Twelve publishers famously rejected her manuscript, the story of the Boy Who Lived, and we all know how that went. But J.K. Rowling’s tenacity ensured that she was the Woman who laughed last - and LOUDEST!
From living in welfare to becoming one of the world’s wealthiest women, J.K. Rowling believed in the power of dreams, hard work, and luck. The woman, who built a new foundation on the rock bottom her life hit, believes it is “impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default”.
So go ahead. On this wintry Monday morning, we suggest you embrace your dreams, give wings to your imagination, and take that leap of faith. Take your chances, but remember that “it does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live”.
And oh, just in case you need some inspiration to get started, sift through our stream of startup stories:
It started life as a WhatsApp-based service, but Dunzo has figured out how to make urban India lazy. Needless to say, we're loving it! The full-fledged automated app now runs all kinds of errands for customers in Bengaluru, Gurugram, Hyderabad and Pune. Next up, Chennai!
If you dream big, you may hit it big. Here's the story of how Hubilo went from a pay cheque of Rs 16,000 to Rs 8 crore in revenue in 4 years. Founded by Mayank Agarwal and Vaibhav Jain, the cloud-based, end-to-end event management platform aims to take away all the problems associated with event planning and organisation.
Ecommerce + proper logistics can translate into success. Keen to help ecommerce businesses say bye-bye to logistic woes, Delhi-based Shyplite offers an automation platform that enables retailers and e-retailers to manage their logistics by providing a single window "shipping gateway" integrated with multiple carriers.
In this increasingly data-driven world, safeguarding information is a company’s top priority. AI-driven startup CloudSEK points out where your data protection is weak and helps avoid security breaches. It provides actionable and timely warnings to customers, helping to prevent costly breaches and losses.
The job process is fraught with many complexities and uncertainties, and Thiruvananthapuram-based Hyreo is looking to simplify recruitments with a chatbot to connect HR with the right hire. Founded by Arun Satyan and Mahesh Raju, the startup uses the chatbot mechanism for hiring teams and candidates to interact, assess capabilities, provide feedback, and create a more predictable experience.
Why did former private equity investor Rahul Manek turn entrepreneur with Fyre, an Ayurvedic energy drink startup? Keen to offer functional F&B to the Indian consumer at a reasonable rate, he launched 30 ml ready-to-drink energy drink shots priced at Rs 30. Customers say Fyre keeps their fire burning for three to five hours!
4G networks have made digital entertainment a breeze, but what happens when you’re travelling? Connectivity issues are a bane no more for GoldSeat lets you watch your favourite movies and shows while travelling. Founded by Gaurav Kapahi and Nischal Khetarpal, the Delhi-based startup offers licensed, on-the-go offline entertainment that runs seamlessly without any data cost.
If there's a project in hand, project management is a must to successfully deliver. But don't fret for Mumbai-based ProThoughts can help you manage it. Founded by Ashish Sadekar, the startup aims to create a space where practitioners, aspirants, and experts collaborate to seek and provide inputs.
If you're looking to invest in the share market on the go, FinTapp is the financial advisor for you. Khaleelulla Baig and Abdul Aziz combined their investing and coding skills to create FinTapp, an autopilot fund manager on your smartphone, empowering both novices and regular investors alike.