I’ve been a student entrepreneur since I was 13. I’ve been writing code and building hardware since last 2 years, getting into IIT-hosted tech fests, competitions, NASA challenges, won many of them (including Nasa’s) though the best part was, I learned technology to it’s extreme. This is where i knew what i was meant to do, what i wanted to do in my life.
Entrepreneurship found and formed me. Or it was me who actually found it in myself?
The honest reason is, I got inspired by success stories of entrepreneurs. I wanted to startup and so, i did. Being in Patna, India where startup ecosystem hardly exist, I started the company, TecHacks, in Feb 2016 being a single founder. But after starting up, I found a reason which is more relevant. I always wanted to live my passion, I was always interested in real-life problem solving and innovation. But i needed people to help me turn my vision into something better.
Later, I met few guys who were talented and passionate, and immediately accepted my offer to join the company. We established our office and research & development lab to start operations and development. Together we have developed over 70 devices and applications which are in commercialization process.
The challenges i faced in starting up my own thing and then talking it further new miles were completely different from a typical entrepreneur’s challenges which are usually funding, workspace, etc. The biggest challenge for me was my age, i was 13 when i had started up and since the very beginning I’ve been facing rejections from people because they thought I wasn’t capable enough to complete tasks i said i would.
I’m 14 today and this exist no more. I proved myself in technology with my work and people no more questions my skills anymore. Another challenge was building a great team. The city where you hardly find any ecosystem of passionate entrepreneurs and developers, I spent many hours finding people and networking.
Today, if I get into a networking event, or even a personal one, people notice me and they show heartfelt respect. This is what I earned which no one can buy with money. It is the respect, I gained. Not only of people but my parents as well. Like any other entrepreneur, my parents were not backing me, but when my Dad came to my office and started querying about everything I do, he realized how disruptive things are being done by me and my team. So he got back home and explained my mom, although she never backs me. And more than anything else it was my contribution towards society through my products which was worth taking risks for.
The one thing I deeply figured out was, the funding isn’t a problem. There are more investors than entrepreneurs. Investors simply want to invest in you, but only if, you’re doing something disruptive.