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Business and Startups

Place to discuss anything and everything about business and startups. From economics, to investments to startup gossip, to technology et al.

Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016

Are we at Awaremonk different from Quora ?


Is it in the nature of interaction and to and fro between users that allows for multiple views and to learn from each other.


Indian users have adopted Quora in a massive way in last 3 years to the extent that the Indian viewership of quora is about 3 times that of timesofindia.com ( reference : similarweb )


How else can we build something more powerful right here from India ? As early users we have a great role in shaping this product and community

Is it in the nature of interaction and to and fro between users that allows for multiple views and to learn from each other.Indian users have adopted Quora in a massive way in last 3 years to the extent that the Indian viewership of quora is about 3 times that of timesofindia.com ( reference : similarweb )How else can we build something more powerful right here from India ? As early users we have a great role in shaping this product and community

Rizwan Malik , Here to discuss issues. Sep, 20 2016


It is my first day here, it looks very different form Quora to me.

It strikes the cord, I think it is one thing a lot of people must be looking out for. I am going to share it with few friends who are fed up of facebook.

How old is this site, why have I never heard about it?



Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 20 2016


Welcome, we have been having stimulating conversations over here for the last 6 months but were invite only till some time back. I am sure the community would encourage you to shape the discussions and share / learn/ grow.


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Sep, 19 2016


Valid question. I guess going beyond riveting discussions such as the one on education recently, it would be great if this platform can become a facilitator. Not just for better conversations, but also for social change.


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Facilitator for social change can be at 2 levels


1. Create petitions to exert pressure and indicate mood

2. Complete the loop with stakeholders by pursuing agendas with them and closing out things


the latter would happen as the platform grows and hence the accountability and pressure of public opinion increases

Facilitator for social change can be at 2 levels1. Create petitions to exert pressure and indicate mood2. Complete the loop with stakeholders by pursuing agendas with them and closing out thingsthe latter would happen as the platform grows and hence the accountability and pressure of public opinion


Ahmed Azab , Interested in history, Political science and Sep, 19 2016


Quora is a very big community, it has also become close to google for me. To get answers at times I use Quora and not google. Its massive readership has a lot to do with finding answers to definite questions.

I joined the discussion on pellet guns happening on Awaremonk, Rohit if i correctly remember you were also a part of that discussion. I don not remember the name but an NRI lady was there too. For the first time kashmir discussion went without an abusive online :D #NoKidding

That defines awaremonk for me. It is still growing and hence discussions are slow at times but it is going in the right direction. Can Awaremonk become "That of India" and succeed, I think no. It will have to stick to its basics of creating good discussions, with this orignal though, it can definitely succeed.

Quora is a very big community, it has also become close to google for me. To get answers at times I use Quora and not google. Its massive readership has a lot to do with finding answers to definite questions.I joined the discussion on pellet guns happening on Awaremonk, Rohit if i correctly remember


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Agree with the organic part of your argument and not trying to be something else.


But a discussion needs rapid response at the rate of mental iteration, doesn't it ?


Or is this the impatient me ?



Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Sep, 19 2016


Completely agreed. The thrill of a fast conversation goes further than just the thrill, you get far more engaged and stimulated. That invariably leads to more constructive conversations.


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Yes. Good arguments hook the mind and can rivet you. Its not just us vs them but also a new way to look at the whole thing


Syed Raza , In the quest of truth. Sep, 19 2016


I recently started using quora and awaremonk too. Before this I was using only facebook and both of these places have presented an example of how technology should be used to make good things.

I will not like to compare, but I have got good advice at awaremonk and Quora both. Awaremonk is a better way to ask questions back to people.

I have invited a lot of people in the past and a few of them have come, I want to know if it is reaching the right person.

I recently started using quora and awaremonk too. Before this I was using only facebook and both of these places have presented an example of how technology should be used to make good things.I will not like to compare, but I have got good advice at awaremonk and Quora both. Awaremonk is a better wa


Arushi Singh , Here to become a monk :) Sep, 19 2016


My first discussion here was http://awaremonk.com/primary-education-should-be-govt-s-responsibility-and-recruitment-of-teachers-should-be-no-less-than-that-of-an-ias-officer and we debated on this topic Rohit. Though I was a bit confused in the beginning on how exactly to shape it up but the first discussion itself was great, I couldn't have had that on Quora though, might have got answers to that question. What I miss at Awaremonk: No one follows me :P Okay 1 guy does. I find notifications a bit confusing. Thats all, I think people here are at something good. Lets support them :)
My first discussion here was http://awaremonk.com/primary-education-should-be-govt-s-responsibility-and-recruitment-of-teachers-should-be-no-less-than-that-of-an-ias-officer and we debated on this topic Rohit. Though I was a bit confused in the beginning on how exactly to shape it up but the first d


Ashima Singh , Exploring Sep, 19 2016


Not to pick out faults, but one feature the platform definitely needs is tagging. That panel discussion on sex trafficking could have become so much bigger if direct tagging was enabled. That automatically leads to more engagement.


