Better known as a serial entrepreneur, this young and zealous mind is a real inspiration for the budding startups. Jeet Banerjee has studied business marketing from Cal State Fullerton and acts as co-founder of three different ventures and CEO of the fourth one. He is addicted to crafting ideas that can be grown up into businesses and has sheer brilliance to undertake the process of establishment.
As the co-founder of Visionary Media Group i.e. a creative agency founded by leading entrepreneurs, he contributes to everything pertaining to digital products like mobile applications and eBooks.
At an age where youngsters are still seen to be experimenting with career options, Jeet Banerjee is happily playing various roles viz. an internet marketing consultant author & a much-admired blogger. His interview with Yo Success will tell you all that this young achiever has in store to impart.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Visionary Media Group is a leading creator of in-house mobile application, eBooks, courses, websites, and other digital products. We do not build products for other businesses but instead foster our own in-house creative ideas.We solely run on passive income and continue to make an impact in the digital publishing world.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Our team was filled with super-creative ideas, but they were sick of making products for other companies. That’s where the idea for this business sparked.
We decided to foster our own ideas and build our own products while keeping a 100% of the profits/revenue generated from this.
What is your life mantra?
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Being that I am so young and 22 years old, the toughest part was getting others to see and believe in my vision. Most people judge a book by the cover and just assume I’m some kid.
From working with clients to hiring developers and designers who are older than me, it’s always a challenge to get people to respect me and believe in my vision.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I overcame that challenge by simply being me. People want to see someone young who knows what their talking about. I knew people judged be my age but I made sure to show them that I knew exactly what I was talking about. Impress people with your words and action.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
This business has been completely self-funded and continues to grow in that manner.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
The simplest way for doing this is by documenting all of our systems and everything we do. We not only make the documentation extremely simple, but we have a team that is willing to accept and cooperate with new hires by showing them the ropes.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
1. Persistence – If you give up, you cannot be successful. It’s as simple as that.
2. Self-Confidence – Before others can believe in your product, vision or idea…you must believe it in yourself. What you think of yourself is very important.
3. Passion – If you love what you do, it doesn’t become work. When you don’t look at your business or career as work, you can put in as many hours as necessary to be successful.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Evernote, iPhone Reminders, DropBox
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Every morning, I wake up and prioritize my day. I create a schedule of all the things I need to get done and which things are the most important in that given day. That allows me to be really productive and sets a timeline for the rest of my day.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Often times as a businessman, I feel that I need to value every opportunity, which is a good thing. However, I have a tough time saying no. Over time, I have learned that saying no is one of the toughest but best things that you can do. I wish I can get better at saying no to things.
Answer in less than 50 words
Having the ability to go from each obstacle or loss to the next without any loss of enthusiasm is a key to success.
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Don’t lose focus and passion in what you do. The moment that happens, everything goes downhill from there.
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Anything is possible as long as you have the courage to pursue it. Obstacles and barriers may come up, but nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
In the next 3 years, I want to continue growing my tech empire while also diversifying into different industries. I have a huge interest in moving into the realm of real estate, restaurants and other non-tech industries.
I also want to be financially-free by the age of 25 where I have the ability to spend how I want without my finances ever being a thought.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I would try self-educating myself from the beginning. When I first started, I was young and cocky thinking I could take the world by storm. I quickly found out that wasn’t the case and that I had to spend a lot of time learning on my own.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
- Las Vegas
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“You miss a 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky