Madhumita Ganguly ArolkerCEO & Co-founder of CheerKart.com Published On: Saturday, October 17, 2015 Views 2801
"Chase your dreams and the day is not far when you will be where you envisioned yourself just sometime back."
Madhumita is quick-witted and street-smart besides being a diligent individual. Grasping things quickly and being able to think on her feet come very naturally to her. Her constant endeavor to learn and grow ensures that she always looking for new ways get things done. From a Guest Service Associate to Partner and Director of a company, Madhumita has surely climbed the ladle of success proficiently.
She is gifted with impressive communications skills, whether verbal or written. Her business acumen coupled with the above qualities makes her a complete package as a thorough professional with great potential to be an invaluable asset to any organization across any industry. Her latest endeavor CheerKart.com has already made a name for itself with a span of a year. It is an is an online store meant to spread joy and smile to all kinds of people by offering them rare and beautiful art forms at the best possible prices.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
CheerKart.com stands for Indian art and craft. Not only can one find virtual means to buy real Indian Gifts but also can shop for Indian Couture at the most reasonable price. Starting from Bastar arts from Chattisgarh to Rajasthani decorative and furnishing, there is a plethora of items one can choose from. Then comes crochet art in the form of eco-friendly soft toys in varied sizes and kids accessories which are also custom-made as per customers requirements. Semi stitched Anarkalis, Handloom and designer sarees, semi stitched cotton suits, designer kurtis are a few amongst many that are available with the list only growing every day.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
When i moved out of Mumbai in 2010, i was lost without the big malls and its variety. That’s when i indulged totally into online shopping for all my needs. I realized then that there lies a huge opportunity for typical handicraft and typical Indian Art. Thus came the idea to step into this segment and create a one stop shop for all kinds of Indian items and provide a platform for artisans and craftsmen in India.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Everything that came my way so far has been an enriching experience. There are two aspects to any business today, people and technology. Technology you can master with time, but people have their own minds. So its been tough at times dealing with the diversity of human minds.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I feel there’s no better way to deal with people than having an open one to one conversation. That works for me and helps me decide my next action after i have identified the root cause.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We haven’t really sought out for an investment yet. It’s a self funded venture till now.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
The most important qualities one should have is perseverance, an eye for details, persuasiveness…
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I stay updated on customer’s needs and am very responsive to their demands.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
It’s worth taking the chance….don’t be afraid to do it…
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Don’t cry over spilled milk.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Chase your dreams and the day is not far when you will be where you envisioned yourself just sometime back.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
I am currently working on a blueprint for Cheerkarts expansion and the next three years is going to be hectic while we work towards our goals.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Not sure as I am enjoying the ride I am on and every little thing that’s happening is enriching me as an individual.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
- North-eastern India
- Himachal Pradesh
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Ask and it is given.”