Vinay is a serial entrepreneur with vigor to conceptualize innovative ideas with the help of technology. His first stint at entrepreneurship came during his college days, which he was studying B.Tech in Computer Science. Vinay is a very passionate person, his innovative ideas, the urge for perfection and desire to excel has shaped him for what he is and what he stands for today. He is true to his work and heart and all his friends find him to be highly genuine above all.
His first startup Badlega Bharat is an online organization for youth awareness, which also organize offline events as and when needed. Amazing Things In The World was his second startup, which shared, all the amazing and unique things, places, gadgets, people and everything that has something unique. However, he came into the limelight with his third and latest venture called Vatsana Technologies Pvt Ltd. It is a technology-based company, which has delivered user-engaging products like WittyFeed and Viral9.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
We have two major products:
1. WittyFeed: A charticle platform that creates stories trending around the world.
2. Viral9: A network that connects social media influencers who can monetize by sharing content.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Back when the journey started in 2010, in a college dormitory- we wanted to build something helps youngsters know about the country. We started an NGO. From the very start, we have always wanted to make people’s life easier and that has always inspired us to build something unique.
What is your life mantra?
Keep doing good and the good shall come to you. Sooner or later everything will fall in place. The key is to hold on, tight.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
This journey has been everything like a roller coaster ride. We have faced account bans, product fails and lot more things to begin with. But the most challenging part was not to start again but to stay there and take the heat when it mattered the most.
How did you overcome those challenges?
An impeccable team, hard work, and planning let us overcome all those challenges. Also, our vision. From the start, we always had a clear vision. The reminder of why I started this journey in the first place helps me find peace. I think about the people who have bread and better because of me. I cannot fail them and that motivates me.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We are a bootstrapped company and we are proud of it. We invested whatever profits we made. There has never been the need of a significant investment in the company.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
Our culture is very different. People over the years have come to know Vatsana because of our unique culture where we have a few major things to offer: Freedom, flexibility, Family away from home and an environment to learn and grow.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
A good heart, willingness, and strength is all it takes.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Social media is one of the most powerful tools that anyone can use. To use it constructively is on us.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
To be more productive we have one practice that we do every day: The morning stand up. You can know more about it in an article that one of our co-founders wrote. http://parveen.me/2015/12/08/the-morning-stand-up-startup-swag/
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
In the process, I have somewhere not been able to take care of my health and body. I would like to change being complacent about my health.
Answer in less than 50 words
• One tip to success:
There is no magic formula. Just believe in yourself and keep doing good. have the heart to bear the heat and success will be yours in no time.
• One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
One mistake everyone should avoid is to panic when things get rough. “This too shall pass”, there is nothing in the world that can’t be solved. But panicking when it’s time to take action is a mistake.
• One most important lesson that you have learned till now:
Think ahead of time. Live today but think about tomorrow.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
The idea is to become the #1 content company in the world beating Buzzfeed and Diply while in the process we create a world-class media company catering bloggers, readers, social media influencers and brands for reaching out the audience natively.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Nothing at all.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
A place I call Home, Bora Bora, and Paris
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
The Universe is a big genie. It says, “Your wish is my command”