About the Company
Pixean is an online photography learning and recognition platform where people of different photography interests interact and learn from each other skills. Our user community is diverse and is inclusive of amateur and professional photographers. The difference between a good photograph and a bad photograph often comes down to the technicalities. The positioning of the subject, composition, sharpness, contrast, colors as well as choosing the right camera gear is of primary importance. Pixean conducts, hosts workshops and photo-walks that shed light on these aspects and sharpen an individual’s photography expertise. These sessions are mentored by ace photographers and participants are given the opportunity to interact with them feedback, Q&A and reviews.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MOMENT WHEN YOU THOUGHT TO START A BUSINESS?
Starting up into with some idea was always into my plans. While pursuing research at IIT Kharagpur, our idea (different from what we are doing now) was funded by the director. We could complete the initial prototype design but due to some problems, we had to shut down the project. Life’s next phase started after I joined a research firm in Mumbai. I was desperately looking for an idea where common users can find interests. Photography as hobby attract most of our generation. When I pitched myself into it, identified several gaps in training and getting the right exposure as an amateur. This was the moment when I thought to convert into something which could also help others and we decided to step into it.
EVERY BUSINESS HAS A UP/DOWN MOMENT. DO YOU WANT TO SHARE ANYTHING SPECIAL WITH US?
I don’t feel my journey had any up/down moment yet. But as a startup when you are a sole founder, this becomes challenging when you have to take real decisions. We had to scrap our first product within a month after that we opened it to users. It took almost 9 months’ day-night work to build. But we could rebuilt it in much better.
WHAT IS YOUR CORE PRODUCT OR SERVICE?
Our core product is the platform to users where they can find all solutions to their queries related to photography. Though we are growing our technology for the same.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING RELATED WITH YOUR BUSINESS?
You get to meet and share experiences with lot of like-minded people. You can also learn a lot from them.
WHAT IS YOUR ROADMAP AND GOAL FOR UPCOMING YEARS?
We envisioned to make it easier and useful for everyone. You have to keep challenging yourself about your objectives, long term goal.
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS FOR YOU? HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?
If your idea could help more people, you have succeeded. Photography as hobby is something where not everyone finds interests but it also helps them to relax from their daily life.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON COMPETITORS?
Yes, there is competition but we don’t look on the competitive market. We are meant to help people through their hobby and will continue towards.
BIGGEST RISK YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN?
Resigning from the job without notifying to parents was my first step towards my journey. It still continues but in different ways. Can’t disclose much, Secrets… 😉
HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANYTHING UNETHICAL?
It wasn’t ever required. Helping people can’t be unethical in any manner.
DO YOU WANT TO SUGGEST ANY BOOKS TO OTHERS FOR READING?
Not really, I’m not too much into it. I love to watch movies. Movies were always support to me in my down time.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR COMPANY CULTURE?
It’s really cool. Working on hobby is really interesting. We could visit lot of places, meet lot of new people. Office, we keep on changing towards finding a better place to work from. Team is cool to work with time and place flexibility.
IF YOU HAD ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
If really think that your idea can change the life or help others, go ahead. Solutions will start coming to the problems automatically. You need to be positive in every situation (Ups and Downs). Family pays very important role to your startup life for moral support.