Interview of Shabir Momin-MD & CTO Zenga TV
He started his journey at the age of 16 and became a CTO at the age of 21. He had his stint with various tech organizations before the entrepreneur bug bit him. His ventures include Zenga TV, the largest OTT service in the country; One Digital Entertainment, a digital content company; Oneaxcess.com, a multi-platform distribution and monetization video ecosystem; crowdfunding platforms, Desired wings, and Catapoolt; Rastey cabs, a corporate and retail cab service, Creators Gurukul, a Coworking company, PSIamgone, Wovoyage, travel startup, Holosuit, Floap other than few other companies which he has built so far.
What inspired you to join the above company or this sector?
Technology is something that has always intrigued me for a very long time it is when I decided to delve myself completely into this space. I always knew that no matter whatever I do I will end up doing something around tech, good tech or tech-driven concepts drive me.
What is your life mantra?
I believe, having a perspective along with a clear vision is very important. Executing the strategic action at an appropriate time helps you reap the beneficial results at the end. Other than this, I believe, life should be a mixed bag of things; be it professionally and personally.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
According to me, I have observed that establishing an altogether new startup in an already established market is a challenge in itself. But with the sheer trust and right brains behind the startup help it sail through. A good team is what brings you success, putting a good team together is always the challenge, luckily I have a few great teams.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of brain drain?
Usually by facilitating the right work culture and extending the growth opportunity are the couple of things to refrain from brain drain. Most importantly is we treat them like family, and they take care of us. Few would come who would be selfish but there are all kinds of people in the world.
Share one habit that you think makes you more productive?
Multitasking and Allocating my schedule equally to my priority ventures at work keeps my attention equally dedicated to where it’s required.
Share one habit that you wish to change in yourself?
I believe that what I am is what has got me here, I wouldn’t want to change anything of the past.
Answer in one line:
One tip to success: Smart work
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid: Be content at an initial stage and resting on the laurel
One most important lesson that you have learned till: Be patient, it would fall in the right place
Apps you can’t live without: Evernote, Whatsapp, and few chosen games
Key in the workplace: Teamwork
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Nothing differently, would repeat the same as it is.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
I have miles to go before I sleep.
What makes you excited about Mondays?
I do not divide my days, when I am working, I don’t see days. I am always excited about my business.
According to you how self-worth and happiness important in a job?
Well! These two are the core foundation of a human being without which it’s difficult to engage in the workplace. If you can’t value yourself then you can’t expect anybody else to do it too, but having the right perspective about one’s self is very important. I more and more see people with wrong understanding about themselves, while they might be performing 60% but feel like over performing.
Describe some difficult leadership situations and how you managed people through them?
Unreasonable Expectations are the most difficult to explain without hurting someone’s feelings. I try to be patient and explain with examples and analogy.
Do you invest (or have interest) in Startups?
Like I have mentioned above, I have multiple ventures (Please refer to the first response) where I have invested. I also love spending time with younger entrepreneurs who I help guide them more candidly and they inspire me with the energy they carry.
What’s your opinion about StartupLanes?
I think, it’s a good platform for structured networking for the startup community, where the budding entrepreneurs can leverage the opportunity for their respective businesses. Connecting Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Investors, Job Seekers and Professionals with each other is a good start in this endeavor.