FreeCharge Wallet crosses 1 million users within a weeek of customer rollout

FreeCharge, India’s leading digital payments platform, announced that it now has 1 Million customers. Customer roll-out of the FreeCharge Wallet was initiated on 25th September, making this wallet the first in the country to achieve this milestone within 5 days of customer roll-out. The early used cases observed are for utility bill payments like mobile recharge, electricity bill payments and online shopping.


Excited about the achievement, Govind Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, FreeCharge and Chief Strategy Officer, Snapdeal said

We have hit the 1 million mark, that too within a week of roll-out. This is the fastest not just for wallets but for any digital product! This milestone is a testimony to the trust that consumers have on FreeCharge. Speed and security are two pillars of the consumer experience.

With FreeCharge Wallet customers are able to make their transaction within 10 seconds. FreeCharge is compliant with leading industry standards like PCI DSS, making FreeCharge the quickest and most secure wallet.

We are focused on building habit commerce and through our focus on partnerships we believe that we will create the most compelling consumer experience.

FreeCharge wallet is powered by cutting edge technology. It is a robust and flexible platform that leverages enabling technologies such as HCE, NFC, QR code & BLE to create a most intuitive consumer experience.

About FreeCharge

FreeCharge is India’s leading digital platform for recharge and utility payments which provides prepaid, post-paid, DTH and Electricity bill payment for almost all Indian service providers. FreeCharge was founded in 2010 by Kunal ShahSandeep Tandon and had received funding of over $120 million in the last 4 years. In the largest acquisition in the consumer Internet space yet, Snapdeal acquired FreeCharge in Apr’15 resulting in India’s largest m-commerce ecosystem.  For more details, please visit FreeCharge

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KleverKid : Find the best after-school & extracurricular activities for kids

All of us love the movie Taare Zameen Par, the movie touched our hearts because of the “Teacher Student” chemistry. The movie had a very interesting dialogue “Every kid has his/her own share of likes & dislikes. It is left up to us to capitalize on that passion by encouraging them”.

The teacher [Aamir Khan] could identify Ishan’s passion for drawing. He went an extra mile to maneuver his teaching style to suit Ishan’s needs [or a dyslexic kid] which helped the child a lot. In the end as we all know, Ishan excelled both in drawing & studies; thanks to his teacher :)

Every person has that one ‘Special Teacher’ in their life who has inspired and motivated them to follow their passion. Every child is unique and has his/her own talents. With changing times and fast moving life, parents/teachers find it difficult to locate a suitable activity hub to nurture their child’s talent.

KleverKid, an innovative after-school startup aims to bridge this connect between parents and the activity hubs by keeping the parents informed about the best after-school programs happening in the city. It plans to democratize learning by helping parents to find the best tutor, workshop, skating master, programs etc. to nurture child’s abilities.

Today we have a look at KleverKid which can be loosely termed as “Helping hand for parents to get the best out of their kids” :)

Hyper-local Education marketplace

The biggest problem parents face when they move to a new city or new apartment is “How do I find a suitable tutor for my kid”? KleverKid comes in very handy in this scenario. Being a resident of Bangalore [Whitefield area], we performed a search on KleverKid for “Academics & Sports” program-type and the results were encouraging.

The interesting aspect is that it also shows “The distance between your location & the selected institution/club”. This gives a feel-good factor for the parents [lesser the distance, better for them]. The information on the facilities provided by the selected institute was up-to-date & we could further filter out the options at micro-level.

Ratings, Reviews & more

Whether it is going for movies or ordering food online, reviews and ratings have played a pivotal role for driving user growth and ensuring transparency. The “Social” feature plays a crucial role in influencing the consumer behavior. This feature was very much required on KleverKid.

Instead of relying on Word-Of-Mouth, parents can now rely on the ratings/reviews given by others on the platform. We would love to see a “Verified” icon [similar to JD Verified on JustDial] to add another level of confidence for it’s users.

Social Sharing

With the increased penetration of WhatsApp, it is a medium that is hard to ignore. Parents using KleverKid can share details of a particular tutor/feedback to others via WhatsApp which would definitely prove beneficial for others.

