I was very entrepreneurial while growing up. Also, I had a very keen interest in working with technology since my early school days. I loved computers to such an extent that while other school children spent their time playing cricket, football and other games, I spent all my lunch breaks and after school time in the computer laboratory at the school.
At the age of 13, I was selling computer projects to other schoolchildren who couldnt make their own project. I started freelance Internet consulting for large corporates when I was a 14-year-old.
Around the same time, Bhavin (co-founder, Directi) was trying his hands with different businessessome around selling computers, others around end-user Internet services. In 1998 we decided that if we wanted to build a business that is really big, then we need to focus on building volume based products and stay away from any business that requires customer attention per customer and whereby our base products and processes dont change whether we have 1,000 customer, 10,000 customers or 10 million customers. So we borrowed Rs 25,000 from our parents and started with the first product line.
We never looked back and since then we have built several products. Each of these start-ups now ranks amongst the top 10 businesses worldwide in their respective segments. Today, without any external debt or investment, the group of companies that I have co-founded has an enterprise value of over Rs 1,400 crore.
Every business that I have been involved with has seen exponential growth. At the minimum, each business has doubled in revenues and head-count every year. Every new business and new product development initiative has been funded solely from internal accruals. Every product that we have launched is focussed on a global audience.
I have an infinite number of new business and product development ideas. So I would say that in the next 5-10 years we would see a lot more products, a lot more businesses, a lot more customers, and a lot more revenue.
You come across countless opportunities in your lifetime. Each one can make you a billionaire. It isnt the idea of doing a particular business, but the decisions that you make each day in any given business that will determine your success rate.
Make it a point to work only in the industry verticals that get you really excited. If you want to reach the topmost position, you have to be emphatically passionate about the work you do. Everything will obviously seem difficult the first few times you do it. Remember, the obstacles that seem to be impossible are always the most fun to overcome. Aim high. Stay focused. Let nothing stop you.