Saurabh Garg started Velmenni as a co-founder since it appealed to his inner conscious of building some cool hardware. An MCA from Delhi University, he never had much interest in academics. He started doing freelancing during his graduation and by the time he started pursuing his post-graduation, he was already running his own company building software solutions for clients. But when he came across the idea of building sophisticated hardware that could revolutionize our day to day lives, he jumped the bandwagon without any hesitation.
Saurabh and Deepak used to design different products like traffic light down-counters, vehicle tracking systems, home automation solutions etc. for bigger companies to sustain themselves as they bootstrapped their venture on the side. But their desire to work on their own project was looming ever since. Now the duo plans of attaining higher success and getting even more global. According to Saurabh, the aim of their company is to enrich lives of consumers by the way of affordable technology.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Our product Jugnu is a technology that can transfer data at high speed using visible lights. Think of all the places in the world using LED lights. Now think of a technology that can be augmented an LED to transfer data just like Wi Fi. That’s our technology.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Initially we were building small but sophisticated hardware products. One of these products was a smart LED bulb whose brightness and intensity could be remotely controlled by any smart phone using radio waves. Our idea evolved from that.
What is your life mantra?
Giving back to the community by the way of affordable technology.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Building a working solution within the confines of time and significant amount of pressure.
How did you overcome those challenges?
Strong support and mutual understanding between the founders.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
BuildIt EU has been a seed investor.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
We keep the work engaging and fun. There are no enforcement policies such and the team is very supportive of each other.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- Hard work
- Courage and
- Steadfastness in the face of failures
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
- Business gmail account
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Take time out for recreation every day. It could be reading, engaging in sports or gaming. But it should be there.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Being under confident about success
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Keep working hard no matter how many times you fail.
Winners never quit. Quitters never win.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Share your problems with your peers. They will certainly help you in all ways possible
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Team and timing: the major ingredients of success
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Expanding our RnD team and getting even more global.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
We would rather spend more time in knowing things which work in today’s context rather than focusing on what is in the course book.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
- Switzerland and
- Sweet Home
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Instead of drifting along like a leaf in a river, understand who you are and how you come across to people and what kind of an impact you have on the people around you and the community around you and the world, so that when you go out, you can feel you have made a positive difference” ~Jane Fonda