How to build a global brand with no funding

In 2012, he came back to India to start product engineering and IT consulting services firm Aarav Solutions, which he registered in Ahmedabad.

Every morning, a young Raj Darji would watch his father tend the crops on his farm. The young boy would even occasionally accompany his father and watch him harvest crops with the help of other workers. What struck him was the way his father treated his farm labour.

“The farm labour in our village particularly looked forward to working for my father. When I asked him why, he told me since he takes care of them well, they take care of him in return,” Raj says.

These words left a lasting impression on the young boy, and went on to shape and define his entrepreneurial journey.

Many years later, Raj completed his engineering and went on to work in the US with Oracle, Hyundai Motors America, and Siemens, among other companies.

In 2012, he came back to India to start product engineering and IT consulting services firm Aarav Solutions, which he registered in Ahmedabad.

Applying the lessons he learnt from the farmland, Raj has grown his bootstrapped business without receiving any external funding — not even from friends and family.

While Raj doesn’t disclose his business’ current revenue, he says, “Today, Aarav Solutions has over 130 employees and corporate locations in India, the US and Canada. Since inception, we have been growing at 100 percent year-on-year.”

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Amit Somani, Managing Partner at Prime Venture Partners

“Isn’t business eventually just about the P&L? Yes and No. Eventually, the purpose of every business is to serve customers in a profitable manner. However, one needs to chart a viable path to get there.”

Amit Somani, Managing Partner at Prime Venture Partners

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