant , After knowing so much about this terrific app we can’t wait to have it on our phones,so just click here to get it.
To visit official website click here