Besides the startups we profiled in detail earlier, here are some that caught our attention. Plan your next trip using TripOrTrap. Buy office supplies from OfficeGini. Showcase your talent on Passion Beat. Book a table at your favourite restaurant through Urban Restro.
TripOrTrap is a hotel and destination review website that wants to inform travelers about the traps and wrong commitment travel agents make while selling a hotel room. The site wants to help you find reviews made by real travelers, that will help you find out the hotel best suited for your needs. In the travel segment there is no ‘try-before-buy’ policy, hence people plan their trip based on reviews and this is where reliability of a review comes into play.
Through the service users can write and read about destinations, spots you enjoyed the most, mode of travel, about food and every possible details about the hotel they used; like location, status, hospitality, service, room tariff and others. India travel space is still, largely, under control of Travel Agents (offline & online) and they help market destinations or properties with whom they have a tie up or receive commission from and the portal wants to prevent users from falling for this. Try the portal for recommendation the next time you plan a trip. There are large community players like Tripadvisor & Indiamike in the market already. It will be interesting to see how TripOrTrap makes its mark.
Are you running out of office supplies? Give OfficeGini.com a visit. The New Delhi based e-commerce portal is an online store retailing in office supplies and stationary items. You can purchase products from most of the popular stationary brands available in the offline market. The retailers also deals in printer supplies and certain storage devices. The service is currently available only in Gurgaon. There are no delivery charges for orders above Rs. 1000, all orders below this will be charged Rs. 50 as delivery charge. Payments are accepted through credit/debit card, net banking or cash on delivery(COD). The next time your printer runs out of ink, give the service a try.
Passion Beat wants to help and encourage the talent and passion in you. Through the platform people can meet and critique about their talent or interests among themselves, creating a healthy forum to help their passions grow. The portal has many sections like photography, music, techie etc in which users can publish their content and others can view and comment on it. The portal follows a theme which is very similar to Pinterest and many other sites nowadays, making it easy to scroll through the posts.
UrbanRestro.com wants to give food connoisseurs access to the best deals in the finest restaurants and lounges in their city. The website will act like a one-stop portal in the F&B segment, for both corporates and individuals. The service will also act as a marketing platform for restaurants to offer differential discounts especially during off peak hours. This will also encourage people to try out new restaurants in the way. The service is currently available in the cities of Mumbai and Pune and you can discover restaurants, banquets, events and happening in these cities through the portal.