Aditi Balbir, Founder and MD, V resorts is a young lady with charm and elegance. After Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Law College Pune, Aditi also possesses Master’s Degree in finance from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University in her kitty. A lot of experience by her side, she started her entrepreneurial journey in travel space with V Resorts in 2010. When got a chance to peep into the life of this young, successful entrepreneurial, we come across a very passionate traveller and writer.
Her passions of Travel & Writing:
“As a passionate and avid traveller, exploring places and sourcing new destinations comes easy and almost naturally to me. Travel has been ingrained and been integral to my life with the first trip being to Japan with my family at the age of 6. I still have vivid and pleasant memories of the gossamer pink hued cherry blossoms, called Sakura in Japanese. It was the month of March and the whole area seemed to be blushing with a light pink. Since then travel to a new country every summer has become an inextricable part of my life and almost like a religion for me. The last 10 years have seen me become passionate and very keen on weekend travel during which I explore and research offbeat destinations,” said Aditi when asked to share something about family and childhood.
She considers herself fortunate that she got an opportunity to work in the field of travel. “My passion has always been travelling and I consider myself to be one of the lucky few who got an opportunity to work in the domain that one is passionate about. Travelling forms very important part of my work and I love it the most,” she said. She is also passionate about writing. Travel and writing are the two things that interest her. She is currently working on her own book zithromax online buy which gives insight into the prevalent human psyche in India and present socio-economic conditions of the country as a backdrop to dissect. God of small things by Arundhati Roy is her favourite book and author too.
Lessons learnt from turning Passion into Profit
As a founder of the company, there had been many hurdles to handle; mainly finances. How did she face the challenges on bootstrapping organisation? “We have been incubated by VCs and not a bootstrap company,” she easily said. Yes, there were failures and learning from it was a great experience, she admits.
“Our business model has pivoted three times. The learning which I have gained from it is never get married to your idea and be flexible and open to change.”
While establishing a company, support or mentoring is required many times. According to Aditi their board members have been excellent mentors in supporting their growth. However Oprah Gail Winfrey is a person she looks up for inspiration.
The proud moments for her are those when she achieved several awards for her work. She has been facilitated with the Women ‘Honor for Excellence’ award by Media vision in 2014, Best professional in Hospitality by Safari India, her resort, V resort won ‘Emerging Chain of Resorts in India’ award by Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) and recently the resort has been recognized as one of the top 50 ventures in the Smart CEO Startup 50 program and all this in 2015.
Career advice younger women:
“My advice would be that you must always be ready to take the plunge experiment with different disciplines, ideas and verticals.” Aditi further said that woman should be treated like anybody else. She should not get preferential or biased treatment.
Last but not the least, her advice for the people who want to start their own venture is “maintain work life balance and do not take quick exit from any venture.”