Vishal Jagetia is an articulate, competent and confident professional with an expertise in business development, Startups and leadership. He has a B.Tech in computer engineering and a postgraduate diploma in business administration and management. He started his career as a web developer trainee and gradually climbed the ladder of success. He possesses the real life experience, academic capability and necessary personal skills to succeed in a competitive environment and to sell high value solutions in a consultative manner.
His latest venture Aalizwel is the online students to students community board and classified marketplace to help you buy, sell, trade to your friends and classmates in an easy and friendly way.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Our mission is “Students Life Made Easy” and tagline is “Becho Yahi Pe”
Aalizwel.com allows students to buy, sell or share any item or service around campus, and local businesses to provide products or service to students. We want to create a safe and trustful marketplace, specifically for students to resolve their daily issues like housing, books, dining, internship, jobs, clothing, travel, etc. “We simply want to inspire more students to buy, sell, rent, request, offer & give away their stuff with one another on campus” – said by Founder
Key Features of Aalizwel.com are:
- Allows users to post ads/listing for free in seconds
- Buy, Sell, Rent, Exchange & Give Away locally, no more shipping or waiting
- Social networking system (setting profile, private messaging & follow peers)
- Students can offer freelancing services as per their skills on hourly, daily, weekly & monthly basis (“We want to aspire every student that has a skill-set to offer it to the world!”)
- Discover great local businesses
- Discover coupons, discounts, gift cards near by
- Find local events or parties or sell tickets
- Real & verified users, no more fraud or scam
- Save & Earn Money
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Being as a student I faced numerous challenges & problems in my day-to-day college life. I list down some common issues and want to resolve those common issues for everyone. Initially I started with an educational website where we provided career related news, tips, tricks, notes, presentation and study material. Gradually, I tweak it and decided to start it as a Student Community Board and Classified Marketplace. We simply want to build a culture of shared responsibilities where we empower each other. Our goal is to make sharing so easy and simple, that it becomes part of our lifestyle.
What is your life mantra?
Each day is a special day because it makes Aalizwel.com to reach one more step ahead. Each day begins with full of enthusiasm and motivation, which helps in believing that we can achieve more and more. “Karma doesn’t only work one-way, the more love and positivity you SHARE, the more your will RECEIVE”.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Our biggest challenge was to validate a new concept when we initially started out. Much like any other entrepreneur, we also faced challenges in terms of finding people (both tech and business), infrastructure, funding etc. which we gradually started learning to figure out how to get to solutions.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I overcome with challenges by thinking as much as positive I can and that immense faith makes this line appropriate to say “This all shall pass”. So neither I depress in period of failure nor let success overrule my thoughts and actions.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
As of now, I didn’t approach any investor. I approached my friends & family members for some funds to begin with. At the moment our focus is to reach it to maximum students & get benefits.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
I strongly believe in 3D’s Dedication, Devotion, and Determination. These 3D’s has helped me in every circumstance and helped me taking worthy steps towards the goal of my life.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Important tools, which helped everyone – #Google (Google docs, search engine, chat, email & analytics) you, should be very expert in using Google, because this helps you in whatever way you want it. # Facebook – I used Facebook for motivating students & peers. Also it is useful in educating people about any product/services # Fotojet – online tool for photo editing, graphic design and photo collages # Draw.io – draw diagrams online & free # Skype – for communication purpose
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I have a habit of learning a new concept, read about any new startup and embed those learning in my startup journey.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
I like to maintain a healthy balance between my professional and personal life, there are times when I feel that I end up being too workaholic owing to our exciting long-term vision for the Students Classified Marketplace.
Answer in less than 50 words
For me success mantra is “Everything that you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.”
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Overconfidence & never underestimate yourself
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Life is a journey, not a competition. We are all fellow travelers, not competitors.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
In the future we would like to implement following features to make it more impactful among student community.
- Mobile Application – Android & iOS
- Booking/Scheduling interface
- Lead generation for local businesses
- Consulting services for students
- Career services for students
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I will start my career as an entrepreneur from starting and do what I love most.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Berlin, Glasgow & Estonia
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Expect the unexpected things in your life; you never know what will happen at the next instant, so always stay tuned with unexpected things in your life.”