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HotelCart Founder Komal Hora Interview

Rise My Venture HotelCart Founder Komal Hora Interview

Rise My Venture team recently had the opportunity to interview the Founder & CEO of HotelCart Ms. Komal Hora. She says – “HotelCart is the India’s first marketplace for Hospitality industry.”

HotelCart is one stop solution for hotel industry, connecting the suppliers and dealers who cater to hotel industry. The online channel focuses on proving a platform for upcoming and existing Hotels to find out the best suppliers and dealers of products used in hotel industry. Hotel Industry Buyers typically gain access to a wider marketplace, diverse portfolios of quality products.

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HotelTalk another feature of HotelCart making it a one stop solution, comprises of blogs on various problem and suggestion that can improve the management of hotel. It is a forum where Hoteliers across the country can discuss the hotel problem and come out with magnificent solution. It also publishes interview of successful personality who are engaged in Hospitality industry so that upcoming hoteliers can learn from experienced and successful hoteliers. Its aim is to come up with first digital Magazine soon.Hotel industry is a stage show where performance happens 24X7 so HotelCart is a way that helps to improve the show and helps to make hotel efficient and productive.

Goal : To be one stop solution for Hospitality Industry

Problem :
1. Lack of a focused market place where product and price comparison can be done.
2. No platform common to give updates on latest technology, news updates about hospitality industry and updates on awards and events.
3. No platform where Hoteliers can connect and discuss.

Solution :
1. A web Platform which has every possible thing about the industry.
2. A marketplace – News , awards and Events updated.
3. Forum and interviews.
4. Well structured online consultancy free and premium.
5. Well Structured recruitment system for hospitality industry.
6. Online course and certification for hospitality.
7. Events to connect hoteliers.

Story Behind Your Startup :
A vision to be the marketplace and one-stop Solution for Hospitality Industry. I (Komal Hora) am the Founder and CEO of HotelCart.in a one stop solution for Hospitality Industry. Within a month after joining my dad’s (Balbir Hora) Hotel Business and strategizing the day-to-day hurdles, I realized the need of a one-stop solution for hotel/hospitality Industry and a focused market place. Its then I decided to expand the legacy in the era of digital. India by taking my dad’s 25 years of experience in hotel industry to another level.

Having the entrepreneurial spirit after pursuing Masters In International Business from Hult International Business School, San Francisco, I knew how to structure business canvas at the very initial phase. There were hurdles in every step, but having the working experience of Silicon-valley helped me solve some and being a software engineer helped me understand the technicalities for the implementation of the idea. The idea seeded in the month of August and we are live by September and working by the month of November. I believe the saying of Mark Zuckerberg – “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”

All thanks to the digitization, where we managed without an office space, skype, gotomeeting, freelancers were always at our rescue. My dad, being from the hotel industry gave us the real insights of the industry while a few freelancers and bunch of developers who helped us get everything on board.

In the meanwhile Nikita Hora, our Business Executive also came up with the idea of adding the feature called ‘HotelTalks’ where we cover all news, blogs, interviews and events and awards related to hospitality industry. At this point, it’s just the start but looking at the growth of the Indian Hospitality Market, I am sure with iterations we will be able to attain our vision very soon.

What Makes Your Startup Different From Your Competitors : Our USP
1. 1st movers advantage : India’s 1st ever focused marketplace for hotel industry
2. HotelTalks another feature which makes it a one stop solution by giving all the new updates, events and awards updates, interview blog etc.
3. Free consultation online if a buy requirement is sent
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Future Plans :
1. Forum and digital magazine for hospitality industry
2. Conducting events for hospitality industry
3. Introducing bidding and tender online for hotels for hospitality industry
4. Introducing online courses for hospitality industry
5. Well structured online recruitment system for the hospitality industry

Startup Location : Bhopal, India
Website : www.hotelcart.in
Facebook : www.facebook.com/HotelCart.in
LinkedIn : www.linkedin.com/company/hotelcart
Twitter : www.twitter.com/hotel_cart
Launch Date : 2015-09-10

This article has been well researched by Rise My Venture team.

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