Lucky Rohilla is the co-founder of Quantel, a student-centric platform, that grads and undergrads today are in dire need of. Built and designed to get you past all your dilemmas and doubts, regarding college, internships, and jobs, startups, be it through comprehensive and legitimate internship and job reviews, or moreover one to one professional consultation for that purpose, mentorship, and guidance from subject matter experts. Today we got a chance to interview him, let’s know more about him.
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Excerpts from our exclusive interview with him:
Q1) Tell us a little bit about your start-up and your journey, please
Quantel is a virtual consultation platform dedicated to students and professionals. that aims to provide personalized career insights and 1:1 mentorship from Industry experts across various domains and strives to emerge as the world’s most affordable & interactive space.
Journey: Quantel’s journey began back in 2018 as for the ideation, in our sophomore year at university, when we realized the need for such a platform. We started to think about ways in which the problems for students and professionals could be best addressed, even now when we have stabilized with solutions and gained traction on the platform, still believe there’s a long way to go along making it easier and better for the users every day.
Q2) How did the idea for your business/startup come about?
All it took was a few college students beginning their prep for the Big 4s or pioneers of the tech world and lack of legitimate curated information and guidance to cope up with the zeal of starting up the one-stop, directed, and legitimate platform for all career-related information
What we contemplated after researching our companies and roles for months & talking to faculties and senior was that, current sources for appetite of guidance are not promising. The stagnant and stored content on the internet becomes outdated real quick in today’s time and moreover it isn’t crafted to the needs of an individual
An existing platform such as Linkedin pose a shortcoming for guidance seekers as in maximum cases the experts demonstrate a lack of interest in 1:1 conversations
Unreliable at both ends – Conventional domains have absolutely unproductive omnipresent guidance and non-conventional domains have nothing at all, we decided upon starting up with Quantel
Q3) What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
The key driving force is absolutely the zeal to solve problems in the current ecosystem and create an impact on society. We have a vision for the future, and we’re out to achieve it. The other factors such as leadership, flexibility, and materialistic, they add all up but never form the core for doing, what we do
Q4) How did you come up with the name for your startup?
Like any other startup out there, the idea of exactly what our business is going to become first in line for deciding the name. Our vision was defined and clear, but the multiple counts of domains that we were to step into for providing that curated guidance and information, left us with no directed name, our audience too was collegiates and professionals both, leaving no space for an audience-centric name, hence we came up with Quantel – “One who has a fine mind and loves to talk”, exactly resonating with our thoughts and vision.
Q5) What service(s) do you offer?
We provide personalized career insights and 1:1 mentorship from Industry experts across various domains to students and professionals. We have experts from Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe, Bain & Company, McKinsey, KPMG, EY, etc. that foster personalized guidance in form of relevant profile building tips, preparation strategy for various recruitment rounds of top companies, resources for respective domains, feedback through mock interviews, CV review, etc.
Not only this, on our platform, one can interact with professionals from non-conventional domains such as food blogging, Instagram influencing, freelancing, and much more to explore & progress towards the desired career path.
Q6) Why should people choose your services?
They should, get past outdated content on the internet and quench their thirst for a credible space to seek personalized guidance for career-related dilemmas. We are affordable, deal across almost all major conventional and non- conventional domains, have Handpicked and Curated Experts, and above all, need of the hour, we are the change, the current ecosystem asks for.
Q7) How do you market your business, and which tactics have been most successful?
We have a decent social media presence and a dedicated Campus Ambassadors team, that acts as a primary marketing tool for our campaigns, moreover we have collaborated with clubs, societies, and placement cells of various colleges across India, to build our brand and market our services. There’s no single tactic that we can claim to have been successful, each step and social platform had its own role to play and added up a great value to Quantel.
Q8) Did pandemic (COVID 19) affect your business? if yes how?
The pandemic [COVID 19] did affect our business, but not directly, even the lockdown and stuff proved as a great ground and base with most of our prospect users sitting at home, exploring ways to gain skills, knowledge, information and being prepared for upcoming difficult times; but it surely affected the efficiency of the team, the amount of work that we would have put into, in our ideal workspace, surrounded and motivated by each other.
Q9) What are your responsibilities as the business owner?
As a business owner, one doesn’t have a particular set of responsibilities. Anything and everything that comes under the sun to foster growth at Quantel is my responsibility right from developing the idea to implementation, content, and graphics that become the face of the company, sales, digital marketing, human resource, people, and institutions we collaborate with. I have done each part of it. From the beginning, when I co-founded the company, we started as a team of two as now we move forward, we have a team of 40+ people. So, I have done anything and everything.
Q10) How many hours a day do you work on average & can you describe/outline your typical day?
When you take up an entrepreneur’s life, there are no predefined work hours or days, just as you step in, you devote your 100% time to that idea you aim to build your organization upon, you keep thinking and working on it, no matter what.
In the morning, as I start working I have to manage my human resource, think about new ideas, do meetings about partnerships, and facilitate the students. Each and every day is as dynamic & new, at the same time being as regular and disciplined as our goal.
Q11) What comes first for you money or emotions?
Emotions, for sure. Money and other materialistic, as I mentioned earlier cannot go a long way in keeping you motivated or driving you a long way. It is always the zeal to work for the solutions you have come up with, it’s the emotion of creating an impact, not succumbing to any external pressure or competitions, no money can ever bring that in you, it’s always emotions. Money is essential, I don’t deny but in no world, it would come before emotions, especially in the entrepreneurial world.
Q12) How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Things have changed drastically, prominently in terms of my presence at family gatherings, functions on occasions. My work and commitment as a team lead wants for a really dedicated schedule and adjusting in the functions gets really out of the league and I mostly end up attending none. Definitely has hampered my family and personal life and the time I used to give to my family and friends has been on a continuous downfall, but I had to do it, so there is nothing that I regret, even I am proud of the new family at Quantel that we have built and nurtured.
Q13) What piece of advice would you give to college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs?
I would put this straight and simple, find a problem in your surroundings, cause nobody better understands them than you, the one you are facing & do not just do a startup for the sake of doing it, put in some value. Look for solutions, in the meantime find a partner, not the who likes the idea or solution but one who you know would stand strong when things go wrong, who supports you in all situations, one that you could fall back on.
I would keep advice to just these few things So, I have done anything and everything. In the morning, as I start working I have to manage my human resource, to thinking about new ideas, to doing meetings about partnerships, facilitating the students. So, the key responsibilities as of now I have is managing my human resource, thinking about growing the organization and facilitating the students.
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