Monday, May 7, 2012

eLagaan makes attending TiECON 2012 affordable - Save $450

eLagaan makes TieCON 2012 affordable by providing $450 worth of coupons (that's upto 75% of cost) ticket prices. Here is what we have to offer:

  1. [Increased] $150 OFF 2-day or  $70 OFF Ticket prices 1-day Conference and Exhibit Pass. To learn more about events and pricing visit 
  2. $100 voucher for advertising your business on Google Adwords, when you signup for a Google Adwords account. Learn more about google adwords at . Voucher valid for limited time. 
  3. $100 Voucher for eLagaan Business Services. Valid for any of the business service that you take from eLagaan. Learn more about eLagaan at . Voucher valid for 1 year, voucher applied towards eLagaan fees and can not be applied towards legal or govt payments or personal services. Complete voucher amount be used in one use.
  4. $100 Voucher for advertising your business on BayAreaDesi. To learn about BayAreaDesi visit Voucher valid for 1 year. Complete voucher amount to be used in one use
Total of $450 saving - $150 Off tickets + $100 Google adwords + $100 eLagaan + $100 BayAreaDesi

To get the discount & vouchers all you to do is send us an email at ! There is no purchase necessary or any kind of hooks/strings. However we can only give these vouchers to very limited number of people, so hurry up !

And while you are there, do visit our booth at TiECON !

Reasons to attend TiECON 2012:

Networking. Meet thousands of fellow entrepreneurs. Exchange ideas, find a co-founder, build your team. Many companies are formed at this conference.

Learning. Over 100 speakers sharing their knowledge to help you succeed. They range from iconic companies (e.g., Google, Facebook) to serial entrepreneurs, top investors and industry analysts.

Mentoring. Chance to meet face-to-face with luminaries for a mentoring session.

Innovation Expo. Showcase of innovative startups.

TiE50 Awards. Prestigious award given to the 50 most enterprising startups every year.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

eLagaan sponsors Indus Heritage Day @ ICC, Milpitas, CA

eLagaan is happy to be a sponsor of the event Indus Heritage Day to be held at India Community Center in Milpitas, California.

Indus heritage day is a great initiative by three organizations ICC, PACC & 1947 Partition Archive. Its going to be a great event, so hope to see you there.

Event details:
Event Date:  Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 10:00am
Event Location:  India Community Center
10:00 AM (Come early for Breakfast!)

Indus seal, jewelry, hat making, ancient photo booth, Mohenjodaro walk-through, Indus inspired Henna art and more!
11:30 AM

In Search of Meluhha: The Untold Story of Indus Civilization by emerging Pakistani film maker, Saqib Mausoof
12:00 PM

"Ancient Cities of the Indus Civilization," by leading archeologist, Dr. Jonathan M. Kenoyer
1:00 PM

Indus regional folk Dance and Music by Xpressions dance company.

Visit for more details of the events.
About The 1947 Partition Archive:
The 1947 Partition Archive is a grassroots, non-political, 100% volunteer run effort to document and preserve eye-witness accounts from ALL communities affected by the partition of British India, for future generations.
We are global citizens coming together to document the world's largest human displacement. Join us.
While we are late, as Partition occurred 64+ years ago, we are not too late. There are still those who hold vivid and important memories of the chaos that unfolded during Partition, the pre-Partition life and culture and the post-Partition changes/loss of a way of life. We are a people powered project that collects, archives and immortalizes these stories. Contact us to share your stories or to join hands with us in preserving memories before they are forever lost.
About ICC:
The India Community Center was conceived as a place where every generation of the Indian Diaspora could find comfort in various facets of their culture, preserve and practice unique traditions and celebrate festivals and social milestones in a welcoming environment. It was also designed to be a center where people of other cultures can explore and experience Indian traditions and values.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

eLagaan featured on ET-Now TV (Starting UP by Sudhir Syal)

eLagaan was recently featured in Starting UP series by ET-Now hosted by talented Sudhir Syal.
The special segment covered the hot topic of "Startup Tax" which is currently heavily discussed among the startup circle.

Here is the clipping from the show:

To see the commentary by eLagaan skip over to 4:05min on the video.

