“It’s ok to create a mess, experiments can lead to beautiful things”- My biology teacher told me that when I was in high school.
While pursuing Architecture in college, I always wondered what I would do after I graduate. It’s only until two years after working as a junior designer in a private firm, I figured I wanted to become an entrepreneur contributing to the public welfare and make an impact in the infrastructure development space in this country. Hence, I was willing to take risks to start a venture, in the words of my teacher- “Create a mess”.
My First Venture - Crush Mango
My entrepreneurial journey started in 2000 by collaborating with Swetha — a Business graduate with extraordinary business acumen, and Kushal — a tech-savvy designer. With the roles of a Hustler, Hacker, and Hipster the three of us succeeded in building a team and maneuvered Architecture consultation operations smoothly.
At Crush Mango, the projects included designing public schools, health care buildings, and community parks. My key role was to coordinate with stakeholders including municipal government authorities and the Public Works Department(PWD) contractors. I also created detailed project reports and pitch decks for builders and developers towards their prospective financiers and investors.
My Second Venture - Build-Inn
About two years after I co founded Crush Mango, a friend of mine proposed to me a business model to create a platform for the skilled workforce and consultants in the field of construction.
In 2015, during the peak of startup culture, leveraging the opportunities for entrepreneurs with lean model ideas, I started my second venture Build-Inn, whilst staying as a partner at Crush Mango.
Build-Inn, a marketplace for homeowners and skilled workforce focused in the interior turnkey space of residential and commercial projects. Also, curating a simple 3 step pre-sales, post-sales and delivery process increased sales by 40% in the year 2017-2018. My Partner Puja and I successfully implemented the model catering to over 100 customers by leading a team of over 40 professionals.
On-going Research Works
After 7 years, completing over 120 projects at Crush Mango and BuildInn, I decided to take a sabbatical to do research in waste management in the construction industry. I was fortunate to be selected for “Anant Fellowship”- A post graduate diploma in Built Environment in Ahmedabad city.
The main objective of the research was to understand the problem of waste using a specific methodology and identify a supply chain of construction waste to build an intervention around it.
During the research period, we collaborated along with an eminent research organisation- Development Alternatives(DA), to validate the findings from the centralized and decentralized methods currently being practiced.
Present - Rohan Shenoy Building Solutions
After completing the fellowship at the end of 2020 and learning the importance of environmental welfare, I intend to grow responsible businesses in the social innovation space. I have begun with my first project, a “Container home” in Sirsi, Karnataka.
This project is anticipated to be completed in March 2020 and it is completely made with recycled materials. The joinery works and other fittings are used from demolished sites and features like recycled bricks, sleeper railway wood and solar panels are being implemented.