Webyantra … the techcrunch of india?

Webyantra.net launched last month, and is profiling the indian web startup scene better than any other site I’ve found. Especially interesting stuff on Indimoto (online carpools), Picsquare (flickr of India), Tezaa (online polls), Wallet365 (online payments), and OLX (classified ads). My personal favorite? Onyoma, a local search site that has been founded by some IIT Delhi kids.

The startup scene in India is still really small compared to Silicon Valley, but things are definitely starting to happen! Many of these companies are simply based on idea arbitrage (the FOO of India), but that doesn’t mean that they won’t work, especially if they can make a product more useful to Indian web consumers (by providing payment in Rupees, photo print delivery to Indian addresses, high quality Indian map data, etc). Ironically, webyantra is doing the same thing: applying an existing concept (techcrunch-style startup review blog) to the Indian market.

6 thoughts on “Webyantra … the techcrunch of india?

  1. Shalin Jain July 19, 2006 / 7:30 pm

    Yes, the upcoming TechCrunch of India; writes more of reviews than “news” and “views” which is what TC does. Hats off to the author for his consistency.

  2. amit ranjan July 19, 2006 / 8:44 pm

    Thanks for blogging this, Jon.
    Still early days for Webyantra but every day I am discovering new Indian web startups, who are trying to stick out their necks and do something innovative.
    One of my motivations for starting this blog was the observation that most Indian tech bloggers seem to be suffering from a Silicon Valley fixation. Check out Indian tech blogs and you’ll find them full of google, yahoo, flickr, youtube etc. Nothing wrong with that, even I follow those closely.
    But then where is the attempt to initiate a dialogue to improve Indian web products. I am yet to find a single Indian forum that addresses this malaise.
    Amit Ranjan

  3. Manik Juneja July 20, 2006 / 4:36 am

    I wonder how Amit comes to know about all these startups ….. I never knew many of them existed.
    Thanks to Amit “Arrington” Ranjan for all the hardwork he puts into this.

  4. rashmi July 20, 2006 / 5:04 pm

    I feel the same way as Manik. Before WebYantra I used to think there were very very few Indian web startups. Now it seems there is a pretty dynamic scene.

  5. Abdul Qabiz July 20, 2006 / 10:57 pm

    I knew about most of these startups because of Barcamp and different contacts.
    I am excited to see startups in India. If things go right (successfull startups) way, India’s image of just being outsourcing destination would no more be true…

  6. Sunayana July 26, 2006 / 11:41 pm

    Webyantra has done great review of Indimoto.com. It has covered allmost all the features of the website and described them beautifully.
    Indmoto.com has not only provided solution to traffic jams in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore but also has shown way to commuters to save money on fuel. But its upto us how we use it weather we accept this concept like developed countries like US and UK has or spend some more time thinking about it. Site not only provides carpool option but also is auto classified site where one can post Ad for his Car or Bike, that too a full page AD with photograph, which is a big relief from the hassels of newspaper classifieds.

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