JoGuru … an Itinerary Planner

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JoGuru, www.joguru.com is a bootstrap start-up – which is a Social Travel Network which helps people plan their travel. JoGuru is about to launch a travel feature called “Itinerary Planner, (www.joguru.com/itinerary)”. It’s an itinerary tool which can create Cross – Country/Continent itineraries.

The product right now is in beta stage and soon will be live. Itinerary Planner probably takes less than 15 minutes to plan a trip and is an ultra modern way of planning trips.

Techaloo: When are you planning to launch?
JoGuru: The launch is planned by the first week of September 2013

Techaloo: What was your vision/mission while starting joguru.com?
JoGuru: The idea was to provide a one stop solution for a user while planning for a long vacation or a weekend getaway.

Techaloo: Have you got any kind of funding?
JoGuru: Yes, we have received a funding of 250,000 USD from a Pune based Angel.

Techaloo: What do you mean by “Itinerary Planner”?
JoGuru: A tool to plan a detailed route to selected list of destinations or points of interest for that matter.

Techaloo: Explain your services and their working?
JoGuru: JoGuru is basically a social travel networking site. It’s a place for travelers. We offer a platform where people can be travel experts, can meet fellow travelers, plan trips, ask questions on travel and write about places they have been to.

“Itinerary Planner” is the flagship feature of JoGuru where users can create/ view itineraries to various global destinations. We have also worked on an ingenious algorithm which optimizes ones travel route by computing opening times and distances between selected places.

Techaloo: As it is a cross-country/ continent itineraries, so are you planning to launch it internationally?
JoGuru: Yes, It is an international product. People from anywhere in the world can use this product

Techaloo: How can I plan my trip within 15 minutes?
JoGuru: JoGuru provides you list of destinations and points of interest to select from. All you need to do is – select start date, destinations and attractions you plan to visit. Select your places of interest and then drag and drop these places to customize the order and leave the rest to the Itinerary Planner. It will automatically generate most effective travel route from the time you begin your journey to the end. No need to Google distances and mode of transportation. It’s all there on a platter.

Techaloo: Are you providing any assistance in lodging, boarding?
JoGuru: At the current stage we are strictly an information service. We intend to get into the booking segment over a period of few months.

Techaloo: How is the response of beta stage product?
JoGuru: The response to our beta stage has been amazing, We have seen close to 150% increase in the average time spent on the website. Also the number of pages per visit has increased to 100%.

Techaloo: What are your plans for next 3 years?
JoGuru: Right now the idea is to try and make our product more intelligent. We will be starting to look at integrating some revenue generating mechanism very shortly.

Techaloo: Share some info about founders.
JoGuru: JoGuru was founded by a Team of three.
Praveen Kumar Founder –CEO
An IIM Lucknow pass out, 2008-2010.He has an overall experience of 7 years. He has previously worked on an E-commerce product at HCL Inforsystems in Noida – India. He has also worked in companies like Nokia and Samsung India)

Saket Newaskar Founder – MDI Gurgaon pass out ,2008-2010 (overall experience of about 7 years)

Karthik Ramachandra Founder
– IIM Indore pass out ,2008-2010 (over all experience of about 3 years)

We have a strong team of 18 techie people which form Technical and Marketing Teams. All of them hold very strong technical background with companies Big Adda, Shaadi.com and Rediff.

Techaloo: What do you think about techaloo.com?
JoGuru: We are simply impressed by your mission to see an innovative start-up to grow bigger than Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin. It’s a huge platform for start-ups to showcase their product and USP.

Want to contact JoGuru?
Website: https://www.joguru.com
https://www.facebook.com/JoGuru
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoGuruTravel
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/joguru-social-network
Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/106696006581944195390/106696006581944195390/
Contact Mail ID: praveen@joguru.com, rushali.ramteke@joguru.com
Contact No.: 8380079100
Contact Address: Amit shree Apts, Lane no. 12, Third Floor, Bhandarkar Road, Pune – 411004

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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. mukund k amritkar says:

    very nice new idea best luck for better future.

  2. rau says:

    looks fine….something new!

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