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7 years & 3,00,000 members : All thanks to You !

Kartik Raichura | Wednesday 8 February 2012 ( 2 Comment)

We started our journey on 24th Nov 2004, as a newbie html website made out of microsoft frontpage back in the day and have come a long way since. Here's a quick preview of what we were when we started off

Screenshot for the year 2004 : We took baby steps and started out as a html website. The mtnl telephone internet connection that charged per minute of usage back then, almost emptied my parents pockets with its exhorbitant bills payments. Although the few 10 - 50 visitors we received back then were a source of great joy and excitement.
Screenshot for the year 2005 : This is the year when the site stopped looking as bad. Still in HTML programming - thank god for microsoft frontpage we got a much cleaner look. We had a better logo as well to go with it.
Screenshot for the year 2006 : This year got us few hundred visitors every day and everyone's critic on html being old school was getting to us. We had to change our features quick so that our visitors had ease of access.
Screenshot for the year 2006 AGAIN : We knew we were on to something that is changing the way management education is perceived. We had a few hundred regular visitors who wanted to register on the site but we did not have a registeration system in place. We purchased the best forum software available and converted our HTML site into a modest hardworking advanced forum, not great at looks but amazing solution for needs of our audience.
Screenshot of the year 2007 : The year of better looks and traction in memberbase. Orkut was gaining traction and was your latest love affair.
Another Screenshot of the year 2007 : We anticipated orkut to make a dent in our visitors which is why we wanted better UI and UX. We worked hard and were pleasantly surprised to see more people coming online, broadband gaining traction and internet penetration growing overall. We were growing one leap at a time.
Screenshot of the year 2008 : 2008 was the year things crashed. We realized the importance of maintaing backups and being prepared for the worst. The portal was down for almost a month, while I used all my network to somehow gain a backup of memberbase and conversations. We finally did and went live again in June [Screenshot]. We had approximately 80,000 members then.
Screenshot of the year 2009 : Facebook was the talk of town. She had gotten thousands to ditch orkut and every affluent person out there wanted to date her. We were still on the forums and we really wanted to jump on to the social network bandwagon.  We crossed the 1 lakh member milestone !
Screenshot of the year 2010 : We changed clothes again, we got a new logo and looked real web 2.0 gorgeous. But we knew it wasnt enough, the social networking bandwagon awaited us. We added many more features - the forums, blogs, jobs, videos, events section have only got livelier. We were in theManagementParad
Beta stage with loads of bugs and UI UX issues
[Screenshot] . psst... did you notice the shiny great logo and the 250 active users at each instance?
We were in the top 10,000 sites in the world then and we crossed the two hundred thousand members milestone !
Screenshot of the year 2011 : The year we got real social networking features in place. Profiles, like features, comments, recent activity feed and Projects section. We became the revolution behind management education.
Screenshot of the year 2012 : All this brings us to TODAY, the day we crossed the Three Hundred Thousand Members Milestone ! We're ecstatic . Forumsprojectblogsjobsvideosevents section have only got livelier.But we have lots more to do. Things have never been better. You guys will see more good work soon.  

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