Rakesh Sidana: Taking Entrepreneurship To The Next Level | Know The StartupTalker

Who am I?

I am a 'change-agent' doing the same thing in different ways, that's why people call me an entrepreneur. Bringing uniqueness and making unusual concepts are my habits. My unique venture launched in 2008, MeriCAR, is an innovation to bring small garages on one digital platform.

I launched my own hashtag #ASKrakeshSIDANA to help startups, and this is another example of doing the same thing (aka mentorship) in different ways through the StartupTalky group.

My unique four books listed below are brimming with my experiences:

  • I want to fly
  • Where are my wings
  • Where share is like love
  • Startup never fails

I believe in collaboration, a powerful tool to grow. But it's not easy to bring everybody together when each person has their own strengths and weaknesses. My contribution to the startup ecosystem was recognized by me being appointed as a 'Mentor-of-Change' by NITI Aayog. It will help me connect with and assist more startups. Passion and persistence are the keys to my success.

Startup Journey

"My Dream My City" is a mission and vision to create entrepreneurs in 1000 cities by partnering with local entrepreneurs. Now, India will witness the power of local entrepreneurs' network. This network is helping two kinds of users, car owners and car mechanics, across India. The project never lets me sleep, and I'm happy to eat the fruit of success in almost 100 cities already. I am sleepless (aka passionate) from the last nine years in order to draw a big line.

Bitter Experiences

Challenges are a part of life. During a startup journey, many people cross your path wherein some learn from you and others teach you some big lesson. Wrong partner, bad merger, unexpected results, running out-of-cash, and hiring-firing are some of the bitter fruits I ate during my journey to make me what I'm today.

Memories

I only remember great memories that keep me motivated. Some of them are:

  • My time at IIM-Ahemdabad
  • Appearing at ETNow entrepreneurs show
  • My first cheque of funding

Living every moment of togetherness with my early team for success keeps me pumped up. It's been 9 years and MeriCAR is still ON.

Entrepreneurs And Startups I Admire The Most

I don't follow anybody regularly because I believe I will lose my originality (of being Innovative). However, I do look upto Mr. Henry Ford for his persistence. From the present, I choose Mr. Richard Branson for his way of enjoying entrepreneurial zeal through his global businesses.

There are many to get inspired. In my own life, I admire Mr. Gautam Sinha, my first mentor and investor in my venture. If you read about my experiences, you'll come to know that I learnt about the industry thumb rules from him. He failed twice and sold his 3rd venture to a Silicon Valley company before he became an investor in the Indian space. I've interacted with many people, was mentored by senior level decision makers, but I kept my originality in terms of working and decision-making intact. If there is a failure, that's me...but if there is a success, that's also me.

My Powers

I know nothing, but I research a lot with a passion to know in-depth. I had no automotive background but I built India's first digital platform for small car garages. I never planned writing but now I'm the author of three books. I'm not a teacher but my online courses are accessed by over 2000+ students all over the world.

I know nothing, so I am not perfect and love all trades.

Let Me Share A Hack

I have no advice but only success-mantra. If you are interacting with robots (aka computers/mobile), then you need to transform your learning into technology and solve some of the biggest problems in the world today. But if you are interacting with people, you have to learn how to judge them rightly, not only their behavior, but their intention as well. The world has created inequality of wealth and the most confused is the middle-class. Money is a tool to change the behavior of people. Learn about those around you. Meet only like-minded individuals. Build your trusted family network for a better and more successful life. Never stop doing.

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About Shubham Kumar

Founder @StartupTalky. IIT KGP grad. Learner. Dedicated to the service of the startup Ecosystem. Love meeting people. Let's connect - [email protected]
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