Being an ‘entrepreneur’ or starting a business was never actually on the cards for Akshay Agarwal. The sudden inspiration came when he looked at the massive global job retrenchment numbers.
The staple dialogue no matter where he went was that “I want to do something of my own and get rid of my job” and “I Quit, Jo Ukhadna hain Ukhadlo!”Everyone was saying the same thing, be it his father’s friends or any working professional.
Hence he made up his mind and started working on the crowdfuncing portal during late November 2013 and launched it on the 11th of April.
“What did I just hear?” was the instant reaction of people who heard the name of the portal for the first time. However, when he and his team pitched his product to people, they were able to excite a majority of the crowd instantly. People were quite excited as they were looking for such a portal which could cater to all a startups needs on one single consolidated platform, be it funding, partners or ideas.
According to Akshay, Ukhadlo.com has garnered a favourable response and the platform has already been covered by juggernauts like The Hindustan Times and The Economic Times.
“Our portal works exactly like Facebook unlike others which are dispersed, fragmented and tend to remain limited to one use-case requiring the individual to switch platforms. We have an Activity Feed just like Facebook which alerts you of any activity based upon your location, industry and interests. Users can directly interact via messaging. People can search for Partners of their choice in their location and industry easily. They can also get their ideas validated and can partner up on them on the Idea Hub. The portal also enables them to discover various Startups and even register their own startup to be discovered by others.” added Akshay.
Currently, registrations are free on the website and the team intends to keep it that way for some time. The team is looking foward to monetize their ad system and also move to a freemium model soon.
Akshay is of the opinion that the current startup scenario is “Phenomenally Bright”. He also believes that the startup ecosystem will certainly continue to grow and get a further boost from the new business friendly Government of the country.
“Don’t wait for a plan to materialize. Don’t expect perfection in your very first try. Just jump In. No idea is too big or small, it’s just the mindset which matters. Life is short, startup now!” is Akshay’s advice to other innumerous budding entrepreneurs out there!
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