Neha Puri wanted to stretch the paradigms of usual food ordering with specialized dishes from a variety of cuisines cooked by Home Chefs. Her aim was to deliver food at the customer’s doorstep, offering perfect meal solutions that cater to a vast cross section of individuals. This dream led to the birth of Cyberchef.
Neha has always been an enterprising person who had difficulty working under anyone’s instructions. She always wanted to make decisions of her own and be responsible for them. After completing her masters in marketing, she did a few short stints at various organizations. Nevertheless, as said earlier, she always had the eager to start her entrepreneurial career. Her brainchild Cyberchef aims at becoming a one-stop gateway of providing a virtual marketplace for home cooked meal. Within a short span of just three months, it has attained huge acceptance among the masses garnering more than 1500 unique clients.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
CyberChef, a Gurgaon based virtual marketplace for home-cooked meals, launched its operations in Gurgaon, earlier this year. With a view to retaining the virtues of ‘home made food’, it offers perfect meal solutions that cater to a cross section of individuals.
The novel concept of CyberChef provides an impetus to talented & passionate home chefs. The chefs on board, get the opportunity to present specialized menus with uniqueness in taste & cooking style through the platform. The platform connects passionate home chefs with foodies, gourmands, connoisseurs and gastronomists, alike. This is done via classic dishes, selected from a wide variety of cuisines cooked by Home Chefs, delivered at the customer’s doorstep. By partnering with different home chefs each day, we keep the menu exciting and different.
The menu selection ranges from a wide choice of regional Indian cuisine like Punjabi, Lucknawi, Sindhi, Mughlai, South Indian, Bengali, Maharashtrian, etc to International choices such as Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Lebanese, etc. Plus a huge array of delicious desserts (Malpua Rabdi, Shahi Tukda, Gulab Jamun, Moon Dal Halwa, Choco Crunch Cup, Tiramisu Cup, Mango Delight Cup, etc). So why let yourself be swamped by unhealthy restaurant food options when home cooked food awaits you and is just a call/click away!
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
I have always had a entrepreneurial bent of mind and was not made to work under anyone, I have always wanted to be able to make decisions on my own and to be responsible for the success or less of it, that I achieve . The first few months were tough before the processes could be streamlined and are now scalable. I have had the fortune of meeting more young entrepreneurs like me at many forums and discussing many aspects of business and has been a great learning for me and has given a lot of confidence.
What is your life mantra?
You learn the value of hard work by working hard.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
A start-up has only one thing in its favor that is ambition and desire to grow. Challenges are in getting a good team in place, inviting the home chef’s on board, communicating to convert the target audience into customers, planning incoming and outgoing logistics to serve our customers, locating vendors etc. I have invested in this venture through family funds .We will be seeking funds from third party sources on scaling up the operations, expansion into other cities , strengthening the core team
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We have been sufficiently funded by friends and family. We will go in for funding by end of financial year .
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
2) Team Work
3) Love for what you do
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Prioritizing my work is what gets the most of me. Knowing what task is to be done when and how.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
Work should make you happy , the minute the work you are doing makes you not want to get up in the morning it’s not going to work and will not lead to success in life.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
It’s important to not make you feel that work is a task. Working hard when in office and utilising most of the time with the team working for you makes the day productive for one, and to enjoy a good evening out.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
We plan expanding our operations into 4 more cities , by end of year 2016.We will start our research into Bangalore . We will be starting Mumbai by 1st week of September.
We will be offering more options to our customers for all day dining, offering snacks .We plan to offer healthy meals to calorie conscious persons. As they say change is the only thing constant and we know we will continuous keep doing something to be keep our menu and business model exciting.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Everything i have done till now has been a learning experience, and thats one thing i cherish the most.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“It is not about how hard you can hit, but about how hard you can get hit and move forward”.