Ideate

India Today - - GAME-CHANGERS - By M. G. Rad­hakr­ish­nan

Re­search and vi­su­alise all pos­si­bil­i­ties re­gard­ing the idea; then write a pro­posal.

At 12.12 am on De­cem­ber 12 last year, all eight for­mer class­mates who founded MobME as­sem­bled at the cam­pus of Govern­ment En­gi­neer­ing Col­lege, Thiruvananthapuram. In­dia’s first stu­dent tele­com start- up, MobME Wire­less So­lu­tions, founded in 2005 at Technopark In­cu­ba­tion Cen­tre with Rs 4 lakh as cap­i­tal, is now a Rs 25- crore mo­bile In­ter­net firm with 150 em­ploy­ees, a net profit of Rs 6 crore and a clutch of awards it won in In­dia and abroad. Ap­plauded by hun­dreds of stu­dents, the team an­nounced their com­pany’s de­ci­sion to be­come In­dia’s first stu­dent start- up firm to go for an IPO and raise $ 4.5 mil­lion. “We chose this aus­pi­cious mo­ment and also our own cam­pus to an­nounce the set­ting sail of a new breed of young en­trepreneurs from Ker­ala’s shores,” says San­jay Vi­jayaku­mar, 30, the team leader.

MobME is cur­rently work­ing on its big­gest pro­ject: A mo­bile dig­i­tal sig­na­ture so­lu­tion named Mo­bile Ex­press. Ear­lier, it de­vel­oped Crime and In­ci­dent Re­port­ing, a 3G se­cu­rity so­lu­tion for the National In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency. It dis­penses with the ar­chaic walkie- talkie in­ci­dent re­port­ing by po­lice­men and equips them with the ca­pac­ity to record au­dio- vi­su­als and com­mu­ni­cate them im­me­di­ately with geo- lo­ca­tion tag to a re­motely lo­cated con­trol room us­ing a smart­phone, from the crime or ac­ci­dent spot.

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