TapChief (owned by Pilani Experts Technology Labs Pvt. Ltd) has announced that it has raised an undisclosed sum from PayTm, Aprameya Radhakrishna of TaxiSure, Subramanya Venkat of Fisdom and Venk Krishnan of NuVentures amongst others.

TapChief, a platform to seek advice from industry experts for students and startups was founded in early 2016 by BITS Pilani alumni Shashank Murali, Binay Krishna & Arjun Krishna.

“There is a strong onus on skill development across sectors due to the rapid pace at which the industry is evolving. Our vision is to break the numerous barriers in knowledge sharing through this thriving open community of help-seekers & experts across the globe.” says TapChief CEO Shashank Murali.

TapChief currently facilitates career & business advice where users can schedule a telephonic consultation with any of the 5000 listed experts on the platform. These experts include CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Consultants & Senior Executives from over 2000+ organisations. Students can also opt for the Job Coach program where they get trained for Job Interviews and Placements by professionals from a company of their choice.

Every expert can set their own consultation charges and TapChief charges a fixed commission on every paid consultation on the platform.

“There is a strong onus on skill development across sectors as India’s startup landscape evolves,” said Madhur Deora, chief financial officer, Paytm, confirming the deal.

“Over 40% of our experts do this on a pro-bono basis while the experts who do charge for their time usually donate their earnings to charitable organisations and NGOs through our platform. Having seen over 50000 minutes worth of interactions on TapChief, the backing of a strong consumer-centric brand like PayTm will help us gear up for the next phase of growth” added Shashank.

In April, the startup raised $150K funding from Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma. In June, TapChief named as India's best startup at Seedstars Bangalore.

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