Scuhio : Bridging the gap among organizations, professionals and students

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Scuhio a new startup which is in its private alpha phase, started by Prashant Pandya. Scuhio will be using “Virtual Workplace” concept, to bridge the gap between organizations, professionals & students.Through Scuhio’s “Virtual Workplace”, organizations will find best talents in local currency to solve their problems without going out of office. Organizations can also test the talents’ actual ability by giving the test work/internship and monitoring their day to day work on the test. On other side, through Scuhio’s “Virtual Workplace” professionals and students will learn and earn through virtual work and internship. Also, they will get a chance to show their entrepreneurship by finding best partner and working online to convert idea into reality.

Techaloo got an opportunity to have a chit-chat with Prashant. Let’s have a look on his thoughts.

Techaloo : When are you launching?
We are planning to launch the Scuhio’s Beta version for public in first quarter of 2014. We are currently in private alpha version and doing internal testing to provide the best platform for all.

Techaloo : What is your vision/mission for Scuhio?
Scuhio’s mission is to bridge the gap between organizations, professionals and students. So that right talent meets right opportunity.

Techaloo : How did this idea come to your mind?
After 5 years of experience in USA, I came back to India to start my own IT company. To start my company, I started discussion with few of my friends who have their small and mid size firms in India. During my discussion with them, I found that they were facing lot of problems in hiring good candidates. Also, owning a small or mid-size firm with small office space, they couldn’t hire full-time employees for all supporting departments like employee for accounting, HR, IT product designing etc. Also, they couldn’t afford to hire freelancers from other international sites (such as elance.com) because of currency constraint. Because of this, many times they couldn’t finish their clients’ projects on time. On other side, I have seen good talented friends of mine, who stay in Ahmadabad, are doing boring jobs in Ahmadabad to stay with their families. So, I thought, why can’t we have a platform through which small firms can get good resources in local currency and talented people can find good work without leaving their family. This is the reason why I created this collaboration platform – Scuhio, where right talent meet right opportunity.

Techaloo : Why the name “Scuhio”?
“Scuhio” means “School” in greek. In School, students collaborate with their teachers and professors to learn new things. Similarly, Scuhio will create school like online ecosystem, which allows students/professionals to collaborate with organizations or other individuals to learn real life expertise, like communication, team work, work-management etc.

Techaloo : How many registered users do you have currently?
We haven’t launched for open public. We are currently doing private testing with 2 organizations and 10 individuals. However, within one month since we announced, we have 50 plus users who has requested the “Invite” for free registration when we go live in first quarter of 2014.

Techaloo : Have you got any kind of funding?
Currently, we partners have invested our own money on this venture. We haven’t gone for any external funding yet. We are planning to go for external funding after launch of beta version.

Techaloo : What kind of network are you creating?
We are creating an online ecosystem in India between organizations, professionals and students, where users don’t just connect, but connect and collaborate to create new realities and solve others problems.

Techaloo : Tell us the concept of “Conception”?
Conception is a knowledge platform. Conception gives users the platform to communicate with the world to clear their doubts. Users can ask questions for any subjects/topics using tagging and get the answers from others. Same way they can provide the answers to others to help solving their doubts. This is a start where users can clear most of their doubts and prepare for glorious future.

Techaloo : Explain about “Collaboration” and “Creation”?
Collaboration is Give and Get Work platform. Collaboration gives the platform to reach out to others in order to complete work/innovation. Users can post their work/innovative ideas in this section. Interested one can subscribe to their work/ideas. After subscription, user can discuss the work/idea with interested subscribers using documents sharing, chatting and emails. Once user like any of the subscriber, he/she can start the work with the subscriber. This section will be used by organization to find talents for work, and for individual to find partner for new venture.

Creation is a Work Management platform. Creation provides the virtual platform to manage all the milestones, tasks, documents & communication history at one place, so that users can complete their work/innovations in time and in organized manner. Once user find the appropriate candidate for his/her work/innovation, Scuhio will create a project for them. They can see all the milestones, tasks & documents related to their project. One can also see the progress and work done by his/her partner. This will be used by organizations to check the progress their candidates’ actual work before hiring.

Techaloo : Are you planning to have mobile apps as well?
Yes, we have plans to create mobile applications for android and iphone. This will be our highest priority milestone, which will be taken care after the web launch of Scuhio.com

Techaloo : What are your plans for next 3 years?
In coming 3 years, our target is to cover more than 60% of the total SME/SMB (small and mid size organizations) of India and professionals/students of more than 300 engineering, business and medical colleges of India.

Techaloo : Who are your competition and how Scuhio is different from them?
When I describes Scuhio to others, people always ask that we already have few similar websites who provide networking, recruitment, freelancing in india, then how Scuhio is different from them? So, let me tell you the advantages of Scuhio over others:
(1) In Networking (eg: Linkedin) – Besides connection, through Scuhio’s virtual workplace user can work with their connection online & convert idea into reality.
(2) In recruitment (eg: Naukri, LetsIntern) – Before hiring, organization can provide sample work or internship and moniter daily progress through virtual workplace.
(3) In freelancing (eg: Elance) – India’s SME/SMB can find local talents and get the work done in Indian currency. And talent don’t have to pay money to stay on top of subscription list of a job.

Techaloo : Tell us something about founders.
The company was founded by Prashant Pandya and Manish Shewarmani. Prashant, founder of Scuhio, is a passionate entrepreneur. Prashant is in charge of analysis, designing and marketing of SCUHIO. Prashant holds MS degree in Computer Science from Stevens, USA and he has worked in Citigroup USA & & Barclays Capital USA for 5 years as a project manager, before starting SCUHIO. Manish, co-founder of Scuhio, is in charge of technical designing, implementation & operations. Manish holds Masters degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, USA and has over 5+ years experience in networking & software/mobile app development.

Techaloo : What do you think about techaloo.com?
Techaloo.com is the great platform for entrepreneurs and startup companies to share ideas and grow together. I loved the way it brings businesses and people of different regions together by allowing them to share their visions and experience. I am glad to be a part of techaloo community. Keep rocking tachaloo.com.

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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.

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