uByld.com – India’s first Do It Yourself Platform Furniture and Curio Store

uByld.com shares there entrepreneurial story with us today, it’s the brain child of three DIYers with similar interest in craft, and environment (recycling. up-cycling and reuse). They are solving the problems associated with the furniture sector with their DIY and Eco-friendly tools, we must say they are doing a great job.

The founding team poses rich and varied experience in all fields, they are:

Shobha Nair – An architect by education, designer extraordinaire and an IIM Bangalore alumni. She loves to cycle and make creative things out of up-cycled material.

Pradeep Nair – Marketing guru, operations genius with brilliant acumen in customer service. He is an early entrepreneur who dabbled in business from the age of 16.

Denzil D’Souza – Award-winning creative program manager with many years’ experience in setting up large IT systems, IT sales and customer service. He is an enthusiast of all things organic and grows his own veggies in his home garden.

“Love your customers, your employees, and your environment. Innovate and implement”

 

How did you come up with the idea of creating your own store?

We landed up on the idea while making an ergonomic planter for our terrace garden. We realized that, walking the whole road in securing wood, finding a craftsmen, getting in expensive tools is a problem for most DIYers – instead we decided to create kits with all of this (wood, tools, instructions and 3D models are all a part of the kit) and encourage Indian’s to be the craftsmen and ‘build’ simple furniture on their own. The fact that we ensured that we’d work only with upcycled material was a huge driver and a ‘calling’ for us to start uByld.com.

What is so unique about your online store?

uByld.com is India’s only online furniture store that focusses on Do It Yourself (DIY) furniture and using UP-CYCLED solid pine wood is the cherry on the top. No new trees are cut (isn’t that great?), secondary material from one supply chain gets consumed into products of higher value and aesthetics – truest form of up-cycling. We are arguably one of India’s most sustainable furniture companies and boy we make some beautiful furniture

What were the major challenges did you face while starting up?

A new concept in the market always comes with a certain onus on the founders – to impart sensitivity and encourage the early adopters. For us it was two major areas that we had focus on – the concept of DIY and the concept of ‘upcycling’. To our pleasant surprise we found that Indian’s as a community were eager to adopt both and we did not have to stress on either of the two areas too much. Instead we focussed on ensuring the designs are unique, the actual kits are easy to implement and customize, the quality of the furniture and customer service was the best we could do. Of course other operational elements like setting up our factory, ensuring that we have the right people, finances are monitored stringently were challenges in their own right. Our founding member teams are stellar and together we navigated through those challenges.

Any learning you want to share with fellow entrepreneurs?

Well learning are many, put just to highlight some which are the key drivers, I would say are:

a) Spend lot of time ensuring the quality of the product which you are launching in the market.

b) Keep the pricing right and ethical (don’t be greedy).

c) Always provide the best customer service and keep as many channels of communication open for the customer.

d) Enrich the lives of people who work for you. It’s a proven fact that an employee who is motivated is 2X more efficient than the rest.

Success Story

How was your experience with KartRocket?

We had heard about KartRocket before and followed its progress. One of our key drivers to choose KartRocket, was to support an Indian (made-in-India) eCommerce platform, it was not an emotional decision alone – we wanted someone who understood the struggles, requirements and nuances of the early stage Indian businesses. From Day 1 we were supported by fantastic people from KartRocket – the account managers, the techies who customized the site for us, the support tech leads – all were and continue to be stellar. [The fact that the COO of KartRocket, liked our page and sent us an enquiry early on in our journey was validation of sorts as well.]

The pricing from KartRocket is great, you don’t just get the bare-bones but you get ample amount of tools and apps that are just right for early businesses. The fact that KartRocket is constantly improving is awesome as well – the recent migration to the cloud has increased the site loads speed, the upgrades on the dashboard have been awesome as well. It’s been a great journey with KartRocket so far and has played heavily on our decision to continue with KartRocket for the years to come. We continue to look forward to their support, upgrades and mobile rich features.

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HomeEKart: For Your Exquisite Home Hardware Needs

Tell Us Something About The Store Owner- The Brain Behind The Brand?

