1. Briefly describe your journey so far in life.
Well, having started the most important journey in life, the journey so far seems relatively insignificant at the moment. I was like any other kid in school until the day my father decided to get a computer. As it was being assembled at home, the process of “making” a computer highly fascinated the child in me! I believe this was the moment when the seeds of being a technology freak were sown. I always wanted to be someone who could make computers and make them work. This fascination was alive, when it was time for me to make a choice after school and I enrolled for an engineering diploma in computer technology. This decision was well supported by my parents and other important people in my life. The hunger for more knowledge drove me to take up a masters course as well. Along the way, I read about great entrepreneurs as a hobby and the ambition to become an entrepreneur took root. After my masters I turned down three job offers, out of which two were what people would call ‘dream jobs’ with tech giants of the modern world. Such is my passion for entrepreneurship and technology combined, that a mere discussion, years ago with two of my best friends Devendra and Yash, of starting up a tech company soon became a reality, hence the conception of Technobratz! It has been two and a half months and, as I said earlier, the most important journey in my life has just begun…
2. Please describe the activities Technobratz is into and how the start-up has been perceived in its early days.
Technobratz is currently serving in four domains, viz. Mobile Applications, Software development & Custom software development, Web Designing and a Design Studio. We are focused on delivering the best, time bound services. We have dedicated expert teams in each of these domains but Mobile applications is our main forte, with a number of projects already lined up.
It has not been a smooth sailing journey. Clients, for obvious reasons, doubt your potential. Inexperience in dealing with clients overseas doesn’t help either. On the other hand, people have been extremely co-operative as well. Everything said and done, the satisfaction of being a start-up and living up to expectations is priceless!
3. According to you, what does it take to get a tech start up off the ground, especially in India?
I can think of three things – patience, determination and self-belief. Getting a tech start-up off the ground is going to test your determination to succeed to its limit. You have to be smart and grab every small opportunity that comes your way. Building up your work portfolio is the way you can make headway in the international market. We faced tonnes of setbacks and disappointments; this is where self-belief and patience is tested. Stay focused. Determination should be converted to hard work. Consider every project coming your way and work to your full potential every time. Treat all clients at par. Such a work ethic imbibed early on will work to your advantage in the long run. Fortunately, every partner at Technobratz has this principle down to the letter, easing off some of the pressure that comes with a start-up.
4. What are the three most important things you learnt after you became an Entrepreneur?
In my opinion, giving all costumers equal priority is the single most important thing. Customer satisfaction leads to an immense sense of fulfilment. Irrespective of who the customer is, maintaining the same level of professionalism is essential. A healthy and fun work environment goes a long way. As an Entrepreneur, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employee works in the most efficient manner with a happy mind. Finally, legal issues can be catastrophic in some cases, so knowing the law, in terms of technology and the product you create or the service you render, is crucial. Compliance with legal formalities and honesty make for hassle-free growth over time.
5.What do you have to say to the people who at different crossroads of life battle these difficult choices – a) To go get a job that you might not be passionate about. b) Start something of your own with an inherent risk of failing miserably.
Well, getting a job that you might not be passionate about doesn’t make sense. Then why do it?! The Greats have always said being passionate about work and having work satisfaction is the most important thing! If your passion lies in starting up your own business and being an entrepreneur, then why not. Agreed it comes with inherent risks, but achieving your dream to become a successful entrepreneur is well worth the risk. If you have the determination to do well, failing miserably is out of the question!
6. Where do you look for inspiration
The determination and motivation to succeed is inspirational enough. The support and love of my family and friends keeps me goingl. I believe, this drives me towards success.
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About the project : Game Changers