If you have ever booked your train ticket online & it was in waiting then till the chart prepared you were thinking & doing prayers for the ticket to get confirmed. If you got the SMS of your ticket confirmation then “thank God” & if the ticket is not confirmed then “Oh God”.
Now onwards you don`t have to feel this pressure on your Journey day, because here is a perfect solution for this. You have to believe that, now onwards you can book the train tickets which are confirmed and which will get confirmed.
This credit goes to Bangalore based two entrepreneurs who made it reality. We are talking about Mr. Sripad (Co-founder) & Mr. Dinesh (Co-founder) of ConfirmTkt.com
Here is the success story in their own words.
Mr. Sripad and Mr. Dinesh worked together at IBM. We were passionate to startup something. We started thinking of problems. First thing that came to our mind is the problem we face daily with Autos in Bangalore. So we came up with this android app Meterup! auto fare in 2011.It gives an estimate fare for auto so you can negotiate with Auto drivers. It didn’t kickoff as we expected. We added taxi estimates also in the same app. currently it has around 12k downloads. Meanwhile we got stuck with an Idea with trains. Every time we tried to book a train ticket we used to see waiting list. And we used to analyse and predict if train gets confirmed and book our tickets. We thought of building software which does this instead of us doing it manually. So in late 2012 we started writing software to accumulate data so that we can analyze. We were correct we were able to accurately predict for most of the trains. Provided we have enough data we launched our website ConfirmTkt.com on July 5th 2014 with train waiting list and PNR predictions.
We were able to get first 1000 downloads in 10 days. We crossed 1000 downloads by August 4th.And by August 21st we were at 1613 downloads. So over all daily usage from mobile was around 200 users and website 200 users. The turning point was on August 22nd when our app got covered in various National news papers. Downloads spiked. People started talking about us.
We launched our windows app and mobile website in September. We felt the mobile users in India have very low bandwidth and we need a very light website for them and we launched it.
And today we see good usage .I am putting some stats as of today
Android App downloads: 36000(19500 active)
Website page views: ~ 9,81,986
Website unique visitors: ~86000
Total PNR queries so far: 4,64,698
Total train queries so far: 42,08,962
Daily Average mobile app usage : ~2000 unique users
Daily Average Website usage: ~1200 unique users
Windows app downloads:1800
Android app rating:4.34
Also we included Meterup functionality in our website .We added a new tab for Taxis .We want to monetize with this .Provide functionality for users to book taxis & added forum to our website also. We have got very interesting features lined up.