Entrepreneurial Story about Seven Students who Founded ‘Pass Karado’ located in Bangalore, India.
Brief Intro of the founders – 7 Students - Manu Jain, Pranay, Devendra, Mukesh, Suprabhat, Ayush and Ankit founded Pass Karado (a non profit organization) during their 7th sem. of our college Everyone is a pass out of NIT Jaipur from different streams. Currently students from their college, Rajasthan Technical University and SRM are helping us to grow bigger
Left to Right - Pranay, Mukesh, Manu Jain, Ankit, Suprabhat, Ayush and Devendera
When Started: Nov 2011
What motivated you to start your Business?
It was the exam time (end term exam) and we were in 7th sem of our engineering. We had prepared thoroughly for our upcoming exam. The next day we went to give the exam but strangely we were unable to answer a single question. After the exam we found out that the paper was almost the same as of the last year paper. Students who were having previous year question paper were able to attempt the whole paper. The students with technical knowledge were in vain. Just because few students were having paper, just because there was education asymmetry, they will score good marks. That day we decided that from the next time in MNIT, no such case will happen. From the next time in MNIT, there has to be no education asymmetry. From the next time in MNIT, you will be judged by your technical knowledge. If in future papers get repeated then everyone will be able to attempt and if the paper doesn’t get repeated then you will be judged by your technical knowledge. And that day passkarado was born and according to calendar it was 18th Nov’11 .
Tell us about your Business:
21st Century is all about sharing and Pass Karado work on same belief. Pass Karado is an open forum to share academic material/resources, company reviews, internship reviews, college and branch reviews, placement stats, article by gate toppers and placement procedure (coming soon). So it’s like a complete package to a college student from entering into a college to college exams to internship to placement.
Anyone can come and upload and download his/her academic material or any review. The website primarily focuses on reducing education asymmetry and commercialization prevalent in Indian Education System especially in Universities, Colleges and Examinations.
What is a Day in a life of you like?
We are a bunch of guyz who are from different cities so we don’t have anything like an office as we all work at home. We love to work as a team and keep ourselves updated through internet and phone. We discuss present and future plans with each other before implementing so that pass karado remains a students’ initiative.
One particular skill you got right and gave you best results:
What have been your biggest challenges in running your Business so far?
The biggest challenge we can think of is while uploading academic material of a university. There are many copyright issues involved with academic material. And if you are uploading any class notes of a student then they must pass the correct information. Any single wrong information can lead to degradation of our brand. So all the material of each branch and of all universities that we have covered had gone through the rigorous checking.
The second biggest challenge we are facing is that our concept is not easily accepted by our esteemed Indian Professors. They think that we provide some sort of shortcut to pass in the exam and trust me that is not a case. Providing any shortcut to pass in the exam is like playing with students life and we cannot do things which ruin our student community future.
How did you overcome these challenges?
We make use of many forums which help us out in copyright issues. Eg: lawyersclubindia
What advice do you give to other business owners?
We think we are not that much experienced to give advice to business owners. Still there are some common points to be remembered always like:
• Don’t be disheartened if your idea is stolen by someone. The world can steal everything except for one thing and it is YOUR PASSION and that is the thing that will create the difference
• Whether you are providing some service or product, customer satisfaction should be your priority. Just one disappointed customer can give wrong feedback to 100 others so always try to hear every one of them. Just think one thing: If I am the customer then why am I going to use this service/product.
How did you keep motivated through difficult times?
Manu Jain - Difficult times are the best times in one’s life. Enlightenment happens only after you have been through difficult times. I prefer reading about the lives of great people. What difficulties they faced, how they overcome with it. After knowing about their difficult times you get to know that you are in a much better state. If they can overcome these times why can’t I
It happens with me that while finding the way in difficult times, I found out the way which I was always looking for. Seriously I love difficult times as they are a great source of learning.
Being published by well-established and most read newspapers like Rajasthan Patrika, DainikBhaskar and Times of India.
Whats your favorite quote?
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe
-Abraham Lincoln .
Who inspires you?
Mahatma Gandhi and Richard Branson
Do you have a Business Philosophy?
It is same as the advice given above.
“If I am the customer then why am I going to use this service/product.”
StartupFreak wishes you Students, All the Best!