- January 28, 2021
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Startups in Goa
Talk with Milind Prabhu (CEO – Genora Infotech, Goa)
You hail from?
I am from Goa. Completed my engineering in the field of Information technology from Goa college of engineering in the year 2011.
What made you start this Startup in Goa?
With knowledge of software technologies for myself and my college mates, I started taking up contracts during my college time. This eventually progressed to take this as a full time activity after my graduation.
If you weren’t building your startup in Goa, where would you be located and doing what?
I would definitely try to start from Silicon valley in the US. There is continuous exposure to funds, talent and the penalty for failure is almost always nothing. I could have taken more risks being based in this setup.
What’s your startup about ?
We are a software services company and we help turn product ideas into reality. We have access to the startup ecosystem across the globe and hence support our clients to reach a level of success.
Is your Startup about a Product or a Service?
We are a core services company. We have however ventured into products of our own.
What’s unique about your product/services?
We are a premium software services company. Our apps and software products are designed considering human psychology aspects along with other aesthetics and security. That makes us stand apart.
In a few sentences, what do you offer to whom?
We convert app and software ideas into reality. We also support industrial process automation.
Does your startup also serve International clients from and in Goa itself?
Our major clientele is from the US followed by Australia and 17 other countries including India.
Do you and your team head to any beach/waterfall for getting refreshed? Which one normally?
Yes. We have frequent outings and I am sure the team members also explore such beautiful places on their own as well.
Do you have Happy Hours during the week? When? How does that help?
We do not have any such schedule but we do have a team that plans activities on a regular basis.
What do you love about your team?
The people make the company and it’s true when it comes to Genora as well. I can be miles away looking for business and yet rest assured that the work is going on at highest possible productivity. That trust motivates me to move ahead.
Do you miss your other office locations while you are in Goa?
There is not much office visit needed for me. It is mostly sales that I handle most and take updates over video calls to check progress. Office visits are less frequent.
How did you manage uncertainty, if any, in the early stages of business in Goa?
There was an intent to not quit and surprisingly things just worked out well every time I felt its going to go down. There was less experience and hence lesser options to steer the company out of troubles. However every single time, something just clicked and we sailed through to a stable company. Things have been much more balance in the last few years with more experience and reputation built over years.
Any challenges that you are facing or faced while building your startup in Goa?
I believe I was the first generation of startups dating 9 years back. People around were extremely supportive. However I felt it would have been better with a good exposure to successful startups. That was lacking in Goa and it still does.
Anything else that you would like to mention the ‘startup’ Business in Goa?
Keep going. It’s 14 hours a day, everyday and for the remainder of the lifespan of your company. Rejuvenate on sundays, plan every minute of your week, stay focused and calm and you will always turn out lucky in the end.