This is the story of an "EngineerBabu" who hailed from a very distinct village called Tikamgarh. He was the lucky one to earn the respect of being an Engineer and was greeted with a warm welcome every time he used to go back home.
This journey is about his determination and willingness to leave a perfectly paying MNC job to start his own venture setting a strict example for all us entrepreneurs out here.
Mayank Pratap is the founder of EngineerBabu, and I had no clue about the magnitude of impact the 28-year-old created the moment I sat and had a little talk with him. Yes, EngineerBabu is just another product-oriented company which has a bigger version of dreams, and there are a lot of things on the list that prove this startup requires an overwhelming ovation.
Their journey was quite a lot and the fact that he was the only Engineer from his village motivated him every time he faced a difficulty. It was the time when he used to face the constant on timers and glares from his seniors, who only tried judging him for his work, he realized working there was no right to the zeal he held inside him. He wanted to meet his dream, fly off the cliff with all the colors raiding the sky.
That sounds beautiful. Doesn't it?
Let's start off his journey with his words that have left me spellbound and inspired to keep doing what I aspire to.
His journey started off from a little cube where he used to work as an Engineer for a Multi National Corporation. It was then he realized that there was much more in store for him than a 9 to 7 job where he had to work his ass off. As uttered by him, EngineerBabu was a product of his determination. He wanted to turn that name that the people back at his village used to call him into a name that was quite renowned in the city.
You see personal savings are something every 20 something never thinks of doing, all they think of is how they can buy those boots, or that car and even the most expensive Harley that they can boast out about.
Mayank along with his two friends Aditi Chaurasia and Avdhesh Pratap Singh Solanki founded the idea of 'EngineerBabu' merely by their personal savings. Of course, their effort needed investors and influencers to take the stride. But it got hard when all of the chances got turned down by a simple NO.
And the company turned into a client service provider than what it was meant for- Product Delivery Services.
The Growth Phase:
You see, setting up a start-up is not a cake, it needs the batter to be beaten hard enough for the cake to rise slowly and steady making everyone happy around with its vibes. The initial months of the startup were spent in a lot of hard work and strength. It was then that they came across the fact that there is much more to kick off but the investors. There were oodles of emotional challenges as well; there were even times they had to be at the best of their mental health even when they were not able to.
Clueless about the path and how the journey will unfold, three friends took over the initiative to move forward together with a belief that things have their own time and pace to happen. They always knew they had to walk on thorns.
The first challenge: Convincing people to trust.
When it comes to building a company, you need people by your side to help you build a family. It is not just about trusting your instincts but having a team and nurturing a family that adds on to the building of an organization. This was the most difficult task for the three of them.
How do we convince people to join us?
Three people, no monetary help, no investors and only savings to spend. On top of that, there were new recruitments to be done and new projects flooding the timeline, and the company was heading towards success. That was a lot. Wasn't it?
There was just one thing clear in their mind- No external help was to be taken. Plus, no relying on friends for money was possible. The entire phase was jam-packed with a lot of jeopardies. But, something had to be done.
Mayank believes in solving his problems in three brief ways:
All that people talk about nowadays are investors, but I guess customers are the ones that are to be thought about first. It is the client who gives you the money; it is the customer who gives to the innovation and it is the customer again that makes you happy. And you cannot turn your investor into your customer anyways, can you?
Amitabh Bachchan does not necessarily use Navaratna oil or all the cricketers endorsing wheelers don't necessarily drive them around the city. So you know now what you need to look into when you are searching for an investor.
1. Creativity is the key. Get your minds to work and you'll end up having all the solutions to your problems.
2. Serve your employees. Shower them with a lot of encouragement and a stride to work ahead. It is your team that takes you ahead and makes the difference. If you listen to your employees, their innovation, you will for sure get the ideas to solve their problems.
3. Believe in your people and they will be glad they made their best to work with you.
4. Try to find the right people and not the best. It's not about the MBA's and IITians that make the company's flag swirl like never before the much and many that put all the effort into a team as a whole. They might be smart enough, and not an IITian.
5. When you are small, hire talents with dreams and not people with grades. Because if he is here for a dream, he might as well add onto the work you are doing.
6. Love competitors, learn from them. If you don't have competitors, you might as well not get to grow. Respect your competitors so that you can learn as much as you want.
7. Business is about hopes, dreams, and courage to turn them into reality.
8. Last but not the least, never, ever give up on your dreams. Let them live.
And the team has now grown bigger after establishing themselves in Chicago.