Startup India Rocks unearths the talented Askmonk
Startup India Rocks a talent search group, backed by many media giants and corporate has come up with a unique Idea of finding the talented startups in India. Initially started with Goa in 2015 has now spread up to 20 locations across India in 2016, with the grand finale in Bengaluru, where the top startups would be given the support and much needed impetus to develop big in the Business Turf. This time around in Ahmadabad Start up India Rocks unearthed the unique and upcoming startup Askmonk.
What is Askmonk all about?
When the whole world is busy building apps for technology related to fashion, food and leisure, here’s Askmonk which targeted the beliefs of individuals. Askmonk is a mobile first tech startup that helps people gets easy, fast and affordable astrological solutions from handpicked astrologers across India. Askmonk brings astrology a new dimension where people can consult and seek solutions to problems from astrologers in an innovative Question and Answer format on the go, anywhere, anytime and get not just answers, but remedies as well.
Askmonk wants to make the much debated and complex astrology concept in a more simple, hassle free way by making it a top notch, highly engaging, interactive app that kills the pain involved in fixing appointments, arranging telephonic conversations and traveling for face to face meetings with astrologers. Askmonk has a highly scalable and non money burning model. Astrologers at Askmonk are not only handpicked by the team after rigorous rounds of interviews and sessions. Astrologers, who are passionate, educated and who want to practice astrology as a science are encouraged and placed at Askmonk. Apart from this Askmonk send its users Mythological summaries where in every alternate day they present stories from Hindu mythology in form of cards that are in less than 60 words, crisp and short. Askmonk came up with a motive to provide relevant and intellectual stories to the users in an easy to read and concise format.
Brain behind this app and how it all started?
Vaibhav Magon along with a team of 2 engineers, aged 24, from varied product based technology companies like GOIBIBO, IBM etc started it. They are mentored by an IIT Roorkee Alumnus Mr. Sunil, who is the Chief Astrologer at Askmonk and who has been passionately following Astrology as science for the past 25 years. Askmonk is a perfect mix of Technology & Astrology which is much needed for a startup like it.
It all started almost a year back, when Vaibhav was working for GOIBIBO. He saw a lot of his colleagues worried about their jobs & promotions, typical Indian family cousins worried about the results of competitive exams, friends about their marriages and almost everyone not feeling comfortable to face an astrologer or even talk to them because of either trust issues or time issues or even for the cost as on an average astrologers cost Rs 3000 per a session of about 30 to 40 min. That is when, an idea came up to create a platform where in it is closed, secure and one on one in environment, where people can consult handpicked, educated and user rated community of astrologers (one they could trust upon) by just posting questions on the go anywhere, anytime (making it easy) in a cost effective manner and get not just answers, but solutions with in 24 hrs (making it fast).
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