Today we are talking to Shabda Raaj, one of the founders of Agiliq who started in 2009 after working at Oracle for a few years. Shabda loves technology and he loves taking part in making the Internet better everyday by building amazing apps. Here he shares some tidbits about what he has learnt.
1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
Google started as a graduate research project. Yahoo! was just a list of sites which Jerry Yang maintained. Facebook was something Zuckerberg did to connect with his fellow students. Don’t start with grandiose plans. Just start.
He started Agiliq with just two people in 2009 and about $10K. He hopes to make it a billion Dollar company by the time he done with it. 🙂
2. You have to keep the faith
As Steve Jobs (Apple) said,
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”
Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster ride. You are on top of the world, making all the money you are gonna need, then your key clients leave you, the key people leave. You feel like your company going to gutters. You have to keep the head down and continue moving. As they say, “if you are going through hell keep going”.
3. Keep your focus
As a small company, you will have many distractions, many ideas which will seem to be good. You have to keep your focus in spite of temptations. He sees so many companies which do everything and the kitchen sink. They do “Web Design, Web Development, SEO, video, and everything”. But Agiliq does just two things Django Web App development and Mobile web development Using Sencha. Their clients love that they are so focussed.
4. It takes time
They started Agiliq in 2009. They have been growing slowly but steadily. You have to give time for the business to grow. If you look at Instagram and want to make a billion dollars in 18 months, lottery may be a better path than Entrepreneurship. It’s said “It takes 20 years to become an overnight success.”
5. Business is about people
You might think that software business is about computers, and you would be completely wrong. Your relationship and reputation are your biggest assets. You need people skills to work with clients, colleagues and contractors. Among everything they do at Agiliq, the thing he is most proud of is the team they have built at Agiliq.
6. Expertise pays
People skills will help you make the initial sale but ultimately its expertise which brings home the money. They have always been very focussed on making sure their team is skilled with the best skills and knowledge, and has the best expertise available in their technologies, Django and Sencha programming.
Some More Information About Agiliq Solutions
They are a Pvt Ltd company based in Hyderabad, and their legal name is Agiliq Info Solutions India Pvt Ltd. They have clients based all over the world. Their site is Agiliq.com and they maintain a blog at agiliq.com/blog. You can also find them on Twitter, github and Facebook.