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Atanu Sarkar: From Being an Underrated Backbencher to Becoming an Exemplary Entrepreneur

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
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Bill Gates said he would always 'hire a lazy person to do a difficult job' at Microsoft because 'a lazy person will find an easy way to do it'. While this theory worked proactively for Atanu Sarkar (CEO, Webskitters Technology Solutions Private Limited) in his college and early professional life, it failed to get him through his entrepreneurial journey. After facing series of initial hurdles, it took no time for him to realize hard work as the only mantra for entrepreneurial success and lead him to slave away hard long hours to realize what he truly dreamt of. As Paulo Coelho famously said, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it," and for Atanu hard work really paid off as his company Webskitters (a CMMI Level 3 company), has now grown to serve more than 35 global corporations employing about 150 people in its own office.

Facing the Naysayers

Atanu had always dreamt of contributing to society. He says, "I wanted to give back to the community not just monetary benefits but also wanted to enhance the knowledge of other people, and this is the main reason behind starting my own so that everyone can grow along with me. It's not about money, it's about the moral value". After working years for corporate giants, he realized that he was creating not much of value with this monotonous job and decided to take up entrepreneurship to fulfil his dream. As entrepreneurial journey always heads with a sea of challenges, Atanu had to battle all the naysayers who doubted his decision. "I was married and having a month old kid, everyone said I was taking a huge risk," recollects Atanu.

But great achievements always demand great risks; abiding by the credo, he started the company with one single computer from his home with the support of his brother. Within a couple of months, the duo was joined by few more guys who helped in the course to build the company to pioneer in the field of web development and branding. "If you work hard, success will definitely follow. If you fail its fine, go ahead and try once again with the same kind of determination, some or the other day you will find success," believes Atanu. He attributes his entrepreneurial success to the determination and the hard work put by the team in building strong foundation for the company. Atanu feels very grateful to have such a supporting family which becomes a vital part of any entrepreneur's life and expresses his gratitude to his super supportive parents and wife for her sacrifices.

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