How to Start an eCommerce Store in India

Are you already selling things offline? Do you want to start selling to the whole country? Then perhaps it’s time to create an online store. But you have absolutely no idea how to create an online store and how much it will cost you. Not to worry. We will help you out. In India, you have several options to create an online store. The choices at your disposal are as follows: WordPress Based eCommerce Store (Good for <50 products) If you do not have a huge number of products to sell and your website is not a simple ecommerce store then wordpress is a good choice to create an ecommerce store because wordpress is very very easy to configure. To create the store, follow the following steps: Buy a suitable Webhost Install WordPress Install WooCommerce Configure your theme if it is not already Woo Commerce compliant. (Very simple task) Buy PayU Payment Gateway system Install PayU WooCommerce Plugin You’re all set. Approximate Cost: If you hire someone to create this for you, it will cost you close to Rs 30,000 to set everything up and subsequent annual charges will be Rs 10,000/- Cloud Based eCommerce Store (Good if you are a […]

Do Not Build Your Website Before Reading This

One of the key issues when you’re starting any business is how to get a website made and what should be the price of a website. The answer to this question completely depends on who you ask this question. For example, you’ve already probably seen the godaddy advertisement and if you go to their site, you will know what their automated website builder will cost you. You also have the option of paying BigRock or some other company, a fixed amount per month and use their existing templates to get a simple website up and running. Things get complicated when you have very specific ideas regarding your website and when you become over conscious about your company’s brand and image  reflecting in your website. In other words, you will need to spend a decent amount of money if you want to have a website which is customized to suit your particular needs. In this post, I will tell you what factors you need to consider when getting your website built. Simple Website If you’re simply looking for an information brochure style website that you’re unlikely to change much, you can go for a website builder available on your webhost. The […]

Rajat Sharma

Rajat is the Founder and CEO of Thotlabs and the member of technology consultant team of . He started the company in his final year of studies in GGSIPU, Delhi. He was awarded with the title Miracle Boy in his college days for the amazing minor and major project work. He has experience of working with various National and Multinational Companies like HCL, Xerox, Vodafone etc. He is responsible for the drastic improvement in the functioning of the Postpaid to Prepaid conversion system of the telecom industry as he developed and designed a advanced automation system using mobile, web and cloud technologies to speed up the process and cut down the cost resulting into better user experience and more profit to customers and telecom companies as well. This system is now followed in various companies including vodafone, aircel and idea. He is always interested in learning and discovering new things every day. Due to his passion for becoming an entrepreneur he rejected the job from Canada’s giant Sears just to stay in his hometown and work on his startup. Teaching, training and sharing knowledge with people gives him immense happiness.

Siva Rangaswamy

Siva Rangaswamy Siva Rangaswamy has an experience of over 20 years in the IT services industry. His last corporate role was as Associate Vice President in Zensar Technologies, where he was the head of their Retail Business Unit and also a part of its senior management team. Prior to that, Siva was with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for almost 13 years. In TCS, Siva is credited with founding the Retail Industry Practice which today accounts for more than 12% of TCS’ revenues. Siva’s responsibilities, both in Zensar and in TCS, were primarily driven by 2 key entrepreneurial objectives: – Create new avenues for business – Create new opportunities for people. His recent consulting assignment was as CEO-Emerging Markets for a startup company that was fast expanding its global business. His experience in global markets, having worked for a large corporate and then for a small startup, lends a clear balance to his views on the many opportunities available for individuals working as employees in large company setups, and also for those wanting to start something on their own. Today, Siva is most passionate about teaching the many facets of entrepreneurial thinking, and sharing his experiences on how any individual can […]

Manish Shukla

Manish Shukla is an Advisor for Nurture Talent Academy. He is the founder of Retailscape, a boutique marketing and retailing consulting firm. He is an MBA Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. He has earlier worked with Lintas, JWT, Gillette, Coca-Cola India. He founded Retailscape Management Services in 1996, which Has consulted to a wide range of clients like: Hindustan Lever: Wall’s Ice cream – Danone International, Evian, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Bacardi – Martini, Bharat Shell, Braun, Parker, Airtel, Shaw Wallace, Samsung, LG – CDMA Phones, Barista Coffee Bars among others.

Nurture Talent partners with Genesis E-Cell of ISM Dhanbad

Genesis is an entrepreneurship cell (a non-profit initiative), which consists of a group of students, teachers, incubators, mentors, innovators and researchers, which aims to promote the entrepreneurship culture in ISM and bring a feeling of intellect in every student of ISM.It believes that emerging economies like India need the drive and innovation of young entrepreneurs. The Cell therefore aims at manifesting the latent Entrepreneurial spirit of the youth. The Cell not only motivates the youth to start-up their own enterprise, but also makes efforts to provide them with the necessary resources to do so.

