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Vaibhav Magon Founder of “Askmonk.in – Helps people get Easy, Fast and Affordable Astrological Solutions” Shares their Startup Story

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About Askmonk.in

Askmonk.in, an ESpark-Viridian Accelerated Tech Startup, helps people get easy, fast and affordable astrological solutions, bringing astrology a new dimension where people can consult & seek solutions to problems from astrologers in an innovative Q and A format on the go, anywhere anytime.

The idea about a platform like Askmonk occurred to Vaibhav almost a year back when he was working for Goibibo. He saw a lot of his colleagues worried about their jobs & promotions, small family cousins worried about results of competitive exams, friends about their marriages and almost everyone not feeling comfortable to face an astrologer or even talk to them becose of either trust issues or time issues or costing (on an average astrologers cost Rs 3000 for 1 session of about 30 to 40 min) or even authenticity. That is when, an idea came up of a platform where in a closed one to one environment people can consult educated, learned and user rated community of astrologers (one they could trust upon) by just posting questions on the go anywhere, anytime ( making it easy) in a cost effective manner and get not just answers, but solutions with in 24 hrs (making it fast). This is the small story behind Askmonk and how it came into picture. 🙂

Founder & CEO:

Vaibhav Magon is a Tech Evangelist, who is highly passionate about technology, creativity and innovation. Before Askmonk, Vaibhav has worked with top product companies like Goibibo at various technological positions. He has always been a keen problem observer and loves to solve them intuitively by providing scalable solutions. His first startup idea was Goalist, an online goal listing community, (started as major project in his University), which got all round appreciation and which he later open sourced. He also loves to play and compose songs on guitar. He believes in one motto – “Making life interesting thru innovation”.

Q. What makes Askmonk special and how is it different from others?

Askmonk is trying to disrupt the space with a hassle free, top notch, highly engaging, interactive app that kills the pain involved in fixing appointments, arranging telephonic conversations and travelling for face to face meetings with astrologers. Askmonk has a highly scalable and non money burning model. We also have something called as Mythological summaries where in every alternate day we present to our users stories from Hindu mythology in form of cards that are in less than 60 words, crisp and short. The motive behind this is to provide relevant and intellectual stories to our users in an easy to read and concise format.

Q. What challenges did you face while starting Askmonk?

When you start your journey, it being anything, the initial few days are the ones your always charged up and your always jolly. That’s the time when innovation is at its peak and you’re always filled with new ideas and better implementations that are already in the market. But, as you go forward, there are times when things are not alright and they don’t fall in the right place. That is the time, I feel one is actually tested, because if you surpass that, you would appear as a winner. Askmonk has had its share of ups and downs when people were very skeptic about the Idea whether or not it would actually work, whether we would have actually paying customers or not, whether astrologers would join us or not and to win over the mindset of so called progressive people who openly don’t admit Astrology as a science. And to our pleasant surprise the younger generation of age group 20 to 40 which is mostly struggling with uncertainties in jobs and unpredictabilities in relationships has the maximum response. Also according to an article by The Hindu, by 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group. We are happy that our target audience is appreciating us and we work towards making Astrology as a service, easier, faster and more affordable coz ultimately we need to stand by our tagline – Predictions just a ‘Question’ away 🙂

Q. Whats your current path and the future plan?

We are getting tremendous response since the day we have launched and people are really appreciating the fact that sitting in some southern part of India, they are able to ask questions to astrologer situated in the northern part of India and us being a platform operating from some western part of India. This is high scaled disruption. As of now we are focusing to market it to as many people as we can and actually solve their problems and provide not just answers, but remedies as well. It feels just awesome when a happy customer mails you and tells how good it was to know the solution to the problem that has been worrying him for days 🙂

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