Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

Shardul Pandey Talks To Sujit Thakur, Co-Founder & CEO Of Kijag Infosystem

Sujit Thakur (Co-Founder & CEO) started his Journey as a Technical Writer in Bangalore. With his masters degree in IT and 5 solid years of Job experience, Sujit started to realize that he was born to do more, something on his own, something for the society, and of course make a royal living out of it.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Jason Shah, Founder of DO.com

Jason Shah is founder & CEO of DO.com that helps netizens run productive meetings. The application provides a private cloud for each meeting – the files, realtime and collaborative notes, private notes, followups, outcomes, and more all live in one ultimate, reliable, secure place.

One can set an agenda to let others know what the meeting is all about. Meetings can be related to one another in order to increase continuity in work. It also allows you to search meetings, have the notes automatically sent out when meetings end.

On mobile, user can quickly email other participants, schedule a followup, or jot down important notes connected to the meeting.

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Prashant Sharma, Founder Of First Personality, Chain Of Franchised Personality Development Centres

PRASHANT SHARMAI welcome you Prashant at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

I used to be a very shy student and hated public speaking. I had great fear of elocution and had stage fright. I was very hesitant when dealing with the opposite sex and had few friends. However, in my second year of college my mother enrolled me in the prestigious Nazareth’s Speakers Academy, Mumbai, where I excelled due to the excellent training and guidance of the trainers and obtained a First Prize Diploma in Public Speaking. I then did my B.com from the Sydenham College, Mumbai. Upon completion of my Masters in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts, USA, I returned to India to be part of the Indian post-liberalization story. Exciting times! My first job with the Taj Group of Hotels as Lobby Manager, which made me realize the disparity between the soft skills of the average Indian vis-a-vis the people in the West. This is because our education system is text book based on rote learning, whereas the education in the USA was so much more practical and presentation based. That’s why we Indians lack soft skills, especially public speaking skills.

I predicted that this lack of communication skills, specifically- speaking skills would be a great hindrance to the employability of our Indian graduates and soon founded a company called The Winners Group in 1996, a personality development training company. This laid the foundation for what today is known as First Personality. I conducted my first training program over seventeen years ago when I was invited by the New Delhi YMCA to lead a course of Public Speaking and Effective Communication. The Times of India too has recognised this achievement.

With over 18 years experience as an edupreneur, facilitator, master of ceremonies and motivator, I have extensive expertise in mentoring leaders, inspiring professionals and helping people realize their true potential.

Recognizing that individuals of all ages in Tier II, III and IV cities around the country have no options to develop their soft skills or access to good training, I am currently setting up a chain of affordable, high quality soft skills training centres for the masses around the country, the first of which opened in Kanpur in July 2013. Currently we have centres in Gurgaon, Kanpur and Meerut and more franchised centres are in the offing.

Tell us more about firstpersonality.com? How it works?

We believe that the ability to impress and influence others is not in-born. This ability can be acquired by developing soft skills which are the foundation for Personality Development. Softs kills like all skills are imparted by us through our organized training coupled with practice. No boring theory! No wasted time. Our proven training modules coupled with practice will enable you to develop a dynamic Personality. You will learn to influence others with ease, confidence and poise. It doesn’t matter which language you are comfortable with. In our programs, people from all vocations and all ages can be trained to acquire soft skills in any setting: whether academic, social or professional. What you learn, you apply immediately, and keep for Life ! It’s a fact that soft skills contribute 85% to a person’s success. Technical skills contribute only 15%! We help you acquire these all-important soft skills to positively change your life!

How masses can join-in your training program?

We have programs for everyone and everybody. But instead of a `one-size-fits-all’ approach, we have specialized, structured, short term courses which are customized for each target market and segment. This ensures that the programs are relevant without wastage of time or money. Our programs are:

Program Name Nature Target Group
Life Success -Main Advance Personality Development Program: Age 17-22 years
Life Success -Foundation Basic Personality Development Program: Age 17-22 years
Campus Champ Employability – College Program Graduates
First Step-Little Champs School Program Class I to V
First Step-Young Dynamos School Program Class VI to VIII
First Step-Seniors School Program Class IX to XII
Super Step- Little Champs After School Program Class I to V
Super Step- Young Dynamos After School Program Class VI to VIII
Super Step- Seniors After School Program Class IX to XII
Winners Camp- Little Champs Vacation Program Class I to V
Winners Camp- Young Dynamos Vacation Program Class VI to VIII
Winners Camp- Seniors Vacation Program Class IX to XII
Pinnacle Corporate-First Corporate Training Junior Executives
Pinnacle Corporate-Pro Corporate Training Managers
Pinnacle Corporate-Board Corporate Training Senior Managers
First Achiever Corporate Training Employers & Entrepreneurs
Perfect Diva Finishing School Ladies & Housewives
Platinum Alliance Finishing School Prospective brides & bridegrooms
English First-Basic English – Basic Anyone
English First-Intermediate English – Intermediate Anyone
English First-Advanced English – Advance Anyone
Speak Easy Public Speaking Anyone

How did you come with its concept? How exactly your idea sparked to register firstpersonality.com and what is the story behind your domain name?

