How I Gave Up A Wall Street Career To Set Up Zoomcar In India

How I Gave Up A Wall Street Career To Set Up Zoomcar In India

[This article is a part of our First Person series, where entrepreneurs write about their lives, jobs and careers.] I was studying at USC’s Marshall School of Business when I began to research about the Indian market. Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the market in India was largely unexplored barring a few sectors. While I was enjoying a fairly successful career as a Wall Street investment banker, I decided to…

From An Accidental Entrepreneur To a Responsible Petrepreneur: The Dogsee Chew Story

From An Accidental Entrepreneur To a Responsible Petrepreneur: The Dogsee Chew Story

[This article is a part of our First Person series, in which entrepreneurs and professionals talk about their lives, jobs and careers.] I would say I am an accidental entrepreneur. I got a chance to start my entrepreneurial journey with an analytics company Marketelligent and became a minority partner with two well-known people in 2007. Eventually along with my five friends in 2009, I started Simplify360 which is currently the market leader in Digital analytics in our…

How Gradeup Managed To Get 4 Million Downloads

How Gradeup Managed To Get 4 Million Downloads

[This article is a part of our First Person series, in which entrepreneurs and professionals talk about their lives, jobs and careers.] Clearing your dream exam is one of the best feelings ever. But in today’s extremely competitive market, it is not that easy to be among the top. The situation is much difficult for the students who cannot afford to pay huge amount of money to the coaching centers. When the company’s co-founders Shobhit…

How GetMyUni Became One Of India’s Biggest College Search Platforms

How GetMyUni Became One Of India’s Biggest College Search Platforms

[This article is a part of our First Person series, in which entrepreneurs and professionals talk about their lives, jobs and careers.] Every industry in the recent days is gaining momentum through user reviews. Companies are going to great lengths to develop their customer/client experience as the ratings/feedback provided by these clients is one of the major factors influencing further business. There were a lot of sites which were capitalizing on the same and were…

I Quit My Job, Built A New Income Stream And Relocated To Goa

I Quit My Job, Built A New Income Stream And Relocated To Goa

Last year, in the second week of October, I moved to Goa. This post is a story of why and how that happened. Also, my perspective on the good and the bad of living here. The Why Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Graham, Elon Musk – these were the names I idolised a few years ago. Then, I built a startup, sold it off and was burnt out in the process. Building and running a…

Confessions Of A Failed Entrepreneur

Confessions Of A Failed Entrepreneur

I’m laid flat on my back on the fake wood floor in the middle of our office staring up at the disgusting ceiling fan that hasn’t been cleaned in over a year, watching a large clump of dust spin around and around, gathering momentum, teetering further to the edge by the second. I have a deep sense that when it falls, it will fall directly on my face, because that’s just my luck these days, and I…

How Demonetisation Made Me Lead An Almost Hippie Life & Gain New Perspective On A Few Things

How Demonetisation Made Me Lead An Almost Hippie Life & Gain New Perspective On A Few Things

Almost 3 weeks ago, the #SurgicalStrikeOnCash or #Demonetization was splashed all over the news. It was a spectacle like never before. It was all over Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and even out in the real world. It was the one thing everyone ever talked about. In fact in a way it turned strangers into friends from the aching need to discuss the issue. On my daily walks with my dogs, I would see a bunch of…

Why I Quit My High-Paying Startup Job After Just 6 Months [First Person]

Why I Quit My High-Paying Startup Job After Just 6 Months [First Person]

Having worked at one of the world’s best companies, touted for its supreme work culture, and from otherwise interacting with a ton of professionals during my 7 year career, I know a bit about the corporate sector. Without getting into too many qualifying details, or revealing what the company is in question, let me dish out a healthy amount of critical assessment for my last workplace that happens to be a reasonably well known, 7…

This Is What Being Jobless In India’s Silicon Valley Looks Like

This Is What Being Jobless In India’s Silicon Valley Looks Like

You put down your papers at your current company with half a smirk and a “can’t touch this’ look to your boss. You’d had enough. You’re qualified enough to land a better job. In fact you’ve almost got the hottest job at the hottest startup in the Silicon Valley this side of the globe. You’re not scared of being jobless in India. The D day is here, and some part of you would like to…

The Choices That Defined Citrus

The Choices That Defined Citrus

[This article is a part of our First Person series, in which entrepreneurs and professionals share stories about their lives and careers.] Building a company throws up choices. Should you raise lots of money and become what the ecosystem deems popular or stick to your DNA even if it means you are not in the limelight everyday? When to merge your company with a strategic versus build independently? When faced with these choices, founders need…

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