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Being an army-kid, Sandeep Mittal spent most of his childhood days travelling across the country and enjoying the cantonment life to the hilt. After completing his engineering from VIT Pune, Sandeep went for an MBA in Marketing from IIM Calcutta. He wanted to take up a job at a TELCO, as it was a good offer for a Mechanical engineer, but B-school seemed a smarter choice. During his IIM-C days, Sandeep set up a startup with a friend and therefore decided not to take up the job offer...​
Anoop Goyal grew up in a middle-class family in the peaceful town of Bhilai, the township based on the SAIL Steel Plant, where his father worked his entire career, while his mother was a school teacher. Both his parents instilled the values of hard work and good education, right from his childhood. Anoop's two elder sisters were his role models for excelling academically. After graduating from IIT Kharagpur in 1991 with a degree in Computer Science, Anoop went on to pursue his M.S....​
Abhinav Asthana grew up in small towns across Uttar Pradesh, thanks to his civil engineer father who worked at the Public Works Department in a job that demanded frequent transfers. However, despite his civil engineering background, Abhinav's father was very interested in computers and he made sure that his kid learn't programming skills right from his school days. Interestingly, Abhinav got hooked to programming and started building applications and websites pretty quickly. He also...​
Born to parents who were both teachers in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Rachana Bagde became a sincere and quiet child - the first bench student whose work would always be complete, homework done on time, having full attendance and participating in every co-curricular activity. She was never known to socialise much and took good time to open up - which holds true even today. After completing her 12th standard boards in 2013, Rachana started studying at ABV-Indian Institute of Information...​
Hailing from a modest, service class family background from the City of Joy, Kolkata, Uday Lakkar faced a lot of challenges in the initial phases of my educational life. He believes that facing these challenges became his biggest strengths that helped him win big later in life. He graduated from St. Xavier's College Calcutta and completed professional courses like CA and CS to kick start his career. Later he went on to do PGDM in Finance and Strategy from IIM Ahmedabad and worked...​
Belonging to a middle class family, Prasoon Shrivastava completed his schooling from Jabalpur and went on to do his Bachelors in Architecture and Planning from LBH College, Mumbai. Upon graduation, at the early stage of his career, Prasoon worked on projects involved in the design of many residential, commercial and institutional projects across central India. Later, work took him to Dubai, where he partnered with Arkiplan International and set up the operations of Arkiplan International in...
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Rashika Jain grew up in a joint family, where she was always surrounded by people. To have the experience of living independently, she went to Bangalore to pursue engineering from PES Institute of Technology, followed by MBA in Marketing from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai in 2014. Excellent in her academics, Rashika won 3 Gold Medals upon her graduation. Post MBA, she started working with Bharti Airtel in Sales and Marketing Inspired by her...
Rahul Rupani spent all his childhood in Rajkot, Gujarat. Before leaving for college, he pursued science stream at S.N.Kansagra School in Rajkot. Growing up in a business family was the key to learning the important lessons about business and entrepreneurship. Recalling his lessons that he got from his father since a very young age, Rahul speaks about understanding the risk appetite required to sustain business losses and the determination to go on. Rahul completed his B.E. in...​
Growing up in a middle class family with both his parents working, the entrepreneurship 'bug' made his way into the life of Mark Piarejee only after he had completed engineering. Though, clearly the idea of "being one's own boss & doing what one wants to do, when one wants to do it" - had taken root in his mind from a very young age. Through his years in engineering from 2008-2012, Mark always kept an ear towards startup news. During college, Mark and his friends used to rent books either...
Born and brought up in Hyderabad, Kranthi Kumar hails from a lower middle-class family. In the neighborhood he grew up, an academic bent of mind led a person to lead a decent middle-class livelihood, instead of ending up in rags. The youngest of three siblings, Kranthi was always encouraged to pursue his dreams. During his school days, Kranthi shared a great bond of friendship with Abhishek, Sandeep and Pradeep while playing cricket and admiring Sachin Tendulkar. Interestingly, the four...