Neha RaneFounder of JustByod Published On: Friday, September 18, 2015 Views 1704
"What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do."
A digital marketing enthusiast, micro-blogger, traveler, chief editor at Digisquash & NineFivers; the list goes on and on. Neha is an awe-inspiring character filled with enthusiasm and an enterprising attitude. She is a serial entrepreneur who always has tried to touch the right chord at the right time. Her works is always deemed to be of high standards as she shows a solid understanding of commercial objectives and customer service. She is friendly and personable but also professional.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree in marketing she went on to pursue her masters from University of Birmingham. During her studies, she took a first jab at entrepreneurship by starting Digisquash. After that, she started her career with a tech startup in London. Four years down the line she decided on coming back to India. However, her true ingenuity came to the forefront when she launched her latest startup JustBYOD. It is an online platform, where entrepreneurs can find shared/co-working spaces in and around the city that they prefer.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/service.
Sharing your working space is the new way of doing business. Shared working spaces provide you with a platform to network with enterprising minds that would end up changing the very fabric of business. At Just BYOD, we facilitate the next generation of entrepreneurs by opening up a new and exciting world of creative shared spaces in and around the city that you prefer.
Currently, coworking space is our major category. We have listed unique inspiring and creative spaces from Asia and soon will be expanding into different categories of workspaces.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
I used to be a freelance consultant and I found it very difficult to find information about coworking or shared workspaces in India. The information was scattered all across the internet. This is when I thought of building a product to bring all this information under one roof.
What is your life mantra?
Take risks, always!
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Since we are an early stage startup, getting listings on our website was a challenge. It took a while to get the hosts on board.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We made sure that we present a good MVP backed with a sustainable business model.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
Until now, it’s bootstrapped by me. We’ll be looking at funding options by early next year.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
I lived in the UK before and always wanted to get back to India to start something of my own. In my case, we can call it reverse brain drain.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
- Google Drive
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I swear by to-do lists.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Fail quickly! The faster you fail the better you will get with time.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Don’t wait. Procrastination can kill many ideas.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
I want to take JustBYOD beyond Asia and expand into Europe.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I will plan better.
What are your top three getaway destinations ?
London, Edinburgh & Goa
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do” – Tim Ferris