Enlighten us about your first venture. How does it help people? What did you like the most about it?
My first venture was an EdTech startup, that startup aimed to give back to the student community as not everyone has the opportunity to leave school and go out of their way and experiment with skills, my startup helped these students learn skills that I experimented with like web development, digital marketing, content creation, 3D and VFX etc. at an affordable price while they engage in school studies, this startup got acquired in less than a year in 2019. The thing that I liked the most about this startup is that we were able to help students explore different career aspects without being dependent on schools and colleges.
Tell us about your internships and how did you find them useful?
When I got my first startup acquired, I had the option to take an investment and still head the startup. Still, I wanted to take an exit I lacked the knowledge, skills and experience required to scale the startup, that’s why after getting my startup acquired I went on to work with multiple startups and even corporates to understand operations and skills needed to scale a company, I worked with these startups as working marketing intern, sales representative, marketing manager, marketing consultant etc. While I was working with these startups, I also started a marketing agency mid-2019 as I had many startups and personal brands that wanted me to take over their marketing. Still, I needed a team for that, once I had enough confidence that I have the skills and experience to run and scale startups, I started my current companies, Teen Hive, which focuses on helping teenagers develop life skills, educate them about mental health, make sure that they have the right mindset and help them build a career roadmap for themselves and Skill Hive, which helps individuals do trial and error with skills like web development, data analytics, digital marketing, content creation etc. and understand what’s meant for them and then master these skills. I started both Teen Hive and Skill Hive in late-2019.
Teenage AF is your debut book. Give us a brief about it.
Having witnessed several aspects of the life of a teenager and strategizing the moves, I believe I have reached the depth of understanding this life, and that’s what I have put in this book ‘Teenage AF’ to help all other teenagers out there.
Every stair of teenage life, which needs to reach masses, is covered in the book.
Age Gaps with other units of people and the relation in between.
Stability & Sustainability of relationships in teenage life.
Addressing mental health and issues in teenagers; Importance of peace of mind.
Academic career, Interests, and Relevant Skills in teenage life.
Realization of potential and proper utilization of the same in real life.
Role of Internet and Technology in teenage life.
I have put down my realistic views and strategies of teenage life in ‘Teenage AF’, which will undoubtedly relate with the lives of all readers- the to-be teenagers, the teenagers and the experienced ones. Teenage is the turning point of every human out there, and the way one deals with it determines the way forward in life. ‘Teenage AF’ will be the torchbearer to all the readers out there and help to adapt, improvise and step forth in life.
As we see you are a busy personality, always working on some innovative idea. How did you manage time to write up the book?
I believe time management is an essential skill for anyone and that’s what helped me find time to write the book, and that’s why we teach that to teenagers through Teen Hive as well, another reason was that I want to have a positive impact in the lives of as many teenagers as possible and that ideology helped me write the book.
What inspired you to write down Teenagi AF? Tell us about the challenges that you foresaw when you started writing it.
I have been fortunate to have mentored 100+ teenagers, and in the process of mentoring all these teenagers, I saw some common problems that all of them faced. I realized that there are straightforward solutions to these problems; that’s where I made the decision of writing this book as I believe books are an excellent way to reach the masses.
Shall we assume that you will write more books in the times coming?
I’m not planning to write another book for now as I have multiple responsibilities, including my startups and my agency right now.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I believe that an entrepreneur’s mind is always occupied, but whenever I feel like I should take a break, I watch movies and web-series on Netflix, prime etc.
Where do you see yourself in your mid 20s?
I see myself as a successful entrepreneur with multiple exits and angel investments in my portfolio.