Paramdeep Singh

Paramdeep is a professinal with senior management experience in Investment Banking, Consulting and IT with Accenture, IBM and Standard Chartered. He has in the past strategized business growth strategies and led clients to significant growth. He is a seasoned trainer for senior people in Banking, Finance, Risk Management. He is also an author of several articles and research papers in Finance and technology. He is an alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Indore.

Anil Joshi

Anil head’s all new projects at Artheon Group, a diversified business Group focusing on Telecom, IT and Energy. Anil’s professional experience includes involvement in corporate management functions in medium and large organizations, Investment in startups, Project management, assisted European companies in setting up business in India and Joint Ventures. He began his career at Century Rayon, the B.K. Birla Group of Companies as a Head – Branch Office (Panipat). He then moved to Mumbai and joined Business Access India Pvt. Ltd., specializing consulting services to Scandinavian companies from diverse industrial sectors to establish their presence in the Asian markets. Then he moved to Transasia Biomedical Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer and Exporter of Bio-Medical equipments and Reagents for Medical Diagnostic applications. He’s been with the Artheon Group since start of 2006. Anil has done his basic graduation in Engineering, Post Graduation in Management (Marketing) and PGDBM from ICFAI in Strategic Finance and Control.

Aloke Bajpai

Aloke is the dynamo who drives iXiGO with his passion and has a love for speed in usability and execution. His core focus is people, people and people. He believes in lean and mean teams and building the best products. If that does not tell you enough and you want to know more about him, then the best way to get his attention (besides bribing his team ;-)) is to give him his favourite Goverdhan special noodles. Aloke evangelises Travel 2.0. He has 8 years of managerial, operational, and product experience in the industry (he knows it really well by now!). There are few places in the world he has not visited or lived in, but he retains his Indian heart and spirit. When he is not thinking about iXiGO, Aloke can be found diving into a good book or a pool, depending on the weather. Aloke holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from INSEAD where he also did a summer exchange at Wharton.

Pawan Prabhat

Pawan has diversified experience in Investment Banking, Risk Management and IT with Standard Chartered, CRISIL (S&P), Geometric and Wipro. He is the co-author of articles on finance, banking in national daily Hindu Business Line. He led risk strategies in leading banks in India and raised capital for leading corporate. He has trained bankers across the country on risk management and investment banking. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and IIM Indore.

Mahesh Joshi

Education has been Mahesh’s first love and he has remained in love with the education business ever since. He started his network of computer training centers under the brand name of Plus Point Computer Center. Having found the Spoken English training to be a more challenging business, he diverted his attention to Spoken English and became part of the creation of Speakwell English Academy. His insight into the franchising business has made speakwell the most popular brand of Spoken English centers in Mumbai.

Atul Kumar

Atul is an experienced professional with rich experience of working with India’s largest bank – SBI and biggest Corporate Private Equity investment arm -Reliance Capital. He was closely involved in investment worth several Billion INR and nominated as Associate Director/Observer on Board of portfolio companies. He was key member of team that established the SBI’s Private Equity initiatives. He is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Indore.

Prasad Rajappan

Prasad Rajappan has over 20 years of varied experience in areas of ERP, Operations, Business Process Reengineering, Information Systems and Human Resources. An MBA (HR) from Mumbai University with a Production Engineering background, Prasad pursued his doctoral research in Change Management and Business Process Reengineering. Before conceptualizing and forming CNERGYIS, Prasad has worked in leading organizations like Reliance Group of Industries, Mahindra & Mahindra and Ernst & Young.

Aslam Moosa

Aslam is a Physics graduate with a post graduation in Computer Science from Mumbai University. He has done his MBA in marketing from Pune. After working for a few years with Bajaj Auto Ltd, he took to IT, which remains his area of expertise and has served with some of the large IT companies like IBM and Computer Associates. After successfully making a career in IT, in Year 2006, he setup the first Speakwell Center in Mumbai and since has been fast expanding this network of centers across Mumbai. He has a penchant for the education business. He has setup some of the well know names in Mumbai’s IT education industry like St. Angelo & Plus Point Computer. At Speakwell, he has been providing the marketing impetus, with innovative schemes and promotional methods.

