Inspired by the recent Mashable post on how cofounders met, we at e27 will be doing a weekly cofounder series for startups in Singapore. Too many times I’ve come across people who are constantly looking for cofounders. Through these series of “How do Cofounders Meet”, we hope that it would benefit the community and provide some insights as to how do successful cofounders in Singapore find each other. We will speak with startups to discover how they met, where their idea came from and why they decided to take the plunge together.
For our first startup featured here, its none other than tenCube, a Singapore based startup founded by Darius Cheung, Varun Chatterji and Rishi Kumar, which was acquired by McAfee, making it one of the success story from our very own Singapore.
How did you and your cofounder at tenCube meet?
Varun Chatterji and Rishi Kumar are actually from competing schools from the same town in India and have been friends with Indradeep Biswas since they got here and became coursemates at School of Computing at NUS. I met Varun when we were both on the NUS Overseas College program, where we were housemates on the 1 year program and colleagues working at the same internship company. After Varun and I returned from the program, he connected the dots and we all teamed up to start tenCube.
Where did the idea come from?
This is a classic story, Varun keep losing his phones. And one time he lost his first symbian phone, which was the very expensive Nokia 6600 back then, and he got so pissed off, and being the engineer he is, he decided to do something about it and start writing a program to lock up lost phones. After being a hobby project for a couple of months, the team took a serious look at it and decided it was the big idea we have been waiting for and started up on this. From a single feature on a single phone on a single platform, we just listened to the market and continue growing it to be the product it is today.
Why did you decided to take the plunge together?
Hmm. Wasnt something we thought about too much, it kinda just happened.
Spending some quality and independent time away from home (aboard) along with a bunch of friends could be a good way to discover similar interests and access whether there is a good fit and chemistry.
tenCube was started in 2005 with the sole intention of finding a creative and complete solution to the problem of lost phones. Two things are occurring in tandem these days – rise in mobile phone penetration rates and increase in the amount of critical information people store on their phones. This trend substantially increases the risk and rate of mobile phone theft. tenCube was acquired by McAfee in August 2010.
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