Passionately Persistent: An Interview with Ashay sawalkar
His small-town upbringing notwithstanding, entrepreneur Ashay Sawalkar’s focus and ambition has him headed for big things. Sawalkar, the son of a Central-government employee father and a doctor mother, began working at the young age of 17 and was the youngest team leader working for the Serco Company Intellenet.
With the aim to get more hands-on business exposure, Sawalkar quit his multinational-company job at the age of 21 and joined a local company as a business analyst. He later joined Amdocs as SME for level-two support in order to get to know how global practices work. Having gathered valuable knowledge and work experience, Sawalkar has now applied it to start his own venture.
Sawalkar has founded the start-up Pasistence, an IT services provider designed to facilitate complex business solutions. Pasistence offers its clients high quality products at an affordable cost, as well as unique designs from talented developers. The services offered include web development, software development, creative design and content management solutions and they work with clients from the beginning until the end – hand holding them through stages of development, concept, design, incorporation and implementation.
In the extremely competitive IT and ITES industry, it takes a novel approach to stand out in the crowd of multitude of other service providers, but Pasistence has a unique edge. The team is very skilled at developing solutions in modern programming languages and they have a quick development progress and a pre-built code library. They have already covered PCMC’s largest co-operative bank, the Seva Vikas Bank Co-Op Ltd. and are currently covering a mobile/DTH recharging ecommerce platform for Itel. They have also got the contract for developing the portal of the Indian Cancer Organization, which will help connect body organ donors with recipients. The new projects are coming in fast, mostly from clients in areas of ecommerce in Pune.
Pasistence’s goals are very simple – to grow as a profitable consulting firm by adding value to the people they work with, and they do this by working persistently and passionately. With five awards under their belt, they are already on the way to dominating in their industry.
We spoke to Ashay Sawalkar to find out what drives him, his experiences in the business and his goals for the future.
Q. What is the story behind the name of your company?
Q. Who is your greatest role model and why?
Q. In your opinion, what are the three most important traits of a businessman?
Q. What are the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face today?
Q. Is the important to have a top notch B-school or institute’s degree to set up a business?
Q. Can entrepreneurship be taught in B-schools?
Q. Do you think today’s economy is conducive for starting a new venture?
Q. What are your future plans for the business?