I. Information we collect and how we use it
We use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the collection of personal information is limited to that which is necessary to fulfill the
purposes identified below. If we use your information in a manner different than the purpose for which it is collected, then we will ask you for
your consent prior to such use.
Account information. If you create an account to take advantage of the full range of services offered on Read Startups, we ask for and record
personal information such as your name and email address. We use your email address to send you updates, news, and newletters (if you willingly
subscribe to the newsletter during signup, or anytime after sign up) and contact you on behalf of other users (such as other users who send you
compliments, personal messages, or favorite reviews). If you create an account "as an entrepreneur" on Read Startups, we ask for and record
information such as your name, email address and startup/company information(description, founders detail, funding etc.).
Submissions. We store and may publicly display your submissions in order to provide the services that we offer. When we display your submissions,
we do so together with your account name (username). The term "submissions" refers to the information that you submit or post to Read Startups for
public display, such as business ratings, reviews, compliments, and the information that you display as part of your account profile.
Feedback. If you contact us to provide feedback, register a complaint, or ask a question, we will record any personal information and other
content that you provide in your communication so that we can effectively respond to your communication.
Activity. We record information relating to your use of Read Startups, such as the searches you undertake, the pages you view, your browser type,
IP address, location, requested URL, referring URL, and timestamp information. We use this type of information to administer Read Startups and
provide the highest possible level of service to you. We also use this information in the aggregate to perform statistical analyses of user
behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of Read Startups. You cannot be identified from this
Cookies. We send cookies to your computer in order to uniquely indentify your browser and improve the quality of our service. The term "cookies"
refers to small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer's hard drive while you are viewing the site. We may use both session
cookies (which expire once you close your browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them). Persistent cookies
can be removed by following your browser help file directions. If you choose to disable cookies, some areas of Read Startups may not work properly
or at all. Read Startups uses third party tools, who may collect anonymous information about your visits to Read Startups using cookies, and
interaction with Read Startups products and services. Such third parties may also use information about your visits to Read Startups products and
services and other websites to target advertisements for Read Startups products and services. No PII is collected or used in this process. These
third parties do not know or have access to the name, phone number, address, email address, or any personally identifying information about Read
Startups users. Read Startups users can opt-out of sharing this information with third parties by deactivating cookies, the process of which varies by
browser to browser. Please refer to the help file of your browser to understand the process of deactivating Cookies on your browser.
Enforcement. We may use the information we collect in connection with your use of Read Startups (including your personal information) in order to
II. Transfer of information
We may distribute your submissions to third parties, as permitted pursuant to our Terms of Service. The third parties may in turn publicly display
or publish your submissions in connection with their own websites and media platforms. When we distribute your submissions to third parties, we
typically include your account username (but not your personal information unless you include your personal information in your submissions).
We may share your personal information with third parties to provide you with services that we offer through Read Startups, conduct quality
assurance testing, facilitate creation of accounts, provide technical and customer support, or provide specific services, such as synchronization
of your contacts with other software applications, in accordance with your instructions. These third parties are required not to use your personal
information other than to provide the services requested by you.
We may share your personal information with our parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under a common control
company acquires our company or our assets, that company will possess your personal information, and will assume the rights and obligations with
We may disclose your personal information to third parties in a good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) take action
search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order; or (d) protect our rights, reputation, and property, or that of our users, affiliates, or the
public. Please note that we are not required to question or contest the validity of any search warrant, subpoena or other similar governmental
request that we receive.
We may disclose information in the aggregate to third parties relating to user behavior in connection with actual or prospective business
relationship with those third parties, such as advertisers and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of users that have
been exposed to, or clicked on, advertising banners.
Read Startups may contain links to third party websites to which we have no affiliation. Except as set forth herein, we do not share your personal
information with those third parties, and are not responsible for their privacy practices. We suggest you read the privacy policies on all such
third party websites.
IV. Controlling your personal data
To the extent you include personal information in your submissions (such as a photo of yourself), third parties may be able to identify you,
associate you with your user account, and contact you. Please do not include information in your submissions that you expect to keep private. In
addition, you can reduce the risk of being personally identified by choosing a fictitious account name, though doing so could detract from the
credibility of your submissions.
As a registered Read Startups user, you can modify some of your personal information and your privacy preferences by accessing the "Account"
section of this website. For example, you may choose not to receive e-mail solicitations from Read Startups by accessing the "Account" tab on Read
Startups (after signing in) and updating your settings.
Your account is password protected. We limit the access to your personal information to those employees and contractors who need access to perform
their job function, such as our customer service personnel. If you have any questions about the security on Read Startups, please contact us.
Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that your personal
You hereby acknowledge that Read Startups is not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the internet, and you hereby release us from
any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.
your personal information, we will notify you by sending an e-mail to the last e-mail address you provided to us and/or by prominently posting
notice of the changes on our website. Any such changes will be effective upon the earlier of thirty (30) calendar days following our dispatch of
an e-mail notice to you or thirty (30) calendar days following our posting of notice of the changes on our website. These changes will be
effective immediately for new users of Read Startups. Please note that at all times you are responsible for updating your personal information to provide
us with your most current e-mail address. In the event that the last e-mail you have provided us is not valid, or for any reason is not capable of
delivering to you the notice described above, our dispatch of the e-mail containing such notice will nonetheless constitute effective notice of
prior to our notification to you of the changes. If you do not wish to permit changes in our use of your personal information, you must notify us
prior to the effective date of the changes that you wish to deactivate your account with us. Continued use of Read Startups following notice of
such changes shall indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes.
VII. Dispute resolution
investigate your complaint promptly and make available to you the report. The procedure mentioned in clause VIII.
VIII. Governing Law and Arbitration
This Agreement and its performance shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Republic of India.
In the event of a dispute relating to Clause VII or relating to any of the matters set out in this Agreement or any other Transaction
All such disputes shall be referred to arbitration before a sole arbitrator to be appointed by the Secretary of the International Centre
for Alternate Dispute Resolution having its office at Plot No. 6, Vasant Kunj Industrial Area, Phase-II, New Delhi-110070, India herein
after referred to as ICADR The Parties agree that all disputes related to and under this Agreement shall be resolved by final and binding
arbitration, and no Party shall, to the extent permissible under applicable law, refer any dispute to a court for resolution.
The arbitration proceedings shall be carried out in accordance with the rules laid down by the ICADR and the provisions of the Arbitration
& Conciliation Act, 1996 shall apply. The place of arbitration shall be New Delhi. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in the
English language. The award of the arbitral tribunal shall be final and conclusive and binding upon the Parties.
The Parties shall equally share the costs of the arbitrator's fees, but shall bear the costs of their own legal counsel engaged for the
purposes of the arbitration. The Parties further agree that the arbitrators shall also have the power to decide on the costs and reasonable
expenses (including reasonable fees of its counsel) incurred in the arbitration and award interest up to the date of the payment of the
The Parties agree that the Delhi High Court shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain any proceedings for interim relief related
to this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents whether during pendency, or after expiry or termination.
When any dispute is referred to arbitration, except for the matters under dispute, the Parties shall continue to exercise their remaining
respective rights and fulfill their remaining respective obligations under this Agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable under the laws of any jurisdiction, then such provision
shall (so far as it is invalid or unenforceable) be given no effect and shall be deemed not to be included in this Agreement but without
invalidating any of the remaining provisions of this Agreement which shall not in any way be affected or impaired. The Parties hereto
shall then use all reasonable endeavours to replace the invalid or unenforceable provisions with a valid and enforceable and mutually
satisfactory substitute provision, achieving as nearly as possible the intended commercial effect of the invalid, illegal or unenforceable
X. Entire Agreement
This Agreement represents the entire agreement between the Parties in relation to the terms of the matters contained in this Agreement
and shall supersede and extinguish any previous drafts, agreements or understandings between all or any of the Parties (whether oral or
in written) relating to the subject matter herein, and shall include all schedules and amendments executed by the Parties mutually in
writing, provided, nothing herein shall affect the rights and obligations of the Parties pursuant to the Agreement.
XI. Contacting the website and access to your personal information
Upon written request, subject to certain exceptions, Read Startups will inform you of the existence, use, and disclosure of your personal
information and will give you access to that information. Access requests should be sent to our Privacy Officer, using the contact information
above. When requesting access to your personal information, we may request specific information from you to enable us to confirm your identity and
right to access, as well as to search for and provide the personal information that we hold about you. We may charge you a fee to access your
personal information to cover our costs; however, we will advise you of any fee in advance, which will be no more than any maximum fee prescribed