A place for startup entrepreneurs to meet in Pune
Time: January 7, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: Classroom #707, 7th floor, SICSR Atur Center
Street: Om Supermarket Chowk (Gokhale Crossroads), Model Colony
Website or Map: http://www.sadakmap.com/p/SIC…
Event Type: networking, demos
Organized By: Navin Kabra, Santosh Dawara
Latest Activity: Apr 2, 2012
"POCC Meet: WTF is going on with SMS - Panel Discussion & Product Pitches"
In the last few years, SMS was emerging as one of the most important "technologies" in the Indian tech and startup space. With 10x the number of users compared to the internet, SMS was the preferred choice for many startups and businesses to communicate with their customers.
However, with the recent TRAI anti-spam regulations, things are looking very murky. Most businesses are not allowed to send SMS via gateways. But some businesses (like social networks, travel ticketing services, and financial institutions) are allowed. Others can't send even to willing customers. But sending via international routes is allowed. And sending via individual SIM cards is allowed, but up to a maximum of 200 per day.
What is allowed? What is not allowed? What is the theory, and what are the ground realities? What is the effect on companies that had built a business with SMS as an important component, and how are they dealing with this? What to expect in the next few years? These are the questions we hope to tackle in the next POCC Meeting. (Sat, 7 Jan, 5pm, SICSR)
We will have a panel discussion where these issues will be discussed by people who have expertise in this area. This will be followed by short (5-minute) pitches by Pune startups that are either offering SMS based services, or are doing a business where SMS is an important part of their offering.
Please register to attend.
If you are a startup who wants to pitch, please send a mail to
We already have a few experts lined up for the panel discussion, however, we can accomodate one or two more, so if you can suggest someone with practical experience/expertise in this area, please let us know.