Arun is one of the most prolific professionals with astute communication skills. He has been known to be peculiar about his goals and works hard to achieve them. He has an expertise in business strategy, negotiations and business development. With more than two decades of experience in the travel sector, he has garnered much needed expertise. He started Wings travel management as a car renting company and leapfrogged into a diverse range of travel solutions. The company currently has 600 team members and more than 5000 associates’ partners.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Transportation service driven by technology. We are in to mass transportation segment and we are incorporating technology to make it scaleable and global, we provide end-to-end solutions to corporates for their mass transportation needs and employee transportation in multiple shifts over 24 hrs period 24 x 7. We are India biggest players in the segment with team strength of 600 plus people catering to Pan India client base of more than 70 MNC clients and more than 5000 individual customers and SME and smaller corporations .Innovative services in our domain like Wings Sakhi ( women empowerment ) , Wings Rainbow ( for LGBT empowerment ) , Wings Jai Jawan ( ex-army people empowerment ) , Malak chalak scheme ( empowerment of drivers to become entrepreneurs ) Bus pooling and car pooling ( to reduce burden on Environment )
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
- Passion for travel
- Wanted to contribution towards transportation infrastructure development which was weak then
- Making travel and transportation commute cheaper and affordable to the common man. Mobility for everyone. Injecting technology which leads to benefit to mankind and rapid growth to touch g
What is your life mantra?
Challenges in life bring out the best in you. We grow when we face challenges.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Fund raise during the initial stages and now fund raiser for the big global leap.
How did you overcome those challenges?
Teamwork, Empowerment, making team belong to Wings Family. For offshore projects technology to scale up rapidly thus injecting efficiency.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We have not yet gone in for external funding and PE. We have been managing the business on our internal accruals. Currently banks fund us for your requirements.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Ability to introduce new products and services, Patience, Persistence, Passion, Partnerships, change with times.
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.
Always being top leader in the segment, which helps us generate enough clout to follow your mission and vision. Spend more time reading.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
In addition to persistence , passion and patience one should always think how he can touch and benefit the community and the mankind when embarked on journey of entrepreneurship .
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Anger management. Anger is to be avoided in professional areas. We tend to make mistakes when we decide on important matter when you are angry and not on control of your mind.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Over trust and over delegation in business.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Take company globally; make it India’s biggest MNC in our Technology driven transportation sector making it a true made in India story.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Yes would do it differently. Time is of essence. We have to change with time and be in tune with time and current trends to be in the market.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
- New Zealand
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Survival of the fittest.”