The 2015 Nepal Blockade was a turning point in the career of working professional, Kriti Gupta – it spurred her new innings as an entrepreneur.
The 23-year-old is now the CEO of her own company, TEX – Technology Exchange, a city-based firm that deals in web designing and development of software and mobile applications.
Kriti was among the invitees at Facebook’s ‘Boost Your Business’ programme in Lucknow. Apart from family and friends, Kriti also attributes her ‘success’ to the Nepal blockade.
After completing her B. Tech (IT) from Sri Ram Swarup College of Engineering and Management, Lucknow in 2014, she started searching for a job. “I finally got one – it was an offer from a Nepal- based web designing company that offered just Rs 20,000 in Nepal currency. I took the offer and went to Nepal,” recalled Gupta.
“People there helped me with everything. All was going well, until late 2015, when the fuel crisis hit Nepal. The government there accused India of imposing undeclared blockade in fuel supplies that badly affected Nepal’s economy,” she said.
She said since there was no fuel, there were no office cabs and she had to walk 10km to reach her workplace. “But I never complained. Even the office pantry was affected and food supplies were reduced. And my parents were observing all this,” she added.
During one vacation, she was advised by her parents to look for another job. “I refused as it was not the company but the circumstances that were responsible for the grim scenario. I said, either I will work there or will start my own company,” said Kriti.
However, her parents agreed to the second option. She got her first order from a friend and she designed the event management website, for which she charged too less. But soon, orders started flowing. At present, her company is working on more than 20 projects. Interestingly, she also employed three of her batchmates in her company.