Devansh YadavFounder of Gymchalo Published On: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Views 1921
"Work hard and don't worry about the results."
The Indian technology sector has seen a huge boom in the recent past with online portals coming up pertaining to different markets. One such untapped market has been considered to be the fitness sector, which has not been seen as a frontrunner in the ecommerce arena.
Devansh is one of those technology enthusiasts who grew up in a small town and learned most of the things of his life. Thereafter he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial engineering and management. Right from the start of his career, he tried to attain optimal performance and be best at anything he did. However, despite having a good paying job and nice career, he wanted to start something on his own and enter the startup arena. This is where he decided of bringing an idea to life in the name of Gymchalo.com. The platform helps you find the nearest Fitness Centre/ Sports Centre or sporting event happening in your neighborhood and helps you know your workout peers.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
We help people find their nearest Fitness Center/Sports Club/Healthy food or a Fitness event happening in the neighbourhood and help them connect.
Helping them with all the needs to lead a healthy lifestyle from services to products.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The question worth answering is why GymChalo…today from morning to midnight often beyond that, all I think about is fitness not just for me but for the masses, I wonder how I got this way, was this the background or habit that I had lived with my entire childhood? Being in a boarding school all I indulged myself into was sports, fitness and health, that being a very important part of my growing years, I thought I would continue this in my upcoming life which would make me a better person, but contrary to my belief, college happened and all that I thought went right out of the window as the other things took its place. 4 years of Engineering changed me completely, from an early bird I became a lousy owl, my weight shooted up from 65 to 75 which was a result of irregular exercise, development of bad habits and wasting time in all unproductive work, it grew as coconuts grew on trees waiting for me to walk under it, taking away what I once thought was the key to my very own existence.
I had given up everything, all I thought day and night was about my diet and increasing weight and last time I checked it was like an alarm shouting it’s time to change, it was time to acquire my lost passion that I had given up just to realize even though I was up for it, the place where I lived wasn’t ready, the people who lived there was still indifferent with this very fact, I was stunned to see the illiteracy level that persist among the people regarding exercise and fitness, so much of unawareness and myths related to every aspect of health, Poor gym condition, inadequate facility, Lack of sports center. I realized the reason y people were so naïve about gym was because there was no one to guide them or to give knowledge about it, to motivate them to work towards their own well- being. I took to my stride and wished to bring in change that really mattered.
I was now ready to tell my story to the world, to impart knowledge about importance of health and diet, to educate them and to give information about everything that deals with it. It seemed like a renewed passion which I wanted to share with the world and what better way to spread the word than internet. I knew it wasn’t a one day task, it required lot more than just a wish to pull out something that was so neglected by the common man. The difficulties made me push beyond my abilities and take that extra mile, as a result I can gladly say GymChalo happened.
What is your life mantra?
Work hard and don’t worry about the results.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
The start, is it the right time, right place or is it too early or too late to start.
How did you overcome those challenges?
The intuition and self belief to do something to help make a change.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
That would be a bit confidential.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
Its about getting the right people and creating an environment.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Hard Work. Patience & Commitment.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Getting up in the morning and treating each day as beginning of something exciting.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Working too long hours on the laptop.. hehe!
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Hard work and patience pays off.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Not having the belief that he cant do anything. Everything is possible.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Nothing goes as planned.. !
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Share knowledge about fitness and well being to the maximum population of our country.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Probably, when I’m born next time and if I’m able to remember my past life.. Would definitely decide that time.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Darjeeling (Craving for home)
Coorg (Just reminds me of home)
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
Carpe Diem – “Live life to the fullest.”