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Zizelle – One stop shop for Statement Bags.

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“Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make you dream, give you confidence, and show your neighbors you are doing well.” – Karl Lagerfeld.

While Karl Lagerfeld (Creative Director for Chanel and Fendi) has a lot of quotes to his credit, this one perhaps struck a chord with Swati Panchadhar, Founder of ‘Zizelle.’ What is Zizelle, you ask? In their own words, “Zizelle is the Dernier-cri in the world of bag fashion!” Simply put, Zizelle offers a collection of statement bags, that provide the much needed ‘ZiZ’ in your life. 

“I honestly believe that a bag, completes the look for any woman – it could be the work look, a dinner look, or an airport look. Accessorizing with the right handbag adds all the ZiZ.” says Swati. Being a fashion enthusiast herself, she saw the opportunity in this space and started Zizelle in April 2015.

swati zizelle  Zizelle is a marketplace for statement handbags from across the world. Swati and her team scouts for unique      designers and niche manufacturers, thus ensuring her customers have a one-of-a-kind selection to choose from.  The business is three tiered:

  • eCommerce. The simple transaction of buying handbags from the Zizelle catalogue..
  • Services: Zizelle offers Wedding services by pairing all of your wedding outfits with matching handbags. This is exciting stuff, because they’ll also match the outfits of everybody in your trousseau. Taking this service one step back, Zizelle does customised bags for your bridal shower!
  • The third aspect is the B2B, where niche designers can sell their products directly on Zizelle’s website.

At the moment, Zizelle is bootstrapped and being funded by Swati. She will however reach out for investment when the business shows the right traction and sales. You can look at their catalog on their Facebook page, Amazon India and Flipkart. Their very own website will be live in a couple of weeks.

When she’s not donning her ‘ZiZ’ cape and saving women in Hyderabad from hand bag disasters, Swati is a Sales Director for IT BFSI & Professional Services at HCL Technologies. There is however one other role that trumps all of the above. Being a super mom to a toddler! Swati juggles it all. Her secret? Working that ZiZ with the bag on her arm!

Startup Hyderabad wishes Swati and her team at Zizelle good luck. Women entrepreneurs for the win.

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UberPOOL, a carpooling service by Uber, now in Hyderabad.

At least once in our cab taking life, if not more, all of us have wondered if we could share the costs will fellow commuters. Well, now Uber lets you do just that. With their …

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Namernewborn, the birth of a crowdsourcing platform for baby names.

                                             “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose       …

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Bloom with Agrowbook.com

Agriculture employs over 1.3 billion people throughout the world, which is close to 40 percent of the global workforce. It has been a source of survival for most families from generations. However, this sector has …

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Twitter confirms what we’ve all been waiting for!

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A couple of days ago, Twitter formally announced what rumour mills had been anticipating for a little while now: An extension to their 140 Character limit! Woot! Woot!

But before you get very excited, there are certain provisos to this grand announcement. The 140 character limit still stays, but the following are no longer part of that limit:  Twitter Handles while replying.  This is a big one, when you reply to a tweet, the handle of the original poster will not be counted toward the 140 character count. For me, this makes my tweet life a lot simpler. I dislike cutting words short, like using ‘b4 for before’ – I’m just old school that way.  Attachments: Basically, photos, videos, and quote tweets will also be exempt from the 140-Character count. Twitter will also allow you to re-tweet yourself by enabling the retweet button for your own tweets.

This update will roll out in the next few weeks, making your tweeting experience a lot more rewarding. There have been countless times, I’ve had to edit and re-edit my tweets in order for them to fit!

Interestingly, I had read a article a little while ago analysing the existing services being offered by Twitter and the author had made a few very interesting recommendations. Among other things, the author suggested Twitter do away with the @handles counting towards the character limit! Well, the writer got what they wished for! You can read the article here.

How does this change your twitter experience, comment below and let us know!

Events/MeetUp’s you would want to check out this weekend.

1) StartUp Catalyst When: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 PM Where: Events Room, CIE, IIITH Gachibowli, Hyderabad Join the interactive panel discussion with key players in the startup ecosystem this Saturday at IIIT Hyderabad. Hosted …

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Jumpstarting Careers for Women

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It can be a daunting experience to look for a new job. Even more if you have a break in your career. This is generally applicable to women who take a break in their career for various reasons. Getting your career back on track can get difficult. Not all companies take a break in career positively and it can influence their current hiring decisions. Today, however there are options for women looking to restart their career – or even change career verticals. Lets look at some of these options:

Springboard by Microsoft: Having two batches underway, Microsoft is soon starting the third wave of their Springboard program. This program offers an internship to selected women to jumpstart their careers. Microsoft has listed a minimum of a year’s break and a minimum of 4 years of continuous employment to be eligible for this program. Also, all openings in the Springboard program are technical in nature. After the completion of the internship the candidate can interview for a full time position with Microsoft. You can read more about this program here.

