Understanding the problem in your mind, turning it into a solution that solves a real-world problem, and helping millions around the world. Is that your dream? Welcome to the journey of an entrepreneur!
But, what is entrepreneurship? We personally feel that it’s all about learning the same things as everyone else but coming up with solutions that no one else can think of.
The possibilities for creating solutions and delivering services to people are endless. All you need to to do is identify problems that the common man faces, just like these people did:
1. Richa Kar : Co-founder of Zivame
The idea of Zivame came out when Richa was conducting a research on the lingerie market in India. It was then when she realized that lingerie shopping in stores was a hassle for the women in the country. She thought about the concept of online lingerie retailing after she met with a friend Kapil, the co-founder of Zivame. Richa kick-started her professional career by working in the IT sector followed by Spencers and SAP retail consulting. The experience that she gained over the years was carried to the world of startups!
2. Ritesh Agarwal : Founder of OYO Rooms
Ritesh Agarwal is a man who backs his decision. He is the true motivation for young entrepreneurs who are dreaming to invent the next big thing! A college dropout who once wanted to sit for an engineering exam, Ritesh today heads one of the most valuable startups in the country. He launched OYO Rooms with the key proposition of offering affordable and standardized accommodation in 2013 and has since grown to over 8,500 hotels in 230 cities in India, Malaysia, UAE, Nepal, China, and Indonesia. Afraid that his family would end his entrepreneurial dreams, Ritesh initially started off by selling sim cards to survive! This 19-year old spent his time staying at budget hotels, attended customer calls every day and engaged himself learning about budget hotel customers and their expectations.
3. Bhavish Aggarwal : Co-Founder of Ola Cabs
Bhavish completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at IIT, Bombay. He started his career by working in Microsoft for two years and later started an online company which dealt with the selling of short duration tours and holidays online. While he was at it, he happened to rent a car from Bangalore to Bandipur and had an enduring bad experience. After a lot of research, he realized that it was not only him but a lot of customers who were victims to such situations and were in great need of quality cab service. And therefore, in January 2011 Bhavish founded OLA Cabs – an online transportation network company, with Ankit Bhati. Ola was valued at $3 billion as of April 2017! Fascinating much?
4. Brian Chesky & Joe Gebbia : Founders of Airbnb
The Airbnb founders’ story depicts one of the most inspiring entrepreneurial journeys. Against all the odds and to keep the company buoyed up, the founders had to resort to the selling of cereals. The Airbnb founders who had just shifted to New York were having a tough time paying their rent and were looking for a means to earn some extra money. They observed that all the hotels in the city were booked, as the local Design Conference invited a lot of customers. The young lads saw this as an opportunity, bought a few airbeds and quickly put up a site called “Air Bed and Breakfast”. The Airbnb founders have accomplished their dreams and have managed to set up a $25B company, with no investors and thousands of dollars of credit card debt.
5. Malini Agarwal : Owner of missmalini.com
“Close your eyes and think of the one thing you would do for the rest of your life if nobody paid you to do it. Now that’s what you should be doing for a living. Once you find your voice and a unique gap in the market, you are likely to be successful at it.”
Malini is an entrepreneur, digital influencer, and bestselling author. She moved to Bombay with ₹40,000 and a dream. She started her career as a freelance emcee, copywriter, radio DJ at 92.5 FM Radio One and as a gossip columnist for Mid-Day before moving on to Head of Digital Content for Channel V. On a friend’s advice, Malini started blogging as a hobby in 2008 and today, she’s India’s first and the most well-known celebrity blogger who owns a media house. Her blog covers gossip and current events in Bollywood, Indian television, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Malini is the author of the book To The Moon: How I Blogged My Way To Bollywood. This woman entrepreneur strongly believes that diligence and ambition lead to success.
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