Abhinav Agarwal is one of those entrepreneurs who had the desire to change the dynamics of service ndustry with the use of technology. After completing his Bachelor of Technology degree (Electrical Engineering) from IIT, Mumbai, he went on to work for McKinsey as a consultant for more than two years. However, the entrepreneurial bug was stuck to him, which is why he decided to venture out and pursue his vision to change the home solutions landscape in India. Doormint, his latest venture, is dedicated to improve the home service scenario in the country to the benefit of India’s growing urban population.
Abhinav is known to be an excellent team-builder with an eye for talent. He understands the value employees bring to any organization. He encourages active employee contribution and insights, valuing their inputs and offering maximum opportunity for growth. His vision is to make Doormint an integral part of people’s lives throughout the country as a synonym for home service solution. Abhinav is very fond of music and is often found playing a guitar when there is no professional obligation.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
DoorMint is about getting any home service like laundry, professional cleaning, handyman, plumbers, carpenters and electronics repair with amazing convenience, quality and predictable pricing.
Home service at one tap of app, no callings, upfront pricing and there is post service warranty.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Even after living in a tier 1 society of Mumbai, when we were not able to get reliable handyman services, we realized that there is a huge need of a professional platform which can provide home services which are punctual, professional, price predictable and enabled by technology and one should be able to book through mobile app and web and online payments. Technology has a huge role to play in this as both demand and supply can be matched based on real time location and availability and achieve synergies and higher productivity.
What is your life mantra?
I believe in pure hard work and persistence of efforts. With these even the most difficult of goals can be achieved.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
I think the most challenging part for any entrepreneur is to get a very energetic and highly talented team in place. And not only just getting them on board but to keep them fully motivated throughout the journey, through good and bad times is the most critical aspect.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We really think of our team members as the biggest asset and put all the efforts to make sure that they are getting the right job according to their skill set and growth expectations both professionally and personally. We have regular pit stops and one on one sessions to understand and track growth of each individual plus do trajectory correction when and if needed.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
After an initial seed round by Powai Lake Ventures, we have raised close to 3 million dollars from Helion and Kalaari.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- Strong team player
- Hard working
- Smart thinking
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Keeping a to-do list with priority order and deadlines makes time more productive as you know what you need to focus on and when.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Be hard working and have positive attitude.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Thinking that you can achieve success alone, team is critical
What are your plans for next 3 years?
We are planning to have more than 1000 people in the team, doing 50000 to 100000 orders a day and More than 25000 customers in our daily routine.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Design is how it works.”