Varanasi Based Startup Reaches 4 Lac People in 3 Months


The best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch – Michael Arrington, Founder & Former Co-Editor, TechCrunch
Every Startup thrives on a combination of innovation and technical expertise. But, what is the most primary thing that drives a team of people to succeed and place themselves amongst the crème de la crème of the industry? It is the scratch to itch – a vision that is unexplored and the will to turn it into a reality. YoungSkilledIndia, a Varanasi based startup has a similar story of success that was built on these ethics. How many of you remember Orkut? Orkut existed long before Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn entered our lives. Orkut is long gone. And, now our lives revolve around the social circle created by these social media platforms. The power and the potential of social media have grown by leaps and bounds over the span of the last two decades. And, it will continue to witness an upward surge in the coming years. So, what’s new in store for the users? What’s next after Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn? The question was answered by YoungSkilledIndia – A homegrown answer to LinkedIn.
This startup venture focuses on connecting the student community with working professionals coming from different skill sets. The Varanasi based startup was founded by Niraj Srivastava, an IIM alumnus. It is single window professional networking platform where working professionals, students and businesses can explore the potential of networking. Within a short span of only 3 months, with the help of social media, the website has reached to 4 lac people and plans to reach by 30 lac targeted audience by the year end. So what was an idea that triggered such success?
The networking platform is mainly focused on providing networking opportunities to students that belong to the tier II and tier III towns of the country. Students and professionals coming from these towns definitely go through a more stringent struggle to make it big in the market. The vision of YoungSkilledIndia is to help them connect with world of career advice through proper networking. The platform will act as a starting grid for these students to connect and share insights and opportunities with fellow students and businesses at an early stage. The free platform enables students to create a professional profile along with the facilities like LinkedIn to connect and network with professionals all across India. The platform also enables the students to connect personally through Skype, Hangouts and Wiziq. YoungSkilledIndia has the ability to create an ecosystem that can help navigate an individual’s professional life from the education stage to the retirement stage. Once signed up, individuals can browse through a range features like career counseling, latest courses, job search, online shopping and much more. It also provides a single click option to check mails, social networks and listen to music. And, speaking about the lingual diversity of India, the site has the translation options in various local Indian languages.
Acting towards the Prime Minister’s dream of Digital India programme, YoungSkilledIndia is set to spur the professional networking in the right direction to make job search easy. With the government moving faster than the industry with the Digital India initiative, such startups must be encouraged & supported to realize the final dream.


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