Gaming it big
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.
“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.
Bharath Belur (left) and Maninder Singh