About ET Now TV's Starting UP:

Starting Up captures the spirit of the Indian Start-up Community - it features the different elements of the startup ecosystem and profiles the journey of the most innovative Indian startups. To learn about Startup Up visit

To learn about Economic Times (ET-NOW's parent org) visit

About Sudhir Syal:

Sudhir Syal is a qualified Computer Science Engineer, so qualified that he hasn’t written (thankfully) or been made to write a single line of code in his last 4 years.His career than saw him take him a linearly un-linear route with him dabbling in Finance, Technology till finally making his way to the hallowed (cold) studios of ET NOW, where he is today the Editor and Co-Anchor of the Starting Up show on ET NOW. You can reach him at

Some more Snapshots from the show:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

eLagaan is the Official partner of Asha for education event- Stanford University

eLagaan is proud to be the official online partner for the Asha For Education - Stanford University chapter (well known as asha-stanford) upcoming event this week.
So here is the deal, in USA holi is celebrated, not just for a day but for weeks, with various organizations organizing the event at various dates. Having said that Asha Stanford holds the biggest Holi event in the entire county. This year they are expecting 10,000 people to show up to play Holi, what Fun! They do an awesome job, and we are humbled to be one of their partners. 

Here is the details of the Asha Stanford Holi:
April 7th and April 8th, 11 am - 3 pm, Sandhill Fields, Stanford
Different experience! 2 days full of fun! Deserving cause!

Yes, you can get all that at one event! Asha Stanford brings you the best way to start off Spring 2012 Holi, the biggest communal celebration of the eponymous Indian festival in the Bay Area! 

Holi is all about celebrating the colors and vitality of spring, with family and friends and we figure about 5500 lbs of food-grade colors and tons of water should be enough to get you started with the celebrations! Your first time at Holi? Make sure you read below on how Holi works! Come join us in this day long party, and help us raise funds for education projects for disadvantaged children! 

No alcohol is allowed at the event. For details about he event visit

About Asha For Education:
Asha for Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of basic education in India. Asha, which means hope in many Indian dialects, was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and has since grown to over 66 chapters scattered throughout the United States, Europe, East Asia and India. Each of these chapters raises funds to support various education-related projects in India. 

Asha Stanford was founded in the fall of 1992 by a group of students who understood the importance of education and the need to provide such opportunities for the underprivileged. Today, the chapter draws members from a diverse group of students from Stanford University as well as Bay Area professionals. The aim of the group is to mobilize the Bay Area community to collectively support and provide financial assistance to grass-roots educational movements in India. Members of Asha Stanford attempt to maintain a close personal involvement with the organizations and projects which are funded. To maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, the group selects diverse projects. Asha Stanford works closely with other Asha chapters to ensure quality support is provided to educational efforts in India. Visit for details

About Stanford University:
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions.
Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today's complex world. Visit for details. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

eLagaan to sponsor an evening with Sramana Mitra (1M/1M) - hosted by OCC/BEMUG

eLagaan is happy to be a sponsor at the upcoming event with Sramana Mitra (1M/1M) for the upcoming event hosted by OCC, Bangalore & BEMUG.

The event is focused on "Do Customers Know What They Want?".

Here are the details of the event:
Date: 03 Apr 2012
Time: 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM (Followed by Networking over Dinner).
Venue: P.U. Quadrangle, Ground Floor, P.U. Building, Christ University, Hosur Road, Near Dairy Circle, Bangalore 560029 (Attention: No tobacco campus)
Parking: Within Christ Campus
Agenda / Proceedings:
- Welcome Note
- Entrepreneur Dysfunctions - Talk by Sramana Mitra
- Debate: "Do Customers Know What They Want?"
Sramana Mitra (1M/1M) & Team Vs Mukund Mohan (Jivity) & Team
Moderated by: Ravi Gururaj (Citrix)
-Vote of Thanks
-Followed with Networking over Dinner

Sramana Mitra has been an entrepreneur and a strategy consultant in Silicon Valley since 1994. Her fields of experience span from hard core technology disciplines like semiconductors to sophisticated consumer marketing industries including fashion and education.

As an entrepreneur CEO, Sramana founded 3 companies: Dais, Intarka and Uuma. Two of these were acquired, while the third received an acquisition offer from Ralph Lauren which the company did not accept.
As strategy consultant, Sramana has consulted with over 70 companies, including public companies like SAP, Cadence Design Systems, Webex, KLA-Tencor and Tessera among others. Her work has also included numerous startups and VCs, and she played Interim VP Marketing roles for seven such ventures. Sramana has a proven track-record in turn-arounds for both small private companies (Example: think3) and divisions of larger companies (Example: a $100 Million Business Unit of Cadence). She has also created major growth strategies through new market penetration, M&A, Industry Roll-ups, etc.

