People say ‘women can’t do business’. There is a saying ‘Bengalis can’t do business’. Many left Kolkata saying ‘You can’t run a Startup in Kolkata’. Stop, stop, stop! Who cares what people say? Rather let me introduce you to a person, who has dispelled all these myths, and growing a Startup in Kolkata, inspite of being a Bengali woman. Meet Somrwita Guha, the coolest boss and young owner of Papercup.
From inception of my thoughts about business, marketing , commerce and all related terms I always lived with a dream of having my own business, handling employees and becoming a world class leader. But always had a theoretical doubt, which later turned out to be a practical one.
Do you think that your college education determines your career? Do you believe that it’s impossible to balance personal and professional life? I am sure you will think differently after you read Saptarshi Roy Chaudhury’s story. Born and brought up in Kolkata, average student, studied Hotel Management & BBA, didn’t get good placement from college, struggled to get first job … Today? One of the leading digital marketing professionals in the country with more than 12 years of experience in the field; he not only worked for various types of businesses, from startups to multinationals in various roles, as a consultant, he has a stellar reputation with clients across the globe. And above all, as much as he loves the world of Internet, he loves and takes care of his family too! In spite of being busy in work and family, he takes time to guide & inspire others (specially youth) who wants to step into the world of social media and digital marketing. Read on to know the whole story.
Unemployment is a severe point of concern in India and many other countries. What about those who are employed? Are they very happy and satisfied? Answer is no. Professional frustration and corporate exhaustion are very common now a days. From underpaid call center employees to high-paid executives, in most cases, you won’t see smile in their faces, most are running out of time for passion and family. Heart attack toll is rising. Relationships are shattering. Kids are growing up alone. If this continues, our future will be quite scary. So what is the remedy?
I can’t exactly remember how, but one day suddenly I found an article on the internet about a college kid, who invented a mobile shoe charger that can convert the mechanical energy of walking into electrical energy. I got so fascinated. I read that at such young age he is running a company in renewable energy sector, also has been awarded by many respected institutions and organizations. I wanted to connect to this person. I hesitated a bit at first, but when I sent him a message on Facebook, I got real humble & warm reply. Like most successful Entrepreneurs, Mandar is also very much down to earth and open to learning. I feel myself blessed to be connected with him for last 5 months. And I’m so grateful to him that he took his time to share his story for you all. So let’s learn about his story together.
If you are a Startup (I mean you are the person founding it) or an Entrepreneur or an HR person looking for ideas and inspiration to take your business to great heights, then you shouldn’t miss this one. This 127-slides simple power-point presentation is being called one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley and it has been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. I’ll summarize some of the best lessons I learned from it. Keep reading.
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