The day wakes me up or rather my lazy lousy self as I curse myself for being late to work. And just as I enter , it warmly welcomes me in its lap , Venture Studio, just like it does to the many other enthusiasts and I gleefully spot him ,Dhruv Gupta , Founder of ProfiledSkin and entrepreneur of today (pun intended) , chirping and chewing with his colleagues.
As I approach him ” Can i interview you?” he was like ” Chalo idhar hi bat kar lete hai!” taking me by surprise cause there were a bunch of people around. And here goes the tale…of a teacher by heart and entrepreneur by mind.
” It all began during my masters at DAIICT . The idea clicked me because it was a big problem.” , says he , remembering the get-set-go mark .
” And once I realised what all I don’t want to do including academics and PhD , i was clear about what I wanted to pursue. And my mom always insisted to do business in ‘roti, kapda,makan’ the three basic needs. So there I was with an idea in clothing sector.” , he remarks , with usual ease , traveling back in timeline when this was just an idea and there was a lot to come .
And how the elimination method came to his rescue is something that never left my mind cause I had a tough time solving sums in 8th grade. But now I look forward to applying it when faced through something similar. Effective isn’t it!!
And about his landing at Venture Studio he says , ” VS is an incubator which focuses on usability of product and not only its devlopment . This helped me a lot as it was my weak aspect. I was rather strong on technical front .I storyboarded for nearly two months fitting in my product in each story and drawing out comic straps.” , he reflects. Now that was quite a creative and unique way of sorting out things.But ya it does need a tough intellect and will power alike guarded with i cans and i can’ts.
And as we go on talking about his customers , the market and how much ready the market is to accept his product I can’t help but adore the knowledge in him. Undoubtedly yes I have heard quite a lot as to he can speak on any damn topic and he is a live encyclopedia but today I was actually witnessing it. And at a point of time he says “ Teaching is my hobby. I love to work and interact with bright young minds.” , and though the playfulness in him is quite a contrast his thoughts remind me of our late president Dr. Kalam and the way he encouraged students.
“The other day I visited my sister’s college I asked her professor as to why don’t they fail students because I believe the earlier and the more you fail is proportional to the heights you catch up with. It’s better to fail and realise your mistake today then go on for months only to realise the depth of ditch you are caught up in.”
And as I quip him about his mistakes ,his learnings pat comes the reply, “ Mistakes lot, learnings enormous”. And only when I insist he says,” Once I had a guy from Silicon Valley
And he found this idea really amazing and he offered me 2 million dollars . And I refused.” And I just sit there with a shocking expression as to a guy saying no to jackkkkppoottt!!
Going further he explains as to how he wants his investors to know and understand his products . “ Our first client as an entrepreneur is the one who moulds our product !”, he says . “ Sharp sense” , I taste.
With IP (Intellectual property) as a challenge to be solved , they are half way through the journey and the product is all set to launch in coming 3 months. Talking about ProfiledSkin he says , “ It is a platform where you just need to click certain picture of yours and your correct size is predicted and submitted to the seller. You just have to wait for your clothes to be shipped and they are definitely going to be your size, your type. We will also come up with Virtual Trial Room and there is a lot going on in the pipeline.” Now that is something definitely cool . After all we can finally get those designer dresses without a second thought !!
And talking about how supportive his parents are regarding this he jolts , “ They are very supportive since the beginning and I always have their back . They have given me freedom to fail and now my mom is out looking for a bride .” , and we have a good laugh at the last remark ! Though silently I know that he has parents from the cooler lot.
And just as I go on with this conversation , a friend from background remarks “wooo mann !! she has lots of questions” And I decide to end it there taking back with me all the lessons and laughters and jitters which the talk prospered me with ! A teacher can definitely keep you going and that is what he is – AN ENTREPRENEUR FOR A DROP BUT A TEACHER FOR AN OCEAN . And this happened to be pure stroke of luck and destiny , a coincidence , I reflect on my way back , a conversation with him as we near Teacher’s Day ..!!