An interview with Funpiper.com founder Ajitesh Shukla.
Paggu: “How was your weekend?” was your concept. How it got changed?
Ajitesh: funpiper.com has evolved into event & parties portal in last two years solely based on the feedback of the users and what users would like to see. Thus, in the start, the site was primarily a micro-blogging website which asked its users “How was your weekend?”. Then it evolved as a weekend planning portal. And, then it evolved as event & parties planning portal which allowed users to do weekend planning. And, finally today, it covers all aspects of event management, which is PLAN, PROMOTE & BROADCAST
Paggu: How many heads are going into funpiper?
Ajitesh: Currently the team includes three persons. Some contributing full time and others part time.
Paggu: Who are your competitions.
Ajitesh: Direct Competitors include BuzzinTown.com, EventsInIndia.com, Ayojak.com, Kyakare.com etc.
Paggu: How you plan to take up with your competitions?
Ajitesh: By partnering with institutions, event management companies, event managers
Paggu: What are the new features coming up with funpiper?
Ajitesh: Some of the new upcoming features include enhanced widgets, social applications
Paggu: What are funpiper widgets?
Ajitesh: funpiper widgets allow event owner to promote their event on blogs and websites by embedding HTML code. Also, widgets allow event owners to provide a quick means to website/blog visitors to join event easily. These widgets provide quick info on event.
Paggu: What is twitfunr?
Ajitesh: twitfunr is a twitter-based service which is integrated with event planner and lets you do following while you are planning your event:
- Post event information on Twitter.
- Post event messages on Twitter from personalized event page.
- Broadcast event proceedings live on Twitter as well as personalized event page from mobile phone.
Paggu: What is your revenue model?
Ajitesh: Subscription and advertisement based model
Paggu: What are your future plans?
Ajitesh: Future plans include signing up with partners to cover their event and provide them with event management solution.
Paggu: Any Suggestions for new Entrepreneurs?
Ajitesh: Don’t lose sight of the vision; Focus on Karma and Have faith! It will definitely work out for you.
Founder: Ajitesh – B.Tech(IIT KGP)/1999/Energy Engg.
About: Event & Parties planning portal which allows users to do weekend planning. It covers all aspects of event management, which is PLAN, PROMOTE & BROADCAST.