Q. Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.
A. I was very passionate in 2002 to start my own business. Victor & I planned everything step by step and the journey took place in 2003 with solid idea of manufacturing diamond jewelry in California – Los Angeles the City of Angels. So we named it as Javda Jewelry, Well In life of entrepreneurs ups and downs happen but I never quit. Keep in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight, In fact it took time and effort to positioned for success.
Q. What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
A. Trust your instinct, Do not think of shortcuts, Stay focused even when you become successful.
Q. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
A. Determination, Trusting yourself, Hard work.
Q. How many hours do you work a day on average?
A. I work on an average for 12 hours.
Q. To what do you most attribute your success?
A. I attribute my success to people who believed in me and support my passion
Q. How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
A. Marketing a business is not only about publishing on business profile and creating campaign it’s all about engagement. Marketing a business helps to develop and refine products and services that meets customers’ needs. So you get several hundred of new leads at no real cost to you.
Q. Where did your organizations funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it? How did you obtain investors for your venture?
A. Our funding come from family they supports a lot.
Q. What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
A. Making small term goal and achieving them will lead you to achieve long term goals. Trusting yourself taking risk is important.
Q. Where you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?
A. Saying you will be this or that won’t be justified. I just think to expand my reach more further and eventually be happy in personal or professional life.
Q. Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
A. I think Amazon and Walmart has the best management system in terms of customer satisfaction and maximizing their inventory.
Q. How important have good employees been to your success?
A. A company is nothing without good employees if you don’t value them then creating a healthy and nurturing company will not possible. Every successful company grows with a good employee.
Q. How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?
A. I will not speak philosophical but, considering all the aspects of an idea is important if it is good enough to take a risk I take it but if I am not confidant about it. I drop the idea and start working on plan B.
Q. What motivates you?
A. Getting up everyday and having the same fire within me that was yesterday, not stopping at any time motivates me.
Q. How do you generate new ideas?
A. I generate idea by many things, seeing something, talking to people, travel, your surrounding, able to notice every single detail.
Q. How do you define success?
A. Success is able to feel content from inside, not necessary it has to materialistic. Success is not about just making huge money its beyond that it is about loving yourself and to able to see your hardwork paying off.
Q. How do you build a successful customer base?
A. Customer base comes with knowing there requirement and delivering the same.
Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
A. Working according to my space and creativity, nurturing my personal being.
Q. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
A. Deep down knowing that what I dreamed, what I wanted has happened. That is the biggest achievement.
Q. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
A. Running a business is like running your own kingdom, you work according to yourself, you work hard for yourself not for others. Working under someone means who have to work according to them there is no space for your creativity, your views.
Q. What kind of culture exists in your organization? How did you establish this tone and why did you institute this particular type of culture?
A. Running an institution in United State is like having different cultures under one roof, people respect each other, there is no superiority or inferiority among people everyone is equally respected. Their views does matter.
Q. In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
A. My passion and hard work makes me an entrepreneur .
Q. If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
A. I think, things started happening at their own pace, maybe I would have realized about my passion little early in my life.
Q. How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
A. Initially it was challenging to manage but my family is highly supportive, yes not able to spend some luxury time with your family is one big vacuum apart from that people who matter you understand you.
Q. What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
A. Apart from the fear of losing my close Ones I don’t have any fear.
Q. How did you decide on the location for your business?
A. It was not a single day decision. I had to carefully understanding the demography of the place and the type of premises according to my product and services.
Q. Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
A. There is no particular set formula to be successful, what works for me may not work for other. However, consistency, honesty towards your work will make you win.
Q. If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?
A. Khaled Hosseini – I have read book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini this book is just mesmerizing, the story makes you actually
feel the real life of afghanistan people. Once you start reading you will dipped in every single word. I love the excerpts “Some stories don’t need telling” by Khaled Hosseini from book The Kite Runner
Q. What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
A. Not able to differentiate between my personal and professional
Q. How can you prevent mistakes or do damage control?
A. One thing that I have realized getting panicky doesn’t help, I keep patience and try to resolve the issue.
Q. What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
A. I like reading books, travelling from where I also derive my inspiration.
Q. What makes you happy?
A. Seeing myself achieving my goal every single day and that smile on my family members face makes me happy.
Q. What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
A. Yes there were adjustments, but no major sacrifices as I am blessed with a wonderful family.
Q. If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask?
A. That defining moment when you thought of becoming a entrepreneur.