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Well, you just found another follower with your candid admission. It always shows me the same 3 people to follow, so something needs to be improved there.

Yes, notifications need to be better.

I miss the energy of an intense debate with rapid to and fro and of people challenging each other without abusing them.

Well, you just found another follower with your candid admission. It always shows me the same 3 people to follow, so something needs to be improved there.Yes, notifications need to be better.I miss the energy of an intense debate with rapid to and fro and of people challenging each other without abu


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Sep, 19 2016


I guess a certain amount of energy of that kind can't completely be replicated via text. Maybe it could do with some more, but I love how no one here trivializes anyone's opinion. Every thing has a thought out counter, it might be slow, but it's way more satisfying.


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Agree on mutual respect


But disagree on inability to generate energy and the joy of learning whether its by winning or even by losing arguments



Rajshekhar , student at BITS goa. I am here to learn. Sep, 19 2016


I know the founders :D

Also I have been here for over a couple of months I guess not because I know them but because of the pledge people sign while signing up. For me, that defines everything this place has to offer. This is how it is different from Quora. It is going to be hard getting enough audience from India though which can talk of important issues sanely. And I have no clue why are there no foreigners (or very little) on the site.

I know the founders :D Also I have been here for over a couple of months I guess not because I know them but because of the pledge people sign while signing up. For me, that defines everything this place has to offer. This is how it is different from Quora. It is going to be hard getting enough audi


Suhani Singh , Inquisitive snobbish arrogant. I am Golum and Sep, 19 2016


Its funny how i had the exact same thought when i first heard about AwareMonk! Well they both are content rich sites which are moderated for starters. I believe i am a regular at awaremonk, but have i stopped visit Quora? no. Quora serves a different purpose for me all together. I go there and ask questions or read questions, i get an answer i come back, i never think about engaging, here i come to discuss on topics (which has very smartly been conveyed in the terminology)
Its funny how i had the exact same thought when i first heard about AwareMonk! Well they both are content rich sites which are moderated for starters. I believe i am a regular at awaremonk, but have i stopped visit Quora? no. Quora serves a different purpose for me all together. I go there and ask q


Malik , An engineer turned into a student of conflict Sep, 19 2016


I would like to thank you for starting this discussion Rohit, I wanted to start it myself but just kept procrastinating.

Awaremonk can be one of the best social places, I have been here for over 3 months now and find great synergies.

Quora is huge now but it has gone the facebook way where mediocrity is celebrated, maybe we can say the Indian way.

Awaremonk has done one very good thing, and that is building this community without much of a haste. And hence almost every discussion is worth engaging.

But as Raman mentioned a few changes are needed to keep it exciting.

But yes I will like to know who are the people behind it, as a startup you guys should come ahead and maybe interact at times. You might be doing it already but let everyone one know where to give their feedback.

I would like to thank you for starting this discussion Rohit, I wanted to start it myself but just kept procrastinating.Awaremonk can be one of the best social places, I have been here for over 3 months now and find great synergies. Quora is huge now but it has gone the facebook way where mediocrity


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


My 2 bits for the people who shape Awaremonk ( and thats not just the guys behind the startup ) but also all of us as the community who shape the standards of Awaremonk and the intensity of its debates


1. Great point from Malik, lets refuse to celebrate mediocrity , however slickly it may be packaged

2. Lets give community and its natural leaders the control to take the product towards newer directions.

3. Let no reputation or supposed celebrity status come in the way of attacking the arguments of a person, but is it possible to avoid personal attacks or abuses ? or is that too large an ask in this age and times

4. Lets make this place friendly for newer users, who come here and sometimes read but do not yet have the confidence to express their views, lets encourage them to jump in ( see how unfriendly a twitter is for a new non-celebrity )

5. Lets get the good writers and thinkers of our times ( not just established but more so the budding young ones ) to join the great debate

My 2 bits for the people who shape Awaremonk ( and thats not just the guys behind the startup ) but also all of us as the community who shape the standards of Awaremonk and the intensity of its debates1. Great point from Malik, lets refuse to celebrate mediocrity , however slickly it may be packaged


S.N Raman , learning, hope to be more aware :) PhD schola Sep, 19 2016


Oh this is an interesting one, will like to see some responses here.

