Amitesh MishraFounder & CEO of Shabdanagari Published On: Saturday, January 30, 2016 Views 1904
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained."
If you had to describe Amitesh in a single word then it surely would be forward-thinker. He always had a knack for building solutions that build a better community. After completing his B.Tech and subsequently M.Tech from IIT Bombay in electrical engineering, he started his career as a business analyst. After working on several projects, we decided to take the plunge and launch his own company Trident analytical solutions. The main aim of this startup is to provide powerful social media analytics, management and monitoring services through this platform.
Soon he launched his second venture called Shabdanagari. It is a next-generation platform on the internet offering its services in Hindi. Within a span of few years, the platform garnered immense success with over 1.5 Lakh unique visitors, more than 6.5 Lakh page views and over 20000 registered bloggers.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Shabdanagari is the first of its kind platform on the internet that provides the ability to read and write content in Hindi on the internet.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Unavailability of good online platforms for Hindi speakers in India.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
People’s inclination towards using English on the internet.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We are still working on those challenges. Changing the mindset of people to use their native language on the internet is not so easy in India.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We raised a seed round of 25 Lakhs from SIIC, IIT Kanpur in 2014. We are working to raise our first round of 80-120 Lakhs from Kanpur Angels and Ah! Ventures.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
Train people well enough so they can leave. But Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Hard work, Honesty and a strong desire to succeed.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
WhatsApp, Facebook & Shabdanagari.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Ability to work overnight on problems.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
- One tip to success:
Hard work. There is no other way.
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Blasting at your employees.
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
You can treat everybody as same. People are different and so should be our attitude towards them.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Grow into the most powerful service provider on internet in vernacular space.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Don’t want to start all over again. We are doing good.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
DharmaShala, Haridwar, Lonawala
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.” – Gandhi