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Name: Pooja Chauhan
Business: VAYUZ Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Location: Noida, India
Industry: Technology & Telecommunications
Reason for starting: I was suffering from an entrepreneurial bug when I met my co founder. That’s how we started VAYUZ. Being a married woman and the mother of a two year old kid, it becomes very difficult to manage family and business at the same time, but I have managed both. I don’t get as much time with my kid because I am building VAYUZ and my vision for VAYUZ is to go for an IPO by the year of 2020 or before.
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How do you define success? When I accomplish my aim and purpose. Right now my aim is to go for an IPO for VAYUZ and to become one of the top 10 IT companies in the world.
Biggest success: I was heading the retail operations in Delhi Duty Free when I cracked a deal of $ 2 Million in the month July 2012 in one go.
What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? When we started off it was very difficult to build a team. When someone (who is eligible) is applying for a job, they want to see the team and lots of people around you, a good office and infrastructure, perks. As s startup we did not have these sorts of things on offer. Then we started hiring freshers and started building the right core team. Now we have more than 15 people working for VAYUZ.
Being a woman in India you don’t always get the full support from family and colleagues. If a woman gets promoted, then colleagues think that she must have slept with the boss or they are having some kind of affair. The solution is to stop listening to others because you are doing something good. With family if you spend more time outside the home, then people begin to question why you are not contributing in the house. Somehow I managed like this. I always try to balance my personal and professional life. Both are equally important.
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Who is your most important role model? Steve Jobs, I really love the way he used to give speeches and the way he sold his first product.
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