Abhishek GuptaFounder of MinkFoodiee Published On: Friday, July 22, 2016 Views 2103
"Simplification is the best solution for every problem."
A white-collar job never appealed to Abhishek, because the urge to do something on his own, which also brings a change, was too strong inside him. He is a serial entrepreneur, with a number of tech startups running successfully under his observance.
Abhishek has a Masters degree in Management & Finance from Harvard University, which alone speaks volumes about his understanding of the business world. And it is further proven by his most recent startups – Mink Foodie – an online food order delivery service that offers unique features like in-house orders, queue manager, pre-order, and takeaway; and Mink Chatter, an online platform where users can buy and schedule all sorts of things & services online. Both these startups are evidence of his keen observance, which enabled him to identify the existing needs in the market that everyone else failed to see.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Mink Foodiee is an online food ordering platform. Features that differentiate MinkFoodie from the typical ‘me-too’ products of online food-delivery industry are in-house orders, queue manager, pre-order, and takeaway.
Our second solution is Mink Chatter, which is designed to provide a single platform to distinctive needs of online customers. On Mink Chatter, users can avail offers and deals, book hotels/apartments, events, and much more.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The demand of online food ordering has been increasing at an exponential rate. Rather than looking for eating joints manually, customers are seeking to get it done from the comforts of their home. To enhance this experience, we came up with an idea of providing an online food ordering platform with exclusive features such as in-house order, queue manager and a personalized table booking facility. For Mink Chatter, we already had in our mind to frame a one-stop online spot to cater varied customer needs such as shopping, booking etc.
What is your life mantra?
Simplification is the best solution for every problem.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Framing the idea was tough, but implementing those ideas was tougher. Coordinating employees and customers are also no easy task. Strategic communication is very important for correct idea implementation.
How did you overcome those challenges?
Life’s has always been a hurdle to learn from and grow. The challenging part I would say was when I was starting this business, looking out for partners, investors and team same headed like mine. Technology never dies and so are my products.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
Generating investment in a business is not a game of coin, you need heart and soul to make it one and that is what I did.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
To keep up with your root and respect everyone that meets you in the life journey. You should have the zeal and a passion to learn and grow.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Never give on what you like. Time and youth waits for none. Live when you are young.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Sim city, Facebook, Mac notes, WhatsApp for the team communication and basecamp and Flipboard to update my knowledge
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Ability to never stop learning and being an early riser.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
People consider me soft hearted and business makes you bully.
Answer in less than 50 words
- One tip to success:
When I feel like quitting I just think of why i even started.
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Time and youth waits for none. Young at heart overcomes challenges.
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Never give up on what you like.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
To take company to a next level and be a pioneer in the IT world. I would want to increase the people to earn through my company and be an example to youth to live a dream.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Perfect things don’t need a change, but one can always try different paths to the same conclusion or even a better refined journey.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Paris, Boston, Hong Kong
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Creativity is just connecting things” – Steve Job