In Conversation with… Ashu Brar, Founder & Owner, Goonj.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your venture?
A graduate of bachelor technologies who are born and raised in Ambala, I spent most of my college days working on projects than books. During the concluding days of graduation, the sense of disconnect in exchange for relevant information had me looking for a solution. I wanted a medium through which people can have all the relevant information delivered to them, with the least hassle possible. And when things begin to fall in place, project GOONJ came into existence.
What is your advice to the young leaders?
Don’t be afraid to fail, that’s TL;DR for you. Experiment experiment experiment as much as you can while you’re at it, things may go wrong but that’s part of the process, it will eventually help you make future much bigger decisions right. Always remember, losers are those who don’t even try. Start with whatever you have, and improvise with time. Moreover, don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent too much time making it. Learn to move on, life is filled with infinite possibilities, and so are you.
What are your views on starting your own business for the ones who dream?
It’s not going to be easy, the sooner you learn the better. Be prepared to tackle anything that may come between you and your dream. No one is born entrepreneur, neither the most successful ones, they all started from zero too. The willingness to learn is what makes the difference. Being founder/owner of a startup you’ll be managing lots of things at a time, it will require a lot from you at the initial stages, but stick to it, things will get better with time, and when you feel like giving up, always think what motivates you to come this far. “Don’t give up, you’re almost there” you’ll need to remind yourself multiple times.
What was your inspiration to enter the industry and Who were the people that inspired you?
Steve Jobs inspired me a lot and kept me motivated during rocky times
Tell us some books/references that you feel young business leaders should read.
Connect the dots by Rashmi Bansal
Tell us a bit about your field of work
I predominantly work in android development and it’s ever-evolving and exciting.
It is just infectious.
Why this industry?
Because technology gets me curious and thinking