Along with WhatsApp, users have options to share feedback on Facebook, LinkedIn & other social media channels.

Couple of features which we feel could have been incorporated:

  1. Actual photographs of the facilities shared by existing users. This would drive more user adoption.
  2. An option to compare services based on price/feedback/facilities.

If you are looking out for after-school programs or tutors for your kids, do give KleverKid a spin & share your feedback in the comments section.

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Hosting Raja : One stop-shop for all your web-hosting requirements

When I started blogging around 10+ years back, the blog was hosted on blog-spot. There was no dependency about tracking utilized web space, down-time etc. since it was all taken care by none other than Google :) But when we finally decided to move from blog-post to self-hosted blog, the critical search for good hosting provider begun. There are ocean of choices when it comes to hosting a website, which makes this search even more difficult.

When we had to narrow down on the choice of hosting company, we evaluated them on the following standard parameters:

Back-end Support is the most under-rated term but that plays a very crucial role in the long-term. If the hosting provider’s website did not have a Toll-Free number or Customer-Care’s email-id mentioned in the header, we did not even consider looking at other factors. It was also very important that hosting provider has “Dedicated Team” for Indian customers.

After committing initial mistakes in selection, this blog was finally hosted on HostGator. Now, we are considering to shift to a new provider – Hosting Raja since it offers a compelling proposition. Today, we have a look at Hosting Raja & how it can be your one-stop shop for web-hosting services :)

Bird’s eye view of Hosting Raja

Hosting Raja is a leading and reliable web hosting provider based out of India. It offers economical & sustainable services for web-hosting & domain registration.

It is a decade old-company specialized in web-development with headquarters in Bengaluru. They claim to provide 99.9% up-time which has resulted in 1000’s of satisfied customers.

Though they provide the cheapest hosting plans, their focus is on “Quality” rather than “Quantity”. Hosting Raja promises 30 days unconditional money-back guarantee since it aims to build a customer-focused brand.

Flexible Hosting Plans

Hosting Raja offers various web-hosting services i.e. WordPress hosting, Linux Hosting, Windows Hosting, Magento hosting for e-commerce customers etc. The complete list of their service’s can be found here

Whether you are a blogger or an e-commerce company, Hosting Raja has plans that suit your budget requirements. In fact, the flexibility to seamlessly shift from one plan to another is an added advantage !!

Features included in “Premium Unlimited”, “Premium Gold” & ” “Unlimited” Plans are as follows:

For newbie’s they offer the “Starter Plan” which costs around Rs. 69/month. The “Silver Plan” mainly caters to the Start-up & SME segment which costs around Rs. 99/month. The “Gold Plan” caters to corporate clients which costs around Rs. 29/month.

Reliability  and Customer Support

Hosting Raja offers a guaranteed 99.9% up-time using High Availability or Fail Over environment. Web outage can result in heavy-losses to a company & hence, reliability & continuous up-time plays a pivotal role.

As mentioned earlier, technical support is of prime importance & Hosting Raja provides 24*7 customer support. They are available on toll-free number 1800-258-8000. Customer can also get support via chat. Support is provided in Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu & other local languages.

If you do not get immediate support, you also have the flexibility of “Call-Back” where you just leave your number & Hosting Raja customer care team would get back to you.

Special Offers

Hosting Raja provides interesting offers which are hard to resist. Their hosting plans are built to suit the requirements from a small website to a large online store. You can find the complete list of offers here

Closing Comments

Hosting Raja provides range of plans to suit the needs of it’s varied clientele.  They have won Top Pick Web Hosts 2012 & Best Re-seller Hosting 2010 awards for their customer-centric approach.

Whether you are newbie blogger/Startup/corporate, Hosting Raja caters to all your web-hosting requirements!!

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Prodkt : An App for every household to add products, track warranty, receive deals & request service on a tap

Isn’t it a common man’s problem to not keep the records straight associated with any product we buy?. Prodkt provides a quick and easy way to record product information and track warranty. Prodkt  App lets users add products, track warranty, receive deals and request service on a tap.

