How Aatmanirbhar Bharat Campaign Inspired Three Engineers To Launch An Indian Alternative For CamScanner
Before 59 Chinese apps were banned, office working people and students used the China-based CamScanner app for document scanning. Here's how three engineers from Gurugram made its alternative as the Kaagaz Scanner app.
On June 30, when India Indian government banned fifty-nine Chinese apps, it became very difficult for the people to find India made alternatives for a number of apps that were very useful. CamScanner was one of those apps but the founders of Gurugram based Ordenado Labs found a big opportunity which they were longing for it. This was the opportunity that gave a push to their document scanning app from zero to millions of downloads.
Here we are talking about an app named Kaagaz Scanner. It is a fifteen days old scanning app which collected a million downloads after fifty-nine Chinese apps were banned including CamScanner. This app allows devices for document or image scanning.
Behind The Scenes
In 2019, Snehanshu Gandhi, Gaurav Shrishrimal, and Tamanjit Bindra started Ordenado Labs. Snehanshu is a graduate from IIT Bombay in 2007, Gaurav from IIT Kanpur, and Tamanjit is from the Army Institute of Technology Pune.
For four years, they worked together at home services startup Tapp Me. Snehanshu and Gaurav were the founders whereas Tamanjit was CTO and the first employee.
For Sorted AI Snehanshu got an idea from personal use case a medical emergency made him feel that his family members were not aware of important documents that were related to health insurance and investments.
In early 2019 he engaged in conversation with Gaurav antonym Jeet born in July 2019 they decided to build a productive app name sorted with the investment of 1.5 lakh rupees.
This app works like a small personal assistant and helps the user in organizing notifications reminders as well as classifying personal documents but the user adoption of this app was a big challenge for the founders.
Hence scanning came as a natural extension to the functionality of sorted but p.m. client call for being local for locally made the team full to their plans.
“When our Prime Minister called for Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal For Local, everyone was talking about building Indian apps and removing foreign apps. We found out that there was no decent Indian scanning app available on Play Store, and that was when we decided to build one ourselves. Since the idea originated from the call to support the nation, we felt that a separate app with an Indian name would be apt for it, and hence we rolled out Kaagaz Scanner,” tells Gaurav.
Here comes the moment when their efforts were acknowledged by the Indian government as a part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat app challenge where this app was specifically mentioned in the category of office apps.
This team is updating its app regularly and they want to purchase this app and build a premium monetization model. If we talk about the specifications of this app, then its paid version will have unlimited storage, an Artificial Intelligence engine as well as extra security.
“For Kaagaz Scanner, users will not pay for vanilla storage, but for intelligence. While making an app, it is difficult to monetize unless people see some magic happening or get that ‘extra thing’ from the app,” Gaurav explains.