EAT-SHOP-HANGOUT with Playcez.com

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There was a time when visit to a new city used to end up being frustrating. Sometimes people would roam around to search for a nice café and end up breaking their legs or the rickshaw wala would charge thrice by taking them to a far away location even though better options were available nearby. The times are now changing fast. Technologies are emerging day by day and people are now seeking best among the bests! This kind of facility is provided by recommendation engines and the users seeking them have been increasing considerably day-by-day. A similar innovative attempt is made by the founders of Playcez.com. Let’s have a quick look at the making and working of this new innovation of India.

What exactly is Playcez?

 Playcez is a location based web application (simply putting, a website), that recommends places to people based on the interests of their friends and others. Users can thus find places according to their interest and recommendations of others and at the same time, can recommend their favorites to others. The interface is quite user friendly and improvements are being made every day.  The service is currently available in seven major cities of India including Delhi (NCR), Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai.

 

Help me more! How to use?

For instance, if you are new in Delhi and wandering around in Chandni Chawk. Suppose you are tired and decide to have a sip of coffee. Then, just reach out to your laptop or your android mobile phone and log on to www.playcez.com . It will detect your location and ask for what you are interested in. Choose café from “EAT” category and BOOM!! All the location of cafés along with user reviews and recommendations will be there on your screen! Now it’s your turn to select best among bests!!

Sounds Interesting till now!  Tell me something more about this.

Let me tell you the story of these young entrepreneurs who recently started to make a mark on the net.  They are graduates from some of the best colleges in the country and they left their high profile corporate job to do their start-up. None of them were rockstar programmers (as one of the founders recalls…), but soon because of their dedication and perspiration, their idea started to get wings. They took part in Eureka (Asia’s largest business plan competition) and reached among top 10 teams there. They were offered funding from a partner of a well known VC firm at the business plan competition (The Next Big Idea) at IIM Bangalore. But figuring out that it won’t be a good idea to accept the offer in that stage, they decided to walk away from it.  Finally their dedication to the project made them to bootstrap. Now at this stage, the application is almost ready to use and time to celebrate for these young innovators of the story is finally approaching.

 

The coolest part?

The coolest part is their interface; you can just play with the map! It is easy-to-use, cute and adorable. For the techies among you, the Playcez is hosted on Amazon’s cloud computing platform. A quick list of the technologies used are Google Map V3 and JQuery, and their mobile website(will launched very soon) is through JQuery Mobile. Also, the founders claim that Playcez has the smoothest association with facebook as compared with other sites, which can prove really helpful for people to find a location of their interest, as per their friends’ recommendations. Putting a cherry on the cake, the beta version of the Android app for the same is already out in the market.  Android app will definitely play a crucial role in taking Playcez to people and places (after all, people mostly carry mobiles, not computers…). If you want have a look at their android app, here’s the link for it-
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.playcez .

Are there no cons?

Of course there are. The service is still in the development phase .So there are particularly two downsides which I noticed. First, it is currently available for only seven cities of India. And second, is that it is a bit slow on sluggish net connection.However, tracking their past record, hopes are high that Playcez Team will improve this also very soon!

Conclusion

In my opinion, it is a nice and really helpful service which can save valuable time (and money and energy and of course mood!) in the time of need. For sure they are just starting up, but at the same time, deserve appreciation. Log on to www.playcez.com to have a look and don’t forget to tell me if I really helped you to find something useful.

 

Till our next meet, have fun friends.
-Kshitij Mittal
(to know about the weird side of me, meet me at www.wikasta.wordpress.com )

 

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3 Comments

  1. admin says:

    They can partner with restaurant table booking service partner and can earn through the cut …similar to tripadvisor.
    They can also earn to get listed on the playcez app from the restaurant and business owner. But finally its all depend on Volume of traffic they can pull in.

  2. Kshitij Mittal says:

    This is a freemiuim product and they would be charging some non free services with their business associates. However you won’t be charged for using the apps for sure. Moreover, like any other freeware, they will be earnings from advertizements definitely!I hope you got ur query cleared. However, if not, then you are most welcomed to ask more…

  3. Manu Jindal says:

    How do they earn their revenue????

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