With the growing demand of consumer products online, the store owner Sunil Patel realized that it would be the perfect time to launch an exclusive ecommerce site for Hardware, Bathroom Fittings, Electricals, Power Tools And Home Improvement Products. He has an experience of more than 10 years in this field. Having a strong knowledge about computers and ecommerce, he came up with this idea to shorten the bridge between consumers and these products and deliver smooth service to the customers.

How Did You Come Up With The Idea Of Creating Your Own Store?
Sunil Patel had an experience of more than 10 years and he thought that it was high time that an ecommerce website to sell such products is needed. Selling in a retail store is limited to few hundred customers. However, ecommerce opened his store’s door to millions of customers. This idea clicked at a crucial time and he decided to come up with this unique website.

What Is So Unique About Your Online Store?
This store is all about bathroom fittings, accessories, hardware materials, locks, handles, power tools, electrical and many such home improvement products. This is comparatively new category in ecommerce, which is yet to be explored by many marketplace giants in India.

What Were The Major Challenges Did You Face While Starting Up?
Since what we sell is a new category in ecommerce and untouched in the market, the major challenge that was faced was to identify the right candidate for the right job.

Any Learning You Want To Share With Fellow Entrepreneurs?
If you have an idea and you think you can crack it, just go for it. Trust yourself and you will make it happen. But don’t forget the initial analysis because without it, you will end up nowhere.

How Was Your Experience With KartRocket?
My experience was extremely good with KartRocket team. Each time I asked for help, I had someone to extend that sort of help. I would recommend everyone to go for KartRocket if they are planning to get an ecommerce website.

Redefine your home and lifestyle by shopping from HomeEKart, India’s premium online hardware Megastore where you can shop for top class Hardware and Bathroom Fittings, available in various dimensions, designs and other specifications.

Want us to share your startup saga to the world, then tell us first. Fill in your and store details on KartRocket’s featured store and tell your story to millions of customers.

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Timber Steps

Timber Steps: For High Quality Furniture At Your Doorstep

Sometimes, working in the biggest names in the industry does not give you that satisfaction which you get from starting an ecommerce store. Check out the similar story of Naveen Kumar and his journey from a marketing professional to an ecommerce entrepreneur.

Tell Us Something About The Store Owner-The Brain Behind The Brand?

I am Naveen Sharma, the founder of Timber Steps. After working with some of the biggest names like ESPN India, Jabong, etc., I decided to start my own business. So, I quit my job, researched for a year or so and finally came with the idea of selling furniture online. Thus, Timber Steps came into existence.

How Did You Come Up With The Idea Of Creating Your Own Store?

I always wanted to start something of my own and I was pretty clear in my mind that Furniture business would be an apt category to start with. So, this is how it all happened.

What Is So Unique About Your Online Store?

As we are dealing with Furniture category, it takes a lot of research and timing to break into that category and get to know more about it.

What Were The Major Challenges Did You Face While Starting Up?

If I talk about major challenge that it has to be everything. From designing, pricing the product, vendor management and everything else. Once you get started, everything is a challenge. All you need is to work hard and stay happy.

Any Learning You Want To Share With Fellow Entrepreneurs?

If you have ever thought of starting your own online business, then don’t think too much and just go for it. Don’t wait for perfection in the initial days. It will come with time.

How Was Your Experience With KartRocket?

Amazing! As I have a background of marketing, understanding the technical part of running an online business was not really my cup of tea. But thanks to KartRocket and their team who helped me like a co-founder. Thanks to this amazing company that I am able to run my online store with ease.

Timber Steps is first of its kind where you can get customized and unique furniture at your doorsteps. they focus on providing truly rich experience in buying furniture online. Their self made furniture will give you high quality and beautiful furniture solution.

Now, you can blow your trumpet on Kartrocket platform by featuring your store and its startup saga. Fill in your store details on Kartrocket Feature Store and get more people read your story.

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Absolute Tea

Discover the Best Indian Tea With Absolute Tea

Tell Us Something About The Store Owner-The Brain Behind The Brand?

The brain behind Absolute Tea has been Jayant, a B.com graduate from Gauhati University. I was heading to become an accountant, until Tea grabbed my full attention. I love my Sports, Travel & Quizzing! Having grown up in a house where my Dad’s into tea since long, Tea is my passion, always looking to know more about it!

