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Desiwiki… community aggregated resource for startups & entrepreneurs

Desiwiki is a wiki that aggregates resources/info about how to set up and run a startup in India. Started by Prabhu Subramanian (who blogs at DesiStartups), Desiwiki is trying to leverage the power of community knowledge sharing in a structured way. Most people who run startups & also write a blog, would have at some time or the other, blogged about the task of running their companies. I have done that extensively on my personal blog- here’s a post about how to tackle red-tape in the ROC office, here’s another one about putting together a simple, low cost conference room for your resource constrained startup. Satish Talim (who runs the Pune Ruby group) has an EXCELLENT series of blog posts detailing the entire process of registering an IT company in India… I am sure a quick google search will throw up really useful resources elsewhere on the Indian blogosphere as well. These resources if bunched together could be very helpful to first time, budding entrepreneurs. Hence getting people to aggregate their experience on the wiki is a great idea.

The wiki can become a valuable resource for information about legal, financial, operational aspects of running a company, specially in the initial phases.

So if you have something to share, register here for an account on the wiki and start contributing… Needless to say, this is not an advertising platform, so any surreptitious attempts to market yourself (or your company) is likely to get an immediate cold-shoulder by the administrators.

I just wish the wiki had a more imaginative name … the word ‘desi‘ sounds not just sickening, but also downright misleading as well.

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  • Vijay May 13, 2008, 2:58 pm

    Totally agree and concur with your thoughts. As I told prabhu as well, the idea is awesome. The name could have definitely been better :D

    Still not too late to change, I’d suppose.

  • Prabhu May 13, 2008, 3:50 pm

    Thanks Amit for covering DesiWiki and also for the useful links, which I could copy after getting permissions from the bloggers.

    Regarding the name, I was thinking of something that conveys the meaning “Wiki for Indian startups”. Desistartups Wiki appeared like over advertising. DesiWiki appeared like a decent compromise (and also shares the word desi with the blog. So some sought of branding as well :))

    I guess more than the wiki, the content matters. Very unfortunate to say that despite people like you supporting this initiative, a number of bloggers have rejected my request to copy contents from their blog.

    But I don’t thnk this would matter much in the long run. I am sure, the startup community (Can I use this word?), would come together to support this initiative.


  • Avinash dey June 5, 2008, 6:18 pm

    Hello all young enterpreneurs/ would be enterpreneurs, I have a thought of starting a HR based company for almost 8 yrs, but the only problem is how do I start. I have done B.E (mech) + MBA, and working in fortune 100 comy in jr. managerial cadre.

    yr above thing is about the software and all, please come out with the basic start ups and the finances

    please help

  • Neel Dave July 29, 2008, 5:01 pm

    Hi Amit rana,
    I wish to start my own business of supaly labour and man power so, what is the ligal formets and what is the procidure to start new business.

    Neel Dave
    Email:-neeldave.met@gmail.com, dharti_manpower@yahoo.com

  • Arjun September 6, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Hi Amit,

    I have started my own business i.e contract labouring in bangalore, but from one month i am not getting a single lead, so please guide me how can i get the leads.

    I am very much fresher to this field and having little idea about the same, but having a two more partners with me how can i go ahead about the same.

    Anticipating your valuable suggetion.


  • Aleem March 18, 2014, 1:12 pm


    I want to setup an IT consultancy&services firm in Pune, India.
    There are options like LLC, proprietorship etc..
    Please can anyone guide me to a single location on internet where I can get all the information regarding registering the firm.

    Thank You

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