What/when did you study at Durham?
MSc Management Entrepreneurship 2013-14.
What are you doing now – employer and role?
I am Chief Executive Officer of Crazy Ripples, which is a start-up consultancy and investment firm. Previously I worked as Director-Business Development in Codifier Technologies, New Delhi, India.
What does your job involve?
My role is broad and involves handholding entrepreneurs from idea stage to funding with all the business verticals included. Through the same, we have in our portfolio worked with – Liquii, Dance Out Of Poverty, EduCombine, Divya’s Closet, ProQore, Bar-O-Meeter, ServX (A Y-combinator invested company) amongst many others and currently are working on a physical 20,000 sq ft co-working and incubation space which shall allow us to bring in the best minds and mentors under one roof to build the innovation of tomorrow. At Codifier my job was to think out of the box and build my own product line, bring new clients (generate leads) and let the world know about At Codifier (Marketing) while leading a team and overseeing other verticals of the business as well.
How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?
Entrepreneurship is beyond books and Journals. The support from various professors namely: Dr. Graham Dietz, Ian Stone, Mat Hughes, Paul burrows, Karen Langdon, Pat Richardson. The initiatives such as Engineer and Business School meet, Startgrid, BluePrint Competition, KickStart Weekend, Master Class and best of all the opportunity to meet real entrepreneurs and alumni.
What advice would you give to current students?
If you wish to succeed in life, you have to be a rebel. Sitting back and waiting for opportunities to come your way won’t take you anywhere. Step out and ask, ask for help, question as many people as you can regarding what you should do and if you are on the right path. At the end, you are the one who has to make the move into the bigger picture.
My belief, “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement, learning and trying should never stop because you only need to be right once so make as many mistakes untill then.”
Any other information you want to provide?
Start looking around for opportunities as soon as possible, start deciding on what to do in life, you don’t need to be spot-on but at least have a strong starting point.