Reframing the experience of World Startup Expo(WSE)-2016

Bevy's experience of world startup expo (WSE)

Zillions of Startups were running behind this exhibition and why they won’t be doing this because it was forecasted to be Asia’s largest exposition for the startup ecosystem, World Startup Expo (WSE).
Bringing together the most innovative and disruptive startups, along with C level executives from some of the top corporations, government agencies, incubators, investors, HNIs, VC funds, banks, students and technology companies across the world.
It featured a 3-day exhibition, a 2-day conference session, an award evening and a hackathon. Thought leaders, experienced entrepreneurs, investors and key policy makers were the part of this event.
Bangalore,known as the Silicon Valley of India hosted the first World Startup Expo.
Cocoon Ventures a Dubai-based venture capital firm brought for the first time this World Startup Expo to Bengaluru to bring the biggest, brightest, and innovative startups, technology providers, thought leaders, investors and influencers together on one platform.

The expo aims to bring the best of the disruptive and innovative startups executives from top notch government agencies to share tips. Besides these, the platform also hosted technology companies, banks, VCs, HNWIs and incubators.

How Bevy found WSE

Bevy-Everything Startup was also a part of this event and we were exhibiting with another 300+ Startup exhibitors. With the same zest and zeal, we were focusing on getting as much networks and nexus with others during these three days in WSE. This was one of the stupendous occasions, so Bevy was trying to behave with a bit of savoir faire.

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought

When you start your startup with an innovative idea and you get a chance to get a live feedback from more than 7000 people, you reach at fever pitch. This happened with us where we met hoard of people whose reaction matters to us.
People were giving us different feedback in their own ways, as I would not use the word ‘some’ but many of them were caught getting an eye on Bevy because it is a one stop platform for the startup ecosystem and we have created such an app whose major aim is to minimize the high startup failure rates in the startup orbit.
In WSE each company has pushed themselves beyond their uniqueness, and created clear strategies to stand out in that crowded marketplace.
We saw the reactions as well as counter responses from people. Many of them found our idea novel and innovative, so as there were vice-versa reviews also for the app which we will positively try to get overcome of it and use that feedback to strengthen Bevy’s backbone.

WSE was also a platform to initiate and build strong relationship for startups. Now, we are moving forward to connect with associations to help Bevy reach out the extra miles and on high level.

Beyond collecting feedback and setting up a network for our startup, Bevy thought of doing something different so that we could break the monotonous hours of the exhibitors. A ‘Shoutout’ was done on our Twitter page with #BevyShoutout, engaging more than 50 startups in a day who were exhibiting at WSE.

It was the moment, we were involved in conversation directly with the startups exhibitors. Everyone was determined to dispense their journeys and ideas of their startups. This exhilarating ‘Shoutout’ comprised just one rule in which the exhibitors had to explain their startup under 10 words which ended with fun sometimes. We met loads of startup on the same platform like Zwayam, Spark 10, ENE Social, Co-Founder Magazine and many others.

Ending my words

Three days journey of World Startup Expo-2016 ended with  huge exposure and creating networks for all the startups.

This platform gave all startups the best experience. Boon for startups to share the same space and learn more with experienced and professional people. WSE left me astonished and am completely satisfied to be a part of it.

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Vijay Shekhar Sharma: The Man Behind The ‘Going Cashless’ Revolution

Vijay Shekhar Sharma Paytm

In an age when technology has revolutionized everything, going cashless seems to be an obvious choice for the sheer convenience it brings with it. But the founder, CEO, who visualized it and gave it life, struggled to bring forth a revolution in mobile commerce.

Meet Vijay Shekhar Sharma, a child prodigy from Aligarh in U.P, India, who rose from a humble background to own a company whose current value stands at $3 billion (2016). Since then, he has come a long way gradually bagging the Best Businessman Award (in 2016 by GQ) and the Best Entrepreneur of 2016 (by ET).

Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar


Background Information:

Vijay completed his higher secondary examinations while he was just 14, something that testifies to his prodigal qualities. But the road that followed was filled with tough moments. He struggled with the English language (because of his education in Hindi medium) when he enrolled for a graduation at the Delhi College of Engineering. This made a topper slacken and ended up with supplementary papers that did not allow him to grab a job soon after college.

But, Vijay was a tough nut and would not give in so easily. He started reading Hindi and English versions of books simultaneously to master the language—which isn’t as easy as it sounds. This made sure he could read two books at the same time—a rare feat and in due course, master the English language, his first step to success!

Gradually, he diverted all his attention towards the Internet and learned how to code on his own. In no time he was able to build a content management system with the help of friends that was used by the Times of India. This success gave him some motivation, but unknown to him at the time, some misfortunes were afoot. He started a small business with his friends but they left him bankrupt, conning him off 40% of Rs. 8 lakh that he had raised through his venture. As you can imagine, that was not a small blow to someone who was just starting out in entrepreneurship.


Vijay Shekhar Sharma PayTM


How Paytm was Born:

In 2000, he launched One97, a company that delivers mobile content and commerce services to mobile consumers through telecom applications and cloud platforms. From here, there was no looking back. It was as if the dark clouds had begun to disappear gradually bringing in rays of hope and success for Vijay. He started experimenting with 3 basics of Internet—content, advertising and commerce. Under the flagship of One97, Paytm (Pay through mobile) was launched in 2009.This was the largest online recharge portal. His board was, however, not convinced about entering the payment ecosystem yet. Vijay took the giant step, purely based on his conviction that the real challenge lies in doing what others think you cannot do, rather than just going by what others want you to do.

Vijay Shekhar PAYTM

Vijay’s prime motive was to have satisfied customers and make their life ‘cashless and easy’.

At the outset, he built a strong customer care team that could answer customer queries and drive them to trust the unknown. Gradually news spread through word of mouth and PayTM started creating visibility through social media platforms to cater to customer’s needs on a priority basis.

Apart from customer focus, Vijay gives utmost importance to having a strong, motivated team on board. He ensures that the right people are recruited and has even given 4%of his equity (approx. 120 million) to the team members, whom he always addresses as colleagues rather than employees. All this has contributed to the growing success of Paytm and has helped it secure Series A funding exceeding $100 million.

Achievements in a short span:

The story of Paytm and Vijay doesn’t end here. Economic Times declared him as the ‘Hottest business leader under 40’, and he received an honorary doctorate from Amity University in Gurgaon. In 2014-15, Paytm launched its new App for wallet and Uber and IRCTC tied up with Paytm to use its wallet. Not just that, Paytm raised funding from Alipay financial for M-commerce and wallet, followed by Mediatek the next year. It has now become a household name and people are using it to book movie tickets, travel, shopping.

PayTM Karo


Paytm’s success stems from the enthusiasm that Vijay exuberates all around and the conviction with which he does business. His days of struggle have made him the man he is today—humble, cheerful and always motivating. He focuses on his customers first and is a tireless worker. In his own words, “I feel like I am in my teens and Paytm is my infatuation.” With this zeal, Vijay continues to work and inspire millions all over the world.

In his own words,

“I feel like I am in my teens and Paytm is my infatuation.”

With this zeal, Vijay continues to work and inspire millions all over the world.

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