Shishir Gupta is a mentor, Advisor & Consultant for startups with more than 11 years of experience in starting, running & managing businesses. He is also the founder of IT Service Company, Mobile Application Development Company, Real Estate Company, Recruitment Consulting Company and Investor in many startups.
With extensive experience in finance, Information Technology, Marketing, Real Estate, Consulting & HR, he has helped more than 300 startups in different domains, validated 100+ ideas and analyzed 30+ startups. Shishir has also been featured on CNBC, The Young Turk, and more.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
StartupLanes.com is an online eco-system for startups. It is a startup for startups that is the only organization in the world to validate the business idea through a patent applied technology. It is a vast platform that should be seen to believe.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Startup India Action Plan by Prime Minister Modi
What is your life mantra?
Knowledge is meant for sharing else it is waste.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
People who don’t pay for the services, don’t follow the guidance.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I have limited the services to paid customers only to solve the challenges.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
Bootstrapped and profitable
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
We are a true global startup. All the employees can work from home/office/restaurant/anywhere, that too from any location of the World.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
I use linkedin and twitter
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Work when you like to work, if you wish to watch movie then go watch a movie, work when you want to work.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
I wish I could be emotionless in business approach.
Answer in less than 50 words
Dedication will become the key to success if you have interest in the task.
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Don’t beg for investments in front of potential investors. They don’t have money to throw, instead they invest to grow their money.
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
There is no shortcut to success, however you can increase your speed to reach faster.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
I wish to establish innovation & invention centers in all parts of India where people can freely research using the money of sponsors.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I will try to become an inventor and will strive to solve the problems like pollution, nature imbalance and scarcity of natural resources.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Shirdi, Singapore, Kerela
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
It’s my own quote: Don’t be a Wannapreneur, be an Entrepreneur (based upon Ships are safe in harbors, but that is not what they are made for).