Sramana has a Masters degree in EECS from MIT and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Economics from Smith College. She is on the Board of the MIT Club of Northern California's Entrepreneurship Program (
Visit her site: Sramana Mitra on Strategy ( )

Friday, March 30, 2012

Why we moved from salesforce's to freshdesk

We recently moved eLagaan's support system from to Freshdesk. We just wanted to share our experience and reasoning of why we did this.
eLagaan was using Assitly which later became Salesforce's However we were not too happy with some of the missing features, but we were hopeful that the big daddy will invest more money and we should have some of these obvious features.
But after waiting long enough, we started looking around for a better solution to enhance our user experience. We looked at many systems including revisiting, zendesk, OTRS, zoho & freshdesk. has some good features. However some of the things that bothered us was:
1. Slow in feature releases
2. No way to allow customers to review their support request (past & new thru web)
3. Cost was high, add another agent and you pay $49/month

So why Freshdesk apart from the fact that they have a fresh design and a intuitive interface:
1. We needed a way for our customer to review and comment on their case. Freshdesk does an awesome job creating a login id for every case that opens
2. Price, we just loved the fact that first agent is free & any additional are $9/month. Hence overtime as we grow, our price is going to be manageable.
3. They seem to be adding features faster then anyone else. It shows they are hungry, and we will probably see more innovation from them in the future. In case of we saw the feature additions were more towards things like salesforce api etc, which are great features, but being a startup we needed more features locally then integration

Ofcourse there are few areas we would like Freshdesk to improve on (I don't think others have it either):
1. A way to open tickets via sms or notify people/agents via sms on updates
2. A good way to open case when called via phone (its not very complicated guys)
3. A way to subscribe users who open a case with us to a mailing list
4. Mobile support - don't need an app, but optimize it for mobile web
Overall we are very happy with Freshdesk for providing a great service for very reasonable price, thank you Freshdesk !
And in this war of Freshdesk Vs , Freshdesk has our business !

Sunday, March 25, 2012

eLagaan to Sponsor Startup Weekend Delhi Education, India - Apr'2012

eLagaan is happy to be a sponsor company registration & other business services in the upcoming Startup Weekend Delhi Education to be held on April'13 - April'15 2012.
About Startup Weekend Delhi Education:
Startup Weekend Education is an innovative, non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs of all backgrounds including software developers, designers, marketers and educators to build teams and credible businesses over an intense 54-hour weekend. Attendees have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down and teams form around the top ideas. Next the teams proceed through a rapid roller-coaster of idea refinement fueled by expert coaching and customer validation. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations of sustainable solutions to education problems in front of a panel of judges and potential investors. We tackle big problems like communication, access, cost, delivery methods and content availability all in the pursuit of making the act of teaching and learning more effective and accessible to all.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

eLagaan to deliver a workshop at TiE, Bangalore on "Business Structure for Startups"

eLagaan will be delivering a workshop about "Business Structure For Startups" on March 21'2012 at TiE, Bangalore. Its a great workshop for entrepreneur's who are looking to start a company soon, or have have just started their business.
Short Introduction to the topic :
Entrepreneurs tend to overlook lots of factors and issues while setting up their new venture/ business. In today’s agile scenario, similar ignorance could be very expensive. Attend this workshop to know what it takes to structure your business and how a business structure impacts you in short term and long term.
Take aways from the workshop:
Strategic view of various legal and compliance issues related to doing business in India.
Pricing (charged by TiE):
Member : Rs 550/-
Charter Member : Rs 550/-
Non-Member : Rs 1,000/-
TiE Office
3rd Floor,'A' wing, Divyashree Chambers, Langford Road,
Shantinagar, Next to Karnataka Hockey Stadium
Bangalore 560025
To learn about TiE bangalore visit

Monday, March 19, 2012

Listen to eLagaan on Mera Sangeet's - Chai & Chat with Kanwal on NRI issues

NRI's, eLagaan team will be talking at the upcoming radio show at Mera Sangeet, Chai & Chat with Kanwal !
We will talk about various NRI related queries related to taxation, starting a business & much more. Some of the topics covered would be:
1. PAN Card - What is it, why you need it & how to get it
2. Digital signature
3. Form 15-CA / Form 15-CB for repatriating your money from India to your country
4. Starting a business in India for NRI & Foreigners
5. Basics of business structures
6. What does it take to run a business in India, licences, returns, taxes, payroll and many more
7. Import Export Licence
8. Tax returns for NRIs in India
The interview will be airing on Tuesday, March 20. The show timings would be:
US Times (Eastern Times) - 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 5 AM
US Times (Pacific Times) - 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 2 AM
India Times - 8:30 PM, 12:30 AM, 5:30 AM (Saturday), 9:30 AM, 2:30 PM (Sunday)
About Mera Sangeet:
Mera Sangeet is 24 X 7 Bollywood music, live RJs news and more. Listen and feel the difference. Their RJ’s will delight you with engaging programs, interviews and talk shows, blogs, forums, Bollywood news and much. Find out more about them at
And to follow the work of the very dynamic Kanwal visit