Dr. Reddy’s Comeback Careers for Women: Dr. Reddy’s also recognises the talent opportunities in women looking to resume their career life after a sabbatical. Unlike the Springboard program by Microsoft, these opportunities are full time with Dr. Reddy’s. They list the openings and women with a break in their career can apply. The openings are across all verticals and departments. The promise Dr. Reddy’s makes is to not let the career break influence their decision in hiring. You can look at the opportunities available here.

Second Career Internship Program by TATA: Tata launched SCIP way back in 2008 and defines it as a Career transition Management program for women. They also need women to have a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 8 years break in their career. This program works a little differently. The program is based per project and they have a certain number of flexible hours the applicant needs to complete for the project. The project is location based. Applicants can apply based on a listed project or simply register for any upcoming projects that suit their profile. Visit this link for more information.

The fact that there are such opportunities available is testimony enough to the direction employers are taking in making their work place as positive as possible. Comment and let us know if you know of any other such programs or if you have personally experienced one yourself. We would love to hear about your experience.

Thinking of working in a Start-Up? Read on.

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Achtung! The Startup fever is high and they are on the lookout for talented people to join their team. Let’s broadly classify the start-up folks into two categories. On one hand you have people founding start-ups and on the other, you have people wanting to work in said start-ups. This post is addressed to the second category: the one’s wanting to work in a start-up.

Working in a startup might sound tun and just what you think you’re looking for, but remember that the startup life is not for everybody. Consider some of these points to assess for yourself if working in one is your cup of tea.

Change is the only constant. This age old saying rings true in the case of startups. Whatever else you might have expected, expect this. Since a startup is constantly evolving and figuring out what works best for itself, everybody associated with the startup also needs to evolve. From simpler aspects like office space, to more prominent ones like project direction and scope are all part of the evolution process. Working in such a climate requires you to be able to go with the flow.

That’s not part of my job description. This phase does not exist in a startup. Were you hired to drive marketing efforts, but find yourself often doing so many other things? This fluidity in your work profile is a classic example of how a startup works. If you can cope with multitasking, this is actually quite a boon. You get to learn so much. You get a front row perspective on how a startup works. No job is too small in a startup, be that getting coffee, taking out the trash or locking up.

Expecting a big fat pay check: This one is rather important. Startup life has been significantly glorified. When you interview for a startup, chances are that what you currently make is way beyond their budget or just about within. Let’s not pin our hopes on a huge pay increase from what you’re currently making. Most startups can at best match that number, if even that. What they can offer you though is perhaps equity or stock options. At the very beginning, this means nothing and it may always mean nothing, but if you’ve joined a startup that goes on to become a Facebook, then it means a whole lot. This is a risk you’re taking; assessing this risk is your responsibility. It’s up to you to keep up with news and happenings around the world in the business you are in. That said, if the startup clicks, the payoff can be quite huge!

Work-Life Balance? What’s that? While a start-up offers you flexible timings, you will be spending a lot more time at work. Long days, late nights, all-nighters are all very common. In fact, this is what qualifies as a significant part of team bonding. Long hours usually mean free food and beverages. Know this before you start working for one, if you prefer a nine to five job with evenings free to do your own thing, you’re not in the right place. Having said that, founders recognise the threat of a burn out and various measures are taken to avoid such a situation.

Growth. As a startup grows, the policies will evolve. For example, if you were given free food as a perk, this may no longer be practical with a bigger team. Usually when smaller perks are taken, they give way to long term and more promising perks, like Provident Fund, Insurance, or Bonus. When the company starts to do well, or has raised a round of funding, the founders see this as a good time to bring in someone senior and more experienced for specific roles. As a core team member, you should welcome such talent and not view it as a threat. They are there to teach you and take the start-up forward.

While this list is not exhaustive, it would give you a clear idea on what to expect. Keeping these arguments in mind, make an informed decision on whether the startup life is meant for you or not. If you decide that this is the life for you, prepare to enjoy the amazing experience, but also be prepared for a bit of a roller coaster ride. Good luck!

 

Are you ‘Elevator Pitch’ ready?

The sensibility of investing in start-ups is something that Indian celebrities are warming up to. This is good news. Now, picture this: You have an amazing start-up in the making and are bursting at the …

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