The product promo is below:

They have gathered information of close to 20,000 models across categories with the list growing rapidly. Their plan is to automate or verify warranty claims with deeper integration with dealers in upcoming releases.

Features of Prodkt

  • Add a product in 2 simple steps
  • Track Warranty duration and Receive Warranty Expiry Notifications
  • Maintain purchase information such as dealer info and invoice copy
  • View nearest authorized center
  • Read and Write reviews for a product
  • Receive Personalized deals based on the user products
  • Raise a Service request on a tap
  • Receive quotes, compare and Award
  • Track complete service history

Prodkt is a brainchild of Crayon’d, a product development studio with a track record of producing awesomeness over 3 years and worked with some of the promising start-ups in India.

Do give Prodkt a spin & leave your feedback in the comments section.

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Helpchat acquires Niffler, hyperlocal discovery platform to improve chat based personal assistant’s capabilities

Helpchat, a chat-based personal assistant app that helps you get more things done, has agreed to acquire Mumbai-based start-up Niffler for an undisclosed amount. Niffler was incepted as a discovery platform for users to access deals & discounts from local brick and mortar stores. It recently introduced chat-based interactions between consumers and local businesses. This makes Niffler a perfect DNA match for Helpchat and the acquisition is a step further in the consolidation of Helpchat’s dominant position in the chat-based personal assistant eco-system in India.


Both Niffler and Helpchat share the common vision of facilitating the everyday life and tasks of consumers with the right information over the highly convenient and quick medium of chatAcquisition will also enable Helpchat to launch its services in Pune and Mumbai faster as Niffler already has a presence in these key markets. Post the acquisition, the entire team at Niffler will join Helpchat.

Ankur Singla, CEO and Founder, Helpchat said

We are geared for aggressive pan-India growth in the coming few months. The acquisition of Niffler is one of the first major steps in this direction. Niffler team has expertise on community-driven experiences and retailer supported commerce.  They share our vision of enabling consumers to get more done through chat-based personal assistance. Acquisition will also help Helpchat accelerate the growth of its personal assistant engine across the areas of offline commerce and local deals based on user’s intent.

We are thrilled to have the Niffler team on board and look forward to their contributions in further bolstering Helpchat’s position as a smart personal assistant app for the Indian consumer

Edul Patel, Co-Founder Niffler said

In Helpchat we found the perfect partners to further our mission of plugging the information gap that exists in India. We share Helpchat’s vision of assisting consumers in getting more done by doing less, using its chat-based personal assistant app. We look forward to combining our brand synergies and expertise with theirs and setting new benchmarks in the way consumer-get their daily task done in India.

Co-founded by Edul Patel, Prince Arora and Viraj Shah, Niffler was launched in July 2014 with the objective of providing a location-based contextual offers and deals discovery platform for the Indian consumers. It had raised funding worth $1 million in March 2015 from SAIF partners.

About Helpchat

Helpchat is the personal assistant app that helps you get more things done. Be it anything, from recharging your phone to tech support, from travel booking to holiday guidance, from ordering food to shopping assistance to finding deals & coupons, from finding gifts to suggesting the best electronic item, from doing a web check-in to getting your laundry done – Helpchat can get all of them done for you.

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Learnpedia launches new Mobile Apps that will redefine Test-Prep

Learnpedia, a leading provider of digital platform for competitive exam aspirants have announced the launch of two mobile apps for students preparing for JEE and medical entrance exams – ScoreJEE and ScorePMT.

The ScoreJEE/ ScorePMT is a comprehensive test-prep tool aimed at addressing learning gaps of students that may arise due to missed lectures, incomplete concept clarity and uneven pace of learning. It is designed to act as a perfect complement to classroom learning while enhancing the learning experience of students preparing for JEE/ PMT. Hitherto ScoreJEE and ScorePMT were available in three variants – i) Web interface ii) Web + offline via SD Card for Android based devices iii) Web + Pen Drive for Windows based systems.


