Gam­ing it big

India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE -

For those plan­ning a trip to China, here is some good news. Manin­der Singh and Bharath Belur have cre­ated an iphone app called Zhao Cards that will help you get around. In a coun­try like China where not know­ing the lo­cal lan­guage can be a ma­jor prob­lem, this ap­pli­ca­tion is a boon. It has rec­om­men­da­tions of the best places to eat, shop and party in the city with con­ve­nient voice and script trans­la­tions in English and Chi­nese to help you get around. It helps you with use­ful phrases at the air­port, for in­stance, ad­dresses in Chi­nese that can be shown to a cab driver and Chi­nese to English trans­la­tions (avail­able for $4.99 at the Ap­ple store).

Friends for sev­eral years and busi­ness part­ners since June 2010, Singh and Belur grad­u­ated from PESIT (Peo­ple’s Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy) col­lege with de­grees in in­for­ma­tion sci­ence and worked sep­a­rately be­fore launch­ing Zu­naa Soft­ware. The com­pany de­vel­ops ap­pli­ca­tions and games for Android gad­gets and the In­ter­net, as well as the iphone and ipad. And their first year saw a turnover of Rs 20 lakh.

THE SUC­CESS STORY Zuna means growth and suc­cess in San­skrit, they ex­plain. “We added the ex­tra ‘a’ in the name be­cause we wanted more growth,” says Manin­der with a chuckle. Be­long­ing to a gen­er­a­tion that has been raised on the mo­bile phone, the iphone was the big thing that was launched just as they were get­ting ready to find jobs. Apart from Zhao, they have also de­vel­oped games like zstar Puz­zle avail­able on iphone and Voar, a blog reader for the ipad.

IGROWTH This year-old ven­ture has de­vel­oped games like Tiger And Goat (a Nepalese board game that Zu­naa has adapted) to play on the iphone and ipad.

Con­tact: www.zu­naa.in

sec­ond opinion

“They are open to sug­ges­tions and have such a struc­tured ap­proach to a project de­spite be­ing so young. They have so much

en­ergy and are filled with ideas” PRASHANTH GIRD­HAR, FOUNDER AND CEO, ATHARVAN BUSI­NESS

CON­SULT­ING PVT LTD, A SOFT­WARE COM­PANY

“We can take our own de­ci­sions. We’ve built a good team. We’re more

like fam­ily.” BHARATH BELUR.

SAN­JAY RAM­CHAN­DRAN

Bharath Belur (left) and Manin­der Singh

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