Currently, anyone wishing to improve their soft skills has no choice. They end up going to the sub-standard neighbourhood English speaking institutes who fleece them giving them false promises. Neither their English improves nor their personalities. That’s when I realized that there was a need to bring organized, good quality soft skills training to the masses, which they could use to get ahead in their lives. Courses that people of similar age groups and experiences could take together in a fun-filled, interactive environment by experienced, trained faculty.

We wanted a name that accurately represented the hopes and aspirations of our target audience. Everyone wants to have a dynamic Personality that helps them get ahead and come First in life. Hence First Personality…

How many people got associated for working together on this project?

We take pride in the quality of our instruction and trainers !!! Our faculty and board of Trainers are mentors rather than teachers. These are people that students look upto as role models and consist only of people with at least 7 years+ work experience, corporate professionals and experienced entrepreneurs, armed forces young retirees and academic professionals. Only experts with impeccable spoken English and voice accent skills are chosen, as we believe in Training by Example. Every course has a faculty evaluation done by the participants and we take this evaluation very , very seriously.

How it will improve people’s lives?

Our Mission: First Personality aims to be the number one Personality Development Training Company in India by creating a vast pool of individuals equipped with the soft skills to face the challenges of a globalized economy. These soft skills will enable individuals to succeed by attaining multi-dimensional personalities and acquire life skills to better their lives and their professional careers.

What philosophy drives you doing this?

Our vision: We help people become confident personalities and leaders in their lives, by imparting the best Personality Development Training. We wish to build brand equity by imparting relevant, fun and real world training, so that the ultimate objective of franchising for a profit for all stakeholders can be realized.

What makes your endeavours unique?

At First Personality, our endeavour is simple. To impart corporate-level personality development training to the masses at prices they can afford. To bring soft skills to people who need it most, but don’t have access to corporate training or expensive trainers. Every First Personality centre will be standardized, have the same curriculum, same high quality of experienced faculty, and affordable, corporate level training facilities for students.

We have identified and tested the basic attributes and qualities of a successful personality. We have taken these and formulated a Personal Development Compass, which is used as a guide by the students in their path to leadership and success.

No boring theory! No wasted time! We believe that the training should affect the participant in such a way that it should not appear artificial or `put on’. That’s why we follow the LIFE model i.e. `Learning- Internalization-Feedback-Evaluation’ model, where the qualities and benefits obtained from the programs become part of the person’s basic nature.

Our Training is different from conventional language courses as it works on the assumption that:

  • All individuals have certain qualities wherein they can be trained to increase their Soft- verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Learning is more successful in an experiential format rather than the `chalk and talk’ –teacherstudent traditional method.
  • In this digital age, people are often working and living alone –in relative isolation. For e.g.. migrating away from their homes in search of better job opportunities elsewhere. When given an interactive training experience-whether Outdoor or In-class , a sense of adventure achievement, trust building & bonding develops. This leads to increased motivation and learning.
  • Our training enables people to have shared experiences that serve as important catalyst in their self-discovery process.
  • We have proven that significant, long-lasting learning can be achieved through an intensive, short-term experience.

How other netizens can help you in this regard ?

As education moves on-line and more and more people looking to the net for easy access, First Personality is also ready for the on-line instruction of their programs. The best part is that these soft skills are required by everyone, all age groups, across the world! That’s where our Indian and overseas franchisee based expansion plans fit in. We are looking to open Personality Development and Soft Skill centres all over and are looking for franchisee and expansion partnerships. We currently have centres in Gurgaon, Kanpur and Baroda (just opened). Meerut has been signed up and is scheduled to open within the next month.

Any future plans? Are you working on some other projects also ?

We have envisioned our future projects as Vision 2015:

Ø To have our courses authorized & certified by a reputed University in India. The process has already been initiated.

Ø To launch several job oriented programs that are more relevant to the industry demands & help promise 100% placements.

