With an expertise in ecommerce, entrepreneurship, team management and business analysis, Ashis has always been known to have a knack for identifying upcoming trends. After completing hid B.Tech, in electronics and telecommunication engineering, He was working for a multinational corporation in Canada
His first stint at entrepreneurship came in the form of Nexhop, which he cofounded with his friends Benny and Surajit. Nexhop is the latest entrant in the mobile commerce sector. It has created a huge buzz around its unique business model. The company wants consumers to experience the trust that’s missing from their present online shopping experience as Nexhop makes the mobile their new Shopping advisor.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The biggest problem Brick and mortar stores are facing today is losing their customers to online players. In many cases, they sell online, however the customer belongs to the online seller. The idea is to support Brick & Mortar retailers to integrate modern technology into the sales processes so that they can add, engage and retain their online customers and stand strong in the fast moving world of ecommerce.
The idea was originally conceptualized in 2014 when I and my other co-founders Benny and Surajit were working in Toronto, Canada. To turn our dream into action, I left my job in Toronto and moved back to India in early 2015.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
I can’t really pinpoint any moment as such. Every day has been a new learning experience in this journey so far.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Nexhop brings an unbiased online platform for brick and mortar stores to help them utilize the true potential of the cloud and online as a channel for sales and marketing. The aim is to make the stores as technologically advanced as possible to stand strong in the world of online. Our focus is to enable the stores with data analytics; linguistic and visually enriched solutions so that they can generate more sales, utilize their limited resources judiciously, and simultaneously create their own reputation in the world of online commerce
What is your life mantra?
It is your decisions, not conditions that would determine your destiny
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
Our Toronto team supports Nexhop’s finances. Meanwhile, we are actively in talks with multiple Indian investors to close our first round of funding.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Risk taking ability, Persistence, Vision
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I feel one of the keys to thinking and making it big is total focus. You need to be focused enough to stay on track.
Answer in less than 50 words
As I mentioned earlier, you need to be focused on achieving your dream.
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Take your legal work seriously. Everything should be on paper to avoid any issues in long run.
- One most important lesson that you have learned until now:
Be an entrepreneur, only if you want to experience the roller coaster ride in your life.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Along with developing microservices integration, creating an end-to-end online presence for the stores and expanding the after sales service support, Nexhop is also looking at geographical expansion pan India and in North America through partnerships.
If you get a chance to start your career, again what would you do differently this time?
I would start my career as an entrepreneur.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
My Home in Odisha, Ladakh, Havelock island
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do” – Bruce Lee