Started out of a bedroom in December 2010, Ola was the brainchild of millennial founders Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati. Pranay Jivrajka joined the founding team seven months later, and in July 2011 the team was five people strong. Soon after, the startup started growing so fast they had to hire a couple of call centre operators to manage the large number of incoming calls. With Ola’s increasing popularity and growth in different cities not just in India, but all over the world, here are some lesser known facts about the country’s third largest startup!
1. The original purpose
Ola was originally founded to rent out cars during the weekend. The cab company was initially called Olatrip.com and was meant to give tour/travel packages for visitors at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Since public transport in the form of cabs was literally non existant at the time, founder Bhavish Agarwal decided to cash in on the opportunity. This is how Ola Cabs was founded and through the years, the name changed to Ola.
2. The beginning
Back in the day, Ola started in a 10*12 feet room in an apartment in Mumbai! Bhavish was a one man show in the beginning, doing everything from photographing cab drivers to providing customer support. Interestingly, with Ola’s initial business model being so different, the logo used to be different as well! Check out the logo here.
3. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari
If all the vehicles on the Ola platform are made to stand in the line, the length would be 3895 kms. That’s the distance from Kashmir to Kanyakumari!
4. Religion no bar!
When it comes to getting new drivers on board, Ola does not discriminate on the basis of religion or caste. Ola works hard to make sure its employees are all treated with the amount of respect they deserve, without any discrimination whatsoever!
5. Common names in a unique business
With a startup as unique as Ola, it comes as a tad bit of a surprise that Ola’s drivers have the commonest of names. The most common names of drivers registered on the Ola platform are Ramesh (3079) & Suresh (2661). Other popular names include Sanjay, Rajesh and Santosh.
With Ola being the first Indian startup to enter the Unicorn Club, it is going to be interesting to see how this particular home grown conglomerate would do in the coming years!
How To Deal With Credit Stealers At Work
At every work place, there are several dynamics. However, to narrow down the topic here, there are two types of people to pay attention. The first are the kind who make sure they get the credit for their work. The second is the kind who pretend to be your best friend at work and end up shoving the knife deep down your back when you turn around. When people come and try to burst your bubble about the work, you feel betrayed. Why not? You put in the hard work and there is no credit coming your way. A certain Mr. X has this problem and he wonders how to deal with such a situation. If you face issues like the unassuming Mr. X, then these tips could work for you!
1 Take it as flattery
The saying, “imitation is the best form of flattery,” did not come from thin air. When working, it is quite easy to take credit from other people. However, when people chose to take credit for X’s work, it clearly meant he was brilliant at his job. Take it as praise for your ability, despite there being no quantifiable praise directed toward you.
2. Outdo Yourself
Every time someone takes credit for your work, it makes you want to push yourself harder and outdo yourself every day. Mr. X learned this the hard way and this made him so much better at his job than earlier! Think of Apple in this scenario. Samsung is always trying to be on par with Apple and seems to do a good job with the imitation. However, Apple remains undeterred and works at making sure it gives its fan base something new to look forward to with every phone!
3. Take a look at your insecurities
One of the main reasons credit stealing happened to Mr. X was because of how insecure he is with his work. Are you fuming that someone took your credit for something? Why? Is there an insecurity that has been unveiled, which led you to be so infuriated? Have you been looking for praise as a validation of your ability in something? Realise the “Shakti” in you and take let the world know you are not to be taken lightly!
Everyone has a point of view. Everyone puts in the same (some more) effort into their work. Give credit where credit is due and only take credit when you know your work is flawless and perfect!
Tumblr Unknown Facts
Tumblr came in to being officially, in the year 2007. When it hit the internet, this particular site was a combination of blogging, microblogging and media platform. This unique platform progressed rapidly over the years, making the right kind of news for the right reasons. From the kind of content available to the inspiration provided, Tumblr has everything for which people of different age groups and demographics look. While Tumblr manages to keep its vast and varied user base occupied, there are quite a few interesting facts one does not know about this unique platform. Check these totally random facts about Tumblr here!
1. Number of users
Did you know that on an average, Tumblr users visit about 67 blogs on the platform every month?
Unlike other platforms, Tumblr users are fairly divided between men and women. According to a recent report, the users are 51% male.
3. The word GIF
When “GIF” was named the word of the year in 2012, Oxford Dictionaries U.S.A., credited Tumblr for pushing the word.
4. The top Tumblr tags
Here’s a fun fact. The top Tumblr tags used are LOL, Fashion, Vintage, Art, GIF, Makeup, Animals, Landscape, Film and Nail Art. How cool is that?
While Tumblr is known for its vast and varied user base, the number of languages on this particular site are astounding. Did you know that Tumblr curates content in 18 languages?
6. Audio post
Want more followers for you Tumblog? Worry not because Tumblr’s got your back! If you dial 1-866-584-6757, you can leave an audio post for your followers.
7. The creep factor
It is but a known fact that Tumblr does not discriminate between the users on its profile. Remember Furby, the creepy doll? It has its own Tumblr page!
8. The love maker
Not only is Tumblr the most helpful platform for information and data, it also happens to be a love machine! There have been more than a dozen successful marriages which took place thanks to Tumblr!
With so much happening on one of the most random and fun platforms on the internet, one cannot help but watch in awe at how the world changed over the years. If you think we missed out on any fun facts, please feel to comment and let us know!
Oracle Unknown Facts
Oracle’s ride to success has been fast, quick and inspirational. From being a data programming company to a power player in the cloud computing industry, Oracle has come a long way! While the company works at constantly repositioning itself with new inventions, here are a few facts you did not know about this cloud computing, multi faceted startup!
1. The beginning
The company was started as a result of an CIA project codenamed Oracle. Larry Ellison liked the name Oracle so much, he stole it after the project was completed! Ironically, Oracle was also the name of ITVs latest service in the 1970s and the 1980s! Unfortunately, the first version of the Oracle failed miserably.
2. The second version was an instant success
With the first version of the software being such a disaster, there were quite a few expectations riding on Ellison and his team. Ellison simply renamed the first version as Oracle Version 2. Written in assembly language for the DEC PDP 11, a mini computer popular at the time with businesses and academia, it contained 128KB of memory.
3. Oracle’s first customer
Oracle’s first customer was Wright Patterson Air Base. According to Oracle, this sale was the first commercial version of relational database software sold on the market. However, it wasn’t until Oracle 7 in 1992 when the company finally managed to pull away from its rivals!
4. Oracle came back from a bust
The pressure to grow, or at least appear to grow, was too high for Oracle. With so many mini Ellisons running around the place, the company started to fall to pieces. In fact, at one point, the company even thought of firing Ellison. Oops! However, they pulled through and clearly, they are now a force to be reckoned with!
5. Ray Len was Ellison’s key to success!
Did you know that Larry Ellison would not have become a millionaire if it weren’t for Ray Len? In 1992, structure officially came to be when Len joined Oracle. He was responsible for single handedly creating the founding stone for Oracle 7!
With Oracle on the brink of becoming a truly enormous superpower, it is definitely worth looking into some unknown facts about Oracle. Comment and let us know if we missed out on any facts about Oracle!
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