Jeri Ellsworth : The Life Journey: Episode 1

In this episode, Jeri shares the story of her adventures with dirt car racing, learning the basic of building and racing cars from Duke Southard, selling computers through her initial entrepreneurial journey , “Computers Made Easy”, the humbling moments, life lessons and much more. Continue reading Jeri Ellsworth : The Life Journey: Episode 1

Data Science Wizards: Startup with the magic touch of unifying everything in artificial intelligence

In this latest edition of PAC Talks, it was a pleasure to interview one of the top 20 Artificial Intelligence startups in India. Data Science Wizards (DSW) is a very young company, started in 2019, which is growing at a steady pace in the right direction. I met with the team, Pritesh Tiwari , Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Sandeep Khuperkar, Co founder & CEO … Continue reading Data Science Wizards: Startup with the magic touch of unifying everything in artificial intelligence

Blend it like Millo, Smart blender from Lithuania based food tech startup

Adam calls the Millo Air, the 2.0 version as the ‘Silent Blender’. He demonstrated this during the interview and even at 1200 rpm, there was hardly any sound. The initial blender from Millo was developed with a focus on user experience, design and convenience. The team behind this wanted to improve this offering and has now launched the new version where they are using the help of a magnetic drive to rotate the blades. Continue reading Blend it like Millo, Smart blender from Lithuania based food tech startup

Brace : Social network that helps injured sports persons across levels to track, document and share their recovery journeys.

Sports is the best form of medicine to keep yourself fit and stress free. So when you get injured and have to stay away from this weekly activity for 6-9 months then it starts impacting you slowly and steadily. It is a horrible feeling to not being able to do things that you really look forward to every week. It is all about the Social factor. Continue reading Brace : Social network that helps injured sports persons across levels to track, document and share their recovery journeys.

Futnut: Galway based Football Fantasy App founder Alan says his platform gives ‘thrills without the spills’

“They are all consuming content, following the teams, going to games, it is a social avenue for people – going to pub watch the game, etc. While doing that they are constantly trading opinions and knowledge, up until now lot of that has been in ether. Who actually knows his football, is it the one who is always yapping or the quiet guy, whereas now you can come in to FutNut , make your predictions and see how you rank against everybody else. So now the talking is over and let us see who actually knows their football. ” – Alan Loughrey. Continue reading Futnut: Galway based Football Fantasy App founder Alan says his platform gives ‘thrills without the spills’

Smart Table Tennis ready for global launch: Amir Kamandi, Junior National Player to Startup Founder

“This market is little bit conservative. This is a time to digitalise our sport. If we do not open our minds in table tennis industry and adapt technology then will lose this sport to new generation. This is the generation that see tech everywhere. We have to do everything to keep the new generation involved in table tennis.”
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Tony Kitous, the food entrepreneur who dared to Dream Big: Working 90 hours a week to owning 30+ restaurants

“It is about Passion. Whatever you do in life there are two ways of looking at it – Very Hard and Very Easy, with a fine balance. If we choose the easy path it is not because its easy but you are determined and obsessed to achieve. It is very hard because you think it is hard.” Continue reading Tony Kitous, the food entrepreneur who dared to Dream Big: Working 90 hours a week to owning 30+ restaurants

Alcohol free beer Fungtn making in roads, Founder Zoey Henderson talks about the startup journey and importance of Positive Wellness

Sitting in her house in North Wales, United Kingdom, Zoey is single handedly managing Fungtn. A myco adaptogenic low alcohol beer brand born in North Wales, courtesy an experiment with mushroom and beer. Continue reading Alcohol free beer Fungtn making in roads, Founder Zoey Henderson talks about the startup journey and importance of Positive Wellness

Ireland’s go to I-D brand: The Pure brand powering 15000 Idlis/Dosas every week

In this edition of PAC Talks with VJCV, Santhosh Sankaranarayanan, the person powering this Pure brand, shared his inspiring journey of completing his engineering from Kerala, India in 1995 to working in Ireland and how he ended up starting Pure. Continue reading Ireland’s go to I-D brand: The Pure brand powering 15000 Idlis/Dosas every week