Ø To collaborate with agencies like NSDC and contribute in the skills development mission of India.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

It’s never too late for self improvement. Whatever you do, whatever your age is, don’t feel the time has passed to learn something new, to do something you have not done before. Each day is a new day and those who don’t spend at least 1 hour on self improvement and self help every day will left behind.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Kenya Smith

Shardul Pandey Talks To Kenya SmithI welcome you Kenya at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

Well first let start off by saying my name is Kenya Smith and I’m the CEO/FOUNDER to YOUR WORLD MAGAZINE. I have come so far in my life. I never really had en one there to help and support me in anything I wanted to do out of life. When I was 19 I found myself in an abusive relationship where I gotten black eyes, Broken fingers and busted cheeks and it’s was by the same man who said he loved me every night, the same man who I laid down with and had his son. It took me a while to leave because I felt like if I left I would be anything with out him.

I’m 2008 I attempted to commit suicide. And i can honestly say that’s what woke me up and made the see the mean of life. After send a few day in the hospital and seeking help. I went home a new person. I finished college started make plans for my son and I.

In 2013 i started YOUR WORLD INC. ITS A magazine that showcase all up and coming artists and new talent around the world. The reason y i came up with this is because i feel there is a lot of talent out here that’s not being hear or seen. People who love what they do because of the passion and not just or money, those are people who has the story to tell and maybe their story can help other people like myself.

How exactly your idea sparked to start this magazine?

Well I came up with the idea of putting an online magazine to gather about two years ago when i moves back from Atlanta Georgia. I wanted to create a magazine called kreationz which would’ve been showcasing the talent of different beauticians and barber from around the world. But then i realized that there are plenty of hair magazine out and i wanted to created something more rather that people haven’t not seen, so that’s where i came up with the created a magazine that not only beautician and barber but for anyone who has a talent or a story to tell the world. I wanted people who wanted to let other people into their world and see what they have one offer or say and is having trouble doing it on their own. And that where i came up with the name your world magazine.

What is the story behind the domain and the name of your website? Why you chosen this name?

The name your world magazine came from the whole meaning to the online magazine. ‘your life, your world”. Individuals out there that’s has a talent, gift or a story to tell as myself. Being an abuse relationship for 3 years and tried to commit suicide but then walking away from that and graduated from college and started my own business.

Many female out here are in that same situation and don’t know who the talk to or don’t know how to leave. I feel like my story need to be heard and if i can just help one person out in my life, i feel complete.

There are a lot of people out here that have talent and it’s not about the money of the industry it the live and the passion they have for what they do and what the world to hear them. The domain name www.Yourworld-magazine.Us came from the magazine name itself.

Whether you work alone or you got people associated for working together?

Well actual currently im working alone. I do all my graphic, web design, interview, scheduling, editing. …Everything by myself.

What philosophy drives you doing this?

“A vision” a vision of helping someone else out in life. Help other people helps me to know i doing my job. It’s not about myself cause i can just make a website just featuring me but that not what i want. I want something that i can share to world about other people and their passions.

How much time you spend working on your website? What efforts you make for driving traffic and building your readership?

I say i spend at least 10 hours a day working on my site since I work alone and have different departments to the site. I just have to make sure everything is perfect. Either i working on setting up interview, editing interview, watching people videos or just promotions. I spend of my time not working and promoting the magazine on different social site like Facebook, intagram, or twitter.

What makes your endeavours unique on Internet?

What makes my magazine unique is because its online and easy to access 24/7. Also is that is a visual magazine your are able to watch and listen to different exclusive interview i have featured on the month issue.

Is there any more projects you are currently working?

I’m currently working on starting a management company. “yw management”. Hopefully in 2015 i’ll b able to launch it out.

Which country you are from? Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?

I am from the United States of American. I current live in east Chicago, Indiana, which is about 15-20 minutes from Chicago, Illinois.

I love going out to eat and dinner or just a long walk in the park (in the summer) cause it does get very cold in the winter. One of my favorite spots i go to to sit and relax and have a drink or just talk with friends is call bar louie.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

The ultimate message I trying to get out is if you have a talent or story don’t waste it let it be heard. Cause nit only will it help u but it can maybe help someone else.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Aditya Dey

Shardul Pandey Talks To Aditya Dey HEADER

Shardul Pandey: I welcome you Aditya at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

Aditya Dey: My name is Amit Dey aka Aditya, and like every pal of my age I also have many goals which are needed to be fulfilled in near future. I’ve done my engineering from a reputed Government Engineering College, and now I’m working for a global IT firm. Honestly speaking my passion is not to work in a sophisticated office, rather I wanna explore my hidden talents and wanna provide wings to my opportunities.

