Housing.com taken hostage

Looks like housing.com has been taken hostage by it’s own employees! This is a first for an Indian startup to be hacked by it’s own employees. From what i could gather, they want Rahul Yadav back… what they don’t realise is that neither is he coming back not they would keep their jobs for long. This must be a nightmare for Investors.

Housing.com Hacked

Rahul Yadav: The “face” behind the name

Rahul YadavWe all have read so much about Rahul Yadav… mostly him criticising someone or articles taking about him in the negative light.

I just happened to read an article by Haresh Chawla (India Value Fund) which threw some light from a different angle and was a good lesson for startups as well on what not to do.. over all a good read.

Some quotes from the article

“He would say, “We are growing too fast. I don’t have anyone who can manage the growth.”

“VCs don’t invest hundreds of millions of dollars on a whim. Are you saying all of them made an error of judgement?”

“The real test of the business would be the transition it would have to make from an “outfit” to an organisation.”

Full article: http://www.foundingfuel.com/article/the-rahul-yadav-story-youve-never-heard-before

Quikr premium service, the good, bad and the ugly

Quikr LogoI posted a Quikr real estate ad. a few days back and yesterday i got a call to convert that ad. into a premium listing… The offer seemed good, 10 ads for Rs.1500.

So where did it all go wrong?

Let me start with the Ugly first… I got to know it the hard way that Quikr does NOT have a refund policy. They do not believe in giving refunds to customers even if the error is on the part of Quikr. In 2015 for an online company it is absurd not to have a refund policy!

Now the bad part… While i was being sold the premium listing, the rep told me that my real-estate listing could be posted in 10 different areas. Now why would i post a specific area listing in other 10 localities? For example.. If i wanted to sell a house in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, why would i post the listing in Punjabi Bagh? Does it make any sense? and i had also told the rep that i was not a broker who would have 10 different properties to sell. Well long story short… due to the communication gap… i am now stuck with 10 premium listings in the real estate category, with no ads to post and the listings expire in 3 months.

So where does the good part come in? Well… now that i am the proud owner of these 10 listing, i will be happy to list your property in the premium category for free!!