In conversation with… Parul Mehta, CEO and Founder, Resercho – an academic networking platform
Hey Parul, a very good morning to you. It is great to connect with you to discuss about your venture. Can you please help us know your professional background?
Good morning. I did my post graduation from the University of Auckland in International Relations and then I worked in NDTV as part of the input team for a few months. After that I worked in the Ministry of External Affairs and then I finally started Resercho.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
The problems I faced in life inspired me to become an entrepreneur. I was just curious on finding ways to solve problems and how to create business ventures out of problems.
Please tell us a bit about your venture ‘Resercho’.
Resercho is an Academic Networking Platform where students, teachers and other professionals can upload their academic work such as their assignments, projects, research work and even notes. Instead of all of this work going to waste after it has been marked it can be uploaded on Resercho and your work can get international exposure from it. It is also a place to collaborate with other people on similar projects, join study forums and even download study materials and notes for free. Our mission is to prevent the massive amount of academic work going to waste every year by providing a platform where people get an opportunity to fully utilize their work and get the appreciation they deserve.
What was the problem that you faced that made you think that there is market space for the offerings of ‘Resercho’?
When I was doing my post graduation in International Relations, we had to write many essays and submit a dissertation in order to pass our course, and there were some classes where we had weekly submission of essays. So when I was writing all this work I noticed that it was all going to waste, it would just go to a professor get checked then end up in my recycling bin. I noticed many students were facing the same problem and they wanted their hard work to get some exposure or be published somewhere. That’s when I decided to create a platform like Resercho where people’s hard work won’t go unnoticed.
What is your vision for ‘Resercho’ and where do you want to take the firm in say next 10 years?
We want universities and students all around the world using Resercho. We also hope it’ll encourage students to create their own original academic work and put an end to the copy paste culture.
Please share with us the best moment in your professional journey so far.
The best moment in my professional journey has definitely been the acceptance a lot of students and universities have given to Resercho.
They have uploaded their amazing work on it and have found the content on the app very useful.
Can you please share the most challenging times in your professional journey so far?
Being an entrepreneur can get tough at times there are many challenging things we face such as building the right marketing strategies, raising capital, team building and so on but for me the most difficult has been transitioning from a background of politics and international relations to a career in technology. I learned how to code, digital marketing after I completed my post graduation which I found very complex.
According to you, what are the keys to success?
Persistence is the most imperative factor. You need to work on your business everyday, you can’t leave it for a week or a month and then continue after, you have to make efforts for it everyday. Moreover, patience is equally important do not expect your business to do extremely well within a week or just a month. Building a brand takes time and you have to put in hard work and make efforts everyday to see good results which you might get after some time.
What suggestions do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially the ones straight out of college?
If any student wants to become an entrepreneur straight out of college, I would say go for it. This is the best age to experiment and at this age you don’t have much to lose. It’s a great time to take risks and if you aren’t too sure about your business or an idea that you might have you can always get a job and start out your business part time just to test the waters and see if there is a demand for your idea and get feedback from your potential customers.
*All views are that of the interviewee