Airbucks- A journey with failures and motivation.
Getting straight into Airbucks wont’t justify the struggle to a self made CEO. CEO’s are not born, they are made with self determination, support and blessings of-course. i will get back to Airbucks but its important to get along with the journey. So, let’s begin.
From Where it started
Manmeet singh a 16-17 year old kid, having infinite enthusiasm to do wonders with life. Despite being from a well established family, Manmeet had a spirit and determination to get things done. So the enthusiasm to earn and establish a venture started with MMA classes. Being a MMA fighter and martial artist, Manmeet used to train kids and earn a decent amount for pocket money. After the training session he used to attend college and then a time for self training. He was the one who never liked attending the college or learning inside the classroom. The belief of “Real learning happens outside your comfort zone” was with in him since long.
Treat-o-choc : The beginning of an era
A leader is born, but a boss is trained to be a boss.
Manmeet’s First venture was Treat-o-Choc. There is no denying the fact that if a 17 year old boy is thinking of a startup of his own despite being from a very well established financially stable family, He is a leader.
With his mom he started a business of home made chocolates. He cracked his first order from a local bakery after 16-17 visits with a nominal cost of ₹300/kg. But for a beginning all he wanted was a market reputation. Within few months he was supplying chocolates to 16-17 clients in The Capital.
All Businesses have a loophole, which comes after implementation. Treat-o-choc was working perfectly fine, but being seasonal business in India, it was getting difficult to cope with the manufacturing cost and somehow he had to call off Treat-o-choc and a could be “Next big thing” ended.
The more you try, the lesser you fail the next time.
Troubles only happen when you try. Unless you are doing anything, u wont discover the path to get succeed.
Manmeet faced a Knee injury and he had to quit with his sports. Treat-o-choc failed , sports coaching failed, things were just not going in right direction. Being a bright student, he got a decent package with a reputed organization. But he could have got even higher package if he had not been selected in the prior organization.
He got the offer letter but trouble and problems were there as always, The company did not call him up for joining for 6 months this was leading him to worries and depression. So finally after 6 months the company called up and he joined. Within few months of joining loads of appreciations were with him which lead to a quick growth. The entrepreneur within him was still tickling to come out. He quit his job to follow his new IDEA.
"Never do business with Friends", said Manmeet
He had quit his organization for his idea of “Online Pharmacy Store“. Since childhood Manmeet had a clear vision in his mind. The vision of making end-user the real king and giving facilities at the door step. Online Pharmacy store required a lot of techie guys and none of his 6 partners were into technology. Manmeet being a Bachelors in Pharmacy decided to initiate with the technology part. But Everything got in-vain, all his friends decided to call it off with this business, so all he had was him.
Manmeet had a prototype of the Pharmacy Website ready and somehow he wanted to sell that. In the mean time he had applied for a course in Harvard and that got approved. He tried his best to sell the prototype there but everything was in vain.
Airbucks : A life changing Idea
It is said that, most of the amazing ideas come in silence. Its the fortunate month of Julyin 2016, Starbucks, Harvard University was the womb of Airbucks. Joseph Wehbe liked Manmeet’s prototype and pitched in the idea of Airbucks and those small friendly meetings turned into a business venture. The next day, room number 240 of Widener Library in Harvard University AKA The TV Room became a round table room for AirBucks. Luis Enriquez Teran also joined in with the team and those small friendly meetings turned into a business venture.
The basic goal of AirBucks was to provide free internet to the world. The aim was big so a lot of effort was put in to get that implemented They had the will power to achieve anything so they decided that, by hook or by crook, they will pitch in the idea to venture capitalists and hence this will increase the chance of growth. The communication between the founders of AirBucks was a struggle itself. 3 Countries, different timezone and lack of communication was adding to worries. This is always a story and struggle about startups that there comes a time when no finance is left. They made the prototype of the App ready and as a fruit to their hardwork, they got an opportunity of present this prototype of AirBucks to President of Ghana. Airbucks came with a tagline of Unlock the true potential in your connectivity.
Airbucks used to conduct surveys for government and in return users were getting Free mobile data. Getting free mobile data is a huge asset for the users especially in the countries where mobile data is extremely costly . Even this was not end to tough times, many a times, situation got so worse that they had no investment left and to add to the troubles there were huge power-cuts.
