Tushar GagernaCo-Founder of WOOBUS Published On: Friday, February 05, 2016 Views 2007
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
An engineer turned traveler, Tushar Gagerna is one of the most versatile entrepreneurs we have in India. He completed graduation in electronics and communication engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi and started his professional journey in 2014. From forecasting stock market to strategizing digital marketing activities, he has done all. Tushar co-founded his dream venture WOOBUS.in with one of his friends Pariskshit Dutt, after realizing the dire need of a well maintained and organized bus service in India.
The determination to develop this premium bus service came from a trip to Spiti valley where he traveled to with his friend and discovered pain points of travelers like him. Tushar believes there is nothing like ‘impossible’ in this world. He takes inspiration from everyone around, be it a stranger, a celebrity or a philosopher. When he has time, you can find him doing portrait photography and reading about travel. Learn more about this enthusiastic budding entrepreneur of India.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
WOOBUS is a chain of Premium Inter-City bus service. We provide plethora of amenities like Free Wifi, Eye Masks, Neck Pillows, Blankets, Trained Staff, etc. We are standardizing the whole bus travelling experience in India.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Being frequent travelers ourselves, we realized the pain points while commuting in Luxury buses in India. While returning from Spiti Valley, both the founders took pledge to resolve the issue for other fellow travelers like us in India.
What is your life mantra?
If you want something, go get it because ‘limits’ like ‘fears’ are often just an illusion.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
The Online Ticket Aggregation system built currently works in a primitive fashion and it needs to upgrade with time. Entry barrier is pretty strong if your business model is new to the industry.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We figured out alternatives which did not require building the whole thing grounds up and it saved us months of time.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Discipline, Persistence and Open Mindset.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
‘Trello’ to efficiently allocate and manage the tasks among the team.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I have this funny habit of watching motivational videos on Youtube whenever I feel low. My favorite is undoubtedly ‘Les Brown’.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Judging too early. Part of my job includes trying to understand what people actually mean or seek which they don’t speak out directly. I realize that I am no Sherlock and often it lands me in troubles.
Answer in less than 50 words
• One tip to success:
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!
• One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Being a people pleaser. It might take you to a lot of places but it certainly would keep you away from more important ones.
• One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Things take time. No matter how fast you move, there are certain things which will keep pulling you back. Be prepared.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I believe my career path has been an amazing journey so far and I certainly would not want anything to change.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Spiti Valley, Chail and Triund.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”