Selvam MCo-founder at Shortfundly Published On: Saturday, November 07, 2015 Views 1400
"Every idea has it's own flavor, because it's unique."
When you have abundance of talent inside yourself, then it surely shows in the work you do. A Very modest, humble and down to earth person with a super vision in his thought, Selvam has the right mix to become the next big thing in the entrepreneurial arena. He has worked in both start-ups as well as markets leading organizations and played multiple roles at different times in development, design, Project Management, User experience design, Pre-sales, Marketing.
With an MBA under his belt, he has undertaken countless projects and brought them to reality. After gaining ample expertise in his sector, he along with his friend Rajan, started a new venture called Shortfundly. It is an online video streaming platform where users can users quickly view and share short films without any hassle.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
shortfundly.com is an online platform for short filmmakers where they can release, submit short films to short film festivals and promote their films to millions of short film lovers. We can simply say it as an dedicated online short film sharing platform where people enjoy watching interesting short films within their interests.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Short filmmakers release their films in YouTube, vimeo for free just to showcase their talent to get an opportunity to work in feature films. Promoting short film is huge problem. As non techie guy and upcoming short film makers, really doesn’t know anything about promoting their creative short film. We want to solve that problem.
Since 20th century till today, film industry is following the same traditional way of distribution in bringing the films to end viewers. But, we can change this system and make it simple, cheaper and better with the help of technology and help short filmmakers to create their own opportunity, instead of waiting for an opportunity.
What is your life mantra?
Every idea has it’s own flavor, because it’s unique.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
We were facing very fragmented short film industry contacts and finally reach them through our unique platform – “shortfundly”. We reached short film experts. Check it out: http://www.shortfundly.com/expert
How did you overcome those challenges?
We launched short film festival events platform to help film makers to reach their end audience and get recognition for their creative short films
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We bootstrapped our startup. We will reach out to investors, once we release the next version of our product. Next 5 years plan, we have in our hand. It’s all about executing things in right time.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
We came across problem in our organization. The only way we can stop this is by hiring tight people who are passionate about what we are doing. Even a better culture and clear vision can stop employees from leaving the company.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- Product Vision and mission statement should be clear
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
- Google Doc – Strategic planning and tracking
- Hootsuite – We use hootsuite for all our social media engagement.
- Evernote – Sync up day to day activities
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Your business will always be your baby, no matter how small or big it is. Make it grow.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Once we have faced some bad time people used to give up, actually it’s a good time learn new thing from our bad time, take a new way in our success journey. If u want to hug your success you must continue your journey. Don’t lose your patience.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Winning game is not gift from someone, it is a reward of your Smart work and some time hard work and strategic planning.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
- Going to global market and reach short film festival organizers
- 50 million user base
- 20,000 Short film makers
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
For now, we are not looking for any chances, Our vision is to create digital film industry for short film market. We want to become one stop solution for every short filmmaker.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”