If you want to begin a startup then just start up. Rejection and defeat are very common but overcoming them with courage and determination is what is needed. Just spare a few minutes to find what the founders of Bombay Play that got investment have to say..
It was with this belief that Oliver Jones and Abhas Saroha started Bombat Play in 2016. Bengaluru-based Bombay Play started as a hobby company selling physical board games and card games on Amazon and currently it makes multiplayer social games on the web. Now, as you start your journey here are a few lessons from the entrepreneur directly.
About the founders
Oliver Jones and Abhas Saroha founded Bombay Play. Jones has worked at studios including Glu Mobile and Zynga, and co-founded Moonfrog Games, which has developed the card game Teen Patti Gold. Saroha led engineering departments at Zynga and Moonfrog, and has also worked with travel portal MakeMyTrip.com.
Every entrepreneur has to go through a lot of struggle. When Jones and Saroha started their journey, investors were very skeptical about the hits-driven nature of the gaming market. India has not seen any big companies made or many exits in this space. This translated into a lot of scepticism during the company’s pre-launch period. Despite all skepticisms, the duo went ahead with their venture and finally succeeded in establishing it.
Rejections are common
“It’s rare for any startup not to face any rejection. But if you keep in mind that there is plenty of capital looking for promising startups, as a founder you just need to strive for outreach,” told Jones to Chalgenius. One should not sit back after facing a rejection. Instead, he/she should start afresh with new vigor.
Although the founders went through a lot of obstacles in the beginning, they overcame all difficulties. Till now, the company has received an investment amounting to $2.5 million from Leo Capital, PlayCo and Lumikai.
Bombay Play plans to accelerate the development of several products including live games, social games, and multiplayer card and strategy board games. It will also concentrate on existing properties, which include Card Party, a game that has been downloaded over 10 million times. Along with this, the company is also actively hiring talent across multiple roles.
Dos and donts for entrepreneurs
– Startup early, some skills you can only build through daily hands on practice
– Don’t be too particular about having a good idea, just start somewhere.
– Pay attention to your data
– Spend too long searching for one great ‘idea’
– Try to do everything at once!
– Try to do everything yourself.
Message for budding entrepreneurs.
You need people from all walks of life to build a company, so learn how to work with people who think differently.
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