Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Akhil Saraf. See his interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I’m Akhil Saraf, Founder & Ceo of Loyalie, we create amazing loyalty and referral programs for some of the largest corporates across the country.
Oddly enough, my side project is currently finding myself. So I’m exploring everything under the sun to see what piques my interest.
2. What does it mean to you to find yourself? How do you go about that, and what kind of physical, mental, and emotional state do you hope to be in in the future?
So what came with Loyalie is a lot of long hours, stress and anxiety.
What I realized overtime is that even though I was happy, I wasn’t.
So that’s when I started trying my hand in different forms of arts, physical activities, just as a vent to create a mental balance.
3. Tell me more about Loyalie. What do you guys do and why is your work exciting to you?
We create a unique loyalty or referral program for omnichannel businesses. Now whether it’s in real estate or automobiles, from a B2B* company to an F&B** outlet, we can do it all.
[*Business to Business, **Food and Beverage]
My work is exciting simply based on the kinds of people I’m getting to meet. Picking the best minds in business and understanding their problems gives me unique insights into the world around me.
The diversity of sectors in which my merchants operate, and the backgrounds of the people I deal with, gives me a new perspective on the way people look at the world.
4. So what does a day look like in the life of Akhil Saraf? Walk me through an average day for you, and how you deal with problems as they arise.
Well no two days are alike for sure.
Every week I’m either travelling to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi. On average, I take 8 flights a month.
Now the interesting thing about dealing with problems, and this has a lot to do with what people say about work as well – it doesn’t get easier, you just get better.
It’s not that work gets easier over time, or problems disappear with scale. It’s simply you getting used to dealing with certain kinds of problems. And whenever unique ones crop up, you have to step up again and do your thing.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
Well, a lot of people have come to me with their next billion dollar ideas. And one thing I don’t see is a financial model to back it. I don’t think anyone should start a business simply to gain users or to gain X, Y, or Z. A clear financial plan is the backbone of any business, [so plan for that].
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