About the Platform.
By knowingly or unknowingly, everyone is involved in politics. There are many people who stand for a particular view or political parties in most of the major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc., but their friends hesitate to like or share the political content posted by their friends since it is meant for friends networking. Users cannot connect politically in such platforms. But in Voteran.com, the connections are ‘political’ not based on friendship. The users can connect each other, create parties, follow parties and members, support or oppose views, and make his own political network
Gokuldas Menon, the Founder and CEO of Voteran holds an MS from State University of NY, Buffalo USA. Have more than 10 years of experience in business management, and had worked with the Founders of Yodlee Inc, Goli Vada Pav, and the former Director of the famous fund management company Soros and Soros. An entrepreneur who started ventures like Good Afternoon Lunch (Dabbawallah’s of Kochi), Comet Broadcast – WhatsApp Radio, and Voteran.com. My team has three techies, Sam John with 4 years of experience in Software Engineering in an MNC, and an active member of major NGOs like Greenpeace, MAD, etc. handling the operations and project management, Vivek Anand with 4 years of experience is heading the development, Vijitha (my wife) for development support.
Whom do we cater to?
Voteran.com is for Politics, Politicians, Neutralists, To-be-politicians, Activists, etc.
What do we offer to our consumers?
By knowingly or unknowingly, everyone is involved in politics. There are many people who stand for a particular view or political parties in most of the major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc., but their friends hesitate to like or share the political content posted by their friends since it is meant for friends networking. Users cannot connect politically in such platforms. But in Voteran.com, the connections are ‘political’ not based on friendship.
What motivated us to start up?
The Nirbhaya Incident in 2012 triggered the thinking process for Voteran.com. Comments and posts were spread across all the social media sites. But, there was a lack of organization to such activities in such portals. Even if I post such content in facebook or twitter, my friends will not like or share it. That is when I started thinking about an exclusive political networking platform.
What’s in a name?
Initially we planned to name it as VotersId. But, after lot of discussions we changed into Voteran, changed a letter from the word ‘Veteran’.
How do we see Social Media?
Voteran.com should become the platform for many future leaders who want to do something for the society. USA gave us most of the major social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. We want to give back to the world a quality product from India, which is equally powerful and user-driven.
Currently we are….
We have just started up, and within a month’s time, we have got more than 3000+ users. The growth steady. We are hopeful that, in the coming days the user base will grow exponentially.
Our biggest challenge was..
My biggest roadblock was to find the initial capital for the venture. I have invested most of my personal savings to my first venture ‘Good Afternoon Lunch’. Hence I decided to go abroad and work for a year to raise that amount. While I was in Muscat, I started hiring the team for development. Currently, I have an excellent team, and the product is up and running
We want to dominate the world by..
In next five years, we want to position ourselves as the world’s best political networking portal, with 1000s of parties and millions of users around the globe.
We’re making moolah by…
In initial years we want to serve the customers by giving an excellent platform for political networking and discussions. Premium campaigns, and parties, and location based ads can be the revenue sources.
Our What The **** Moment
When I explained the idea to my parents, my mother who is 52 in age wants to start a party to ensure the safety of all women in India. That was an ‘Aha!’ moment for me. There are many people who want to do good for the society and looking for an easy and effective platform for organizing such activities. Voteran is for them.
Industry as we foresee
Social media started influencing the political scenario in a big way. It started influencing people for their voting decisions. Voteran will make it more simple for them to connect politically and make right decisions, join right activities, etc.
Lastly, Are you hiring?
Yes. We are currently looking for a core team member who has experience in marketing.