Entrepreneur: Mayur Jain
Business Name: GoCheck App
Welcome to Entrepreneurs of India #startupstories Episode 48
In a populous country like India, training people to acquire the right skills has always been a Herculean task. But now the government has implemented many schemes to bridge the skill gap in the country. It is now providing skill-based training for about 400 million people to curb unemployment.
Mayur Jain doesn’t want anyone to fall prey to lack of right skills in future. So he founded GoCheck App, a skill-based discovery platform that helps users find intent driven skill-based articles, events, discussion threads,educational courses, entrance exams, jobs & other like-minded people.
Through GoCheck App, Mayur intends to solve the problem of unemployment at grassroot level. It helps you choose everything ranging from courses to jobs based on your sole interest. In short, it helps you make the right decision at the right time!
Let’s find more about GoCheck App and its founder, Mayur Jain in this episode of #startup stories!
1) How did you get your idea for this business?
The education sector was where I started my career. It was during my work that I noticed the recurring skill: job gap in the market, along with a failure to effectively establish a network between students, institutes and recruiters.
After a decade of being in the industry, it came time to don on my entrepreneur hat. That’s how GoCheck App came about; a skill-based network platform that connects institutes, students, parents, mentors and recruiters.
2) Why is “now” a good time for this idea to exist?
The skill gap is a global problem with 1 in 8 young adults being unemployed, worldwide. India and the world are slowly realizing the importance of skills and their impact on education and career.
By 2020, the average age of the Indian population will be 29 – a young, working country; setting the fear of having an unskilled, unhirable population.
Organizations, institutes and the government are working alongside each other to develop skill-based learning competencies that drive learning outcomes.
In this monumental, yet slow, shift in learning, GoCheck is setting out to be a pioneer in changing how students, parents and institutes connect and engage with skills and each other.
3) What was the reaction from your family when you first decided to become an entrepreneur?
My family has been my pillar of strength, right from day one. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, it came as no surprise when I ventured out to start GoCheck.
My wife and kid help me focus on the finer things in life – moving away from the hectic needs of the startup world. My parents keep me grounded, staying true to myself and what I believe in.
4) What was your biggest mistakein business and what did you learn from it?
“Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.” Chanakya
Hiring professionals on a part time basis for backend development was my biggest mistake on my early days of startup, It soon let me to get my hands dirty, and started coding self.
While bootstrapping, I used to multitask and lead through every activity which use to delay progress and pileup to-do list and slow down product development, I soon learnt to empower team to lead their tasks and mentor them to improvise self.
While you are building a product, it is equally important to network around with startup ecosystem, exchange ideas, collaborate, contribute and strategies on your approach to solve the problem.
5) What is your biggest obstacle in the next 12 months and how will you overcome it?
Hiring leadership team, sourcing content for inapp engagements, strategizing marketing activities through various digital channels, onboarding client and driving value as per intended services.
Education sector in India is reforming, It is so far always been seen as a knowledge-imparter, while the development of skills was left for the industry.
Parents, on the other hand, have always paid attention to ensuring that their children get good grades and eventually get a good job – overlooking the overall development of the child when it comes to being job-ready.
With GoCheck, we intend to enable users stay updated on their academic and job based skills.
6) What habits contribute to your success?
Self-reflection. In the hustle-bustle of being a startup, it’s easy to lose focus as to where you are heading.
Your product needs to continually evolve to keep up with market demands, sometimes becoming something that was never set out to be.
It’s always important to take a step back, once in a while, and reflect on your actions and see where you are headed. My habit of self-reflection has ensured that I stay focused on what I am trying to achieve.
7) If you had the opportunity to start this business again what would you do differently?
If I had the chance for a do-over then I would definitely try to be more ahead on marketing the product.
In the initial days of the app, we didn’t pay attention to PR and weren’t even aware how to proceed. Fortunately, after a couple of trial and errors, we are getting on the right track.
8) What is your favourite inspirational quote?
- Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, and knowledge makes you great. – Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
- “To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.” ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation
- “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw
- “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” ― Albert Einstein
- “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” ― Madonna
9) Where do you find inspiration?
You can drive inspiration through everything around, by being more observant, by being passionate in what you do, by setting short-term achievable goals which would further inspire you when you achieve it. By realising what you are, what you can be.
10) What is your favourite book?
11) What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Surround yourself with people that follow your vision, while challenging you at every step. Build a team that understands you and align itself.
The essence of entrepreneurship is not just ideating a product, but finding a long-term and reliable solution to the pressing issues of people. That’s how you could achieve progress as an entrepreneur.
Mayur Jain has set an example of how an entrepreneur should strive for the betterment of society. He really deserves a pat on his shoulder for developing a product that really addresses the issues such as unemployment and skill gap in India.
We hope Gocheck App will now be the guiding spirit for the younger generation to reach the right destination. Thank you Mayur for spending your time for this wonderful interview.
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