Ever wondered why deal sites do not have a search box? Well, we have talked at length about deal aggregation business model for India and SearchDeals, a student startup by Gurinder Pal Singh (he is currently pursuing MBA in International Business at Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi) strives to bring all deals together under a common platform.
At the core, SearchDeals is powered by Hardeal (by the same developer), a site that aggregates and brings rating to deals (provided by companies like Snapdeal/Crazeal/Deals&You etc).That is , HarDeal is more about aggregation and SearchDeals flips the HarDeal model upside down and is positioned as a search engine to find good deals/product discounts.
SearchDeals is currently available in 34 cities across India and searches through deals from 6 daily deal Websites – SnapDeal, Crazeal, Dealivore, TimesDeal, Rediff, Deals&You for daily deals and in addition to these, MakeMytrip and Yatra for Travel Deals and ecommerce sites like Flipkart, Indiaplaza, LetsBuy etc. for product specific deals.
The search engine does a good job of categorization (for e.g. search for Lumia offers 3 categories: Mobile Cases and Covers, Mobile Phones, Screen Guard)) and while we aren’t going to get into the user interface (which really needs to be reworked), SearchDeals takes a slightly different approach to deal aggregation which is mostly navigation based.
Given the current state of deals category, what’s your take on SearchDeals concept? Is there enough meat to build a BIG business around deal space?
The founder, Gurinder Pal Singh needs input on whether to go for campus placement or take up entrepreneurship.
“I’m in a hell of a Fix right now.
I’m pursuing my MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade – New Delhi, the campus placements are ON and I’ve not been sitting for them as of now. I’ve always been entrepreneurial, even in my engineering college days and have had very successful ventures like UploadJockey.com and FiletTwt.com and right now I’m pursuing my new ventures www.SearchDeals.in and www.HarDeal.com.
Now what I am thinking is that I’m going to pursue my own ventures, and if it doesn’t work out by the end of one year or so, I’ll go in for a job. But my peers have been strongly advising me against this and saying it is very difficult to find a job Off-Campus.
Is this True? Is it really that difficult for a MBA from a Top 10 B-School to find a job Off-Campus after pursuing your own start-up?” [Campus Placement OR Entrepreneurship?]
What would you suggest him?
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