25,000 STRONG!

We are super excited to share that Askmonk has crossed over 25,000 premium consumers. And we have scaled pretty much organically!

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Thank you for believing in us.

We promise nothing but the best of vedic astrology for you and your family. 🙂

Askmonk – Astrology on the go!

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Launching Askmonk’s Webapp-Widget v1.0!

Hello world, there’s happy news to share!

Today Askmonk is proud to launch its first version of Webapp-Widget, a zero-friction app for astrology lovers.

Feel free to drop questions to our panel of astrologers through web now. It’s truly Astrology on the go!

Here’s the link: http://web.askmonk.in and here’s how it looks:

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And yes… now you can post questions through iPhone!

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We are still ​iterating on it to make it awesome​, so​ ​please​ feel free to​ share with us your experience and reviews at support@askmonk.in. 🙂

Cheers,

– Team Askmonk

Akshaya Tritiya – The Harbinger of Prosperity!

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the holiest festival celebrated by Hindus and Jains. It falls on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Shukla Paksha of the Indian month of Vaishakha. It marks the birthday of Parshurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu and the day when Ved Vyasa started to write Mahabharata. Akshaya Tritiya is considered super auspicious for starting any kind of new venture / business and it is believed that any venture initiated today grows big and brings prosperity!

A year ago, Askmonk launched its initial Android app’s closed beta. Though officially launched around August 2016, Askmonk now has over 20,000 happy consumers from across India and is touted as one of the rising tech-startups facilitating online astrology. Today we are extremely excited to softly launch our first beta version of Webapp-Widget for posting questions through web on the go!

Here is the link: http://web.askmonk.in 🙂

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We have had a fantastic journey so far and we promise to keep working hard to provide quality astrology and making it as easy as getting a recharge done! Wishing you a happy and prosperous Akshaya Tritiya!

International Astrology Day, 2017

Askmonk celebrated International Astrology Day on 20th March, as it marks the beginning of the new year for the astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. It is the first full day of the astrological sign of Aries and thus marks the beginning of the tropical Zodiac.

This year starts on 21st March with Aries sign and ends on 20th March with Pisces sign.

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Askmonk appreciates the experts who guide us towards the right path. Listen to interesting insights from some of Askmonk’s certified astrologers sharing their views on the essence of astrology and wishing all of you wonderful people out there:

Happy International Astrology Day! 🙂

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Essence of Astrology

– Team Askmonk

Astrology on the go!

The viability of Astrology as a business?

Why Astrology?”

This is one question that I get almost always, whenever I climb a stage to pitch or meet someone interesting from the tech space or investors.

So, here’s an explanation of my thoughts on astrology and why I chose to back it up!

Human beings are curious animal. We all want to know about our future. We want to know whether or not we would fair good in a job, whether our marriages would last, whether our investments would be fruitful and so on and so forth. Also, it is a very private affair and most of us don’t really want to show it in public because of the stigma of being labeled as a follower of blind faith or voodoo or something. I don’t really want to get into a debate on Astrology classified as science or pseudo-science or not even a science. That’s a never ending debate and it’s better left avoided.

The point is, nobody wants to get left behind in this super fast and competitive world. No one wants to have doubts and unanswered questions, especially when it has prospects of a better future. It is the fear of missing out (FOMO) that everybody is on a lookout for instant solutions, easy remedies and speedy rewards. Everyone wants to know the genesis for their miseries/downfalls and take right steps to come up as a winner. They want to take informed decisions today for a better tomorrow, and astrology is “The Thing” for that.

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Deep dive into Astrology: The conceptual angle.

Astrology is derived from the word “astrologia” meaning “the Science of the Stars”. Astrology consists of a bunch of distinctive systems that are laid upon the fundamental idea of a relationship between happenings in our world and certain kind of astro-phenomena or influence of the stars on us. So, the basic principle that astrology acknowledges is that celestial/heavenly bodies have effects on every earthling. The celestial bodies help provide us with the ability to both organize knowledge and understand the world around us. Their location, as it pertains to one’s birth date, place and time, has a significant impact on one’s life.

It’s a 4000 years old science and is also stated as the “Mother of all sciences”.

Astrology goes way beyond the sun sign columns published in newspapers categorizing close to 7.4 Billion people into just 12 standard categories, while each and every soul is unique and has specific traits! The effect of stars and heavenly bodies is specific to every individual. Astrology is the correlation between stars and their effect on life forms derived through statistical positioning and calculating their effective movements to come up with a holistic chart called kundali decoding the possibilities and evaluating prospects for future.

 

Astrology as business

Astrology has seen tremendous growth in recent years and is only growing with advent of scientific tools and better understanding of people. Online Astrology is also one of the fastest growing markets (especially in India) growing close to 100% YoY and is expected to grow to 3 billion dollars by 2020 in India alone! 

People, especially youth, are realizing that astrology can come in handy and can really help them shape their future in an organized and informed manner. On the other hand more and more educated and passionate people are taking up astrology as a profession and guiding people through practical, modern and radical consultations.

 

Conclusion

Today, people more than ever need this age old support system which is solely made in India, in their lives because of the change in socio-economic conditions of our society and increasing uncertainties around the world!

In the coming years, it will expand to new horizons and adapt according to the new challenges of the 21st century.

It’s not too far into the future where astrology is as easy as getting a recharge on your phone! 🙂

 

– Vaibhav

AskmonkAstrology on the go!

(Cross posted on Entrepreneur: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/290133)

#PitchOffSeasonIV, Jaipur

Happy to share that Askmonk was among the top 30 startups selected across India from over 2000 applicants for the Tech Portal’s Pitchoff Season VI in Jaipur featuring India’s top investors and stars from TVF -Arunabh Kumar and Sumeet Vyas! 🙂

With our kiosk installed at the majestic Birla Auditorium, most of the delegates and investors were curious to know about the niche market of astrology. People were quite surprised by our stats and how we are making astrology accessible to everyone. With the session of sharing business cards to connecting with potential investors, Pitchoff was an amazing experience.

Here are some moments:

Birla Auditorium

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Vaibhav and Kanishk on kiosk

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The Exhibitors guide featuring Askmonk.

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