Well, you can say entrepreneurship has entered in my veins, and currently I’m working on building a company of my own. Besides I love to write stories, articles. I own many popular blogs, and currently I’m actively working on my Technology News Blog named TechStake. Blogging provides me mental piece from the boring daily office job, and it is also one of my primary sources of earning real money from ONLINE.

Shardul Pandey: How your idea sparked for registering Techstake.org?

Aditya Dey: My name is Amit dey aka Aditya, and I had started my first blog in 2008. At that time ‘Blogging’ was not the thing what it is now. I mainly publish my own articles, poems etc in my blog. I had written many articles on many controversial topics on that blog of mine. My philosophy was very simple and clear, I wanted to showcase my writing skill to the web world. but one day I received a mail from Google, and came to know about Adsense. Then I realized that I could make a good money from my blog.

I was in my college then, so I studied a lot on “How to Earn Money from a Blog”, and then I deleted/stopped writing on that first blog of mine. After that I started many blogs on different niches like Education. Technology, Careers and Jobs, Reviews, Movies etc. In last 5 years I’ve sold many blogs for GOOD MONEY and currently I’m mainly focusing on TechStake.Org . It’s tech news blog, and it covers topics like latest gadgets, product reviews, Android, Social Media, IT-computing and many more.

Shardul Pandey: How much time you spend working on your domain? How do you stay so up-to-date with information that you post on your domain?

Aditya Dey: I have a busy life, that revolves around my friends and families. I’ve a busy OFFICE life too, and it doesn’t allow me to invest/spend that much of hours in blogging. Generally I spend around 2 hours/day in blogging purpose, and I personally think it’s enough to run a blog or two successfully.

That’s an interesting question. Well I blog on a very competitive topic, and it always updates in real-time. I mainly follow the biggies of my blog’s niche like TechCrunch, NDTV Gadgets, Phone Arena, GSM Arena, Times of India etc. I also follow the official websites of various Tech Giants like Google, Nokia, Samsung, Facebook etc. I also follow the social media profile of these companies, blogs and websites.

Shardul Pandey: What domains you visit on a daily basis ?

Aditya Dey: Well, frankly speaking there are many. I usually visit more than hundreds websites a day. I love to surf net from my childhood days. Whenever I get time, I do that. But, if you want me to name my personal favorite websites, then I’ll name Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, Times of India, Blogger etc.

Shardul Pandey: What makes your endeavors unique on blogosphere ?

Aditya Dey: That’s a tough question. I think everyone in this blogosphere is unique in their own ways excluding the ones who post crappy duplicate contents. I mainly focus on Quality, and always research a lot before writing articles on any topic. I always try to write detailed articles in order to give all the necessary information to my beloved readers.

Shardul Pandey: What other projects you are currently working on?

Aditya Dey: After 5 odd years I wanna see myself running a successful company of my own and also chilling cum partying with my friends and families. I basically want to include my name in the successful entrepreneurs list of India.
I’m working on my dream project as of now i.e. opening my own startup. I can’t reveal much about that project as of now, but very soon I’ll launch it in India. Currently I’m going through the Company Registration Procedures.

Shardul Pandey: What have you found to be the most challenging part in blogging ?

Aditya Dey: According to me the most challenging part of blogging is to stay updated with the latest algorithm changes. Another one is to balance between helping others for FREE and charging money while offering the same as services.

Shardul Pandey: What efforts you make for driving traffic towards your domain?

Aditya Dey: I don’t make much efforts on promoting my blog or its latest posts. I just do the basics like sharing it on the leading social media platforms like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Digg. I also comment on a few Comment-Luv enabled blogs, and add my latest posts on a few leading blogging communities like Indiblogger, Blog Engage and a few Facebook Groups too. That’s it. Less is good for me in this case.

Shardul Pandey: Please share some of your teaching you have for aspiring bloggers and newbie domain owners?

Aditya Dey: I wanna give a simple advice to the aspiring bloggers that don’t just Blog for money rather blog for passion. Always think about your reader’s first, and try to post only such articles which would provide value to them Think positive and be unique in your own way. Listen to everyone, but make your own strategies. Copy-Paste contents or strategies are very injurious in the career of blogging.

Shardul Pandey: What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Aditya Dey: Always listen to your heart, and don’t afraid to do and explore such things which you do best. Believe in yourself, and trust me SKY is the Limit for your GROWTH.