Varun Agarwal is one of the brilliant Indian entrepreneurs who at a very young age along with his classmate Rohn Malhotra in 2009 at Bangalore co-founded Alma Mater, an online store that sells customised t-shirts, hoodies etc to students across India.
The duo didn’t have any business experience but they weren’t devoid of passion and determination either. Varun says that he had to face a lot of criticism from his parents initially. He continued to face unpleasant behavior for his work. However, ultimately he braved it all and hence became the founder of a million dollar company -Alma Mater.
Opening Alma mater online store wasn’t something the duo had properly brainstormed rather the idea incidentally popped up in their minds while they were enjoying a couple of beers in a local pub in Bangalore says, Varun Agarwal, while sharing his story during INK conference. Varun says they couldn’t wait to write down a business model for their startup on a tissue paper in the bar itself.
Varun says that throughout my life, everyone around me, my friends, my family, my teachers etc always told me one word – think before you do anything. But this one word caused me more harm than anything else. Then I came across these two words – don’t think and actually these two words proved much helpful in shaping my life.
He went on to say that in 11th standard I became extremely fascinated by the concept of film making. At the end of high school, I went up to my mom and a best friend Anu aunty who always seems to take an active part in my life.
I told them that I want to be a filmmaker and obviously, there weren’t very impressed because in India if you want to be anything other than an engineer or a doctor, you are considered a terrorist. They obviously said no.