Good Businesses 2017

Making the Right Moo

Stellapps is deploying affordable IoT solutions to weed out inefficiencies in dairy farms

Photographs by RA Chandroo

For a group of five friends who couldn’t distinguish a cow from a bull, life has come a full circle at Stellapps. Ravishankar Shiroor, Ranjith Mukundan, Praveen Nale, Venkatesh Seshasayee and Ramakrishna Adukuri, friends for 15 years, were telecom engineers and technologists at heart. They knew machine-to-machine communications or internet of things (IoT) as it is known now, but what they were clueless about was the vertical where they had chosen to deploy it — dairy farming and milk production. “None of us had reared an animal before,” Shiroor guffaws.