It is with great honor and pride that I introduce this young entrepreneur. Please meet founder and CEO of iWillStudy.com, Mr. Ritesh Ambastha.
Thank you for valuing my efforts to improve the higher education system in India. This app will be a one-step solution for students to view news, bulletins, results, calendars, question papers, syllabi, study-materials, etc. on their mobile phones.
Please tell us about yourself.
How did the idea of iWillStudy occur to you?
I used to help my fellow students in my college days. I used to conduct seminars and workshops for them. It was a part of my routine to help my friends and junior graduate students. I was the founder of a technical group in the college,‘Emerging Techies,’ and led it for almost two years. ‘Emerging Techies’ organized several seminars and workshops.
In those days, I realized the fervor with which students explored and learned new technologies. Unfortunately, the latest tools and technologies were not part of our curriculum.
Gradually, I got more involved in those activities; it gave me more satisfaction than anything else. I found my interest and decided to pursue this interest– to help students – for all my life. So the story of iWillStudy.com started.
Who are your target clients?
There were no advertising efforts. This is the result of our good work. Social networking and word-of-mouth publicity has helped us a lot. We think that 2+ years of hard work has helped us gain faith and trust from our target clients.
Did you face any advantages or disadvantages of your young age?
Every coin has two sides :)
Using Facebook has helped us in several ways. More than 36% of traffic on our website comes from Facebook. This is a direct impact of our promotional strategies on Facebook. Also, post event photographs, technology updates, news and stories are a part of our social activities.
Several of us, at some point in our professional career, come up with business ideas and dream of starting a company. But very few of us pursue our dreams. When and how did you arrive at the decision of taking a step towards your dream? Please tell us about that decisive moment.
How difficult it was for you to quit your job and let go the fat check, security, and the routine life that came with it?
How did your parents react to your decision?
Well, they were a bit surprised at first,but very supportive. They believed in me and kept me motivated.
You worked with a start-up company in the beginning phase of your career. Did that help in making a decision then or in running the company now?
Working with start-ups in the early phase of my career helped me a lot. Their successes, as well as their failures, were good learning experiences. I learnt basics of running a business and leading the projects from the very front. I picked up so many positives from this journey.
What next after iWillStudy.com? Do you have plans for expansion in or outside of Gujarat?
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