2016 Webby Awards: Blrt named an awards Honoree

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Blrt was named a Webby Awards Honoree, placing it among the 11 best productivity apps in the world.

Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) — a 1,000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members, leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals. The New York Times names The Webby Awards as 'The Internet's highest honor'.

Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet, The Webbys now honors excellence in 5 major media types: Websites, Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile Sites & Apps, and Social.

Blrt is a finalist in the OzApp Awards

Blrt is announced a finalist in the 2015 OzApp Awards.

The OzAPP Awards are the Asia Pacific’s most exciting and innovative app competition seeking the region’s best mobile, web and cloud app concepts.

Initiated by Curtin University and global venture capitalist Bill Tai, the competition aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between innovators, researchers, investors and industry, and to further stimulate innovative business culture around Australia.

Bill Tai is a regular investor in Australian startups and is an avid kitesurfer. He has funded more than a dozen startups that have successfully grown into public companies.

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Meet the startup CEO of the year

Anurag Chakradhar’s father is a Hindi poet, his mother is a singer and his sister is a classical dancer so you might expect him to also be in the artistic fields.

But last Thursday, Chakradhar was named CEO magazine’s startup executive of the year for his work at the helm of Blrt, an app that combines the features of phone calls, emails and video conferences onto the one platform.

So, how does a boy from a family of New Delhi artists become a celebrated entrepreneur in Australia’s burgeoning tech scene?

2015 Executive Awards - Winners announced

The CEO Magazine has revealed the winners in the fourth annual Executive of the Year Awards hosted by Eddie McGuire, held for the first time at Crown Melbourne.

With more than 600 entries, the awards identify the achievements of aspiring and established leaders in 22 categories including CEO of the Year, Managing Director of the Year, Chairperson of the Year, CFO of the Year, and CIO of the Year.

Winners were judged by an expert panel of highly regarded business professionals including Libby Roy, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, PayPal; James Ajaka, former CEO, Nudie; Ron Santiago, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Europcar; John Karagounis, Managing Director and CEO, The CEO Circle; along with The CEO Magazine’s judges, Chris Dutton, Founder and CEO, and Daniel Di Loreto, Publishing Director.

The judges examined the business acumen of applicants on their personal achievements, the contribution and differences the individual has made to the company where they work, financial highlights, and new initiatives that they have established.

This year, the brand new Start-up Executive of the Year category was introduced to the program, set to showcase the entrepreneur whose achievements have shaped the business landscape within the financial year 2014/15. Judging the Start-Up Executive of the Year category was Silicon Valley royalty and most prominent investor in early-stage technology Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute.

Finalists Announced – 2015 Executive of the Year Awards

The Executive of the Year Awards is Australia’s most prestigious awards night for the business sector, recognising the individual excellence of high-level executives nationwide. The awards themselves do not focus on a company’s success, as many others do; instead, the spotlight is centred on the success of individuals who make their corporations tick. - See more at:

From WhatsApp to Viber, Slack to Snapchat, messaging apps are a dime a dozen. Same goes for video chat apps and apps that enable easier collaboration between work colleagues or between service providers and their clients. With the market so saturated, each of these apps are having to add new features and functionality to distinguish itself from the others. What Sydney-based startup Blrt has done is taken various aspects of messaging, video chat and collaboration apps, and created a new communication experience.


How to Build a Hot Software Startup

Anurag Chakradhar, founder of Blrt, joined us on the fabled TWISTA sofa for a talk about how to build a hot software startup. (Hint: it helps if Adeo Ressi says you’re the hottest startup in Australia.)

App allows for environmentally friendly meetings

A mobile app claiming to be an environmentally friendly way for people to hold meetings without being face-to-face has landed its creators on the Australian Anthill Smart 100 list.

The creators of Blrt (pronounced “blurt”) came up with the app out of frustration with the tools available to enable collaboration on projects among people who couldn’t meet face-to-face.


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App Shows New Way To Blrt Out Your Message

ANURAG Chakradhar's Blrt app allows people to send short five-minute interactive voice and video messages that he believes could revolutionise the workplace.

