Cristian: Hi Ashwin and welcome. You’re from India so I have to ask, what’s new to the entrepreneurial India? Most people think about India as a place to get cheap labor and outsource stuff.
Ashwin: The new India has more people taking risks, and even more people willing to facilitate the process of taking risks. Entrepreneurial India is abundant with angel investors and venture capitalists, who have now understood that India can also innovate. And India is innovating, like never before! Labor is still cheap and we still outsource, but we also know how to utilize the ever increasing globalization.
Cristian: Did the crisis change the business rules? What do you think, during the crisis companies outsource more or cut spending altogether, outsourcing included?
Ashwin: To some extent, it did. India saw a strange trend, different from what US showed. We did see a number of large corporations losing big money and businesses including outsourcing showing loss, but the period also brought risky entrepreneurs in the business world who wanted to benefit from the negative times. Number of small businesses increased significantly during the crisis, and many businesses centered on these SMEs also surfaced.
Cristian: You recently started a new company, what is it about?
Ashwin: Well, this question looks like a continuation of my previous answer. Because, we also started our company to utilize the fact that India has more than 2.5 million SMEs and this number is growing at a very high rate. Our company Incept creates, sells, and services unique Office Automation products for SMEs (small and medium businesses).
Cristian: So who exactly is your customer?
Ashwin: Every Small and medium-sized enterprise across India belongs to our current target group, and we are also looking at global expansion. Small shops, as well as commercial offices, can benefit from us. We are starting with Time & Attendance Management Biometric Systems and will move on to many more exciting products.
Cristian: What is what makes your company special?
Ashwin: This is an interesting question, considering the fact that there are more than 600 companies in India who supply office automation products. But when you consider the fact that our products are created with only SMEs in mind, we become somewhat special. Add to this the fact that our products are novel and innovative, and we become even more special. But the final nail on the wall of specialty is the way we do our business: our business model is such that we do not involve distributors or resellers, but sell and service our products directly, using our own service partners.
Cristian: Did you start alone or you have some partners?
Ashwin: I started with the help and support of an entrepreneur who had seen the risks to come out clean, Hariom Sharma. And today we have a 12 member dedicated team.
Cristian: What are the most difficult things to overcome when starting a company in India?
Ashwin: Though the answer may vary based on the sector to which a company belongs, the biggest problem faced by us and also by various other entrepreneurs, is the legal tangle which forces you to take undesirable steps. For example, the taxation system in the country is so complex and poorly managed, that small businesses still suffer hugely and the worst effects are seen during starting up.
Cristian: How was your path from idea to getting the first customer?
Ashwin: Tough but exciting. We decided to pitch the idea to a customer who could have been the last choice for our products. But after various meetings, when he was convinced, we knew that we would succeed. So we took the tough road, hoping to get rewards if we are able to cross it.
Cristian: What about the future? New product lines? New customers?
Ashwin: Future plans include expansion into tier 2 and 3 cities of India. And talks of expansion to other countries following similar economy as India are also on. Among new product lines, we are next coming up with remote employee surveillance systems.
Cristian: What was most difficult? Finding an idea? Making the first steps to transform the idea in a real business? Getting your first customer?
Ashwin: The most difficult, according to me, is always the first set of steps. Idea can be abundant, but the implementation of the idea to be able to create a business out of it, requires lot of mentoring and support from investors as well as peers.
Cristian: What about the legal part? Is it difficult to comply with the business rules in India?
Ashwin: As mentioned earlier, though things are easier than ever before, still there is no flexibility to support small businesses. Also, various small companies work while blatantly disregarding laws and they still thrive, which is sad. But situations are changing.
Cristian: What would be your best advice for companies abroad working with Indian companies?
Ashwin: There are a huge number of innovators in India who remain hidden unless seriously scouted for. So while making associations with Indian companies, you should be able to find out these hidden talents so as to maximize the utilization of resources. Also, on a different cautionary note, it’s better to avoid companies following traditional rules in conventional fashion in India, as the market is changing and it’s time to welcome unconventional thought processes.
Cristian: Coming back to your business, how did you come up with the idea?
Ashwin: It was the period of recession which forced us to come up with products especially for SMEs. We analyzed the target group and steadily zeroed on the products. So it was customers first, products later.
Cristian: What are the most important advantages your customers get when working with your products?
Ashwin: That they feel it’s made only for them. Moreover, high level of interactivity, and focused customer support are our other high points.
Cristian: Any success stories you would like to mention?
Ashwin: I’d like to share one testimonial from a customer, who said that they improved their profit in the quarter in which they bought our product by about 20%, due to the indirect effects it brought. They had bought our attendance management system which helped them reduce their HR loads and focus more on work while helping increase productivity. It was nice to hear someone giving us a quantitative compliment, rather than a qualitative praise.
Cristian: Are you proud of what you have accomplished so far?
Ashwin: I’d say it’s the beginning and we are still learning. We are proud of what we have achieved, and also of what we have failed to achieve, as it has taught us more. Sounds like a dialogue from an inspirational book, but its really true.
Cristian: Any advice for young people not having the courage to start their own businesses?
Ashwin: As I also mentioned in one of our company’s newsletters, try to run naked in public and that’s when you’ll be ready to become an entrepreneur.
Top 5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’s Latest Press Conference
Tiger Woods met with the media Wednesday in front of the Farmers Insurance Open and gave a reasonable way to deal with his PGA Tour return. You can see his full question and answer session here.
