Utkarsh UpadhyayFounder of MockTutor Published On: Thursday, October 13, 2016 Views 4350
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
Utkarsh is one of those individuals who always have been driven by ingenuity and a knack of building innovative solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering. He also has completed his post-graduation diploma in banking and finance. After completing his studies, he got the entrepreneurial bug and launched his own startup called Mocktutor. It is an online Test series platform, where users can avail online test series for major exams. Within a short span of time, it has become a one-stop shop for exam test preparation.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
We provide Test series platform for different Exams like Bank/Insurance /Govt Job/MBA. We are planning to include many different courses by the beginning of 2017. We are changing our website overview too.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The idea to start E -learning Platform started four years back When I was planning to shift the US for higher Studies. I have broad experience of about 10 years as Educational Consultant .My idea is something unique from other Edu Companies .We are planning to bring education to next level, somewhat like US standard.
What is your life mantra?
Listen to yourself, Music is the best healing agent. Motivate yourself at the beginning of the day, Go for the gym., if not join it, your brain works well when you are fit .Give half an hour to analyze yourself.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Challenges and obstacles are all a very necessary part of any success journey. My experience has shown me that every challenge you encounter, is really, only an opportunity in disguise and very often the very catalyst you need to unlock crucial ideas or concepts, which may have remained hidden from you, had you not encountered the challenge in the first place. I want to go even one step further and say that challenges, obstacles and roadblocks are a very necessary part of any success journey as they help you to develop and grow. When you were learning to walk, every time you fell down or encountered a new obstacle, like an incline, steps etc., you learnt a valuable lesson. All of these lessons, over time added up into your ability to walk around freely and experience the freedom and mobility you now have. While you were learning to walk, do you think you fell down, scuffed your knee or possibly even fell and split your head open? Yes of course you encountered challenges and obstacles, yet you are walking today. Why is that? The answer is really simple, you just never gave up, and you just kept trying, failing and learning until you finally succeeding. Working for long hours, no to every festival and function, sometimes when you miss gym that creates a something very embarrassing moment for Gym lover. Website Designer sometimes creates the mess in your life. Brand Recognition, Meeting every different people, creates problem, Hey Listen, your business model will not work, there are many different players, and they will not make you sustain and blah blah. Listen to yourself, Analyze your Competitor’s every move just like the chess game. Its new brand, you are too young to handle it. I remember two big players who unfriended me on Facebook after my business growth .They created a mess on the very different social platform by creating the fake account and advertisement negative for my brand, I think there is no ethics left in today’s entrepreneurs. A friend of me, Ambarish Santaram really helped me to promote my business and by giving valuable ideas. We have recently tied up with Pagal guy (India’s best Company), Jagran Josh and Your dost.
How did you overcome those challenges?
Fear, that what is common with everyone, oh will I make to some good business.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
Self-Funding, But we are going get fund from some major player to expand our business.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- Hard working attitude
- Self Motivation
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Stop Reacting and Start Responding!
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Focus on commitment, not motivation, don’t rely on others.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Do not follow other’s business model, you are somewhere a beginner, and you need time to reach the level one.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Check your business model after every success, don’t waste your money on unproductive products.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Planning is somewhat big, I cannot share it, for now, I want to take Education to the next level. Of course its hint. I am planning to start three more startups in 2017.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I will start with Marketing Campaign & Brand Recognition from Day 1.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”