IIM-C student opts out of job, to launch portal

Written by Economy Bureau | Kolkata, Mar 16 | Updated: Mar 17 2008, 07:01am hrs
It's been a mini trend at the B-schools this year - students willing to take risks and venture out on their own instead of opting for lucrative placement deals on campus. At IIM-Ahmedabad, four students of the batch of 2008 chose to join the India growth story by deciding to take the entrepreneurial route. At IIM-Calcutta too, one student from the batch of 2008 has opted out from the final placements, not taking up a job.

Ankur Gattani set his mind on a venture of his own and as a first step into his entrepreneurial journey has initiated a portal called lifeinlines.com, taking up the position of the founder and CEO of Onelife Knowledge Services.

Ask Gattani why he opted out of the job scene and he quips: "In a fast paced life, we tend to lose out on the little moments and little pleasures of life, tending to lose touch with ourselves and people close to us, as life just whizzes by. Lifeinlines is going to make it really simple to record your biography, a collection of little moments from your life as they happen, stored privately or shared with selected people."

He also intends to create a platform to simplify knowledge creation by thought leaders from different walks of life, who at the moment do not write too often and thus access to their knowledge is limited.

An IIT-B alumnus, Gattani earlier opted out from the placements there in 2006 as well as the summer placements of IIMC during 2007 .

He interned with Educomp Solutions instead, where he got initiated into the high action internet businesses world and developed a marketing plan for an e-learning website.

As for funds, Gattani hasn't approached external investors yet but "my mom is my angel investorshe's loaning me the initial fund."