ScoreJEE/ ScorePMT Mobile Apps is the next step in the direction of reaching out to more users and enriching the experience of those already on board. Students can access video lectures, track performance with special tools, clear doubts and take up challenging assignments that stimulate the mind. They can now stay connected 24*7 with these Mobile Apps. Students can buy the entire course or buy only selected chapter/s. ScoreJEE and ScorePMT Mobile Apps are available for download on Google Play-store [Download Link]

ScoreJEE/ ScorePMT Mobile App Features

  • Prep Kit – 4000+ videos simplifying all concepts in every subject
  • Drill Machine – 15,000 + Practice Questions
  • Test-Agavanza – 1,200 + tests with hints and video solutions to boost your confidence
  • Content Recommendations Based on performance, appropriate recommendations will be made
  • Advancedge – 4,000 hand-picked questions from papers of the last 25 years with video solutions & short-cuts
  • Detailed Analytics – Get analysis of strength & weakness based on your attempt pattern across multiple tests
  • Interactive Game Based Learning – Stimulating features to keep you charged up
  • Doubts Forum – Post those nagging doubts and get them clarified
  • Quick Cheat – Notes that quickly recap the class discussions

Krishna Rao Akula, Founder & CEO, Learnpedia Edutech said

India has over 60 lakh students preparing to write JEE and PMT across Classes XI and XII. While the role of the coaching institutes in preparing students for such competitive exams cannot be undermined, there are a few drawbacks in the traditional coaching methods. We have created ScoreJEE & ScorePMT keeping these in mind, ensuring that the students have the most stress-free and meticulous approach to test-prep.

Our research says that 40% of the JEE aspirants drop out of active preparation in Class XII due to sheer non-comprehension of concepts. We have therefore focused on conceptual clarity as our key strength. No other product today offers such comprehensive coverage of curriculum.

Narahari Penumatcha, COO of the company added

The potential for web and mobile based learning is immense. Thanks to the growing internet penetration and the Rs.1.13 trillion Digital India initiative, India’s e-learning sector is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 17.4% between 2013 and 2018, twice as fast as the global average.

The smartphone industry in India is a growing market with almost a third of all Indian mobile users expected to own a smartphone by 2017. Our target group is undoubtedly among the early advocates of smartphone technology. Our mobile apps helps them stay in control over their test prep while making the learning experience fascinating.

About Learnpedia Edutech Pvt Ltd

Learnpedia enables cost-effective personalized self-learning by offering highly stimulating digital content available through online and offline medium to augment performance in competitive exams. Learnpedia is currently looking for next round of investment to scale its business. For more information, please refer Learnpedia

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Frost & Sullivan recognizes KeyPoint Technologies with the ‘2015 North American Mobile Marketing New Product Innovation Award’

KeyPoint Technologies [KPT], an award-winning global linguistics innovator enabling intelligent human communication beyond mobile devices was recently presented the 2015 North American Mobile Marketing New Product Innovation Award by Frost & Sullivan at its 2015 Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Awards in Santa Clara, California. Based on Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the mobile marketing market, the award was in recognition of KeyPoint Technologies’ Search & Discovery platform Xploree

Xploree is the industry’s first user-initiated, hyper-contextual platform available on multiple screens and apps. The next-generation mobile solution connects mobile users to the most relevant brands and services across platforms without exiting the current conversation app. The platform’s approach is based on capturing the user’s intent at a particular moment, and delivering highly relevant content and messages in a non-interruptive, simple and engaging manner.


Upon review of potential competition, Frost & Sullivan found that the patent pending Search and Discovery platform Xploree has the potential to bridge the gap between Intent & Action with relevance and enhance user engagement in the most effective ways as compared to any of the existing solutions.

Sumit Goswami, CEO, KeyPoint Technologies said

We are extremely thrilled to have received this award from Frost & Sullivan for Xploree’s capabilities. With user’s need to access relevant information and deals on the go, Xploree is the apt platform for brands to provide effective deals, coupons and content to mobile users at the right time and in a non-intrusive manner.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

Key Features of Xploree

  • Hyper-Contextual – Location, environment, user intent, past actions and more – relevant information, always in context.
  • Immediacy – Information, services and product purchases in your mobile moment and time of need in real-time.
  • Simplicity – Mobile search made simple with one tap – easy to find what exactly you want.