Lewes FC: 136 years old UK football club, 1733 owners from 36 countries, breaking even

Lewes FC was formed on 23rd September, 1885. The local parish council allowed them to use land known as the Dripping Pan. The ground gets its name from the monks who used to live there. The football club has played there for 135 years , one year they could not play when British army used the place as a storage location. Continue reading Lewes FC: 136 years old UK football club, 1733 owners from 36 countries, breaking even

Kerala Startup providing unique Detox for the Specially abled people

We coined the word Desintox from De’sintox /Detox in French. It means rehabilitation especially from drugs. It is true for Disability as well. The affected person won’t be able to get out of it even though they try hard. So we thought Desintox to be a considerable name for a company that tries to enable people and help them to be able/ease their life/rejuvenate them to the maximum possible extend Continue reading Kerala Startup providing unique Detox for the Specially abled people

What’s Up Zoko ? Y Combinator bets on Kerala startup helping brands to grow business on WhatsApp

If chat is the channel you want to do business on then you would come to Zoko. We will work on WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, Apple iMessage and any chat platform, people will be able to message and we will be the default platform. Continue reading What’s Up Zoko ? Y Combinator bets on Kerala startup helping brands to grow business on WhatsApp

Arm of Joy: A story of love with a mission to spread smiles

“Happiness is the only Selfish motive” says Anoop G, Managing Trustee of Arm of Joy The story started two decades ago, 1999-2000, when Anoop and Rekha who were studying in the same college were discussing about a future together. Both had a common thought about the life ahead of them. They agreed on doing something to make the society better , not big things but … Continue reading Arm of Joy: A story of love with a mission to spread smiles

Story Book: Startup from Ecuador helping parents and kids in over 150 countries to Sleep

Story Book is the only App in the world which brings together infant massaging techniques, story and music. For many reasons it is not recommended to have screen time before going to bed. So this is an App, parents will use and kids will listen. Continue reading Story Book: Startup from Ecuador helping parents and kids in over 150 countries to Sleep

Dontmemorise.com Founder Ganesh Pai talks about the most affordable EduTech platform of India with a dream to teach 1 billion students

Ganesh Pai, the founder of Dontmemorise.com has a dream to teach 1 billion students.

The YouTube channel of Dontmemorise.com has 1.39 Million subscribers as of today. The daily views garnered by them is 250,000. So by the time complete watching this 45 minutes interview of Ganesh, Dontmemorise.com YouTube channel would have got additional 10,000 views.

The journey which was started to teach 1 million students has been achieved. Now Ganesh has set his dream of teaching 1 billion students. He says “Growth is slow, Future is bright”. Continue reading Dontmemorise.com Founder Ganesh Pai talks about the most affordable EduTech platform of India with a dream to teach 1 billion students

Story of Maharani Gin: Fun and candid conversation with Bhagya Barrett, Co Founder of Rebel City Distillery

Story of Maharani Gin: Bhagya in this fun and candid conversation, in a mix of English and Malayalam, takes us through the journey of meeting Robert, conceptualizing the idea of Maharani Gin, challenges faced by Women in alcohol industry, women leadership, malayalees, kerala and rebel city connection. Continue reading Story of Maharani Gin: Fun and candid conversation with Bhagya Barrett, Co Founder of Rebel City Distillery

Touch down to touch line: Prashant J Singh, the Football Coach with a dream, ready to take off again

“Usually clubs are formed with a top down approach. First the senior team is launched and then they start working on the youth team, academy, etc. Community comes in the end. Thane City FC is formed keeping in mind a bottom up approach. We have built a community and will use that as a base to develop our club.” said Prashant about the structure and plans for the club. Continue reading Touch down to touch line: Prashant J Singh, the Football Coach with a dream, ready to take off again

VConsol from Techgentsia, interview of Joy Sebastian, Winner of Innovation Challenge for developing India’s Video Conferencing Solution

Techgentsia is the winner of India Government’s Video Conference Solution Challenge

Joy gives complete credit of this achievement to his team. He said “the team has worked 24*7 to come out with this prototype in just one month’s time”. This 10 year old startup is based out of Kochi and has 50 engineers working with them. They have specialized in the research and development of audio and video based conference solutions for the last 10 years.

