Just as I walk into yet another room at Venture Studio , the huge , similar looking space seems quite exceptional . With minimum furniture and meager population it seems to be reflecting his taste ; Vishal Satwara , co-founder and CEO at Zybra , an accounting startup gaining quite a momentum with his next-door-guy personality captures my attention.
Born and brought up in the land of diverse traditions , savouring “the haute cuisine of vegetarianism” , and sharpening his accounting mannerisms throughout , this gujju chap wants to make it big in the accounting world . “ I want to leave a mark in the accounting world.” , he says with glittering eyes.
Business magazines , DNA times , and acute entrepreneurial research is what his teenage years were all about. While others of his age were busy riding bikes or having their first “sutta” , this guy slogged to make it big. And those were the days when internet had just started gaining popularity , and the craze had just begun. Internet became his magic wand and he went inside the accounting world just to come out with a big treasure. “ There is no substitute to hardwork”, hmm…now I know what that means.
Young Vishal went on to pursue his CA and during his articleship years he came across the loopholes which the accountants as well as the accounting softwares possess . He came up with the solutions , tried and tested them and finally aimed at building a software and do something on his own. That is how Venture Studio happened and “ZYBRA” was born. Not being a techno-savvy , Vishal along with one of his relative gave form to the software. And his journey is nothing short of a struggle .From dropping a hot brick of leaving his studies and beginning a startup on his family’s head , to making a firm move with his decision , to facing the toil that came along with it , he has seen it all. ”Age is just a number and infact I consider being young to be a plus point. You can take more risks and experiment a number of things.” The introvert that he is, networking skills seem to be the biggest hurdle in his way and “Hiring and Firing interns his big mistake. When asked what keeps him going in a very humble tone he says,”When you don’t have any alternative you always resort to your only option. You definitely give your 100% then.” Food for thought!!
When asked as to what he would like to advise the start-up beginners , considering the trend it has become , with every second face wanting to begin one, he says ,”Startup is about persistence and hardwork. It needs proper domain selection and staying firm on your decision. We tend to dream a whole lot but when it comes to execution it is quite a game. Also while seeing the big picture we miss out the little ingredients.”
So presently in a team of five , “ZYBRA” has come a long way and has become quite a competent accounting software. Presently a paid one , ZYBRA is available in both android and desktop application. Further efforts are being made so as to use artificial intelligence (AI) so that manual accounting labour can be reduced. From taxes to FD’s it can help you with any and everything.
When asked about the big picture, Vishal humbly replies, “As of now I want to work. Things will fall into place by themselves .” So that was Vishal Satwara people , a down-to-earth guy with ‘sky is the limit’ dreams.