Users record voice messages that are transmitted along with relevant images from a document.

As they are talking, they can circle different parts of the document, zoom in and change pages to help emphasise their message.

Blrt recipients then record their own voice message response and add any alterations they need to the document.

Mr Chakradhar says Blrts are a quick and convenient way for people wanting to ask questions or give instructions about documents, maps, drawings, pictures and even x-rays without needing to organise meetings and phone calls or set out lengthy explanations in an email.

Sydney-based startup Blrt wants to change the nature of collaboration.

Blrt is a communication and collaboration app available on iOS and Android that allows users to talk, point and draw over websites, images, and documents.

Founder Anu Chakradhar says for too long startups wanting to facilitate collaboration have focused on collaboration in real-time, which he believes is the wrong approach.

“The real problem is availability,” he says. “We want to recreate what happens in a face-to-face meeting, but not at the same time.”

What that means is the conversation can be ongoing, with participants responding when they get the chance, with a higher level of interaction than email.

Another advantage is Blrt conversations are tracked, which means people that are added to a project and need to get up to speed can be added to a Blrt conversation, and pretty quickly be on the same page as those who have been working on the same project since its beginning.

“Think of it as a phone conversation. If we were just starting a project and talking about it, a month later someone new is added to the conversation, someone would have to sit down and write an email and explain the project to them,” Chakradhar says.

“We could just add that person and they could hear and see what each person was seeing and their current thinking about what the project involves.”

The startup recently introduced a new feature, Blrt requests, that allow people to set up Blrts on a computer, before continuing the conversation through the mobile app.

Chakradhar says Blrt is targeting graphic designers, engineering, advertising and architecture firms, as well as the education and training sector.

“Say you’re a graphic designer and want to send five images to a customer for feedback. Clients, especially in the small business space where they might be designing their website once every five or six years, don’t know exactly what they’re looking for,” he says.

“They’re able to point and explain what they’re talking about, and it is much better for a graphic designer.”

The startup has just opened a capital raising round and is looking to raise about $2 million to funds its growth.

It has already raised investment from Sydney-based angel investors and is looking to bring the right investor on board, someone who might be able to help them break into some of those verticals.

“It’s not just another way to communicate,” Chakradhar says. “There’s a fundamental difference in the thought process that people go through when creating Blrts.”

The platforms that businesses most commonly use to communicate with both colleagues and clients — phone, email, face-to-face meetings and video chat — are typically only used one at a time. If it’s just a quick chat, you pick up the phone, if you need to send a document you send an email. But is there a way to make multimedia collaboration more seamless through a single platform? We recently wrote about Talko, which aims to make voice calls more like emails. Now a similar service, Blrt, is offering both real-time and anytime sharing of documents, with integrated drawing and voice commenting tools.

Entrepreneur Anurag Chakradhar first had the idea for a technology start-up in 2009, he put it in the too-hard basket.

He went as far as building a prototype but the technical hurdles were high and possibly insurmountable, and he was already busy running Thinkun, the digital marketing agency he founded in 2005.

But New Delhi-born, Sydney-based Chakradhar could not put the idea out of his mind. “About two years ago I decided that this thing still did not exist in the world and it needed to be created,” he says.

Now the company, called Blrt, is a reality and Chakradhar is seeking $2 million in venture capital funding to fund global expansion.

Blrt aims to combine the best of face-to-face communication and email in a new communication tool.

“Everyone tackling this collaboration problem thinks of it as a collaboration problem but I see it as an availability problem. You may be in a different time zone and sleeping or you may be in the office next to me but busy,” Chakradhar says.

“That shouldn’t hold me back from communicating what I have to say, without losing the emotion of voice and the ability to point at something or draw something, and without having to make a 100 or 500 megabyte video that you then have to download and respond to.”

The problem is that face-to-face meetings required real-time participation by all parties, but email lacked the emotion of voice and gesture. While video could theoretically enable both, it created huge files of 100 megabytes or even 500 megabytes with resulting storage and bandwidth issues.