Is awaremonk different? yes very different from Quora. I think the whole concept of discussion is very different from asking questions. I think Awaremonk users don't come here to pass time by reading stuff on internet, they come to have a conversations. I have been using it for quite sometime and whenever a thought pops up, I open awaremonk to push it to people here.

Few things I miss here:

1.) Mobile app

2.) I wanted to tag Vikash but I couldn't

3.) I wanted to answer your question without agreeing/disagreeing.

4.) Sometimes discussion are too long to read.

Considering the fact that this will improve with time, it seems that it can produce a lot of good conversations.

Oh this is an interesting one, will like to see some responses here.Is awaremonk different? yes very different from Quora. I think the whole concept of discussion is very different from asking questions. I think Awaremonk users don't come here to pass time by reading stuff on internet, they come to


Sudhanshu , Live and let live Sep, 19 2016


One brilliant thing in quora which we should have here as well is the ability to invite people from awaremonk who are well versed with the topic and not just the people i know.

It would be a pleasure to discuss with few of the people here on discussions i start



Malik , An engineer turned into a student of conflict Sep, 19 2016


"Sometimes discussion are too long to read." something like reddit (upvotes) can be tried.


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Sep, 19 2016


And that will help how?


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Agree whole-heartedly ( no hesitation in this case in choosing the agree button unequivocally ) to point no: 1-3


On point 4, yes - its an issue but we cant limit size as the community grows, rather one would have to create structures which allow you to pursue the specific threads and navigate fast in and out of long discussions. A challenge, no doubt as readers cant be presented with such long winding threads

Agree whole-heartedly ( no hesitation in this case in choosing the agree button unequivocally ) to point no: 1-3On point 4, yes - its an issue but we cant limit size as the community grows, rather one would have to create structures which allow you to pursue the specific threads and navigate fast in


Malik , An engineer turned into a student of conflict Sep, 19 2016


There can be better options than restricting the voice of people in a debate.

VIDEOS should definitely be a part of awaremonk.



Ashima Singh , Exploring Sep, 19 2016


That's a brilliant idea! That'll make conversations so much more interactive


Rajshekhar , student at BITS goa. I am here to learn. Sep, 19 2016


We shouldn't try to move the twitter way. Restriction of words cannot be an attribute of a good discussion


Vikash Sharma , Student, FMS Sep, 19 2016


I am a newbie here, but sure it is different from Quora.

Quora is amazing no doubt, but it is has been more of reading for me, here i kind of feel free to express my thoughts, it is more of those college discussion and quora is more of knowledge session for me.

There are things that can be improved and the team must be on it. Also I for sure want to know the people behind it, awaremonk should have a 'about us' and 'feedback' tab.

I am a newbie here, but sure it is different from Quora. Quora is amazing no doubt, but it is has been more of reading for me, here i kind of feel free to express my thoughts, it is more of those college discussion and quora is more of knowledge session for me. There are things that can be improved


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


And we learn only when we express and when people respond to our thoughts - endorse or question or challenge them forcing us to revisit our ingrained biases and sometimes even change our views. We may not agree at the end of a discussion with each other, but we can be richer in our critique of the issue at hand.


lets start listing out the things we can improve in Awaremonk, and collectively build a pace to express, learn and grow.


Feedback tab is a great idea.


I would like to add that the team must make it easy for me to share with my contacts and get them to engage on the issue at hand.

And we learn only when we express and when people respond to our thoughts - endorse or question or challenge them forcing us to revisit our ingrained biases and sometimes even change our views. We may not agree at the end of a discussion with each other, but we can be richer in our critique of the i


Malik , An engineer turned into a student of conflict Sep, 19 2016


Rohit, are you a part of Awaremonk team?

Just asking.



Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 19 2016


Not part of the team.

But believe in the idea from the gut. Social media is not friendly anymore for the reflective mind, and that too needs its own space.

Not sure of what, but it still seems to be missing some energy. Something still has to be figured out in the execution.