The team has worked really hard to bring out this video conferencing solution. They have decided to continue with the project code name ‘VConSol’ as the brand name, for now. “We are getting lot of suggestions, maybe we will do a poll later to decide the new brand name.” added Joy.
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Interview of Megha Gambhir, CEO & Co Founder of STUPA Sports Analytics, predictive analytics startup

Megha said “I usually eat, drink and do everything with table tennis. At home we just talk about table tennis.”

She spoke in detail about how one of the fastest racquet sports in the world, table tennis became a part and parcel of her life. It was in 2018 that Megha along with Deepak Malik, the former national player and coach of Indian national table tennis team, decided to start a performance analytics company. Continue reading Interview of Megha Gambhir, CEO & Co Founder of STUPA Sports Analytics, predictive analytics startup

From almost out of action to the center of all action, how WaitTime timed its move to perfection?

WaitTime, the real time artificial intelligence based crowd management solution, was in the market as a solution to reduce the waiting time. Now WaitTime provides crucial data which can be used to control and make people wait before entering into any premises.

This startup had got associated with major sporting arenas and leagues like Sydney Cricket Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground, NBA, NFL, US Tennis Association, etc. even before the start of Covid.

Now with crowd management being the key to bring back the normal days , I hope to see technology based solutions like WaitTime to aid government bodies, tourism boards, tourist attractions, public transportation, hotels, etc. to plan the phased reopening of premises. Continue reading From almost out of action to the center of all action, how WaitTime timed its move to perfection?

Specially abled Raju’s handmade products- Seed paper pen, umbrellas, electric charger, cloth bags

Once an inter school athlete champion, winning medals for high jump and pole vault, he had a life like a regular able bodied person till the age of 24.

After completing his education in air conditioning technology, he relocated to the then Bombay in 1980. Raju worked there for 4 years before life took away the key feature from him – his mobility. He was stuck with fever and did not take it seriously. This led to trouble in urination and finally got admitted to a hospital. It was a life changing moment for him when he woke up the next day. His lower body was paralysed. Continue reading Specially abled Raju’s handmade products- Seed paper pen, umbrellas, electric charger, cloth bags

“Wooderful Story”: 50 years, Saved 3000 trees & still continuing : Started as a passion by a teacher from a small village in Kerala, ‘Anugraha’ Wood furniture upcycling

Achan was basically a farmer, like most of our ancestors, & karyasthan of a nearby mana as well. Achan somehow had passion to study law but then finally when it came to financially supporting his family, he left law behind & took up teaching. Though he joined a government school, he was always passionate about other things. He took up farming from his father, did some small scale construction & was an active communist. That’s when an offer of demolishing a mana (where achachan was karyasthan) & constructing a new house on the same plot came up.

No ‘Marketing’ done so far other than the Word of Mouth Marketing. The small factory was set-up in a rural area taking into consideration the convenience of labourers , no showrooms, no middlemen, only upcycled wood & handmade genuine traditional ‘asari’ craft!.

Kuttan Master pioneered the technique of Circularity. Master made his way to the abode two years ago but has left a huge impact behind him. A true ‘Anugraha’ to all the mankind.
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TotalCtrl: Food Waste Management Technology Startup: Making the Food Value Chain Sustainable

I started working when I was 12 years old & have lot of varied experience working in different sectors. I have worked at Burger King, worked as a Real Estate consultant, and many other sectors. Building bridges in 3D, flying Drones, etc. was the last few things I did before starting TotalCtrl. But we (my co founder & myself) started TotalCtrl with our own experience of working in a grocery store. We spent a lot of time walking around the aisles looking for products which were about to expire / expired. This food was not given out to charity. It was just wasted.

