This 19 years old is Building Techsics: A Tech Startup in India

Hi Rohit, what’s your background, and what are you currently working on?

My name is Rohit Raj and I’m a student in my first year in college. Apart from that I also have my own company named ‘Techsics’.
Started my journey when I was 15 years old by working on Arduino and Raspberry Pi based projects. I’m a guy who is in love with technologies. When I was in class 8th standard, I have made my first project i.e. ‘Model & working Lie detector’ and from there, my interest towards electronics and technologies increased.

During these past years of my life I have learned and explore many skills as possible. By actively increasing interest in the field of technology, I have developed some drones keening to my interest.

Apart from that, I’m a member of various Google Developer Groups like GDGs Jalandhar, Delhi, Mumbai etc. In 2020, I had being the youngest delegate as well campus ambassador at International Model United Nation(IMUN) conference which has been held across the world. Recently, I have written book on robotics named ‘The Robotics Dimension’.

What motivated you to get started with Techsics?

When I was initially started with electronics related stuffs, I usually borrow money from my parents. At the time when I started of making drones, then some parts of my drones like the propellers, batteries got damaged because I’m still a newbie with drones and electronic hardware, and my parents doesn’t believe in me then, they said there’s no future in those things, that i should first focus on my academics.

More so, at that time I also don’t know about the future of drones and uses, i was just doing it for fun, but I was crazy about those flying machines and I wanted to get more into them.

But the main problem was money, and I did not know how to source for money that time for my projects. I started searching on Google and YouTube about ways to make money online and then I found lots of ways to make money. But the most viable way I found was Freelancing, Then after studying more about freelancing, I created accounts on different freelancing sites. I waited for few weeks before i could get a client who paid me a very small amount for his project. I couldn’t make do with that so i started exploring more skills like logo designing, video editing and more.

What problem are you solving with your startup and how are you solving it?

Techsics is a tech service provider as well as Edtech based company located in Bihar (Patna). We mainly focuses on drones development, app development, web development, home automation, DIY based projects , Edtech (focusing on 21st generation skills) and many more tech related stuffs.

We provide 21st generation skills courses to young people which crosses beyond just the academics, because in this generation, skills matter more than degrees.

Train students, youths on the topics like drone development, application development, AI, IOTs, ML and many more. We help students fine tune their careers by providing adequate knowledge and skills needed for their future.

Most of the students in India had only two career options, either engineering or medical because our Indian education doesn’t allow us to explore some extra skills, and most importantly we don’t get surrounded by people who would motivate us to think about skills.

Another primary factor is the fact the Universities are following an outdated which are not relevant today. The companies are demanding modern skills because of the rapid technology change but the colleges are still teaching the 20 years old frameworks and syllabus.

This becomes the reason why 80% of the graduated engineers in India remain unemployed and 80% of students have to undergo an additional training program to become job ready.

Since launch, what has worked to attract and retain customers?

Techsics officially launched in 2020 and we initially started as only a tech service provider company but after that we dived into Edtech sector, and then the two together. To retain the customers, initially we provided 10+ free webinars on 21st generation skills and explain to students about the future and values of these skills.

More importantly, the feedback we are getting make us start expanding in every tech fields and hence, more customers.

What’s your business model, and how have you grown your revenue?

We work on both B2B as well as B2C business model. We generate and grow our revenue by giving exciting offers on courses and services, playing adds, using referral method and more.

What differentiate you from other competitors?

Techsics is basically a Tech service provider as well as Edtech company.

So anyone with their skills and knowledge can work with Techsics.

For example, if I find even a student of any class having amazing level of knowledge and creative skills I will offer him a job rather than asking him to show his degree and qualifications. Because age doesn’t matter for doing any work or learn something new. The only thing which works is your passion towards your work.

I think this thing makes Techsics a different company as compare to other companies.

What have been the most influential books, podcasts, or other resources for you?

Some books I like to read are “The subtitle art of not giving fuck”, “Zero to one”, “How to win friends and influence people”.

Which were your marketing strategies to grow your business?

One of the ways i grow my business is running ads on Social Media, in addition to that, referrals is also a great method and most importantly promoting and offering some extra benefits monthly.

What were the biggest challenges you faced and the obstacles you overcame?

I am a 19 years old teenager, so at initial stage of my startup, people wouldn’t consider my ideas and opinions, owing to my young age.

In fact they always used to tell me that ” you are very young, you don’t have knowledge about business, you can’t do it, you don’t have any ability, and talent “

So many things they said to me.

Have you had any failed business?

Yes. ‘Techsics’ is not my first company, it’s actually the second.

Before Techsics, I owned a company called ‘TheNeway’ when I was 17 years old in which we works on academics education sector.

But due to some reasons we shut down the company and after which I started ‘Techsics’ and started growing.

Advice for other young entrepreneurs who want to get started or are just starting out?

For those entrepreneurs who are just starting, I want to advice that before starting anything, first do a proper research about that particular field, analyze the market, study and get proper knowledge about that sector, study about basic terms in startups and then go through your idea.

Don’t think about what society is saying about you and your idea, if you ever believe and have confidence that your idea will work then put your time, money, effort and knowledge into your startup idea and grow.

I always believe that if you really want to do something in life and wanted to reach your desired goals, then always keep your focus and believe in yourself and your ideas, be passionate about what you do, be productive, be patient, and work smarter than harder.

Where can we go to learn more about you?

You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

My startup website is Techsics

Are you looking to hire for certain positions right now?

Not at the moment. We are not hiring for any positions.

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