Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
Tejas Padasalagi: I was completely frustrated being in a Job. Daily I used to spend hours on studying different businesses but I only used to find negativities in all the businesses. WHY? Because, I myself was in my comfort zone. So until I quit my job and came back home nothing really worked. The day I came back, I was out of my comfort zone, it was like fire under my ass. So next day over a cup of tea; my father said why don't you start with Granites and Marbles Business. That was the time when I started thinking straight like an Entrepreneur and made a firm decision of starting an Import Export Business. As I liked traveling a lot, exploring new places and culture, meeting new people. I thought I would really enjoy International Business. Coming from a middle class family i was in need of money, luxury and everything so badly. I came across this Documentary (THE SECRET) which changed my life. I started practicing it on a daily basis and it worked.
I named my company ROKKAMINT which means ROKKA means Money (In Kannada Language) and MINT means Printing (In English language) ROKKAMINT means Money Printing. Because when I started that's what my focus was on. Though later on things changed.
Great Companies: What are the various Services provided by Rokkamint International Pvt Ltd
Tejas Padasalagi: We are into Imports and Exports of Granites, Marbles, Sandstones, Food Stuffs, Vegetables, Spices etc. We started with Natural Stones initially and now we are into Foodstuff as well like Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, etc.
Great Companies: What makes Rokkamint International Pvt Ltd different from hundreds of other similar service providers?
We believe that making money is easy, but keeping it, sustaining it is the difficult part in any business. In order to sustain your business, you need to keep your employees happy, so they will in turn keep your customers happy. If customers are happy, the business never goes down. More than an Exporter from India, we would like to be called as Purchase Managers for our customers abroad. We are that transparent with our clients.
Great Companies: What are the struggles and challenges you face?
Tejas Padasalagi: Without struggle there is no success. Of course we have faced a lot. We were cheated with money, we were cheated with wrong material, we were cheated with wrong packaging and what not?
There were times when we had no choice but to close down the company. But still we never gave up. We lost capital, we lost customers, it was almost down zero. But one thing we always kept in mind. NEVER GIVE UP!
Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for Rokkamint International Pvt Ltd?
Tejas Padasalagi: ROKKAMINT will now have its presence in Dubai form January 2022. We are setting up office and warehouse in Dubai. The main motto of our presence in Dubai will be to promote Exporters from India, specially Karnataka. As I am from Karnataka. We will be guiding budding exporters from Karnataka and any place from India by sharing our experience through our YouTube Channel (Named - Tejas Padasalagi). And we will ourself Import their products in Dubai and supply all over UAE and also Re-Export few.
Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Tejas Padasalagi: Only thing i would like to say is - You got only 1 life. Take risk, be patient, work smart, have good intentions, never cheat, never think of money first and finally never give up even if you fail often.