A lot of entrepreneurs identify micro-level issues or gaps, and then just end up running with it, without really connecting to why they should actually take the journey.
At the age of 33, Anubhav Jain – or “AJ” as friends call him – is a serial entrepreneur. He’s founded two companies and co-founded five others. He didn’t even wait to graduate before his first venture.
While studying for an IT degree at UTS, he worked part-time and by the third year had saved enough to co-found a computer retailer in Sydney’s central business district. He was only 20 years old at the time.
After he graduated, AJ joined an IT firm, then a business process management consultancy – all while completing an MBA. At 24, he was the youngest ever to enrol in the course.
“It’s really important to push yourself,” he says. “If you're just comfortable with what you're doing then you won't really identify your true self, or how much you can take on.”
AJ says the skills he learned at UTS, such as how to communicate and work in a team, underpinned the theoretical and practical IT work and have helped him throughout his career.
UTS Insearch played a crucial role preparing him for university, helping him transition from the Indian education system, he says. UTS Insearch taught him skills, such as how to paraphrase, the rules of plagiarism and what faculties expect in the structure of an assignment.
AJ has been back in India since 2010, and has spent the last two years immersed in his latest venture which he started with two other entrepreneurs.
GoDoctor is the world’s first exclusive medical collaboration platform. It will connect doctors, hospitals, labs, pharmaceutical companies, universities and medical journalists worldwide so that they can explore breakthroughs and share knowledge.
The company’s Indian-based developers have created a secure platform which is “like a customised LinkedIn and Facebook for an exclusive medical audience,” says AJ.
They already employ about 50 staff in the US, Singapore, UAE and India and institutions currently trailing the platform include John Hopkins, Harvard Medical, Stanford Medical and the UK National Health Service. GoDoctor will launch globally.
AJ’s key advice to entrepreneurs is to analyse their business idea to avoid an error of judgement. “A lot of entrepreneurs identify micro-level issues or gaps, and then just end up running with it, without really connecting to why they should actually take the journey,” he says.
Aspiring entrepreneurs need to “dig down deep” and identify their true calling in life. “Then decide to take the entrepreneurship journey, rather than the other way around.”