Vikas is a first generation entrepreneur, who has ample experience in the finance sector. A young student of business turned entrepreneur, prior to launching his own startup, Vikas has worked with transport organizations and cab service providers for 3 years. He started his career as a General Manager at Calcutta Services where he worked for 5 years. He has also worked at VAP Technology Private limited, Kolkata based comprehensive business solutions provider as the Director for over four years.
Vikas has a MBA degree in Finance from IBS Hyderabad. He has a Master’s in Aptitude from TCC Management systems. He has completed his graduation from Calcutta University with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance). Now he has added a new tag of founder in front of his name. Voler Cars is professionally managed organization providing conveyance and travel solutions with an expected growth of 250% YOY.
What inspired you to build the product/service?
We have witnessed a sea change in the mobility paradigm in recent years. People want to free themselves from the clutches of EMIs and there is an innate need for variety. People today are well travelled and have experienced services provided by the self-drive car rental enterprise outside the country.
Voler Cars is one of the most preferred service providers in the employee transportation function. Having a strong foot hold in car rental arena, vast experience in managing large scale operations, knowledge of upcoming technology and consumer understanding, for me, venturing into self-drive car rental segment comes as a natural expansion.
What is your life mantra?
Be Humble. Never underestimate.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
We have had many challenges through our journey, but the below mentioned challenges stand out-
- To streamline processes in terms of payments, making it seamless and to be able to gain customers trust in the process is a bit of a challenge.
- To hire the right kind of talent which helps us create a strong foundation.
- To shape a business that creates value not mere valuations.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We have a vast experience in managing large scale operation, this along with technological and consumer understanding comes handy to manage these challenges.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
Voler is a self-funded enterprise and a profit making entity.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain? (Tell us about your company’s attrition control practices.)
We provide a lot of freedom to our people when it comes to ideas that they want to implement. The freedom to express and implement their own ideas help us empower people and become leaders.
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?
- Spreadsheet is a must
- Google Analytics – Love tracking our website’s performance.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Planning well in advance, saves lot of time and prevents deviation.
Answer in less than 50 words
One Tip to success
Follow your passion.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid
Looking for quick fixes.
One of the most important lessons you have learnt till now
Focus is about telling NO & not a YES.
What are your plans for the next three years?
We intend to become the leader in the personal urban mobility space in India. We are focused at making self-drive a way of life for people in India.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I would do the same thing. I Love what I do and I am passionate about solving mobility problems.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
- Jim Corbett National Park
Share a quote that inspires you the most
“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” – Steve Jobs