Most of the startups these days emerge out of self-necessity and the urge to create a service that would be beneficial to many. This was the same reason why Sushreekanta Mishra started Bookurgift. Ever since he started his career, he was an avid used of online gifting website and found the overall experience to be highly cumbersome. According to him, gifting needs to personalized which was missing from the current gene of online gifting websites.
Often considered to be over optimist, he quit his well-paid job to bring his dream to reality. He completed his MCA from Utkal University and his experience as an application developer gave him much credence when it came to starting his own venture. Nowadays, he is fully focused on expanding the reach of bookurgift, and making it a complete gifting solution.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
BookUrGift deals with online booking and delivery of flowers, cakes, chocolates and gift items all over India. In short it’s a complete gifting solution.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
I was a regular user of various flower delivery websites. After using many for years, I found there are various problems in this area. No delivery, late delivery, no actual same day delivery, high prices and inaccessibility of the customer service are few to name. Then I decided why not build one such website to address these issues and here I am.
What is your life mantra?
Don’t let actions of others control your behaviour.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Quitting a well paid job when all set for my long term US assignment.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I convinced myself that it’s now or never.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
No, we have not fetched any investments till now.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
We have kept it simple. Having less number of employees has provided us ability to focus on each individual’s aspirations. Additionally we have provided them flexibility to work from anywhere and more importantly I have encouraged them to talk to me personally for any reason. I think that works.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Self confidence, Optimism and the passion to achieve
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
I use google apps like google sheets, google forms extensively.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Using my smart phone to do most of the day to day tasks which enables me to do my job while travelling to places for other works. e.g. I don’t have to just sit in the office because I have to join a skype talk sometime.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Dream, Chase, Fall and Rise. Repeat till you fall no more.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Losing hope too soon.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Never be afraid to quit when the time comes.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Expanding BookUrGift to have the delivery capacity in the rural areas of India, where no such service is available till date and also expanding to get into international markets.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I would keep my focus fixed on my dream.
What are your top three getaway destinations ?
There is no such favorite as such. I love any place far from the maddening crowd and noise of the city.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” -by Mahatma Gandhi