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In these past two months, a lot has happened. Some of those memories make me as happy as a clam; the rest just lump in my throat whenever I think of them. This is going to be a little long. So let me start from the beginning.

I’m Alan, a teen from the city on Boulder, Colorado. I was a plain old shut-in who indulged in nothing else but computer games and Japanese anime, until my mom forced me to go out. In fact, she got so angry that she locked up my entire anime and game collection inside the safe, and said that she won’t return them unless I spend earn a total of a 700 dollars myself. …


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I was at the airport that day. It was finally summer time, and after spending 4 months in my dorm, immersed in club activities and semester preparation, I was finally getting a 3-month long respite from everything. So I coaxed my parents into letting me go to the hills with my friends.

On that day, we were to leave for Bangalore from where we would take the road to Ooty. I had arrived early that day, and was done with the security check within 30 minutes. I was there in the lounge area, munching on Pringles and watching an episode from Sword Art Online (I’m an otaku), when I noticed this couple sitting across the bench. They looked fairly young, and were in formal attire. …


Interview with Ashwitha and Suchitra, founders of Level — a tech startup that helps students connect with tutors in a unique model

Currently India is booming with start-ups in almost every sector. A significant one among these is LevelApp, which is on its way to revolutionise education in India. This new online teaching platform is into breaking the myth that you gotta be a professional if you wanna be a teacher, and is bringing students even closer to their tutors. E-Cell, NIT Rourkela recently had an interview with its founders, Ashwitha and Suchitra Reddy. Here is what they gotta tell about their creation:

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Founders Suchitra Reddy (left) and Ashwitha Reddy (right)

Can you tell us more about Level? What is it?

Level is a learning platform where one can learn anything from anyone. What you do is book a session with tutor, and then you get to learn about the topic from them. You can find almost anything here, starting from sports, to academics and other curricular stuff. You can get your doubts clarified personally from your tutor. Its like having the tutor who taught you at your home, at your service anywhere. …


This is one of those topics that might help you take advantage of the current start-up environment in India. Now because of the initiatives taken by the Start-up India foundation, there are more than enough opportunities of creating a successful company. Also, India is one of the largest consumer of product and services by dint of its massive population. We also witness the rise of many start-ups now because of these market opportunities. So in case you find a million dollar idea, you must also know how to present it to those who might take interest in it and help you realizing your dream. …


Lets just say that you have a brilliant idea about this product of yours. You are receiving many positive reviews and people appreciate your product and are willing to pay for it. Now you think you are all set to start a company of your dreams and begin your rise to the top of the world. You have the perfect team that is dedicated to your cause. You have your family’s support and your plan seems to be near-perfect.

But how too start???? Where to find the capital?? As most of us might know, a company is like a many-mouthed beast with a monstrous insatiable appetite for money. At initial period it might not seem so, but in the time to come, finance sometimes poses as a very hard problem even for the most successful of the companies. …


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Once in a while, every single one of us must have had this very thought of starting our own company. Who wants to work under some lousy boss for their entire life? Starting a company seems like a perfect escape from those boring, monotonous jobs. We all fancy living life in the fast lane, goofing around the world, and making the most out of our lives. After all, we have seen all those rich guys with a lot of brass in their pockets, and doing almost everything they can dream of.

But one must also reach that level for that kind of lifestyle, or spend the rest of his miserable life dreaming. One way is having a company of his own to make him money. But setting up a company is no cakewalk. It’s a tedious process that one has to work one’s ass off. Most successful way is to look for a problem faced by a large group. Then try to find a viable and economic solution to it. Then you have to assemble a team of individuals for your company who share your vision and are passionate about it. If you managed to do all this, you have a nice company that caters to the need of a mass. Then comes the registration of the company. …

Manish Kumar Sarangi

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