1The job: “Do what you love” they say. And that is what has happened with me. I don’t feel like I am doing a job per se—I enjoy running a successful internet company and the constant innovation that is part and parcel of our line of work. The challenge is to build a new revenue stream every year while continuing to grow the current business. I am filled with an immense sense of pride when we are able to successfully incubate and build a new business from scratch. We have our share of failures but success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
The biggest realisation over the past five years is that building a company is all about the collective — the team. My job today is to constantly create an enabling environment for colleagues to achieve their/the company’s goals—whether that involves listening to ideas, supporting other ideas or aligning resources to successfully execute tasks. Early on in the company’s evolution phase, the job used to be about what I can do. Today it is about what the team can do.
2The weekdays: When I am in town I typically get up around 7:00 am. I spend an hour on the treadmill and doing some basic weight training and leave for office by 9:30 am. Most of the day goes in meetings with the team or clients. I get home by 8:30 pm after which I relax with my wife and dogs before getting some work done between 11 and 1 at night. These are my two most productive hours since there is zero disturbance and I get time to think and focus, analyse data and prioritise my work. I typically travel for about 10 days a month when the schedule is quite fluid. I try and squeeze in interviews during breakfast or dinner in case I stay over. Otherwise, it’s an early morning flight to and a late evening flight back.
3The weekend: I usually spend Saturdays catching up on personal work and meeting start-ups that I am mentoring or working with. I enjoy the most when I am working with passionate entrepreneurs looking to build businesses from scratch. Saturday evenings and Sundays are friends-and-family time. I love taking my two labradors, Thor and Hulk, for a run or just playing with them. Often my wife and I go on an impromptu weekend holiday, usually within driving distance of Delhi.
4The toys: The Nexus 5 is the best. I can’t live without it. It’s awesome for email and all the apps I use. My latest gadget is the Fitbit — I am hooked onto it to ensure that I complete my daily fitness targets.
5The logos: The brand I connect with is Google. I like what the company has come to stand for and their constant focus on innovation.
—As told to Anushree Bhattacharyya