Quick Bytes with Jasminder Gulati of NowFloats
Jasminder Gulati, Co-Founder and CEO at NowFloats, spent more than a decade at Microsoft before embracing entrepreneurship. He co-founded NowFloats, a Hyderabad based startup which focuses on empowering small and medium sized enterprises by helping them come online easily and without spending a fortune. Jasminder has been a speaker at TedX and has brought more than a lakh offline businesses online.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Children, family, wife, mountains, beach, camping and farming.
What is your greatest fear?
Not to achieve what I thought I could.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Getting angry too fast.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
Elon Musk, among many others.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I indulged in my craving for a vintage car recently. I bought a 1983 Mercedes. It fulfilled me.
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
Rarely, but to make my point.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I wish I could be taller.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Execution skills. I am committed to gender neutrality.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Be a leader. It is easy to do; do it one night.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
When and where were you happiest?
Launching a startup.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could play an instrument.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Get over my insecurities at an earlier age.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
NowFloats, so far. Also, I have written speeches for Bill Gates.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
As a farmer. I think life would be simpler; I could look at life in a simpler way.
Where would you most like to live?
Certainly in India, and away from any city.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not living up to the expectations of my loved ones.
What is your favourite occupation?
I have many – outside work, I am a history and vintage buff. I collect cassettes just to make a wall of cassettes at home. It looks gorgeous in my study.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
They are always ready to help me when I need them.
Who are your favourite writers?
In the last 15 years, I have not read fiction. But I love William Dalrymple and Sanjeev Sanyal.
Who is your hero of fiction?
I find Indian mythological characters very interesting. They were made as metaphor to explain how to live our lives.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I can’t think of any.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Elon Musk and Bill Gates, among others.
What are your favourite names?
Pannya, which means wisdom (in old Buddhist texts). Manvir, which means winner of hearts.
What is it that you most dislike?
People not doing anything in their lives.
What is your greatest regret?
There are many - having children late, not going to IIT… it will take a month to list all of it.
How would you like to die?
While working, in office.
What is your motto?
‘I am always running to stand still.’