Heard of Printo? You can’t afford to miss Printo, if you are in Bangalore. It’s a branded retail chain that provides digital printing services like posters, visiting cards, certificates etc.
The company was started in 2005 and now boasts of 16 chains in Bangalore and is now expanding in other cities.
Manish Sharma, the founder has an interesting journey. He is a software engineer by profession – was 12th employee of Rediff, started one of the earliest Internet services firm in India (in 1995) called DBSIS.
Post DBSIS acquisition, Manish moved to US, worked on AI based learning and extraction engine startup (Late Prof. Rajeev Motwani was his advisor) which didn’t do so well. Later on, he went to Oxford University for MBA, worked for a company and moved to India to start a retail business, about which he had no idea of.
At UnPluggd, Manish will share the ideation journey (he was passionate about another idea, but later decided to ditch that and worked on Printo) and most importantly, the journey of starting a business in domain where his lack of experience was probably his best weapon.