Interview with Mr. Debansh Das Sharma, Founder of Innovedge Solutions Pvt.ltd
“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Mr. Debansh took such an initiative to provide a platform for the skillful handicraft workers, who lacked appreciation from the society.
Interviewer: Please tell me something about the company.
Mr. Debansh: It is an online platform for traditional handlooms and handicraft. It is a platform to showcase the work of award winning and talented designers along with their profile and portfolio.
Interviewer: How did you come up with such an idea?
Mr. Debansh: We realized that it is important to bridge the gap between the people who don’t have the knowledge about such intriguing things and the designers who don’t have any platform to showcase their work and talent. These upcoming designers had to face the adversities of dishonest middlemen, and people who copied their designs. Many people started taking advantages of the skilled. Since then we wanted to take up the initiative of working with them directly. Also, we as customers didn’t trust the authenticity and genuinity of these items. So we developed a reliable platform to order handcrafted and hand loomed products.
Interviewer: What were the challenges you faced and what did you learn from them?
Mr. Debansh: Being a startup, one has to always face challenges. But we have always been courageous, and dedicated to our goals. We believe in working with the attitude of giving our best to achieve the desired goal whatever comes our way. The problems would always exist, but the right decision and perseverance would take you forward.
Interviewer: What are the three things important for a successful business?
Mr. Debansh: A much focused goal, a right plan and execution, and the attitude to overcome the challenges are the three things, I believe, are important for any business.
Interviewer: What would you advice budding entrepreneurs who are willing to start up their own business or facing challenges?
Mr. Debansh: One should always look for the best idea and something exclusive so that no one else can imitate or take the credit of coming up with the same idea. An entrepreneur should never copy while performing their daily functions or even just start a business because it is trending or it looks attractive.
They should rather work hard for something about which they are passionate and do that in a
systematic manner to get the best results.
Interviewer: What are some of your habits which make you a successful entrepreneur?
Mr. Debansh: I am a polite person, always ready to take up challenges. I think, that is important for sustainability. Also, I always promote optimism. One should never think that they won’t be able to do something or achieve a goal; they should always give it a try.
I have also been much focused on only promoting handloom and handicrafts.
Interviewer: How does entrepreneurship change a person?
Mr. Debansh: Entrepreneurship comes with responsibilities and being responsible affects one’s persona. After becoming a businessman, they always forget about their circle and their own self, which is a very wrong habit. Someone who has the capacity to balance their personal life and the spirituality of business has more probability to become a successful businessman. One needs to be balanced and developed as an individual to reach heights. Being calm also comes with the essence of entrepreneurship.
Initially, I was not able to take up the responsibility which came along with the running of a business. But, eventually, I took certain steps to overcome my personal shortcomings and it is now also reflected on me as a human being.