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The Most Comprehensive List of Startup Blogs in Asia

Once your done building your product ,one of the first things you do is getting some visibility on the web to get early adopters. The best thing you can do before launching is to submit your app to as many startup directories as possible for reviews, mentions or backlinks. The main objective being to provide you with some SEO juice to get ranked better on Google.

I have being scouring the web for a while to compile the most comprehensive list of tech sites, startup blogs, startup directories, startup communities & app review sites.Thought it will be useful for every entrepreneur trying to get exposure and publicity for their startup. So making the list public for everyone to use! Also tried making a list of sites which are focused on different markets like payments, digital currency, gaming etc. This is the first in a series of blog posts, this one covering sites in Asia to get your startup featured.

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Ritesh Agarwal ,OYO Rooms Founder  & CEO

Why be a Spectator,when you can be a Gladiator in the Startup Arena ?

At 21 years, Ritesh Agarwal is a poster boy for the Indian Startup Ecosystem.

Born in Bissamcuttack, a village in Rayagada district of Odisha, Ritesh started coding when he was eight years old.

When he was 17, Started a company called Worth Growth Partners.The same year he went broke. He spent several nights on the stairs leading to his flat in Masjid Moth in New Delhi because his landlord wouldn’t let him in before he paid his dues.

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500 Startups

The Ultimate Guidelist for Startups applying to 500 Startups Accelerator

Recently I wrote a guidelist for startups applying to Y Combinator. As a 500 Startups founder I felt obliged to create a guidelist for 500 Startups.

500 Startups is a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund & startup accelerator. Has invested in over 800 companies in 40+ countries, and receives thousands of applications from startups who compete for 30 spots in their accelerator every quarter.500 Startups run an incubation and accelerator program emphasizing design & user experience, distribution & customer acquisition, and lean startup practices & metrics. Investment team and mentor network has operational experience at companies including PayPal, Google, YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, Zynga, LinkedIn, Twitter, Apple & Facebook.  (more…)

Y Combinator Application advice

The Ultimate Guide List for Startups applying to Y Combinator

Recently was helping a friend of mine who was applying for Y Combinator to fill up his application.We were selected for Y Combinator Final Interview few batches ago. So ended up reading a lot of articles on getting into Y Combinator. Thought, it would be helpful if I put it up as blog post.  Do let me know in the comments below of any other links that could be useful for startups applying for Y Combinator.

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500 Team Walletkit

How we got funded by 500 Startups.

Getting noticed by 500 Startups is harder than most people think. Last year without an application process, you needed to be recommended by people within the 500 network (company founders or mentors). They do have an application process this year. My co-founder Ramakanth and I are 23 year old recent college grads from India who started Walletkit and didn’t know anyone from the 500 network. But this is how we hustled our way in.

On Aug 24 last year, I saw a tweet by Paul Singh from Mumbai Airport. His subsequent tweets revealed that he would be in a couple of Indian cities meeting entrepreneurs and meeting him would require a referral. I cold emailed him rather than looking for a referral with an intro about our team, the product and asked if we could meet in Bangalore which is closer to our city, Chennai.I use a small trick when mailing people who get a lot of emails. I check their facebook and twitter profiles for updates and mail almost at the same time they tweet or share ( used tweetdeck for notification of updates). He replied asking about our product, but then went radio silent. Followed up via email in the next couple of days but there was no response.Later on, his tweets revealed that he was meeting a lot of entrepreneurs in Mumbai and Delhi.

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