Thursday, March 15, 2012

eLagaan to sponsor Khantastic Music Concert - Santa Clara, California

eLagaan is proud to be a sponsor of upcoming - the EasternWinds Khantastic Concert at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California, a show by Eastern Winds Music Band.
And it's all for a good cause...Part of the profits from the Khantastic Music Concert will benefit
the Akshaya Trust, Madurai Tamil Nadu. The Akshaya Trust was founded by Mr.
Narayanan Krishnan, recepient of the CNN 2010 Hero Award.Unwind and relax with
some good music!

CNN Hero Narayanan Krishnan gave up a career as a chef to feed the homeless three meals a day in Madurai, India. Meet Narayanan Krishnan in person on Sat March 24 at the EasternWinds Khantastic Concert. Santa Clara Convention Center Theater. 3:30 - 7:30 PM. Tickets $20, $15, $10 at

Saturday, March 3, 2012

eLagaan to participate in Santa Clara University's Startup Expo

eLagaan is happy to announce that we will be participating in the upcoming Startup Expo @ Santa Clara University at the heart of Silicon Valley, California. The event is being organized by the Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization (SCEO), SCU's career center & Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), as an effort to connect the Student of the prestigious university with the up & coming Statups.
We invite all the Santa Clara University students to come chat with us & learn about the next cool thing we are working on. And hopefully some of you may end up working with us !
To lean more about the event visit
About Santa Clara University :
Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum in the arts and sciences, business, and engineering. It has nationally recognized graduate and professional schools in business, law, engineering, pastoral ministries,counseling psychology, education and theology.The 8,846-student, Jesuit, Catholic university draws on a more than 450-year-tradition of educating the whole person for a life of service and leadership. This diverse community of scholars, characterized by small classes and a values-oriented curriculum, is dedicated to educating students for competence, conscience, and compassion.
Santa Clara University, founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as "Santa Clara College," is California's oldest operating institution of higher learning. It was established on the site of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of the original 21 California missions.The "college" originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank until 1853. Following the Civil War, enrollment increased and by 1875, the size of the student body was 275. One-third of the students were enrolled in the collegiate division; the remainder attended the college's preparatory and high school departments.
Santa Clara experienced slow and steady growth during its first 60 years, becoming "The University of Santa Clara" in 1912, when the schools of engineering and law were added. In 1925, the high school was separated from the University taking the name of Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1928.The Leavey School of Business opened in 1926 and within a decade it became one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation.For 110 years, Santa Clara was an all-male school. In 1961, women were accepted as undergraduates and Santa Clara became the first coeducational Catholic university in California. The number of students tripled over the next decade. The size of the faculty also tripled and the University began the largest building program in school history, building eight residence halls, a student union, and the athletic stadium.In the early 1970s, the Board of Trustees voted to limit the size of the undergraduate population, an action that was intended to preserve the character and ensure the quality of the University for generations to come.In 1985, the University adopted Santa Clara University as its official name.
The 106-acre campus is located in Santa Clara, Calif., at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, approximately two miles from San Jose International Airport. The University enjoys a moderate climate year-round; the sun shines approximately 300 days a year.At the center of the campus is Mission Santa Clara de Asís, surrounded by the roses and palm trees of the historic Mission Gardens. The more than 50 buildings on campus include residence halls, two libraries, a student center, and extensive athletic facilities.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TiE Women Entrepreneur Business to Business Meet, Bangalore, India

Jyoti Ramnath from TiE Bangalore, is organizing an event focused on the Women Entreprenuers on Feb'16 2012. As a women co-founded company, eLagaan is happy to be a participant & support the event.
Event Details:
By TIE SIG-Women
Topic: Women Entrepreneur Business to Business
Meet Our FIRST EVENT of TIE 2012 @ TIE Office, Divyashree Chambers- Inviting all Bangalore based Women Entrepreneurs for an evening of growing your business. An opportunity/platform to let people know about your services and what is the value add you create. This will help in generating leads for business. Get to know of businesses from four Women Entrepreneurs that can help grow your own business.Also get to know what other women entrepreneurs are doing. You may be able to get the benefit from their service / product and in turn be able to get others to know what you are doing. Reach out to the women entrepreneur ecosystem Understand some issues and how these are tackled.. informally over a cup of coffee/tea.. and during the course of the Meet February 16th 2012Time- 6-7.30 Pm only
Fo further details of the event please visit

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Silcion India & Arindam Ghosh features eLagaan co-founder Navin Kumar

eLagaan Co-Founder Navin Kumar, was recently featured in Silicon India and blog by Arindam Ghosh (read his blog here). The topic of the article is "Confession Of Entrepreneurs".

