On Wednesday, Tim Cook, on his ongoing visit to India, had a meeting with founders of four startups. The agenda of the meeting was to understand what the country’s young mobile app developers are building. Cook met executives of home services application UrbanClap, software products maker Cynapse (better know as Numerics), online shopping application Sweetcouch and Avaz, which has developed speech therapy app for autistic children. Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams and Oliver Schusser, vicepresident of iTunes International, were also present at thee meeting.
The four startups were selected by the team at Apple about a week ago, but were not informed that they will be meeting Cook. They were briefed that they will meeting a team from Cupertino, the city in California where Apple is headquartered, as part of a developer meeting in the coming week.
Those present at the meeting included Raghav Chandra, co-founder of UrbanClap; Sweetcouch founder Rajesh Chokhani; Cynapse founder Apurva Roy Choudhury and Ajit Narayanan, founder of Chennai-based Invention Labs, which runs Avaz.
Apple also announced the launch of a “design and development” startup accelerator in India’s Silicon Valley, Bengaluru. Tim Cook said in a statement earlier in the day that the new accelerator facility would help iOS developers create innovative apps for the company’s customers globally and that the new facility would provide resources to support entrepreneurs. Post this launch was the meeting with these Indian Startup founders. In the half hour long meeting, Tim was mostly listening, to the founders and making a picture of what is happening in India and understanding the tech startup ecosystem here. All the four startups gave a demo of their iOS mobile applications to Cook.
Cook had questions and feedback as well for all the teams. Chokhani of Sweetcouch says-
“Cook was impressed by the way Sweetcouch is doing their in app messaging feature,” .
The app has ‘Chit-Chat’ feature that allows users to browse through products and converse with friends without leaving the platform or taking screenshots. UrbanClap’s Chandra was asked specific questions about the services’ marketing platform and depth of integration with professionals.