The signs of an Ecosystem are when teams, and people come together and don't expect to play a zero sum game. For years, our worry with the Indian Ecosystem has been that everyone plays their role, but very few have gone out of their way to build out relationships, mentor entrepreneurs or initiate activities that will bring up the chance of an entrepreneur succeeding.
But that's all changing.
As soon as we made announcements that we are starting off with the resident programme, and are soon to launch an Accelerator Programme, quite a few Startups - and those born and raised in the Indian Soil - reached out to us, wanting to help in whatever way they can. Mentoring for sure, but also in equipping these startups with licenses to their products (at a very liberal term, till they find strength on their feet).
Today we are announcing that. Just so you know.
Freshdesk is a company founded, and runs out of Chennai. They are a startup which builds HelpDesk solutions. You could be a startup of two founders, but when you are working with clients and want to engage professionally, the first sign is the emails that go out. As the product starts to roll out, time and time again there will be enquiries and you would want to respond to them in the most consistent manner possible - a brand is all about consistency at the end of the day. Freshdesk is offering the companies in the Resident and Accelerator Programme, extended licenses for use. Ofcourse. The Startup Centre itself is getting onboard on that - How you noticed the benchmark we have on how fast we turn around for Email Enquiries?. We dare you to give it a try.
What's heartening about the Indian Technology Startup space is that we have a few very strong contenders coming up to become the next big success stories. One of the more impressive ones - not only for the product that it delivers, the reach they have in terms of clients, but also for the "Angelic" nature of the founders to get involved in the ecosystem deeply, is the company based out Kolkatta, FusionCharts.
Most of the teams here at The Startup Centre are using dashboards - be it either for directly interfacing with customers, or as internal tools to measure how they are doing. You could spend months on just building it up right. The license from FusionCharts allows the teams at The Startup Centre to cut to the chase and focus on building the core of the Product. Did We tell you that this is a company has a range of clients, extending all the way to the White House? We kid you not!
Did you notice that there are a wave of companies coming in, where you can almost mistake them (in a good way) to be global companies? DeskAway is a company based out of Mumbai, and has over the years grown to be very successful in building tools that enable small and growing businesses to manage their projects. In this day and age where you are rapidly iterating your products, Roadmaps and planning can go out of the window, and tools like DeskAway help keep teams - as they grow - intune with the right habits of product engineering. Makes all the difference in the long run.
We are quite certain that we will be announcing more such Partnerships in the days to come. But, as an Entrepreneur, and on behalf of the Startup Community, we salute these teams for coming forward, and making that first effort to building an "Ecosystem" - in every sense of the word.