Ankur was inspired by Johannes HausHofer, a Princeton Psychology professor, who believes that keeping a visible record of your rejected applications can help others deal with setbacks. But more than the number of his failures in the resume are the multiple hats he wears.
Besides being a founder, Ankur is also an angel investor and a big proponent of a healthy lifestyle. He is also a photographer, a DJ, a hustler, and astrophysicist who wants to be the first person to step on Mars!
Ankur’s company Nearbuy, his third time being an entrepreneur, lives the culture that he endorses. We, at Inc42, had firsthand experience of this as we prepared for our Facebook Live AMA. The team was not only courteous and helpful, they were informative too. Right from setting up the Internet connection for the live chat, to inquiring about our needs – the Nearbuy team breathes a culture of ownership, respect, and performance.
This was all evident in Ankur’s belief that he would not want to change anything in his entrepreneurial journey. He believes that he is very blessed because he has taken crazy decisions in his life without an iota of an idea that how would they pan out. He says,
There is a trap that we fall into as to what possibilities in life could have emerged if I had done some things a certain way. But I think it’s always a wise approach to take life as it comes through and always optimising for the process that you follow rather than the goal you set out to be.
So, here are the other coolest answers from the Ankur Warikoo’s AMA with Inc42:
Question: On the subject of taking crazy decisions: Why the decision to drop out of PhD? How did it affect your life?
Ankur: It’s a fancy thing, nowadays, to say that I am a PhD dropout. So, I say that as often as I can! I went to the US for my PhD and I recognised after two years that it would be something I would be good at but not necessarily happy doing for the rest of my life.