Abhinav has over two years of experience in product management, product marketing, project management, business development, market research and team leadership. Repeatedly he has shown his zeal to generate creative ideas and implement them with innovative technology. His strong business acumen and ability to drill down the complex problem as well as extensive functional experience in consumer internet give his much credence in the startup arena.
His latest venture Petdom is a pet adoption platform on a mission to find the right deserving home for all pets in India. With the help of technology, Petdom aims to aggregate and facilitate the adoption of thousands of dogs from Animal Shelters, NGOS, and Animal Care Centers. Abhinav along with his team aims to combine their unique experience of working in Product, Business, Design and Technology companies and leverage their skills in making Petdom possible.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Petdom is India’s first pet adoption platform, we leverage technology to bring pets from individuals, animal shelters, ethical breeders and NGOs under one virtual roof making their discovery easy and helping in expediting the process of adoption. We combine our unique experience of working in Product, Business, Design and Technology companies and leverage our skills in making Petdom possible. Working at companies like Times of India, Niffler, Help chat & Carwale, we know all the various aspects of running a technology company. Being part of large teams for various initiatives right from our college life, we have come to thrive in high energy environments where moving rapidly is the only norm. Petdom was incepted in September 2015 and we are based out of Delhi.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
I wanted to bring home a four-legged member and the only information available online was on OLX and other Facebook groups with no single online platform wherein you can get information about pets. I also wanted to be able to know more about the pet and to make the right choice as I stay in an apartment but there was no platform, which allowed me to do that.
This motivated me to look for likeminded people and the love for technology and pets brought us all together. We decided to build an online platform, which will make it easy for pet lover/parent to get home a four-legged family member with all the information around parenting available at one place to ease the discovery of pets resulting in the expedition of the entire adoption process.
What is your life mantra?
Communication can never be over-communication, you should never hesitate to communicate and express.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Every day is a challenge in entrepreneur’s life. The most challenging part was to keep the entire team motivated to pursue the goal.
How did you overcome those challenges?
You have to be patient and aligned with the goal all the time.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We are actively looking to raise funds, we have bootstrapped it
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
Not happening with us
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Discipline perseverance Patience
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
- Slack- good tool for team communication
- Trello- for product management
- FbStart- to get free facebook advert credits
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Writing down every to-do things in one place and create a to-do list using Evernote
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
Belief in self
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
The best advice during this entire journey as an entrepreneur is that “You are an entrepreneur you can talk to anyone in this world, so don’t hesitate”
What are your plans for next 3 years?
We are planning to expand to a subscription based service for pet owners across the country. The user can either select from recommended subscription boxes or can customize their boxes based on the needs of their pets. The user can also choose from different pet related services like training, walk, groom etc as a part of the box.
At the same time, we work tirelessly with animal shelters across the country to get more pets on our current platform so that we can ensure even a higher reach across all the cities & towns of India.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Not go to college
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Norway, Parvati Valley, Humpi
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”