In order to succeed in the current technology driven ecosystem you need to be in sync with all the latest and upcoming trends. If you are unable to keep up with the pace then, you surely would be left behind lurking in the dust. With the same positive approach, Balaji Mohan starts each day in the anticipation to take his startup to newer heights.
Balaji always had a soft spot for racing and automobiles, which was the reason why he left his college studies to pursue his racing career. But being an automobile enthusiast, he felt there was a huge gap between the service center and consumers. This is what led him to his own startup called Drwheelz. It is a doorstep car-repair service that allows consumers to sit and relax while the service center comes to their doorstep. Within a short span of time, they have attained huge credence in Bangalore and have already served more than 600 clients.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Drwheelz is a concept of bringing the service centre to your doorstep for all kinds of car repairs and services upto engine level. Our service engineers are well trained and experienced at par with industry standards to perform repairs on any make and model of cars. For the first time in the country Drwheelz has conceptualized the concept of charging nominally on hourly basis to cut huge service bills.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The automotive industry provides the opportunity for a great mix of ones passion with their desire for a flourishing career.
What is your life mantra?
See the invisible, feel the intangible and achieve the impossible!!
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
To launch a startup is a challenge by itself, and for me it started off with quitting a well paying and a secured job to start Drwheelz on my own.
How did you overcome those challenges?
It is basically the undying attitude to never give up, sheer dedication and belief in the concept that keeps me focused in overcoming the challenges!!
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We have been seed funded by a Delhi based HNI Paul Kumar, who believed in our concept when it was in a form of an idea only!!. Now we have grown up to a level to feed and run the show all by ourself and now we are almost closing our first VC funding for our further expansion.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
- At Drwheelz we provide ample scope for learning, development and skill enhancement in addition to employee friendly atmosphere.
- Constant rewards and recognition program to retain talent and keep the team motivated.
- Sense of ownership to every team member.
- By rolling out lucrative incentive package.
- We discourage the system of hierarchy and hence every employee has easy access to the top management.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Active Listener Willingness to learn and unlearn Perseverance to face the worst
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Google doc Google Adwords
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Take a break when required!!
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Plan my travel itinerary well in advance!!
Answer in less than 50 words
• One tip to success:
Define a target, stay focused and keep moving towards it come what may!!
• One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Never underestimate your own potential.
• One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Avoid getting influenced by negative thoughts around you!!!
What are your plans for next 3 years?
By the end of 2015 we will make our presence fully felt in Bangalore End of 2016 presence in all Tier1 cities End of 2017 go Pan India.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
It was a passion that has manifested into reality!!! There is absolutely no turning back and starting again!!!!
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Ocean, hills and woods!!!
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Contentment is the acceptance of what you have and not the fulfillment of what you want!!”