Now as the elections in Ghana got over, The only question the mind of all management of Airbucks was ” What Next”. In 2017 the ghana project of Airbucks App was over and hence Airbucks app will not be able to serve the whole world because of specified data delivery with the network operators of Ghana. Everyone went to their respective countries. In India Jio communications were already dominating the network circle and people were already getting free data, so the only question Manmeet and whole team had in their mind was , How to Expand Airbucks!! Airbucks wasn’t the idea to let die. It was supposed to be pampered and grown but in some other way.
Yet another rough patch in Journey
The budding entrepreneur inside Manmeet was still fluttering wings to get his thirst to grow and make an empire of is own quenched. He invested in certain IT firms but failed. He went into depression, as things were not working his way. After a successful stay in Ghana. There were high hopes but rough patches are unavoidable. There was a time after his 12th STD, he was so depressed that he wanted to end up his life. The reason was “I got 88.7% marks but everyone expected 90% from me “, said Manmeet.
Here i want to advise everyone, no matter what happens , ending your life is never a beginning. Ending your life will leave your parents lost and broken. Life is precious and you must value it. Marks will never ruin the creativity you have. Marks will never kill the leader inside you. Studies, education and degrees are platform from which you can rise, and you are not supposed to end your life of scoring less. Stay fortunate you got an opportunity to sty and make most of it.
Airbucks India : Do | Earn | Shop
Manmeet with his friends of Harvard, came up with an Idea of reforming Airbucks in India in the form of rewards. Developing a all new application from the scratch was not easy at all . After ending 2017 with depression, there was a new spirit in Manmeet wo get things done. They (Manmeet, co-founder and Chief marketing officer Luis and other from management) started with an Instagram page of Airbucks India. They started with some posts of giveaways. Getting audience is the most important part of startup. Salute to the strategy, before creating the product they wanted to make the market and consumers. Airbucks India always said “We won’t make you rich, instead we will give you an opportunity”.
The Giveaways are still on and they are unique. The giveaway includes books, amazon gift vouchers and we can only get those after solving a particular puzzle or cracking a riddle or answering a question.
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While we assess the results for the giveaway. Why not play a little game. . . The image has three graphics and you have to crack the code. What does these symbols mean? . . . No hints or help 😂😂 Pretty easy actually, but lets see who guesses it first. #airbucks #airbucksgiveaway #game #innovation #marketing #digitalindia
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Airbucks prize riddle. Lets see who cracks it. . . Rules- 1. Who ever cracks first win 2. Answer needs to be completely correct 3. Hints after 15 mins interval 4. Will not reply in comments 5. Don’t DM and ask if its right or wrong. Will let you know if you win. 6. Crack before 8pm to win the gift card. Lets see who wins, and gets a shoutout. #airbucksgiveaway #airbucks #digitalindia #delhistartups #digitalmarketing #startupindia #entrepreneursofindia #startups #qna #marketingagency
The CEO was himself handling the pages and all the giveaways shipments at the initial stages. While having interaction with him for this blog, there was one line he said and because of that airbucks will reach heights.
“If I invite you for dinner at my place and I myself leave from the room, it won’t make sense”
The reason behind this is, He himself wants to interact with the consumers regarding suggestions and recommendations. Journey to app development was not so easy too. He had team which could only work on weekends and this was probably the reason behind all the delays of the launch. The more the delay the stressful it was getting for management. But lately the launch happened Airbucks India got an amazing response from the users. There was open recommendations from all the users to the App team and as expected there were bugs. A never give-up spirit with in Manmeet was making way for loads of opportunities in India for Indian users of Airbucks India Application. The concept to serve the consumers always remained the same.
Whats special about AirBucks?
You can learn and Earn at the same time : The more you browse from the articles in Airbucks App, The more AirBucks you will get. Airbucks is a sort of virtual money which can be redeemed for Books, Amazon Gift Vouchers and gadgets.
In other words you can say that, The more you learn the more AirBucks you earn and hence the more AirBucks you can redeem to get your desired stuff from e-commerce websites.
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Airbucks Facts- The number 7 has a small significance in our little company. we had 7 initial co-founders, but within a few days it came down to just 3 full time working partners. - - Comment a 👍🏻 if you liked this fact. #airbucks #airbucksgiveaway #airbucksriddles #brands #marketing #startups #delhi
The Journey from MMA teacher to Founder of Airbucks India has been full of ups and downs. All we need is a faith on us. Self motivation is the biggest motivation. A support from parents , family members, friends and well wishers is a sort of encouragement. Motivational words from parents make us fearless to take any sort of risk. The more life tests you, that means life wants something really big from you. Stay strong in your testing phases and you will achieve laurels.