"Dream Big, Do small"
Saahil Goel, the CEO and co-founder of BigFoot Retail Solutions, always likes to better himself every time. An entrepreneur with strong confidence in himself, Mr Goel believes in moving forward quickly even if it results in a few mistakes. Of course, the BigFoot chief does not advocate being rash but taking calculated risks to achieve goals.
It is this work philosophy of Mr Goel that has turned Kraftly, an e-commerce platform, owned and managed by his New Delhi-based BigFoot Retail Solutions, into a thriving online marketplace. Fondly referred to as the de-facto CPO, given his passion for products, growth hacking and technology, Mr Goel, has been questioning everything that impacts business, breaking existing barriers and practising and developing unconventional solutions from the ground up. Along with overall management of the company, he actively heads product strat- egy, user experience and growth initiatives at BigFoot.
With an MBA and MS from University of Pittsburgh, USA, Mr Goel started his career as a business analyst at Max Life Insurance. Soon, he was working as a technology and process consultant for SDLC Partners. He was also a part of the founder's teams of Kasper Consulting.
Mr Goel loves to play the guitar and has been a part of music bands in his school and college days. He is also an avid traveller. A philanthropist at heart, Mr Goel had worked with Habitat for Humanity in the US during his college days. Sharmila Chand chats up with Mr Goel and finds out that the startup CEO wants to give back to the community through Kraftly, which has several NGOs as sellers on its platform. Ms Chand also gets to understand the management theories and practices that has kept Mr Goel excelling in his entrepreneurial venture.
Your five management mantras
Hire smart: Don't just hire smartly, but hire people smarter than you. I always gauge people on whether they will bring a new perspective, skill sets and thought process to the company rather than just go with the flow.
Keep your eye on the ball: As entrepreneurs, nothing is off limits. No work is small, no opportunity is bad. However, having clear goals and staying focused on delivering those each day, month and quarter can help you prioritise which projects you pursue and which ones go on the backburner. It also helps keep your team aligned and working as one welloiled machine.
Quick and final decision-making: There are too many times (especially, later in the life of a start-up) where we start to mull over each possible outcome and try to make the best decision for the business. Many times, this is driven by a need to avoid failure. While risk mitigation should be a big part of decision-making, it should be balanced well with speed. Moving forward and making mistakes are synonymous in my view. The biggest failure is not trying.
Dream big, do small: It's important to have a dream of where you want to take your company, and it's important to make this vision as large as you can fathom. However, we often get bogged down by how one can reach there. I've noticed that by focusing on the next logical step and going one step at a time, you get closer to your ultimate objective. It's important to focus on the current set of tasks or projects and not worry about the million tasks that lie ahead of you.
Don't give up: Running your own company brings with it many ups and downs. There are many moments when you just want to throw in the towel and move on. What I've realised is that it's important to look at each day as just that - a day. Tomorrow is always a new day and
"As entrepreneurs, nothing is off limits. No work is small, no opportunity is bad. However, having clear goals and staying focused on delivering those each day, month and quarter can help you prioritise which projects you pursue and which ones go on the backburner."
"It's never a wrong time to roll up your sleeves and dive in. Speed of execution should always be important, even if it results in a few mistakes." SAAHIL GOEL CEO & Co-Founder, BigFoot Retail Solutions
a new chance to make it work. Ignore that inner voice that creates self-doubt, and keep doing it till you win!
Your philosophy of work
It's never a wrong time to roll up your sleeves and dive in. Speed of execution should always be important, even if it results in a few mistakes. Starting projects is good, but delivering them is the key. Be relentless with delivering your work, and everything else will work itself out.
Turning point in your career life
I guess my current stint as an entrepreneur is the biggest turning point in my career. Running your own business brings with it a great degree of freedom to pursue what you want and how you want it. It also brings with it a great degree of responsibility. I don't think my previous jobs allowed me to learn this.
A game that helps your career
I'm not big on sports, but I like running and swimming. Working out in the morning helps me stay centred throughout the day.
Secret of your success
There is no secret. Just believe in yourself and your dreams.
A person you admire
I don't really follow role models. I like to be better than the past me and learn from my mistakes.
Your favourite books
I love reading The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. It is one of those books which compelled me to be proactive and live in the moment.
Your fitness regime
I try to work out at least three times a week and go running in winters, swimming in summers and supplement it with light activity in the gym.