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Where should I start as an entrepreneur?

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The following is a reproduction of my answer on Quora.

One-line answer: Start anywhere, but don’t fail to start.
The questions “Where should I start?” and “How should I start?” are very common. These are usually posed by those who are thinking about starting their own business, and are terrified at the prospect of doing so. I’m the founder of Polydojo: an online platform for creating forms and managing business processes. I routinely interact with business founders, employees and investors. I’ve answered the question “Where should I start?” multiple times.
If you go to a startup convention and ask each panelist how/where they started, you’d most likely get a different response from each of them. That’s because they probably run different types of businesses and possess different skill sets.
However, among all the panelists at the convention, there is always one commonality. They all actually started their business! Where they started might be different, but there is no denyin…

Creating Forms in Hindi, German and More!

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Did you know that you can use Polydojo to create forms in practically any language? Yes you can! That's because Unicode is fully supported on the platform.

To create forms in a foreign language, you simply need your keyboard to support that language. Likewise, form submissions can also be entered in any language.
Multilingual Forms Not only can you create forms in any given language, you can create multilingual forms! For simplicity and clarity, we’ll soon take up an example.
Polydojo is made in Mumbai, India. Almost all local users speak Hindi. We also have quite a few users from Germany and Switzerland, who primarily speak German.

In a previous post, we explored how long contact forms are difficult to fill; and the fields an ideal contact form should include. We created an English-only contact form. Today, we’ll add Hindi and German labels, making it trilingual.
Starting Point Let’s start with the contact form we’d built before. Here’s a screenshot:


Typing in Foreign Scripts (usin…

Simple Contact Form With Auto Reply

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Today, most websites and blogs have contact forms. But unfortunately, only rarely are well made. They tend to be long and dense. Sometimes, they don't even work. In this blog post, we'll discuss how you can build forms that are easy to fill.

We'll talk about building a contact form for your website or blog. Contact forms can serve as import lead generation channels; and when implemented correctly, they can considerably boost sales.

Empathy Is The Key To Better Forms

Thinking about our own needs comes naturally to us. When it comes to contact forms, businesses tend to many questions. They may ask for the prospect's name, address, industry, company size etc. From the business' perspective: more questions ⇒ more information ⇒ greater chance of closing more sales.

However, from a prospect's perspective, filling a long form with lots of buttons and toggles can be rather tedious. Instead of filling the form, they may simply choose to abandon your website and move on.…

Why Are Companies Choosing SaaS?

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Not too long ago, software was exclusively sold in boxes and on CDs. Companies would maintain their own server rooms and IT staff. Thankfully, the picture is different today. More and more companies are turning to cloud based SaaS vendors to meet their IT requirements.

What is SaaS?

SaaS stands for "Software as aService". Unfortunately, neither the abbreviated nor the expanded form do much to explain what SaaS actually is. To answer this question, let's consider an analogy.

When it comes to electric power, most of us pay the power company on a month-to-month basis. An alternative would be to setup our own home-based power generation plant. But that would be crazy! Maybe we should add a few solar panels, but then again, that wouldn't be enough. We ought to connect our home to the power company's grid.

SaaS basically takes the idea of 'paying for electricity on a monthly basis' and applies it to software. In the pre-SaaS era, all companies would maintain th…

Hello World!

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This is first post on our blog. As an engineer, I couldn't think of a more fitting title than "Hello World".

LET'S INTRODUCE OURSELVES!

I am Sumukh Barve, founding CEO of Polydojo. Polydojo is a platform for creating online forms and processes. On this blog, you'll often see posts from Mark Waterberry, our Chief of Customer Success. He has a background in operations management and spends a lot of time with businesses, helping them deal with process bottlenecks.

You should also see some posts from our CTO, Mrs. Sharmila Barve. She's a Professor of Telecommunication Engineering at TSEC; and has a keen interest in web application scalability. She is my mother. There will be occasional posts from other staff members of our staff.

Great! Now that we've introduced ourselves, its your turn. If you'd like to say hello, please use the comments box below or write to us at hello@polydojo.com. We'd be thrilled to hear from you. If you have any questions for u…