To view Xploree in action, please visit

About KeyPoint Technologies

KeyPoint Technologies [KPT] is the leader in innovative language technology offerings for mobile consumers.  KPT has redefined the mobile consumer engagement & experience across platforms, devices by leveraging the core strengths in artificial intelligence & natural language processing.

KPT’s innovative product range includes the industry’s first user-initiated and multi-lingual search and discovery platform Xploree, revolutionary text input technology Adaptxt, and India’s first Indic keyboard Lipi. The key offerings have a high focus on immediacy & extensibility and are spread across iOS, Android, Tizen, Linux, Web-OS, Fire OS platforms and connected devices like Smart TVs, Smartphones, Tablets, IVIs & Smart-wears.

Xploree is a search and discovery platform that offers unified hyper-context and intent precision on multiple screens, multiple apps and in multiple languages. Xploree [patent pending] is powered by KeyPoint Technologies.

For Xploree updates please visit

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Accenture launches the ‘Accenture Connected Analytics’ Experience

Accenture is launching the Accenture Connected Analytics Experience, an immersive and collaborative analytics capability that makes data more accessible and engaging, helping insight-driven businesses make faster, more informed decisions.

The Experience is designed to make analytics easier to understand & expand the range of business users who can undertake an integrated analytics journey – from C-suite to functional managers to data scientists. By transforming their relationships with data, users with a variety of skill-sets can collaborate on a specific challenge in an analytics environment, more easily examine and interpret the insights via data visualizations, and innovate through data-driven exploration and decision making. Through an immersive environment, users can find the hidden value in their data, either live or remotely on their preferred devices and pursue outcomes in real-time.

The Accenture Connected Analytics Experience, delivered by Accenture Analytics, provides users with next-generation business intelligence powered by end-to-end analytics offerings including analytics strategy, a multidisciplinary data insights team, a data platform containing big data technologies and an analytics center of excellence that democratizes analytics.

Companies in the telecommunications, healthcare, consumer packaged goods & financial services industries are already participating in the Accenture Connected Analytics Experience.

Narendra Mulani, senior managing director, Accenture Analytics, part of Accenture Digital said

Accenture thrives on applying our industry and analytics expertise and developing new solutions that can uncover new data-driven opportunities. With the Accenture Connected Analytics Experience, we can help take businesses and governments through every stage of their analytics journey, from issues to outcomes, mobilizing data, transforming data into insight and providing decision-makers with insight in visually appealing formats at the pivotal time to drive discussion, decisions and value.

Through the new immersive environment, companies are empowered in a whole new way as it brings a new energy into analytics and business intelligence, making it more collaborative, engaging, and accessible to a broader group of users, both physically and virtually.

The Accenture Connected Analytics Experience is a powerful example of a solution that was developed in conjunction with the Accenture Technology Labs, Accenture’s global R&D organization, which is focused on leveraging cutting edge technologies and applying them in new ways to address specific business challenges.

Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture said

Innovation doesn’t happen singularly, it requires collaboration among people, data, and technology. By bringing all of these enabling elements together through the Accenture Connected Analytics Experience — from leading and emerging big data technologies and data visualization tools to Accenture’s large global multidisciplinary talent pool — businesses can more confidently weave collaborative, data-driven decision-making into their corporate cultures and take actions that can lead to innovation, transformation and disruption. Through the new relationships being established with data, we’ll be able to develop exciting new ways of educating, governing, working, living and more.

Accenture maintains relationships with an ecosystem of advanced analytics providers and emerging players in the analytics and big data space. Mezzanine from Oblong Industries, enables the immersive environment for the Accenture Connected Analytics Experience.

The Accenture Connected Analytics Experience is currently available in Accenture locations in New York City, San Jose, CA & Bangalore. Accenture plans to build environments in other locations around the world including Chicago, Paris, Madrid, Milan, London, Mumbai, Singapore and more. Immersive environments can also be built on premise at a company’s site.

For more information on the Accenture Connected Analytics Experience, please visit here

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