Future Plans for TotalCtrl: Take Out the World 🙂 The plan is to scale our Solutions. Make the most of this situation, provide technology and make more holistic solutions. Make sure we can prevent food waste & make the value chain more Sustainable.

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A high school graduate, one idea, 10$ domain and now the lifeline for millions to stay connected: The Story of David Erickson, Founder and CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com

“I talked to a guy who told me that Telecom is a cool thing where money can be made even while you are asleep & that triggered my entry into telecom” says Dave Erickson, Founder & CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com.

I tell my employees that in trouble and in good times, ‘I can’t wait to see what happens next’. If you are someone struggling with a Startup then you should know that things not happening cannot be the reason for not being prepared. It is all about what is going to happen. When opportunity presents itself , you cannot be flat footed. You should be ready for the next thing and make it in to Sunshine. Continue reading A high school graduate, one idea, 10$ domain and now the lifeline for millions to stay connected: The Story of David Erickson, Founder and CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com

Abhigya Anand’s Special Interview: “World needs to develop more Immunity” says The Prodigy Kid

Abhigya: I was Startled. The prediction that I made could have been done 100 or 1000 years back as well. The Planetary positions can be predicted. I only found out about this by June, July 2019. I uploaded the video in Aug 2019.

YouTube link of this Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_VrtVf0k9w

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The Trending I of Marketing : Influencer. To Crack the Code: Look Up-fluence

The Co – founder and Co – CEO of NYC based startup Upfluence, one of the leading influencer marketing platforms, Vivien Garnes shared details about his journey – from sleepless nights selling neck ties to becoming the founder of a company which is helping Brands to market their products. Upfluence is pioneering quite a lot: from AI-assisted influencer suggestions and fake follower detection to language recognition technology. Continue reading The Trending I of Marketing : Influencer. To Crack the Code: Look Up-fluence

FastPong: How Artificial Intelligence based Table Tennis Coaching by a former Junior National player is going to change the game.

From a 9 year old boy who loved playing Ping Pong to the entrepreneur who would love to see more people using FastPong, life has come a full circle for Amir Kamandi. Continue reading FastPong: How Artificial Intelligence based Table Tennis Coaching by a former Junior National player is going to change the game.

PAC Talks with Pankaj Garg, Founder & CEO of SomruS, The Original Indian Cream Liqueur

“India in a Bottle” – Wall Street Journal’s description of SomruS. Listen to this candid conversation with Mr. Pankaj Garg, the founder and CEO of Somrus. Pankaj aka PK shares his life story of 35 years which for now is encapsulated in a bottle of cream liqueur. Pankaj Garg was in Ireland to explore the opportunities to expand the footprint of Somrus from the US … Continue reading PAC Talks with Pankaj Garg, Founder & CEO of SomruS, The Original Indian Cream Liqueur

UrmO – ‘German Electric Vehicle’: Redefining Urban Mobility

The UrmO can be folded to handbag-size format within seconds, thanks to the patent-pending folding mechanism. Small, handy, light: These features clearly distinguish the UrmO from all other vehicles in its segment. Urmo is light weight and measures just 6.5 kilogram (13 lbs). The e-scooter can be perfectly integrated into everyday life and can be easily stowed e.g. under the desk in the office. Continue reading UrmO – ‘German Electric Vehicle’: Redefining Urban Mobility

ShakeSphere : Patented Protein Shaker Bottle designed by an International Athlete

Rick Beardsell , Masters World Champion & World Record Holder is running a completely different race now. ShakeSphere is for now Shaking up the protein shaker bottle market at a brisk pace & has already started getting accolades. Rick Beardsell is looking to set new records in this entrepreneurial journey, similar to his athlete life achievements. Continue reading ShakeSphere : Patented Protein Shaker Bottle designed by an International Athlete

Alexa, Who is Aariv Modi? : “An Eleven year old Alexa Programmer building Cool Skills”

