Vishwamani Tiwari: An Accidental Entrepreneur
Date: Friday , February 03, 2017
To evade from the hard-pressed business schedules, most of the entrepreneurs plan leisure trips to the shores of the Atlantic and beautiful squares of Paris. Buried in business-to-holiday regimes, they forget to live a social life. An ideal role model for them to get inspired, Vishwamani Tiwari, the Chairman & Managing Director of Xccess (Prabhat Telecoms (India) Ltd.) - India\'s fastest growing mobile phones & accessories brand, finds an equilibrium between entrepreneurship and social engagement through his trust (as Chairman) - SAAHAS, which aim to educate tribal children. He also runs a successful Rs.400 crore company with the same enthusiasm. \"Sometimes fate is made up by the circumstances. Basically, I am a mechanical engineer and it was the time when I couldn\'t crack any of those job calls. But I got an opportunity to do business in telecom sector with one of my friends,\" elucidates Vishwamani. However, the \'accidental entrepreneur\' was well determined to thrive forward.
Owing to a vision driven living, started with catering technical support services to telecom operators in 1997, he ventured Prabhat Group into sales and distribution in the year 2004 and further extended its arms into manufacture and assembly of telecom products. His efforts didn\'t go in vain, as the company soon became one of the leading telecom manufacturing companies in India. \"I have done everything in reverse. Commenced the operations with designing the handset, then started distributing them and finally manufacturing,\" asserts Vishwamani with a bright smile on his face.
Igniting the Engine
Vishwamani\'s story which spans over two decades is intrinsically the story of Indian telecom evolution that waxed and waned over the years. While commencing operations, besides the most known startup challenges such as earning trust and bagging the finance, he had to battle even with the communal politics and era\'s business convictions. Banks were also least interested in startups as they never tried to figure out the value of innovation that the startups bring in. The list of challenges extended with the struggle to calibrate the business and lack of skilled manpower. But Vishwamani had no intention to give up; instead he waited for his turn to come, without trying for too much. He could raise a skilled & well trained workforce inchmeal, which later helped him to trust the collective caliber and take vise and timely decision to partner with many know Telecoms entity Not only in India but also in Overseas like TATA, Reliance, MTS, LOOP, DIGICELL, Be Mobile, PNG Telecom, NEPAL Telecom etc., which made the pavement for rest of the journey.
\"If you don\'t fail, you don\'t learn. Failure is an important stage in life,\" he reminisces. Even though it took some years, he could earn trust by bestowing a sparkling performance through his entity staying on the burden of limitations, and in turn it opened a doorway to meet all other requirements. He discerns that not having a good result doesn\'t make any effort a failure, but a strong plinth towards making success. \"Just by reading someone\'s inspirational auto biography, no one can become Mahatma Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln, instead you should go through that phase,\" adds Vishwamani. Molding this philosophy into practice, he worked hard and conquered his own success. As now the landscape has changed and government is coming forward with initiatives to thrive startup ecosystem in our country, there is more number of opportunities for entrepreneurs to incubate their organization. But to come up with an initiative from 90s where the climate was stormy and cloudy, it demanded a powerful soul. With a determination to institutionalize Prabhat Group in the long run, he grew the company block by block, and today he has come very near to fulfilling his dream. \"We are on the way to institutionalize our company. I may or may not be there, but this company should fulfill my dream,\" adds Vishwamani. However, as of now, in addition to the global expansion plans, he is busy with the UP government\'s Yamuna Express Highway project.
A Complete Family Man
Despite the hectic professional pressure, this Vishwamani is a happy and optimistic family person with his three children and an extremely supportive wife. Owns a company of this scale, caliber and revenue, but he never forces his children to follow his path, instead provides utmost freedom to decide their future. Instead of maintaining separate paradigms for personal and professional life, he takes away the invisible barrier in between and keeps the life simple. He keeps faith in God and owing thanks to him for his success, but simultaneously, Vishwamani says, \"I believe more in workmanship, not just standing there up to the God\".
A pure vegetarian, Vishwamani\'s favorite holiday destination is his native village in the land of traditions - Varanasi. Emotionally attached with his motherland, he enlightens the young entrepreneurs, asking them to keep faith in our country and not to give up till the sun rises. \"Even if your mother is ugly, she is lovable. Opportunities are there. Show patience and fight without fearing the failure, success is yours,\" concludes Vishwamani.