Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Koneru's Seattle startup Zenoti raises $15M

Zenoti, which helps spa and salon chains manage their businesses, has raised $15 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners, which co-founder and former spa-chain owner Dheeraj Koneru said will help the six-year-old Seattle company expand geographically and enter the fitness and yoga arena.

“Software is not looked at as an asset yet in the spa arena, and that’s one of the things we want to change,” said Dheeraj Koneru, who founded Zenoti with his brother, CEO Sudheer Koneru. “Wouldn’t it be great if customers could check in electronically, enjoy their spa experience, walk out without having to stop because their credit card will be debited, provide feedback and get a response? You’ll see that happening.”

Some time back, the Koneru brothers took six years out of their software-development careers to build and run a 10-outlet spa chain in Hyderabad. They learned first-hand that spas had no single piece of software to help them manage and expand their business, and that using software packages to meet various needs meant the pieces couldn’t interoperate. “We talked to other chains, and they said ‘We use this and that; we just accept what’s there and live with the pain.'”

Thinking there had to be a better way, the brothers sold their spas and re-entered the software arena, starting Zenoti in 2010.

Though usable by companies of all sizes, Zenoti is especially aimed at mid-size to large chains that are growing rapidly, Koneru said.

It provides a view of a company’s operations in its locations and coordinates the scheduling of customer appointments, marketing efforts and inventory tracking. It sends service reminders, product-refill reminders and special offers automatically via social media; juggles employee schedules; computes payrolls; and collects and collates customer feedback.

Gift cards issued at one location can be redeemed at another, and analytics assess the entire chain’s performance, including marketing, finances and inventory.

Zenoti-Logo-WhiteAbout half the company’s revenue now comes from the U.S., and a significant proportion of the rest is from Australia, India and Southeast Asia.

The company plans to use the new funding to expand into Europe, Dheeraj Koneru  said. Now at 140 employees, it has 90 open positions and will use part of the money to fund those salaries, he said.  Zenoti claims more than 5,000 spas in more than 30 countries are using its software, including Lakme Salons, Sothys Malaysia, Massage Heights, Massage Green,and Kaya Skin Clinics. The company also caters to the luxury market, including brands such as Elemis, and has expanded into the resort space, adding Taj Hotels, Melcro Crown, Crown Hotels, and Alaya hotels to its customer mix.

Zenoti’s offering uses Amazon Web Services exclusively. It costs an average of $400-$500 per month.

This round brings the company’s total funding to $21 million. It received $6 million Series A round from Accel Partners at its founding.

Challapalli Fort - History of Yarlagadda Zamindars



Challapalli is a village in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Challapalli mandal of Machilipatnam revenue division.

The Rajah of Challapalli, Srimanthu Raja Yaralagadda Ankineedu Prasad Bahadur Garu built this Palace in the early 18th centaury. Then onwards Challapalli became the capital for the Devarkota Estate and the town developed around the palace. It remains as a great example of Andhra architecture to this very day. . The last crowned monarch of Challapalli was Srimanthu Raja Yaralagadda Shivaram Prasad Bahadur Garu (1906-76). As of 2012, the Royal family members no longer reside in the fort.


Yarlagadda Rajas of Challapali fort and Zamindari that ruled this area from 15 century now the kingdom has gone due to land cease act that was kept by the Indian Government but their greatness was in the words of the people in that area .


The Raja of Challapalli (Devarakota) in Krishna district was among the richest of the Rajahs and held the title 'Srimanthu'. At the time of Independence he was leading the list of 'Andhra Pramukhulu' (Prominent people of Andhra).

1.Their ruling used to be from East - Machilipatnam,   West - Gannavaram, South -Krishna river and North - Krishna river as limit

2.In their rule there were totally 66 towns, 32 villages and 2 Aagraharams

3.Yarlagadda dynasty starts with Raja Yarlagadda Gurveneedu from 1576 -1596 following him Tirumalaneedu, Gangineedu, Kanchineedu and Naganna

4. The famous Emperor was Raja Yarlagadda Ankeeneedu ruled from 1710-1723 who had good respect in the people

5. Later in 1746 Raja Yarlagadda Kodandarammana Bahadur came to rule made construction of most of the temples,use to encourage the all the other activities

6. Raja Yarlagadda Venkata Ramana Bahadur came to rule in 1791 and died in 1 year his son Ankeeneedu Bahadur came to rule from 1798-1819

7. In 1928 Srimanthu Raja Yarlagadda Ankeeneedu Prasad bahadur died. Following him his son Srimanthu Raja Yarlagadda Sivaram Prasad Bahadur made a lot of  development tot his challapalli Zamindari he is last king to rule the  Challapalli Zamindari

Monday, September 5, 2016

Kamma IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officers (Ambassadors)

Past:

1) Nuthakki Venkateswara Rao: Indian Ambassador at Pakistan
2) Ratakonda Dayakar: Indian Ambassador to Sweden 

Present: 

3) Parvathaneni Harish: Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam 
4) Dr.Tadipaneni Suresh Babu: Ambassador of India to Mongolia 
5) Chintapalli Rajasekhar: India's Ambassador to Cuba 
6) Anu Prattipati: Acting U.S.A Consul General in Pakistan 

Parvathaneni Harish: Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam

Mr. Parvathaneni Harish is the  Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since 16th April 2016.

Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1990, he has learnt Arabic at the American University of Cairo and passed the examination with distinction.

He has served in the Indian Missions in Cairo and Riyadh and headed the Post as India's Representative to the Palestinian Authority stationed in Gaza city. He was on Secondment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as the Chief of the Policy Analysis Unit at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza.

He thereafter worked in the East Asia and External Publicity Divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs. For a period of five years since 2007, Mr. Harish was the Joint Secretary and Officer on Special Duty to the Hon'ble Vice President of India and Chairman of the council of States of the Indian Parliament, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari. Mr. Harish has been the Consul General of India, Houston, USA since 30th July 2012.

Mr. Parvathaneni Harish is a gold medalist Mechanical Engineering graduate from Osmania University College of Engineering, Hyderabad and has studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is married to Mrs. Parvathaneni Nandita and has two daughters, Ayushi and Amani.

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