‘Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.’ – Leo Buscaglia
This is the mindset behind the inception of Dextra, an online platform that enables creative people – writers, dancers, painters, artists, etc. – express their creativity in a better way by helping them learn the essential skill set.
To its CEO & co-founder Divyaansh Anuj, Dextra is something that also gives his meaning a life (as he likes to put it).
Divyaansh is a BITS Pilani alumnus and has previously worked as software developer at Oracle. But the comforts of a secure IT job in a fancy office space didn’t give him the satisfaction he gets in overcoming the challenges that he faces every day in growing his startup.
Read on Divyaansh’s interview to YoSuccess to get inspired & to know more about the online platform where you can express your creative thoughts more creatively.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
A global collaborative platform for artists, designers, musicians, dancers, writers, filmmakers, and everyone creative.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The limitlessness of one’s thought, but the limitations on one’s capabilities. There is so much that we have in our minds that can and should be expressed. However, we are restricted by our limited skill set. Dextra enables us to collaborate with people who have complementary skills to express ourselves in ways that we alone could never have.
What is your life mantra?
Our existence is infinitesimal in space and time. However the impact that our existence can have is infinite across space, and time.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
There have been multiple challenges in the worldly sense, but nothing as challenging enough to qualify as an answer to this question. The joy of the journey supersedes the discomfort that any challenge brings. And I hope that it remains this way for all the challenges to come.
How did you overcome those challenges?
The initial mindset challenges had already been conquered before I came up with the idea. In fact, it was these challenges which urged me to do something that has an impact, then just following a stable and a mainstream path that I was about to walk on. How I overcame the mindset initially had a lot to do with an existential crisis that I went through. It taught me that life is meaningless, but only when we don’t find a meaning for yourself. I found Dextra to be my meaning.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
An angel investment of $100K by Mr Amit Gupta, Director of Vis-a-vis, one of the top Lighting Design companies in India.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Passion, Perseverance, Patience. In that order. These are clichéd for a reason. They are the qualities which are hard to find in union, but definitely lead to the success of any form, if exercised together.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Slack for communication. Asana for productivity. AngelList of recruitment. Calendly for scheduling.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Every morning making a schedule for the day with actionable tasks and proper time slots. Because of the uncertainty in startups, it is hard to make a plan for the month, or even for the week. But by making a daily plan, we make sure that we get the most out of the day, each day. And thus the most out of our lives.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Judging people and circumstances too early.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Always ask why.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Living a life without meaning.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
It’s better to be the fool who asks the question than to be the fool who doesn’t know the answer.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
To make Dextra happen, the way I have dreamed it.
If you get a chance to start your career again, what would you do differently this time?
I would care more about learning.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Any three places I’ve never been.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Today is just the beginning of tomorrow.”