Sanjay Kulkarni

Sanjay Kulkarni is the Managing Director and one of the founding members of the Stern Stewart India operations. He has extensive advisory experience on issues of strategy, shareholder value management, driving performance improvement, change management, valuation, institutionalizing management processes including strategic planning, performance measurement, reporting and executive compensation. He has lead several large consulting assignments in diverse industries like IT services, FMCG, Logistics, Metals, Pulp and paper, Real estate, Chemicals, Agro-products, Apparels etc. He is regular speaker at CEO forums and business forums in India and S-E Asia and contributes regularly to business magazines and newspapers on economics, business management issues. He has led research assignments and authored/co-authored publications in leading business magazines and international journals. He has keen interests in adventure sports – is an avid trekker and trained in mountaineering and rock-climbing. His hobbies include photography, reading/writing poetry and short stories – he is a recipient of a National award in short story Literature.

Rajesh Sehgal

Rajesh Sehgal is currently Senior Executive Director with the Emerging Markets Group (EMG) of Franklin Templeton Investments and manages pre-IPO, PIPE (Private Investment in Public Enterprises) and Private Equity investments across Emerging Markets with special focus on India. He has additional responsibility of researching Global Emerging Markets for Templeton’s public funds. Franklin Templeton Investments manages about USD650bn in assets, of which the Emerging Markets Group manages about USD48bn having 13 offices worldwide with over 35 investment professionals. Rajesh started his career with SBI Capital Markets in the Investment Banking division and then shifted focus becoming part of the Treasury & Investments Group managing SBI Capital’s proprietary portfolio. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur and is a CFA charter holder from the CFA Institute, USA. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Securities Law from the Government Law College, Mumbai. In his personal capacity, Rajesh conducts Equity Valuation workshops for Dun & Bradstreet in addition to sharing his thoughts and knowledge at various business management schools from time to time. He is keenly interested in working with budding entrepreneurs across business segments and has invested in start ups in the financial services and outsourcing space.

Shantanu Surpure

Shantanu Surpure is a Managing Advocate/Attorney at Sand Hill India Advisors . Shantanu focuses on venture capital and private equity transactions and has extensive experience in representing venture capital and private equity funds in fund formations and venture capital and private equity financings in addition to representing emerging and public companies in venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. Shantanu has a special focus on cross-border India-US transactions and has previously practiced law with a large US law firm in Silicon Valley. Shantanu holds a BA from Brown University/London School of Economics, an MA Juris from Oxford University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.? Shantanu is admitted to practice law in India, California, New York and England and Wales. Shantanu is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and is active in mentoring entrepreneurs and start-up companies in developing the Silicon Valley “ecosystem” in India.

Praveen Chakravarty

Professionally, he is the COO & Head of Research at BNP Paribas and is based in Mumbai. Prior to this, Mr. Chakravarty was a Founder-Director at Thomas Weisel India. Mr. Chakravarty spent 14 years of his working life in the technology and financial services sectors. Mr. Chakravarty is an active investor in various start-ups and sits on the board of 3 start-ups in India. He is a voracious non-fiction reader, active cricketer, a history buff and is a keen follower of the randomness of the financial markets. Mr. Chakravarty received his MBA from the Wharton School and an undergraduate degree from BITS, Pilani.

Prashant Choksey

Prashant Choksey is the CEO of Choksey Constructions, a real estate company with a focus on providing large scale affordable housing. The company is currently working with leading financial institutions to explore innovative development solutions and advocate urban policy reforms and regulatory frameworks. Prashant is also an Executive Director at Choksey Chemicals, a leading manufacturer of construction chemicals, and Hindustan Mineral Products, which processes and markets minerals. Prashant is a Vice-Chairman Of Colortech India Pvt Ltd; leading Specialist Sole manufacturer of liquid colour for plastic Industry in India. Prashant holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of California at San Diego and has completed executive management programs from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prashant is also a co - founder and a past President of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), India chapter, which is part of a global community of business owners who run companies that exceed US$1m in revenue.

Sasha Mirchandani

Sasha Mirchandani, Managing Director for Blue Run Ventures in India, joined the company in 2007. He focuses on consumer internet, mobile, media, entertainment and knowledge process outsourcing. Prior to joining BlueRun Ventures, Mr. Sasha was at Mirc Electronics (Onida) where he was head of corporate affairs and new business. His family is the promoter group for the same. Prior to that he was CEO and Founder of Imercius Technologies, a BPO focused on the telecom space. Sasha sits on the Board of Akasaka Electronics Limited, Fractal Analytics, Algorhythm Tech, Gulita Securities, Dhama Innovations, Blue Run Ventures India, Hathway Cable and Datacom Limited. He is an observer in Deeya Energy. Sasha completed his Business Administration from University in Virginia and MMDP program at IIM, Ahmedabad. He is also an advisory board member of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies (SAIS) in India, Chairman Maharashtra Committee – Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), and Charter Member – TiE Mumbai. He is also a past President of EO Mumbai.