“My most recent skill, STEM Party, is my favorite. Today, no one would deny the importance of an education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for students. STEM Party is a math and science quiz game where kids can increase their knowledge. I really like this skill because it is the first skill that I added APL too! Since it has buttons on certain screens, the user can respond using touch or voice. It also saves the user’s total score and highest streak to DynamoDB so the user can attempt to beat it each time they come back.” Continue reading Alexa, Who is Aariv Modi? : “An Eleven year old Alexa Programmer building Cool Skills”

Jeri Ellsworth & Tilt Five : From Dirt Track Races to Augmented Reality Games: Bringing players together & tabletop games to ‘Life’

There are games already in the market which use Virtual Reality but then you are completely cut off from the real world. With Tilt Five players can have a more social experience, and they will still be able to see the real objects around them. They’ll be able to see their friends sitting around them, as well as enjoy their pizza, chips or coke. Tilt Five also blends objects, such as playing cards, tokens, and minis, as well as hand gestures, and that’s what makes it mixed reality. Continue reading Jeri Ellsworth & Tilt Five : From Dirt Track Races to Augmented Reality Games: Bringing players together & tabletop games to ‘Life’

Barosi : Indian Dairy Farm Startup with an Earthy Good Food touch.

Durlabh feels fortunate enough to work in a startup environment. “Startup ecosystem is agile, frugal and gives opportunity to handle different challenges. At the end of the day, it helps in becoming a better person every day”
Barosi believes in trust and they have a no questions asked return and refund policy. Durlabh concludes by saying that ‘Customer believed in our brand and we believe our customer’.

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60,420,900 Views & Counting: YouTube invests in this Indian EduTech Startup Don’t Memorise: Exclusive Interview with ever ‘Kyurious’ Ganesh Pai

I wanted to teach 100 kids. My dad pushed me to teach a million kids. Currently, as we speak, if I consider YouTube, Don’t Memorise website and Udemy where we have some course materials, the total views are approximately 70 Million.

When parents are struggling to keep the gadgets away from the kids and restrict the screentime, platforms like Don’t Memorise can be a sort of savior to make sure that there is some learning happening always. Continue reading 60,420,900 Views & Counting: YouTube invests in this Indian EduTech Startup Don’t Memorise: Exclusive Interview with ever ‘Kyurious’ Ganesh Pai

Musical Journey of Anand Bhaskar : Stay grounded, Follow your passion: Main Hoon Zameen

Anand is all smiles when he looks back at his achievements: “In December 2019, I completed 5 years as a full time musician, with several prestigious ad campaigns, 4 film songs (2 Bollywood, 1 Malayalam and 1 Telugu), 2 albums and several ads and web series as a music director, under my belt. Now starting 2020 with Oru Dinam – hope this decade will be great for me and music. I always believe in Independent Music. My band Anand Bhaskar Collective has also started to find its own identity. Great work by each & every person associated with Anand Bhaskar Collective ”
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Wind, Water & Wanderer: The Pure Magic of Kite Surfing & Hospitality : Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland : Accommodation & Adventure Activities

It is the pure passion for the Sport which brought them together to open the Kite Surfing shop, school in Dublin & then the lodge in Achill Island. I asked Catherine about their expansion plans and was a bit surprised (but happy) with her reply. They are not planning to expand in the near future. She said that it is not about just making money, but it’s about the passion of teaching & imparting the experience of water sports to customers. So they are very clear about their focus area: to give great experience for each & every customer.

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Pink Salt : The cruising journey of a volleyball player who turned in to a Restaurateur : Indian Restaurant in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland

After catering to thousands of customers and docking at multiple cities , he decided to anchor his journey in one of the beautiful cities in the Republic of Ireland. When i asked Jithin ‘Why Ireland?’ , he replied with a wry smile saying that ‘it happened somehow, nothing was planned’. Lot of things happen in life unplanned but if you are ready to take risks and half chances then most of the time you end up celebrating your decision.  Continue reading Pink Salt : The cruising journey of a volleyball player who turned in to a Restaurateur : Indian Restaurant in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland