Net Logos 2000
Amongst many other print-magazines
of the time who listed and reviewed portals and vortals and Dot.Coms
and what-have-you off the web, the magazine Business Today
listed it's "The Web 50" (contextually Indian) in the
issue of September 4-17, 2000. To us at The IDEA, this
was a clear framework for a perspective upon logos as digital-art-indicators
and benchmarks of the era, and we therefore gathered most of
these original logos online and reproduce them below unaltered
(except for 2-3) alongwith summarazitions of the individual site-profiles,
derived from the original summaries of Business Today.
Comments on design and aesthetics etc., have been consciously
portal described as having a content-model similar to yahoo.com,
with chat, e-mail, home pages, message boards, and love/romance
channels for building online communities targeting youths.
This venture counts among the early birds in WAP-enabling
internet content in India, and has alreday tied up with Usha-Martin
Telekom in Calcutta to provide content for the latter's
mobile phone network.
|A stab at jockeying
the second-hand car marketplace by the Indian auto major Mahindra
& Mahindra Ltd. Already said to host India's largest
online inventory of second-hand vehicles (7,000 plus).
Promoted by professionals including
a significant ex-ICICI bunch, the site is essentially
a web-enabled loan marketplace for credit cards, automobiles,
homes and personal loans.
Interesting tools for calculating EMI, loan v/s down payment
options and so on, with a search facility for appropriate loan/credit
cards, that enables visitors to apply online, track application
status and ensure delivery at home.
|The umbrella site
of four auction sites serving India, South Africa, Australia
and Italy respectively. There are exclusive sections on mobiles
and accessories, jewellery and mediacal equipment, in addition
to braoder searchable categories including cars, books, computers,
electronics, office supplies, etc.
get to participate in contests by punching in the user IDs, but
there's no passwords here because "there is no reason why
you should participate for someone else!"
An initiative from the Dataquest
group of IT publications, Ciol.com is looking to be an
IT community site with lots of content including an extensive
directory section on IT resources and information.
While the site is still new and seems substantially to be
still under development, the focus presently seems biased towards
beginners and neophytes
|Part of the international
CNET group of sites, this one's obviously hugely content-rich
in technology news, information, reviews, product comparisons
and locators, and somewhat slow but highly specialized software
|Forbes magazine recently
read this to be the best Indian personal finance site. Quantum
Financial Services, who set it up, have packed the site with
scrolling stockmarket quotes with the latest index position,
news & features, stockmarket commentary that's updated every
two hours, and information on over 500 Indian companies, with
fundamentals such as profitablitity, share valuations and growth
projections and trends laid out for ease of use.
A recent winner of the Web Wiz
Award for best use of technology in internet trading.
It's all about offerring realtime order routing, market and
client information, bank account management and transactions
history in a pleasant and efficient user matrix.
Representing the first comprehensive
online presence of an Indian print-media major, the site hosts
electronic editions of the parent group's two English dailies
under a "News" click-through. Archives go back to 1997,
and current updates are frequent.
The site also hosts extensive and well-focused special interest
sections including Cerfkids, Rebellworld, Mythology, and Girlteens,
etc. It's e-bate section has a reputation for high activity chat
and dating segments.
Financed and assembled by Hindustan
Times and Chase Capital Partners with strategic investments
from HDFC Group, and powered by Planetasia.com,
this site claims to have assembled one of India's largest web
It's all about a clean and neat look packaging a host of chatty
sections including films, careers, astrology, cricket, money
matters, health & fitness, travel, chatrooms, diary, greetings,
women's world and a search engine.
|A "flashy site
with heavy and loud graphics" that's reported to attract
visitors by the sheer number of contests, promos and features
it offers. The idea? To help corporates promote their products
and effectively execute their net campaigns.
|The industry leader
in India's net-based equity trade segment, with the largest number
of online clients in the country, this one is not surpringly
the net presence of one of India's fastest growing private sector
real-world banks. The trading platform is divided into specific
allocations for funds, view demat facility, trading centre for
buy/sell, order book and cash projection screen and a security
projection facility amongst much else.
|An umbrella site
encompassing five vortals together with a range of interactive
and contributory sites, this is projected as a family portal
with information on education, products, non-governmental organizations,
consumer rights and useful city-specific information. It also
host an online-communities building framework called "Indvillage".
|This here's a fascinating
approach to addressing the creation of an online marketplace
for new and second hand cars. On the one hand, the site has tie-ups
with about 950 new car dealers and some 250 new two-wheeler dealers
around India. On the other hand, used cars in it's list have
each been individually bought, serviced and evaluated by the
company before being put up for sale!
|From the ICICI stable,
a site with features beyond it's average competitors ~ such as
real estate market related news and features, a primer on home
finance, a guide to home loans, and ready reference on related
topics including leagsl, insurance, tax, stamp duties, interiors,
home selling/buying tips, property management and even Vastu
Shastra and Feng Shui tips and pointers.
content in six Indian languages, the site hit big-time news in
the second half of 2000 as possibly the first major Indian Dot.Com
to be going under. It had earlier produced headlines for big-spending
including an expensive tie-in with VSNL (India's only direct
gateway to the net at the time), that was to set as default website
for new VSNL users dialling in. Aside from the usual portal content,
Indiainfo.com offers relatively unusual/new features such as
Short Messaging Service on cell-phones, a tax-calculator, customisable
currency converter, and a loan EMI calculator.
|Easy to use, with
lots of listings. Not surprising an early entrant to the segment,
with good layout, effective search engine and a bagful of useful
alliances, all adding up to an online platform for purchase or
lease of residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial
proeprty in India.
A major contender for primacy
amongst Indian content-based Dot.Coms, this one is the net presence
of the Times of India Group of Publications.
Alongwith two month archives of the flagship Times of India
and Economic Times (with live stock-tickers), the site
also offers online versions of Maharashtra Times, Femina
and Filmfare, in addition to sections covering fashion,
cookery, pets, current events and festivals, etc.
|The travel entity
in the Indiaworld network of websites. Focused essentially
upon information, it is said to excel beyond expectations in
this by including lots of viewpoints, opinions, impressions and
first eprson accounts of travel experience. There's no online
fulfillment of any kind (ticketing, bookings, etc.), but it comes
highly recommended for international travellers looking to visit
India for the first time.
|A major net play
from Microland, the group headed up by one of India's most well
regarded pin-up boys of the net revolution, Pradeep Kar. Backed
up with fascinating advertising on television, print media and
street-hoardings, Indya.com hooked the Asia MTV ex-boss Sunil
Lulla to head it up from takeoff, and is therefore not surprisingly
focussed on youth with channels like Cinema, eCampus, Lifestylz,
and a Singles Club spread across three broad categories: entertainment
& leisure, information & knowledge, utilities & services.
A comprehensive Indian personal
finance site originally established by the corporate research
house Probity Research & Services. Large volumes of
data are neatly classified into different sections hosting financial
analyses and annual reports of over 1,200 companies, research
reports on companies and sectors, price/volume data on commodities,
monthly economy reports, analytical tools, etc.
Indiainfoline.com recently made a major mind-share
play in the real world by attempting to distribute 2 million
(soon corrected to 1 million) automatically updatable CD-versions
of the site for free, via a massive ad-campaign under
the copy-line "It's all about money, Honey."
e-commerce portal looking to bring together dealers and re-sellers
onto a common platform. Registered IT trade members get to post
quotations against requirements posted by others, but this is
more than just a trading and auction platform. There's also quality
content on IT industry happenings and a section dedicated to
training and manpower consultancy.
|A good source for
IT industry news, with a IT-specific stock monitor to boot. Popular
with IT professionals for it's "ClubITspace" networking
platform, the site is also well known and often accessed for
the presentations it puts online from major IT conferences and
|Twenty four channels
of e-commerce is what this as all about, with unique offerings
like magazine subscriptions, stationery and insurance information.
Only American Express cards are accepted, with an option to pay
by cheque/cash on delivery in Mumbai or Delhi only. There's comparison-shopping,
online financing, and free home delivery across Indian and international
brands such as Kenstar, Funskool, Sony, Reebok, and Gillette
|Spoken of as a delightfully-designed
India-specific site. There's cyber communities for professionals,
tips and advice, impressive databases, and an interactive "Personal
Job Management Agent".
services for seven countries in the South Asia region, through
job searches and job alerts.
users and posting 10,000 jobs a month, mainly within the streams
of software and technical vacancies. Registration is compulsory,
with searches by occasional surfers limited to 10.
A relatively newer entrant into
the online equity markets game, this however comes from one of
India's most well-reputed and respected broking and financial
The trading module is not unlike others', with market watch,
trade menu, placing of buy/sell orders, etc., and there are market
related tutorials and a range of tools for investors. Other facilities
include account services, IPO, mutual fund and equity investment
advice, and a portfolio manager.
A site for the serious investor,
backed up by Investment Research & Informations Services
Ltd., and recently tied in with Internet Securities India
Ltd. to offer online share trading.
There's realtime news and analysis, live stock quotes, java
charting tools, broker research, research tutorials and an exhaustive
spreadsheet amongst other goodies for busy executives.
This is naukri.com,
India's first online recruitment forum, and is said to still
be making waves. It's moved on from being a forum for employer,
placement agencies and jobseekers to become a service provider
for Indian corporates ~ with over 3,000 companies on it's client
It's winning streak is based essentially upon simplity of
use for both the job-seeker as also the recruiter.
A one-stop shop for a range of
personal finance products including car, home and consumer durable
loans, credit cards, investments, insurance, holiday packaegs,
time shares and more.
Looks to complete transactions in the real world,.. at your
|Claiming to host
more than 40, 000 jobs, this is a neat and fast site covering
job categories beyond just IT. Registered users get to store
up to three separate resumes, and can use a "job robot"
to fetch jobs matching searcg criteria. There's also an "applications
manager" to keep track of jobs applied for.
|Taking a wide angle
view upon personal finance, this one (from the equitymaster.com
family) offers interesting planners for retirement, marriage,
education and property purchase. This of course is in addition
to information on housing and auto-finance, credit cards, insurance
options, interviews with professionals, investment tips and advice,
India's best-known portal at the
turn of millennia. Sharply focused upon the Indian community
at home and abroad with online shopping, local language editions,
search-engine, e-mail, chat, instant-messaging and home-pages.
Said to register 110 millions page views a month, with simple
and effective presentation incorporating an interesting news
Now part of the Satyamonline group
(see below), this site operates mainly via links rather than
any great measure of original content. Headline links connect
to major news-sites, also covering television news media such
as NDTV and ZeeNext, with business news buried just a layer below.
Also hosts a well-segmented and categorized section of links
to corporate websites.
Recently re-christened from "Satyamonline.com"
in line with it's recent listing on the US Nasdaq as "Sify".
Recently emerged also as India's largest private sector
ISP, while the portal itself is honoured as being perhaps the
"largest Indian portal", with channels addressing news,
entertainment, food, health, movies, sports and an impressive
search engine, all paralleled within the portal in several Indian
A cool name for
a cool-cool site with a highly interactive demo for potentials
users, this one's among the early birds to offer online share-trading
Managed by a mumbai-based broking firm called SSKI Ltd.,
the site allows members unlimited trading without brokerage or
transaction fees against a membership fee of Rs. 1000/- per month.
There's tie-ups with HDFC and Global Trust Bank for investors'
account handling, and the site also maintains segments on news,
investment ideas, BSE and NSE quotes, a porfolio
manager, and lucidly written stock market commentaries for "registered"
|The web-play of a
brick-and-mortal travel shop called Sound Travel. The
site is e-commerce enabled to allow online air, hotel, cruise,
holiday package and car rental bookings. Site response for users
is often by e-mail or offline fulfillment mechanism.
Representing India's largest newspaper publication (including
various city editions), this is a well-organized electronic version
of the newspaper, with add-ons such as breaking news, free newsletter,
stock ticker, photogallery, chat and e-mail, cartoons, and a
limited two-month news archive.
|Content-rich for the business
visitor, this site hosts informations on equity, mutual funds,
FDS, forex, insurance, bullion, taxation, personal loans, and
a customised personal portfolio manager. There's also data on
5,500 companies, with technical charts, online market roundup,
live mutual fund quotes, latest corporate results, books closures,
and frequently updated news.