Entrepreneur Name: Agnim Gupta
Business Name: Sqrfactor.in
Today we interview Agnim Gupta founder of, sqrfactor.in. Sqrfactor is a new online portal and social network for Indian Architects. Sqrfactor runs national competitions for architects as well as building a community that will inspire a future generation. A place where excellent work will be recognised and rewarded. Their recent Reinventing Gwalior’16 competition had 280 teams from 27 states registering for it. Well done guys… So let’s meet the founder.
Hi Agnim, welcome to #eoindia, lets get started…
1) How did you get your idea for this business?
Being an architecture graduate, I’ve felt in so many ways that our field has gaps which need to be bridged.
I got more exposure and clarity while interning in Malaysia as a Junior architect. I realised that not only architecture students alone, but even the architects are in so much need of a platform where they can connect to each other and moreover to an environment where they have like-minded people to share their ideas with and an audience who can recognize their work. But these were just ideas and I still had to find a real problem which I only understood once I started working on an Interior project. There were a lot of problems and honestly, if I had to list down all the problems right here, I might use all your space in this answer itself!
2) What was stopping you from becoming an entrepreneur?
I genuinely want to solve the problems which I have faced as an architecture student (not enough exposure and unable to share my work/collaborate with people) and even as architect (getting carpenter to electrician, so on).
I started SqrFactor in January 2015 and we (Angad Gill, Malay Gadgar, Akshay and Amaan) have come a long way to realise that there is nothing that could have stopped us in any way. Our energies were much stronger than any other negativity I suppose.
3) What was the reaction from your family when you first decided to start your business?
My parents supported me and it was my father’s decision to register it as a Pvt. Ltd. Company. Unlike most parents, my parents and especially my father told me to go forward with it and take risks for what I love.
4) What was your biggest failure in business and what did you learn from it?
This is always a tricky question to answer. It’s been pretty long and I have failed so many times. But, I can surely tell you what I have learnt lately; to stick to your timelines, be more specific about things, take risks if you need to and most importantly: DECIDE, because if you cannot decide now, you can never decide it any other time.
5) When did you realise that your business was going to be successful?
Haha! I don’t even know how to answer this question. Every time someone asks me this question, I think of the situation in February and things we were struggling with. To be very honest, the success came so suddenly that I didn’t even realise if we were successful, just in two days and we were like what just happened. Long Story! ?
6) What habits contribute to your success?
To be more specific about things and paying attention to intricate details and we achieve the quality we want.
7) If you had to start your business again what would you do differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently. I don’t think I will ever regret any decision I or my team have ever made. The process of our growth was slow but I guess this is how it had to be. Everything in DETAIL, just how I like it.
8) What is your favourite inspirational quote?
I have two in mind, I don’t know the author though.
a. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”
b. “Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.”
9) Where do you find inspiration?
You know what, the crazy thing about inspiration is that you will never find it when you are seeking for it and then one morning you will wake up and go out. You wouldn’t even realise that you are just walking blank, looking at the surrounding and then snap! You find the solution (or inspiration) to the problem you were finding answers for from so many days.
10) What is your favourite book?
I haven’t read many books to be honest. Just one, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
11) What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Whatever you do, do it with all your heart. That’s all I can say.
Thats it. As usual a massive thank you to Agnim for taking the time to answer those questions.
If you want to check out the book Agnim mentioned you can purchase it on Amazon India – check the links out below. Also check out our recommended book of the week (by the awesome Pat Flynn) – also listed below: