Like many young cofounders in Delaware, James Massaquoi and Suryansh Gupta met through UD’s Horn Entrepreneurship, where they started a startup-focused tech firm called Intellecta. They’re still undergrads, in fact, with a growing number of ventures under the Intellecta name and a subsidiary in India.
“It started started when my dad and I were working on another startup called Rentula, an online rental platform where, say, if you have extra books, people can rent them from you on the platform,” said Gupta. “[My family is] from India so we want to resource there, but we found that [outsourcing] can be ultimately unreliable in terms of communication and deliverables.”
Instead of outsourcing, they took a cue from companies like Google and Facebook that have their own offices in India. It wasn’t just for their own accessibility to Indian technologists. “We wanted to give that accessibility to other startups,” Gupta said.
Another venture is 360VR, a real estate tech company that offers the ability to present properties with a virtual-reality experience (you can demo it on their website). “We’re doing virtual home tours, staging, anything to show off a property and give it a complete understanding,” said Massaquoi.
“We want to have a network of agents so that anyone who needs VR technology or VR photography for their properties or construction sites or even insurance claims can access it,” Massaquoi continued. “We want to help it becomes an available technology, not just in New York or Philly or California, but for everyone across the country.”
360VR will also be adding augmented reality to its list of real estate services. “So if you have a lot of empty properties that might look great, but buyers can’t really picture themselves living in there, we’re adding the AR aspect to our VR tours,” said Massaquoi.
Instead of imagining the room with new paint and your style of furniture, you can add those things digitally, similarly to how IKEA and Amazon allow you to place a product in your room using your phone camera.
And, while their ventures are primarily in tech, they’ll be entering the food service arena next spring, when they plan to launch a food truck called VeganHealthy (with its own delivery app, of course) in Newark and Wilmington.
All of this, including VeganHealthy, is part of the Intellecta software development company.
“We want to give [startups] the resources, whether it be technological, a marketing app or website, or a prototype,” said Gupta.
And a healthy lunch, too.
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