Innovation is the secret of their success. They believe a simple idea can transform lives. They dream big and are passionate about their goals... Meet the young, ambitious, intelligent and enterprising architects of India.
Here's a special series on India's best innovators and entrepreneurs, winners of the latest Nasscom Innovation Award 2008.
'Innovate with passion'
He started a company with just Rs 15 lakh (Rs 1.5 million) along with four other friends, each of them contributed Rs 3 lakh (Rs 300,000). Developing a product in India and finding a market abroad was a daunting challenge. But Bishal Lachhiramaka decided to take the plunge. He devised a software which increases the productivity and enhances performance of companies.
"The general perception about India is that we are good at services, but when it comes to creating products, we won't make serious inroads," he said.
At Drishti Software Solutions, a company Bishal co-founded in 2003 with fellow IIT-ians, they try to change this perception about Indian companies so that more technology solutions providers can take the innovative path. "We somehow lack the belief that we can create and market world-class products. This is a perception we will strive to change and set an example with Drishti," he says.
Today the company has clients across and the globe and revenues have crossed over $1.5 million. Looking back, it has been an incredible journey for Bishal and his friends.
During the final year in college, he and his friends thought of building a made-in-India product that could help companies increase their operational efficiencies with cost-effective products.
The beginning was tough, faced several hurdles, but the hard work and determination finally paid off. For the first two years, the founding team members did not take any salary. After three months, Bishal managed to hire more people who were willing to work passionately than looking at the remuneration.
Today, Bishal looks forward to the day when 'Ameyo' becomes a world renowned brand. Ameyo is a flagship product from Drishti. DACX Ameyo is a communications solution for next-generation contact centres. It empowers call centres to manage their workforce, departments, customers, processes and performance parameters.
Bishal believes that India needs more entrepreneurs who can lead the next wave of innovation revolution, entrepreneurs who can make a difference. . . His advice to entrepreneurs? "Take chances and continue to innovate with passion. Even if you fail, there is immense learning which is invaluable. Read on for the amazing
Drishti story. . .
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Part 2: A college startup's success story
Part 3: The secret behind Aegis BPO's success
Image: Bishal Lachhiramaka, founder & CEO, Drishti Software Solutions. | Photograph, courtesy: Drishti Software