Sunil Maheshwari and Lekh Joshi are co-founders of Mango Technologies, a Bangalore- based mobile start-up. Both are first-time entrepreneurs who have 20 years of experience between them working for various mobile companies in India.
Sunil and Lekh are bullish about the growth opportunities for mobile companies in India, and believe that the biggest growth will be in the low-cost handset area. They have built a lightweight, modular application framework (they call it MangoMMI) that reduces engineering effort and time spent on development and integration. The way they explain it, engineers will not be required to created new flavors of phones — instead UI folks can use their application framework and quickly design new flavors of phones.
Their application for low-cost mobile phones is currently in beta, being tested by a couple of OEMs and mobile companies. They expect to have the application deployed by one of the telecom companies by the end of the year.
Sunil and Lekh are boot-strapping the company, which they founded in 2006. Operating in India, Suni points out one additional challenge for start-ups: the lack of access to true angel or seed funding.
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