Navin Kumar was featured along with Nishith Shah, Founder, True Sparrow & Ramesh Jagannathan, Co-Founder, Lucivid Software.

You can read the article here or here

Sunday, February 5, 2012

eLagaan proud to sponsor Startup Weekend, Mumbai, India

We are proud to sponsor free Company Registration for the winners of Startup Weekend, Mumbai, India. Find more details at

Here is the agenda of the event:

Startup Weekend and GTUG (Google Technology User Group) are teaming up to organize a technology bootcamp in Mumbai on 4th February 2012. This is part of the bootcamp events Startup Weekend and local GTUG chapters are hosting worldwide. Such events present an opportunity to learn more about some of the Google developer technologies (e.g. Android, Chrome, HTML5, Google Maps etc.) and also other technologies which budding entrepreneurs can leverage to build successful businesses.

The Pre-Startup Weekend GTUG Bootcamp is free and open to all. More here

10th Feb Friday:

6:30pm – Registration starts
7:00pm – Dinner & Networking
7:20pm – Welcome & Speakers
7:30pm – Pitches Start
9:00pm – Attendees vote for the top ideas
9:15pm – Teams start forming and discussing ideas
10:00pm – Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

11th Feb Saturday

9:00am – Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
9:30am – Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Call for needs & skills
2:00pm – Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
6:30pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
10:00pm – Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.
12th Feb Sunday

9:00am – Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
10:00am – Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
12:00pm – Lunch
12:30pm – Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
3:00pm – Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
4:00pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Judging & awards
8:30pm – Wrapup
9:00pm – Go home!

Good luck to all the teams !

Monday, January 30, 2012

eLagaan to speak at "Startup Essentials Series", Bangalore, India

Are you working on the next big startup in India, then you should attend the next "Startup Essentials Series" event being organized by our friends Open Coffee Club, Bangalore, Entrepreneurs Cell at Christ University, Bangalore Entrepreneurs Meetup Group.

eLagaan is happy to be one of the presenters, and will be talking about "Company Incorporation Perspectives (Includes which one should you go for and why: Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Private Limited Company and the Registration Process)"

So register today here.
Date: 04 Feb 2012
Day: Saturday
Time: 12 Noon - 03 PM
Venue: Christ College, Kormangala. (Exact venue within Christ College to be announced 48 - 72 hours before the event).
Cost: INR 100.00

See you at the event, and don't forget to say hello when you see us there.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

eLagaan happy to sponsor Startup Weekend, Bangalore - a Kauffman Foundation initiative

eLagaan is happy to offer Free Company Registration for Startups In India as a sponsor for the Startup Weekend 2012 Bangalore, India (a Kauffman Foundation initiative).
We are also happy to offer a 5-10% discounts to all Startup Weekend participants. So if you are a participant in the event, claim you discount by sending us an email at .
For more details about the sponsorship visit
Visit here for more details about Pvt. Ltd. Company registration, LLP Company registration.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Don't Miss the eLagaan Startup Camp, Bangalore

eLagaan is happy to announce "eLagaan Startup Camp: Fund Raising & Legal compliance" on 7Jan2012, Microsoft, EGL, Bangalore, INDIA. Details at eLagaan Startup Camp is an event to gather insights and interact with industry experts & leaders. This is not meant for showcasing ideas and products but rather brainstorm & learn from experts to benefit from their experience to help build/run a successful startup.
Many startups fail, not because they didn't have the right product or service, but because either they raised fund at the wrong time from the wrong investor in wrong terms, OR they didn't have an exit strategy, OR even worse they didn't have a proper legal structure to make the company fundable or saleable.
The Camp will touch base on these aspects from people who have made it happen, and then followed by strong panel to see both sides of the coin. The event is targeted towards entrepreneurs & wannabe entrepreneurs.
Registration is completely FREE, so Register Now at
Thanks to Our partners (Microsoft India,, Intuit SIPA USA, OCC Bangalore, eLagaan) for support.