Tarun BhallaCo- Founder: Avishkaar Box Published On: Monday, November 03, 2014 Views 2009
"Do less but whatever you do, do BEST"
Tarun Bhalla wanted to get children’s attention back to creative indulgence & so came up with this unique startup. Avishkaar Box is an online venture of Building Blocks Learning Solutions founded by him with the help of his two co-founders to make complex concepts easy for children. With zeal to make good product for users, Tarun has reached on the top of the entrepreneurs’ list who have raised a unique startup.
“We have faced challenges in every sphere of running a typical hardware product company in India – right from product development, sourcing, vendor and team building,” says Tarun.
The company that struggled to convince everyone about its concept initially has successfully sold 500 boxes of robotronics series in just four months. Tarun has come this far with his sheer brilliance & incessant support of his gifted team but that does not mean the journey was easy. Read the complete story..
What inspired you to start your Business?
Being a trained Engineer and an Educational Entrepreneur, I wanted to introduce Science in a very hands-on practical manner to my daughter. I tried everything right from talking to Nandini’s class teacher to trying ideas from the Internet, getting her into a Science class – but nothing worked out.
I talked to a bunch of other parents and realized that almost all of us had one or other dream for our children, however, had little idea on how to go about it.
This was literally a moment of epiphany for me and I thought there should be a platform where we can go about the dreams for our children in a structured and planned manner.
What is your life mantra?
Do less but whatever you do, do BEST.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Setting up the supply chain for our boxes. Doing hardware in India is one of the most challenging task.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We have focused heavily on developing a very agile and quality conscious supply chain. It took developing of stringent quality benchmarks right from sourcing of material from our vendors, to three step in-house testing process finally followed by a follow-up from the paying customers.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- An ability to identify scaleable, differentiated opportunity
- An ability to inspire confidence and trust from his/her team
- An ability to sell 24×7
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
Our organization’s current strength is 30 people and maintaining a personal rapport with all the folks is one of the most effective ways to manage attrition. However, creating a culture of transparency, opportunity, learning, empathy and accountability can be the key.
What are your top three getaway destinations ?
Interestingly, I do three vacations in a year
- Rishikesh: I meditate and Rishikesh is an incredible place for the same.
- Camping: Going out with my team for an offsite in the summers is a ritual – we mostly choose some camping site which is not known to many folks.
- Kalpa: I have been to Kalpa (Highway fame) near China border – and its incredible beyond description.
As an entrepreneur, what advice would you like to share with emerging startups?
Do what you really love to do as entrepreneurship is tough and your happiness while doing it shall keep you at it.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
May be start as a Sales guy in a startup.
Which online tools and services 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.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Taking too much on my own plate.
Which one mobile app would you recommend?
Google Maps (as I travel a lot)
Answer in less than 50 words:
a) One tip to success:
Feet firmly on the ground and head above the clouds.
b) One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Listen, like really listen to your customer.
c) One tip to be a good learner:
Eating your own dog food in other words living in your dream world disconnected from your customers.
d) One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
An entrepreneur should have an ability to create buzz around his work.
If you get an opportunity to start a new venture what will it be?
Military Robotics may be…
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Make Avishkaar Box as the most preferred platform for parents when it comes to the academic parents for their children.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Courage does not always roar, Sometimes it is that quite voice which says I will try again tomorrow”