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Steamy Mugs – Live Your Dream…Follow Your Passion.

Do you know the best feeling in the world is getting paid to do what you love?

But, how many of us are actually blessed with such a job?

Each one of us have a dream or a passion for something, I had a dream to open up a Tapri, a standard term used in Mumbai where people can buy Tea and Coffee. I was passionate about preparing tea.

You may be surprised knowing how come someone is passionate about preparing tea. I was not only passionate about preparing tea, but also I am a total tea and coffee addict.

Since my childhood, when I was just 12 or 13 yrs old, I started preparing tea for my family, they were very much impressed with the tea that I had prepared for them, and then it became my regular routine to prepare tea. First for my family then relatives then friends, everybody started appreciating me and that appreciation was the seed that I had planted on my head from the young age.

I still remember those nights when I use to discuss with my younger brother about my dream of opening up a tapri. It’s been more than 12 years and still the talks remain afresh.

At that time I was just dreaming about pursuing my passion since I was studying and I had no money either. I thought once I will complete my graduation I will start it, but, when I completed my graduation in Computer Engineering, I started thinking about the pain and efforts that my parents had put both emotionally and financially in helping me in completing my engineering, I had no option but to start hunting for a job instead of a place for opening up my dream venture. I got into digital marketing since I was very bad in coding, after working for more than 3 years, I thought this is the right time to pursue what I love, I started working on my dream venture, now it was no more a tapri, but, a standard tapri, where everyone and anyone can come to have a cup of tea and coffee.

This time I started hunting for a place to open up a café. Finally, I got a place in Chembur, with a budget that I had in mind.

Since it was completely bootstrapped, I had to save money wherever I can from interiors to machines, I tried to save money wherever I can. The day finally arrived, 6th March 2016, the opening day of my dream venture ‘Steamy Mugs’, with a tagline ‘…filled with goodness’, I ensured my café delivers everything that is filled with goodness.

We have some great book collections for our customers who like to read books, Free wifi if someone is interested in working from my café, Soothing music with a decent ambiance.

We completed 1 year and just learning loads of things in this new path I have chosen to travel. Within this 1 year, what makes me happier is the testimonials that my customers give after having something at my café.

These testimonials are the most precious thing that I am going to cherish forever, I really don’t know where this new path will lead me, but, I will not regret when I get old and I will be always glad I had the courage to open up something that I had always dreamt off.

I just believe in one thing, we just got one life to live, do what you love, live for what you love.

Follow your passion, we just need to take the first step in pursuing our dream, ensuring you are giving your 100% at what you do.

Be Passionate Forever.

-Prem Vellaiyan

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This startup is transforming the dining experience and here’s how

Do you remember last time you went to a restaurant and came out cribbing about the service or the time you waited 20 minutes for your bill to arrive? Waiting is an eternal battle that we’ve been fighting all our lives. From high end restaurants to a local cafe, the story somewhat remains the same.

It often happens that you have to wait for the restaurant menu or for someone to explain to the portion size of a particular dish or what exactly goes into the dish. The problem doesn’t end here and since misinformed staff members add to the discomfort. The helpless waiters aren’t able to explain the dish that they are serving. Ordering food becomes a task in itself and the fine dine evening you planned to unwind yourself from a busy day, ends up grinding your gears.

Introducing the concept

This is what pushed Smit Nebhwani (CEO, Voolsy) and Amrish Patel (President, Voolsy) to develop an app that ends your wait, answers your queries and enhance the dining experience. They created Voolsy to enable both restaurants and diners get a taste and redefine fine dining in India. Voolsy was created with a clear vision of reform the way things worked in a restaurant and making the overall dine out experience better than ever.

According to Smit Nebhwani, “Voolsy is an app that leverages technology to deliver a seamless dining experiences while keeping things simple for both the users and the restaurants. The application removes all the variables from the equation, transforming your phone into your experience partner.”

The app enables you to browse the restaurant menu, customize and place an order and even pay for the order without having to wait for a waiter to attend to you. Voolsy enabled restaurants are more organized since delays are removed from the process and order tracking and payments are more intuitive than ever making the overall dine out experience an enhanced one.

The Driving Technology

Voolsy taps into the potential of iBeacon technology and adds a new dimension to the overall dining experience. While iBeacons have been around for a while, this is the first time that they have been integrated with the restaurant sector. iBeacons are one of most advanced technologies introduced by Apple which transforms a regular restaurant to an iBeacon restaurant. It enables efficient order tracking and virtual interaction with customers in real time.

The Solution

The digital menus with Voolsy are like a walk in the park. All available customizations are displayed alongside the description of the dish and a beautiful image that shows the actual dish.

This simplifies the process for both the user and the restaurant while keeping users engaged at all times. No more delays in placing orders or waiting in long queues for your table to be ready. Voolsy also allows you to pay via the app and remembers your order. A true companion for the foodie in you, this app allows you track the last time you were at a restaurant and helps you remember the dishes you loved, leaving room for you to try anything that you find interesting. Moreover you can rate the dish you had at the restaurant via the app helping restaurant owners and this helps in understanding diners better and appreciating their efforts.

Current Status & Future Plans

Currently Voolsy operates in three cities – Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and has enabled over 700+ establishments to deliver a relaxed & waitless dining experience to their diners. Voolsy plans to launch itself in Gurgaon, Pune and Delhi shortly.

True to their claim of providing a seamless and trouble-free to their customers. Voolsy has managed to generate a whopping 3 crore. They have provided restaurants with new dimensions to enhance the way they deliver experiences to the customers by giving them seamless dining experiences.

Voolsy is a remarkable way of looking at everyday problems that diners face and their problem-solving approach will work wonders in the future for the restaurant industry and the experiences they deliver.

This particular iBeacon app is one of its kind in India and one of the first to leverage iBeacons in India to enhance experiences delivered at cafes and restaurants.

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