As an entrepreneur, I've faced my fair share of challenges and triumphs. When I first started my journey, I had no idea what I was getting into. All I knew was that I had a passion for creating something new and innovative that could make a difference in people's lives.
My inspiration for starting my venture came from the realization that there was a huge gap in the market for vernacular audio content. India is a country with over 22 official languages, but the vast majority of content available online is in English or Hindi. This means that millions of people in India are missing out on the opportunity to engage with content that is relevant and relatable to them.
I knew that if I could create a platform that catered to the needs of these people, I could make a real impact. But getting there was not easy. The biggest challenge we faced was finding the right people to join our team. We tried everything from hiring freelancers to outsourcing, but nothing seemed to work.
Eventually, we stumbled upon the hourly wages method, and it worked wonders for us. We also made sure to include our new hires in the overall vision and strategy of growth, which helped develop stickiness.
As we grew, we learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Perseverance and resilience were key, as were strong time management skills and the ability to build relationships with others in the industry. We also learned that it's important to be honest with yourself and your team, both about your failures and your successes.
Despite the challenges, we've achieved a lot as a company. We've qualified for two esteemed government grants, become part of the Jio Developers GrowthPad Program, and even made it to the final round of Shark Tank India Season 1 and 2.
To anyone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, my message is simple: it's hard work, but if you believe in your idea and have proof that it works, don't let anything stop you. You don't have to start your own company to have an entrepreneurial mindset. We can all bring that same spirit to our jobs and make a difference in our own way.