CybrHome : A home page developed by a 2nd year college student

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Going into a college is fun, but what makes you different is the achievement you grabbed.
Shubham Badal is in 2nd year of his graduation course and has become an entrepreneur. NIT Surathkal is the campus which gave him opportunity to work on his idea.

We are talking about cybrhome, a ultra fast homepage for you. Its a platform where you can visit your favorite webpages without typing the URLs. Techaloo got an opportunity to have a chat with Shubham, lets see his thoughts.

Techaloo : When did you start your journey?
It started in May 2013. I am just crazy about internet, technology, design, creative computing, framing ideas, and entrepreneurship. I finally decided to combine all of these in the form of a startup named CybrSys that was founded this summer and is also the parent brand of CybrHome. I asked a close techie friend of mine to join me as a co-founder and some other friends to join the team for coding and marketing. They all agreed. We framed the initial strategy of CybrSys and started working in August.

We wanted to focus more on product division of CybrSys because a successful product brings recognition to a startup. So, after some brainstorming and decision-making, we proceeded with the web-based homepage concept and named it CybrHome. I made a rough sketch of cybrhome.com in early September and after two months of rigorous design and coding in September and October we were all set to launch CybrHome by autumn end.

Techaloo : What was your vision/mission while starting CybrHome?
At CybrSys, there is only one mission – To create products that people love and offer services that businesses need. With this mission we initiated our first user oriented web product – CybrHome.

For beta release of CybrHome, there was a simple goal of creating an ultrafast homepage based website. We focused only on three issues – speed, design and reliability.

However, CybrHome’s ultimate mission is to make internet’s use more efficient and managed. People will use CybrHome as a portal to access their favourite websites, for managing their bookmarks, important URLs, online assets, etc. and to discover new amazing stuff as per their field of interest. We have a lot of plans for future that will help us to realize this ultimate mission.

Techaloo : How did this idea come to your mind?
I came across many apps, extensions and add-ons that were made to be used as homepage, but there were no good web services made for this purpose. Moreover, most of the add-ons are limited to a particular browser only.
I thought of a web based service that will offer advantages like cross browser compatibility, more flexibility in bringing changes/updates and more importantly no effect on browser start time unlike browser add-ons. I realized that we can more easily add ideas to a web based model and make it smarter in every future release. I finally thought of giving it a try, releasing a beta proto and getting the user feedback.

However I must mention, CybrHome is not based on a single idea. Instead it is a wave of ideas that will be coming one after the other. Right now we have launched the beta version which is just the first wave.

Techaloo : Explain a little more about CybrHome?
CybrHome is a web portal that links your favourite and world’s most-used websites thru an intuitive design and is unquestionably a great substitute for any other conventional homepage or startscreen. It moreover allows to discover more top websites that can be interesting and useful to many.

This homepage based website service makes the spree between your browsers to the most commonly used websites faster & easier than ever and includes an embedded google search as well. Right now CybrHome works fine on all latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Opera and IE 10+ and on screen resolutions of 1366×768 and above.

CybrHome can be perfectly experienced only when one sets CybrHome.com as ‘Homepage’ as well as ‘New Tab Page’. We presently depend on these smart third-party browser add-ons that allows users to set CybrHome.com as default new tab and we are trying to develop our own.
Chrome Extension : http://goo.gl/8kySYz
Firefox Add-on : http://goo.gl/p419Yu
CybrHome.com is one of the most high-performance website with average load time for the second time being less than a second. Check it out!

Techaloo : What is the response as of now?
The response is really great and the homepage based concept is driving graphs smoothly. After the official launch on 3 Nov 2013, CybrHome got around 10,000 page views and more than 52,000 hits, all within 10 days without any vigorous promotion. The world rank currently is around 255k with India rank near 16k and these figures are getting better each day. However we feel, our rankings are not-so-impressive right now but we have made an exponential progress in last few days. We are taking feedback of users and trying to overcome all limitations in our next final release.

