How This College Dropout Is Making IT Affordable For Rural India

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The story starts when the young Abhishek drops out by choice to peruse his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Abhishek Dhawan drops out of college at the age of 20. Instead of pushing on to same classes that least interested him, he chooses to move on to something new that interested him more. Less sure about everything, he starts a company named Feelsofts. He was not sure about the startup but he was confident about the business domain he was working in.

Abhishek Dhawan

Mr Abhshek Dhawan, Founder – Feelsofts

Believing that the Indian rural market had lots of potential for Information technology and software industry, Abhishek started Feelsofts in rural areas to tap the open market.  Like every other business, there were many challenges to overcome, starting with less availability of market resources to non-techno clients in rural areas. But that couldn’t stop the young gun from succeeding. With the expertise of developing and launching successful products in an entrepreneurial environment, Abhishek has devoted his entire career to offering high-quality services and anticipated results to his business partners. Being very responsible towards executing his tasks, he continues to boost and exhibit his soft skills.

Due to his concerns and decencies, he has been able to understand the need to develop the rural masses by means of software and web applications. This idea led to the beginning of Feelsofts, which aims to focus on mainly three areas: The Web, Software and Education. Instead of running behind the job like masses he created opportunities for him and people. Feelsofts helps software developers create innovative solutions using new technology. It accomplishes the goals by combining hands-on development, training and transferring knowledge and skills to the teams.

Coming back to the starting of the company, starting the business in rural areas and expanding it was itself a major challenge as people were not a techno geek. Many of them were unaware of what software is and how could it change their business.

Abhishek understood the requirements and hurdles of businesses, like the need for regional languages in software, easy GUI for use, etc. He and his team developed the products considering all the above factors. Also, they developed the products on standard guideline so it could be globally accepted. At initial stages Abhishek and his team used to go to people, show them the prototypes and run live demos. They made them realize the potential software had and how it would transform their business to time-saving one. The result was jaw dropping when eventually people started accepting the products. There was a huge demand for the software’s and web applications that company provided.

After successfully running Feelsofts for few years, the company has got ISO 9001:2008 certification in the area of quality of software products. Also with this, Abhishek earned many awards like youth icon title, etc.

Abhishek had an interest in the development of academics to make students more productive.  To achieve this motto, he made MoUs with many educational institutions for providing Industrial training to their students. The Idea behind the Industrial training is to prepare the students to be industry ready.

At the age when the youth of his age i.e. 23 were seeking for a job, Abhishek is creating employment opportunities for rural youth.  As a part of companies SR, Feelsoft has done many social events like organising the first international conference at rural places named as IESRC (International Engineering & Science Research Conference).

The company that started with three people working together from home is now a company with assets of 2000sq.ft and 15+ products. All revenue gained is being invested in the products itself which lead to growth and sustainability of the company.  The idea of innovation is constant. The company believes in the quote “Stay hungry, Stay foolish” by Steve Jobs.

Engineering student by education and Entrepreneur by choice. Asish is a TCS Best Student Awardee, NDTV featured student entrepreneur and International School of Entrepreneurship Education awardee. He also worked with many startups and big companies for their business development and strategical growth. Asish has been heading The Startup Journal since its inception in 2014.