Considering the border tensions with China, PM Modi decided to announce a ban on 59 Chinese apps. This decision was after effectively promoting Vocal for Local and Aatmanirbhar concepts. Adhering to the LAC agitation, India welcomed the decision of some leading apps like TikTok, CamScanner, Shareit, WeChat, and many more.
During the quarantine period, many startups have found that can subsidize the use of Chinese apps. Apps like Say Namaste which was a hit among the users is an apt alternative for Zoom and other video calling apps. Similarly, various apps were launched to meet the needs of the people during these adverse times.
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What is Kaagaz Scanner?
Kaagaz Scanner was launched about two weeks before the ban announcement. The list also included CamScanner a leading app used by most Indians to scan documents and store them. The Indian version namely, Kaagaz Scanner was curated by Ordenado Labs – a Gurugram based startup. the startup also launched Sorted AI – a productivity and management app for monthly and daily tasks. The app fills the void of CamScanner in the Indian way. Storage of documents, saving personal details documents in a cloud server for future use and a few more uses is the basic functioning of the app.
While Indian’s used CamScanner for the purpose, many confidential citizen details were known to Chinese officials. This created a huge threat to India and its security. Hence, Kaagaz Scanner was the need of the hour and it earned almost 1 lakh users on the first day of the ban announcement.
Who is the founder?
Snehanshu Gandhi, Gaurav Shrishrimal and Tamajit Bindra founded this app a year ago but were working to have an edge over the competitors. The company recognized the loopholes of the niche and realized the window of scanning was used to a large extent by millions of Indians. One can store Aadhar card details, check reference and also share many times to complete documenting the process of banks, colleges, offices, etc.
The increasing use of cloud servers and virtual documents led to the idea of Kaagaz Scanner.
The name Kaagaz means a paper in India’s native language Hindi. The name directly summarizes the use of the app. Scanning papers for future use without the hassle of carrying them under an Indian Startup.
The founding trio is IIT-Alumni and had founded this app in July 2019. But they were building the app to beat the worldwide competitor CamScanner and others like Adobe Scan, Microsoft lens, Scanbot, etc. But after the ban announcement by PM Narendra Modi, they started sharing the app on Whatsapp groups, social media and other platforms to reach the masses.
Future of the App
Gaurav Shrishrimal, founder of Sorted AI with the team of Kaagaz scanner frantically are working towards installing new features to the app. CamScanner was used for more than a decade by people, the switch is a difficult one but should have all the features and also new ones. They are currently working on a categorizing feature. This allows the app to scan, recognize, and categorically store the document as office files, insurance files, government documents, etc. A time-saving feature for the users, search category-wise and do not waste time scrolling through all of the saved files.
“Even though millions of Indian users are using scanning apps, there is still a lot of people in India who don’t know that scanning can be done through an app. Our focus currently is to build a product that a larger Indian audience can start using,” said Gandhi.
The Company – Ordenado Labs
Mainly working on bootstrapping with a few developing freelancers the company does not own great funding. However, the company was also a part of NASSCOM 10,000 startups Gurgaon and Axilor Ventures Accelerators Winter Cohort 2019 where they bagged some funding.
After the launch of Kaagaz Scanner, many leading investors picked the company for future developments. There is no official announcement for any advancements on the same.
Kaagaz Scanner fills creatively fills the gap of the banned scanning apps. More than 402k+ downloads, many users are satisfied with the app but are finding few glitches. The company is working on making a user-friendly experience.