Techaloo : Google Chrome themes and others are also providing similar kind of operations. How are you different from them?
As I mentioned before, CybrHome being a web based homepage service uses a completely different approach unlike add-ons available for various browsers. Right now CybrHome is a static webpage that loads fast enough to be used as a homepage or a newtab page and we have not included any login system. Integration of this in near future will allow a new set of smart features and that is not possible with browser add-ons.

Techaloo : You are based out of India, are you aiming global market or only India?
CybrHome, being a web service is international and always will be. We have included only international web brands on CybrHome and no national or regional brands. Right now, CybrHome homepage is the same irrespective of the user’s country. However, because no international promotion is being done right now, most of the incoming traffic is from India only.

Techaloo : Are you planning for any kind of mobile app?
Yes, we have future plans regarding a mobile app for various platforms but not very soon. We will initiate that stuff after we gain some momentum on the web itself by refining the overall idea. We are waiting for the right time and this may take a couple of years.

Techaloo : What new features are you planning to build?
We are working on a lite version that will me much faster and will offer a broad compatibility with devices and screen resolutions. Lite version UI will be cleaner and offer a better metro design feel. We are also planning for some apps and extensions for various browsers and platforms that will automate the process of setting homepage and newtab page and thus improve the overall user experience. A customizable interface with a login system, a cloud based SaaS application and a customized internal search engine are some of our big plans for the future.

Techaloo : How can one donate to CybrHome?
We are open to professional investors from business point of view but are also open for general public thru donations. If someone is interested in donating to CybrHome, he/she can do so here.
http://www.cybrhome.com/donate_us.html
In case of any problems regarding donation or to question about where your money goes, what we spend it on or what our plans are for the future, one can always email us at contact@cybrhome.com

Techaloo : What are your plans for next 3 years?
We would like to become a major player in homepage and newtab page based solutions across the globe and we will try our best to accomplish this goal.

We are working on new plans that will transform entire user experience of CybrHome. We cannot reveal details of all our plans for obvious reasons but our to-do list includes a lite version, add-ons and extensions for all major browsers, some back-end development, may be a SaaS WebApp with search engine, a mobile app and some other tasks.
Apart from this, we have plans to participate in some B-Plan Challenges across the country just after we attain a certain threshold level. Also, we will turn to Angels and VCs whenever we feel it’s necessary at an appropriate stage of the project.

Techaloo : What will be your advice for budding entrepreneurs?
I think I am too young and inexperienced to give advice. I will just share my thoughts about entrepreneurship.
Be confident, do what you love, know what you do, ask why you are doing it and never let anyone say that you cannot make it happen. On paper, entrepreneurs may not have the experience or qualifications to run companies. But, time and again, perfect CVs fail where passion succeeds.

This one is for those who find it difficult to start. Many feel that they do not have any good out-of-the-box idea to start any entrepreneurial project. I believe that there are no good or bad ideas. Instead there is good or bad execution. If you can improve any existing idea, you surely have a new idea! So, just start at least, try for a good execution and keep refining the project over the years.

Techaloo : Share some info. about the founders.
I am Shubham Badal from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Right now I am the only founder because my techie friend Mohit who joined me as co-founder soon dropped off because of some medical problems and academic reasons.

The other guys who are now supporting this project are Ajeet Lakhani, Aakash Bhardwaj, Ashish Gupta and Deepak Kushwaha. We all are 2nd year undergraduate students of NIT Surathkal, Karnataka pursuing B.tech in Computer Engineering. Hence, we have a team of 5 right now and are looking for expansion in near future. I am in search of other potential co-founders now who would love to share the responsibility of making CybrHome a success story.

Techaloo : What do you think about techaloo.com?
I think it is a perfect platform esp. for first-time entrepreneurs to showcase their work at a global level. Fostering entrepreneurship in Indian colleges is the need of the hour and I think TechAloo is doing justice with this mission. I personally wish your entire team ‘best of luck’ for coming years.

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

2 Comments

  1. Rajesh Kumar Napit says:

    Well Done Shunty … 🙂
    All the Best Bro … !!!

  2. CybrHome says:

    Yes we do have.Click on sidepanel icon in top right corner to access the sidepanel that links to contact us page.direct link here:http://www.cybrhome.com/contact_us.html thank you!

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