How do you raise $10million ….. Asklaila

Asklaila

Nope, I am not on drugs, and most of whom read this article, will have already learned of the news, hence am a little behind the times, but I prefer to be the tortoise and not the hare…

$10million raised from Lightspeed, Matrix and SVB. Now I am never one to question money, in fact the more startups which get money the more will benefit, BUT I think we need to take a closer look at what asklaila is, so in my xmas period I decided to see what it does.

I think the Asklaila team may hunt me down if I was to call it a search engine, BUT it does have a really big search box on it :-). But who am I to call a Pie a Pie, what asklaila is supposed to be is a local review service…again I am not sure of this because their FAQ link does not work either.

Asklaila allows you to rate a search result. Imagine searching for Pizza, if the link is good you login to asklaila and you rate the website. Its a good way of ensuring the best links get to the top. BUT and this is not asklailas fault, user’s tend to only view the first handful of results, hence the ones which are rated will always get to the top and get rated again, the others will not see the light of day. This is similar to the problems that Digg is now facing , a few users control what most people actually view. I haven’t had time to test the spam protection, I hope it is there.

In addition Asklaila allows you to send the search results by sms and email to others…always a nice touch.

But thats it, it seems to have some sort of directory, and seems to be a mix of manually created indexes, and automated results, i.e a cross between Yahoo of old and Google of today. The rating feature is a nice touch, but Mr Google has also thought of this feature…and is about to launch across its website.

If Asklaila is a local review website, it should be a little concerned that websites like Judy’s Book, Zipingo, and Insider Pages, have all closed their doors in one way or another.

I am not a user of asklaila, and am yet to come across someone who is, I would really like to hear from anyone, man women, child, mammal (of any kind) who is using this, cause I maybe missing something here.

On a side note: Guruji I hear has pulled in another $10 million in addition to the $7million is has burned through

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17 Responses

  1. welcome back Iqbal, long siesta. Always good to read a witty post, makes my day. Keep it up…and can we please have a lot more

    Chris

  2. Hi, Iqbal, I totally agree with what you say about Asklaila, there are hundreds of these local review sites all doing the same thing, its hard to see how they will survive.

    I came across one that actually held my interest, The Brownbook (www.brownbook.net). It looks to be in its infancy, but when you dig a little deeper (try there blog entry – http://blog.brownbook.net/?p=3) you see they are trying something quite different, a peer-produced yellow pages. Now, there have been previous attempts at this, including the (in)famous Yellowikis, but as far as I can see they are just mediawiki implementations (and so have all the intuitiveness of an electron microscope for the average joe). The Brownbook takes wiki principles (their own words) but puts a friendly front end on it.
    I also noticed that they use tags for business type and location and this is actually very elegant, meaning the system can respond organically to changes in business dialect (even language).
    I’m looking a little deeper at it and wont bore you with an essay, just my small contriobution to your blog. πŸ™‚
    David
    (my blog – http://www.dpingram.com)

  3. $10million , $10million, for what, there website not work good. Who, how did they get that much money, for building a directory in India.

    How many people use the website?

    Neha

  4. @Chris, nice to be back, am trying my best to keep updating, will now also be writing for the metro in delhi covering web 2.0, so if its cool let me know.
    @David – yes it looks cool, even tried it, was in wimbledon recently.

    @neha- you tell me ?

  5. Hi Iqbal

    Have you checked out Shoppingtadka.com ? It is still in it’s infancy but we are working towards making shopping easier and helping people find shops with a click.

    Do check it out and your reviews are awaited πŸ™‚

    Cheers,
    Shivaas

  6. first who are you? second you are great speaker and analyser i have seen in web world. last i want to talk to you.

  7. Boss, I would read the title as “how do you raise 10 million? Ask Laila”. Yes Ask Laila. They have big strong heads and mass πŸ˜‰ who blurr the VC’s view on the product and just give away $$ looking at the big heads. That is it – the solution to “how do you raise 10 million”

    But one thing i hear is they have big plans to go mobile.

    http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/clotinc.com?site0=asklaila.com&site1=guruji.com&y=r&z=3&h=300&w=610&range=3y&size=Medium

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  9. That was a witty one. I was reading one other blog by Rajan http://rajan.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/what-and-where-is-innovation-in-india/)who presented his view on “Innovation” vis-a-vis VCs take on it.

    This post gave a relook to same issue of “How do we define innovation?” when it comes out of VCs mouth. I am still wondering…:)

    However, I would not like to point about AskLaila as I have no idea about their business model! May be the innovation lies in business model and idea might simply be an already existing idea. So, folks may be we would like to give AskLaila some breather space till they make a press release otherwise?

  10. Internet users in India are increasing, so maybe after 2-3 years the web or mobile search numbers will increase.

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