Underneath, we trimmed it down. Here are the five most interesting statements from Woods’ Wednesday press conference:
- On his expectations: “I think yeah, my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven’t played. When I came back off my ACL injury in ’08 and started playing in ’09, it was nine months but I hadn’t played a full schedule prior to that. Here, I haven’t played a full schedule since 2015. It’s been a long time. To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven’t done that in such a long time, so I don’t know what to expect. Just go out there and just play, I’m going to grind it, give it everything I possibly have if I put the ball in the right position and make some putts and try to work my way up the board.”
- On how desperate his back woes were: “You know, I tried all different types of treatment on it and we went – I went through every single procedure that is nonsurgical prior to getting it fused. I exhausted every single procedure I could possibly do and it just didn’t get better. So the surgery and fusion was the only step I had left. I was very lucky because it’s down at L5-S1 and it only has maybe six degrees of rotation, so it’s really not much at all so I got lucky in that regard. It’s been tough. I didn’t know when the back was going to go out. I don’t know if you guys were watching this past week with Freddie, how bad it was. He was fine and all of a sudden he makes a couple bad swings and there it goes. That’s very similar to how I was.”
- On getting his speed back: “I hadn’t felt good in four, five years. My surgeon, you know, he said from the get-go, once it’s fused, you’ll have – you’ll have speed like you did back in your early 30s. And he’s right because there’s no pain, I’m not flinching, it doesn’t hurt as I take the club back, it doesn’t hurt right before impact, it doesn’t hurt after impact, it doesn’t hurt when I walk. It was a tough go for a while and I don’t have any of those feelings.”
- On why he’s going without a coach (for now): “I’ve said it many times already, it’s just that no one’s had a spinal fusion at that level and be able to hit the ball that hard, as hard as I do. So I’d like to meet somebody who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused back. Do you know anybody? That’s what I mean, no one understands that. So I have to rely own my own feels and play around with what my body can and cannot do. It’s not going to look like it used to, I don’t have the mobility that I do – that I used to and that’s just the reality. Now it’s just a matter of what can I do, and that’s just practicing and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting a lot to try and figure out what can this body do and how explosive can it be and how am I going to control shots with different shapes, am I going to have different feels. Some of that stuff is yes, some of that stuff is different and I’m still learning it.”
- On his plan early in the year: “I’m just trying to build towards April. That’s what I told you guys last year in the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven’t done that in a very long time. That’s usually been my schedule and my outlook. From ’96 on it’s been that way to try to get ready for Augusta and there’s no reason to change that.”
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Top 5 Times Oprah Has Lost Her Cool On Her Talk Show
Here are the most effective crossroads in Oprah TV history when everyone’s eyes were on Oprah, and she lost her cool, cries on a show, lost her poise or even merely lost her brain, making all of us either cry or lowered that even Oprah is a slave to her feelings in some cases. Plan to go on the passionate, crazy ride that spread over a very long while with our dearest anchorperson. As we enter her last season, prepare for more Oprah crying minutes. Get ready to see her lose it all the more frequently as she directs some of her most enthusiastic Oprah interviews.
At the point when did Oprah cry on her show? There are a large number of illustrations when the normally quiet symbol loses her self-restraint, this rundown follows those minutes.
Oprah’s Heartthrob Surprise
Oprah Talks About Her Best Friend in the World
Oprah opens up to Barbara Walters about her association with Gayle King, her closest companion, and the lesbian gossipy tidbits that have surfaced irregularly consistently.
Around one moment into the clasp, Barbara requests that Oprah depict her intimate association with Gayle. Oprah takes over ten seconds to recover her poise and endeavour to answer the inquiry.
Oprah portrays Gayle as the mother she never had, the sister everyone would need, and the companion everyone merits. “I don’t have a clue about a superior individual.” She is exceptionally enthusiastic all through the clasp as she discusses Gayle.
This clasp is a capable demonstration of the actual truthfulness that has characterised Oprah’s vocation.
Oprah’s Tribute to Sophie, Her Faithful, Deceased Cocker Spaniel
Oprah commits a show to her dearest cocker spaniel, Sophie, who she had for a long time and had as of late passed.
The Oprah Winfrey Show group set up an introduction together for Oprah about Sophie and her opportunity as a significant aspect of Oprah’s family.
Oprah tells us previously she has not seen the video and is watching it out of the blue.
The video starts around thirty-five seconds in and includes some excellent photographs and video film of a delightful dark cocker spaniel going through her days with O. It proceeds until the two-moment stamp. At the point when the clasp comes back to Oprah, she is in tears with a Kleenex. She says she knew viewing the video would be hard and battles to get past her guide as she wipes her eyes. O instantly enjoys a business reprieve to get it together and “get [her]self together.”
It is reviving to see this reliable, rousing lady demonstrate a weakness for losing a cherished pet. It proves to every one of us that it’s alright to feel like the organisation we keep, human and non-human, don’t need to be blood-identified with feel like the piece of our family.
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Top 10 Quotes By Leonardio DiCaprio
Dissimilar to numerous previous youngster on-screen characters who tend to bite the dust (or blur into obscurity) in their teenager years and past, 42-year-old Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio has gloated an unfaltering resume of film hits for almost two decades, from his terrible hand over 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? To a featuring part in film industry sensation Titanic.
Notwithstanding his fantastic movie profession, Leo has utilised his Hollywood capital in various generous endeavours. He’s wind up one of the world’s best environmental change champions and backers for more stringent confinements on carbon emanations each shot he gets.
Indeed, he gave particular specify to the earth in his Oscar acknowledgement discourse for his work in The Revenant, entreating the group of onlookers to “work on the whole together and quit tarrying” when managing environmental change. These qualities are reflected in his everyday life; he drives battery-fueled vehicles and lives in a sun-based controlled home.
The following are 10 of the most motivating Leonardo DiCaprio that ought to urge you to deal with what makes you cheerful.
“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
“I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
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