New Guinness World Record in Bangalore!

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Bengaluru witnessed a new Guinness World Record, as more than 900 students from the Mount Carmel college simultaneously opened most drink cans of TWISS – a canned sparkling fruit juice, at their premier Cul-Ah 2016 fest on January 22, 2016.

With this, they broke the existing record of ‘Most Drink Cans Opened Simultaneously,  ‘ set by Ltd CidoGrupa (Latvia) in Ligatne, Latvia, on 2 August 2014, involving 689 people.

Commodore Indru Wadhwani, President of Mallya Hospital, Dr. Jaykar Shetty and  Chartered Accountant Rajesh Narayanan, representatives of Guinness World Records, were present on the occasion. They will validate the record and officially the certificate will be issued in a week’s time.

TWISS is the first ever multi-flavoured sparkling fruit juice to be introduced in India by TWISS Drinks India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TWISS UK.

Speaking about the record, Mr. Nitin S Menon, Managing Director, TWISS Drinks India  Pvt. Ltd., remarked, “We are excited to be here in India to offer this unique beverage. We are even more excited to set this new Guinness World Record with the active participation of energetic youths. It is unleashing the women power, as this is for the first time ever that women are participating in such large numbers in India for a world record.”

TWISS is available in four flavours – Mango with a twist of Lime; Passion Fruit with a  twist of Orange; Lemon with a twist of Mint; and Apple with a twist of Blackcurrant.

TWISS supports the ‘Make in India’ initiative, as their beverages are canned at a special unit in Pune, Maharashtra.

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Bangalore Based Home Services Marketplace, Bro4u, Raises Angel Funding

Bro4u.com, Bangalore-based home service market place, have raised undisclosed funds from Sargod Ventures led by Alok Sargod. Bro4u is an 8-month-old hyper local home services app which promises seven minutes turnaround for users.

Pramod Hegde, CEO & Co-Founder of Bro4u, said that their latest funding would be used to strengthen their position in home ground Bangalore. He also confirmed that they are in talks with Venture Capitalists to move into next level by expanding the services to Hyderabad and Pune market. Pramod believes that there is no clear leader in this segment yet, and anyone who has a right model will come out as a market leader. He believes they have the right model and competency added to it.

Bro4u is unique in terms of matching users’ need as customers can see the available service providers in real time while booking service. Pramod says, “This is just like how you see nearby cars in Olacabs, similarly here you see nearby service providers and users can book them seeing their prices and rating. This establishes more confidence to customers as they get instant result.” He congratulates Akshay Harish, CTO Bro4u, for
developing this wonderful technology that matches demand and supply with almost zero manual intervention.

Bro4u confirmed its participation in Black Friday Event scheduled from this Friday to Monday. Black Friday is very popular in the US and is gaining momentum in India this year. This is the biggest sale in consumer Internet space and they want to make this a big sale day for home services, where customers get huge discount offers from services
providers across various services like House CleaningPest Control, Doorstep Car wash, Laundry, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electricians, Packers and Movers and more.

Bro4u are tageting 2000 houses during this saleFor more information, please visit: https://bro4u.com 

Source: PR Newswire

 

Domination by chance!

In the USA, the Nail industry is of the size of 7.5 Billion USD. The number of Nail salons & ownership according to the statistics published by the nail magazine in 2013-2014 across USA states that 51% of them are owned by Vietnamese. In California the percentage is even higher at 80%.

How did this happen? Well it is rather an amazing story, how one person influenced this phenomenon!

In 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War, the fall of Saigon led to the U.S.-sponsored evacuation of approximately 125,000 Vietnamese refugees. This group consisted mainly of urban, educated professionals who were teachers, medical technicians, and business owners in their own country. However that training did not provide them any employment in the USA.

Tippi Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds, was a volunteer with a humanitarian group that worked with these Vietnamese refugees in Sacramento, Hope Village.

Tippi Hedren
Tippi Hedren

Tippi meets with a set of 20 women who lived in this tent city and was drawn to their plight. She starts visiting them regularly and despite the language barrier is enchanted by the stories of their homeland. The women fall in love with Tipp’s well-manicured, long, beautiful coral nails and she was struck by the idea of getting them to learn ‘making nails’!

So Hedren flew in her manicurist once a week to teach the women how to trim cuticles, remove calluses and perform silk (nail ) wraps, a technique that creates long, natural-looking artificial nails. The women learnt all that was taught to them eagerly, without any clarity on how it will help them. Tippi then gets a nearby beauty school to teach the women and later persuaded them to help the women find jobs.

Thuan Le, a high school teacher in Vietnam, passed her nail licensing exam in four short months after coming to Hope Village. Hedren helped Le find a job at a salon in Santa Monica. It wasn’t easy work. Le did not have clients, manicures were not yet in vogue, and the tools of the trade were hard to find. She combed hardware stores for very fine sandpaper to use in place of a buffer.