How Did You Come Up With The Idea Of Creating Your Own Store?
Tourists. In fact, a Czech couple who came to my dad’s retail outlet. They asked for a wide array of Tea. We had only heard about such varieties. However, it was not available. Then the lady quipped, “You grow so much tea here, why no tea culture?” That was when this idea struck into my mind and I set out finding people in Assam who like to experiment with Green Tea, White Tea and Organic Tea. The emergence of eCommerce coupled with the passion for Good Tea. This led to the creation of Absolute Tea!
What Is So Unique About Your Online Store?
Absolute Tea aims to bring to the fore the Real Quality of Indian Tea, which mostly gets exported or ends up in some consumer blend. We would also look to promote the Handicrafts of the North-East by incorporating it within our Gifting Range!

What Were The Major Challenges Did You Face While Starting Up?
Since, I had just started up in the tea business, the challenges were unique to me. First was to get proper information on who is doing what in tea, because tea is such a vast and unorganized space that proper and reliable information is really hard to get.

Any Learning You Want To Share With Fellow Entrepreneurs?
Be Steady and Patient. The road isn’t easy. Price your products and plan your outreach in advance!

How Was Your Experience With KartRocket?
The experience started off nicely, got better with the going live expert helping me out with my queries pretty efficiently. Even the continuing support seems excellent. A special word of appreciation for Reepika, who has made opening a store, operating it a breeze. The new back end looks swanky and I hope things continue to get better!

If your day is incomplete without tea, then Absolute Tea is your need. It is the perfect online store where you not only find the best Indian tea, but also come across an amazing tea culture.

Now, you can blow your trumpet on our platform. Get your store featured on KartRocket platform and let the world know your startup saga. All you need is to fill your details on this KartRocket Featured Page.

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art godaam

Art Godaam: One Stop Destination for Art & Craft Lovers

Tell Us Something About The Store Owner-The Brain Behind The Brand?

The brain behind Art Godaam is Sri Shisir Kumar Jena. Since childhood, I had an inclination towards art & craft, song and literature. I have received training in Pattachitra (traditional paintings of Orissa) and mastered the skills of that particular form of Art. Though pursuing higher education and earning myself a degree in MBA didn’t keep me away from his interest in Art. Apart from the Job from Corporate sector, I decided to venture into entrepreneurship. So started the story of ART GODAAM.

How Did You Come Up With The Idea Of Creating Your Own Store?

I always had a strong inclination towards art and craft and always wanted to get associated with it. While interacting with some artists, I came to know that there are many difficulties to get a marketplace to sell and promote their products. Their creation is so good but they don’t get the value of their creation. So, I thought of creating an online market where these artists can promote their work. We had accumulated a huge collection of art and crafts in our home just like a Godaam of art and creations. Therefore, we named it Art Godaam (‘Godaam’ it’s a Hindi word means a place where we stock products.) We were trying some other name but we find it easy. People know the word and it’s easy to remember.

What Is So Unique About Your Online Store?

At Art Godaam, you will find the finest pieces of art and craft from different parts of our own country, which are normally unseen and deprived of its real value. Starting from Home Decor products made up of stone, wood, waste paper, metal (Dhokra castings), golden grass, terracotta, and much more.

What Were The Major Challenges Did You Face While Starting Up?

From our end, the product were not ready for a start up. Also, we took too much time to understand the process because we were new to the online business.

Any Learning You Want To Share With Fellow Entrepreneurs?

Few things that entrepreneurs should make sure to have in them are self confidence, willpower/guts ,working capital management, know your customer, marketplace and complete involvement in the business, especially during the initial stages.

How Was Your Experience With KartRocket?

It’s a very good platform which helped us get into the online business seamlessly. They really helped us get online and create our ecommerce website easily. Special thanks to Reepika who coordinated with us so nicely. Many thanks to KartRocket.

Art Godaam is an amazing platform for various artist, designers and artisan in and around India who brings out the best of their culture and talent through their products. Shop for amazing home decor and handicraft products collected from parts of India and redefine your home and office interiors.

Feature your store and drive more traffic. Just fill in some details on KartRocket Featured Page and we will help you get noticed.

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