Thuan Le, Tippi Hedren, and Kieu Chinh in   traditional Vietnamese dresses, to the  ceremony honoring Hedren.
Thuan Le, Tippi Hedren, and Kieu Chinh in traditional Vietnamese dresses, to the ceremony honoring Hedren.

Seeing Le’s success, one of her high school friends from Vietnam decided to get into the business. Within a few years, this lady and her husband, had opened one of the first beauty salons run by Vietnamese Americans.

Diem Nguyen, a former South Vietnamese navy commander, enrolled in beauty school himself and encouraged friends to get into the nail business. By 1987, the Nguyens had opened Advance Beauty College in Little Saigon, translating classes into Vietnamese.

Such success stories spread to thousands of Vietnamese refugees who came to the United States, hoping to rebuild their lives. Today, Vietnamese entrepreneurs have found whopping success in the nail business, such as the Happy Nail chain that is a staple in malls across Southern California, with more than 40 stores.

Waves of immigrants from different regions flock to the United States, in search of the American dream. The fact the Vietnamese have been able to deal with all the odds and create a niche, is quite impressive. Working in the nail industry has enabled the Vietnamese to buy homes, earn handsome revenues and in effect realize their American dreams.

From small beginnings come great things

This was the theme of the Toastmasters demo meeting we’d planned couple of months back. I loved the proverb and since the demo was in a business school, I decided to talk about 2 businesses that I knew (which) started from humble beginnings.

Though I had the stories ready, even half an hour before my session, I did not have an interesting opening! Yathiraj a colleague, saw me lost in thought and came up for a chat, I explained to him that I was hunting for a good opening for my speech and was looking for a quote or a poem which encapsulated this concept.  Ever resourceful he recited this beautiful poem ‘Little drops of water’.

I gratefully used the first 4 lines of the poem to start my speech and continued the talk with details about KFC & the Pigmy Deposit Scheme, which to my mind were great examples of small beginnings growing into great things.

Below is the gist of what I spoke:

I’ll be surprised if you have not heard of KFC! Well it was started by a retired person – Colonel Harland Sanders.

More than a good cook, colonel Sanders was an instinctive businessman who saw the possibilities for franchising his chicken restaurants at a time in his life when most people just count days!  

As the eldest a child of a widowed mother growing up in Indiana, he had to cook for his younger siblings while his mother worked to support the family, and this is how he developed his excellent cooking skills.

After trying different jobs, Sanders started operating a service station in Kentucky while simultaneously running an eatery at the same premises, feeding his fried chicken to hungry travellers. As the popularity of his fried chicken grew, he relocated to a restaurant. At forty-five years Sanders was honoured by a Governor , calling him Kentucky Colonel, in recognition of his fabulous cooking skills.  

However, in the early 1950’s, due to losses he was forced to sell his restaurant. The entrepreneur in him and the meager social security check of $99 that he received from the government, did not allow him to retire. He approached restaurant owners across the USA with his chicken recipe and asked for a nickel for every chicken dish that was sold. He was rejected on more than 1000 occasions and ridiculed about his attire of starched white shirt and white pants. Sanders persevered, and after a little over 1,000 rejections, he finally met his first Franchise, Pete Harman of South Salt Lake, Utah, who accepted the concept.  

By the early 1960’s there were over 600 franchised locations in the U.S. and Canada selling the delectable chicken.  In the year 1964, at the age of 74, he sold his business to a group of investors for $2 Million. The franchise has been sold three other times since then and continues to be a well-known successful business.

How’s that for something that started small? Read more about it here.

 

Pigmy Deposit Scheme is a monetary deposit scheme introduced by Syndicate Bank, India in the year 1928 was the earliest innovative micro finance option for people with limited means.

Small sums of money could be deposited into an account on daily basis, most people could only afford as small as Rs. five per day. It was in effect a recurring deposit scheme, as the money is deposited almost daily. The unique characteristic of this scheme was that a bank agent collects the money daily, from the account holder’s doorstep.

The scheme was introduced to help daily wage earners, small traders and farmers to inculcate saving habits and also as a means to fund their bigger capital requirements, such as a wedding, home buying, vehicle purchase etc. The scheme which was withdrawn in late 90s was re-launched in the year 2007, with a force of 3200 collectors. This time the collectors are armed with a hand held device, which captures and transfers details of the customer. Can you gauge the targeted collection (of 2007)? Well it was Rs. 2000 crore!

Though the Interest rates paid on these deposits are lower than the rates on regular savings deposits on the grounds that collection costs are high and that there is no alternative use for such small sums anyway, other than their remaining idle.  

 Well now technology has made this easy click here to know more.

Interesting isn’t it?