Interview with Akshay Borate
Interview with akshay borate

Interview with Akshay Borate

“Never give up. Today is hard, Tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”

Jack Ma

Hey guys this is Prabhakar Alok and I am the founder of StartupMedias.

Today We have Akshay Borate founder and CEO of Mr.Digiwino

So, lets know more about him in this Interview with Prabhakar Session.

Interview with akshay borate

Q1. Please introduce yourself to the readers

Hi, I am Akshay Borate. A 22 old years old Marketer, Podcaster, Writer, Community Manager and newbie Entrepreneur.

I have given some 10+ interviews in my life and whenever HR asked me this question, “ Tell me about yourself or Introduce yourself”, I always happily answered this question and why not?

Everyone needs a listener!

So here I go –

I am a BCA graduate from 2017 batch. Now after 2 years of practical work experience, I have started my own digital marketing agency. It’s still in the pre-phase, yet to register!

I co-host the ‘The Marathi Podcast’ which is India’s first Marathi language Digital Marketing podcast along with my friend Durvesh Naik.

Also, I am a community manager/content creator at ‘Learn Digital Marketing’ which is India’s largest Digital Marketing Community. 

Apart from this, recently I have written a book “ Go Social – A Beginners Guide for Social Media Success” which I’m going to launch soon. 

So this was my short professional summary. Talking about my personal choices, I am an avid reader, most of the time you will find me reading. Also, I’m a huge follower of Mr.Shah Rukh Khan. 

I am quite an enthusiastic guy – I like to write. I like to read. I like to play. I like to travel. I like to act. You name it!

Despite my enthusiasm, I’m bit introvert. I prefer to listen more. On the other hand, I am a person with so many friends. 

So this is me

Q2. Tell us about your startup.

  • Startup Name/Personal Brand – Mr Digiwino 
  • Startup category – Marketing (Solopreneur)
  • Website URL – www.digiwino.com
  • About the company – Under the brand name Mr Digiwino I along with my team have worked with Zee Tv, Real estate, Education sector, Leadership & OD training companies.

Services we provide – 

  • SEO
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Website Designing
  • App Development
  • Content Writing

I never called it freelancing even though I was managing this along with my full-time job.

I gathered a team and distributed the work. It was an unofficial startup!

As I have left my job, now I am going to register the company with a new vision and mission. See you there.

Q3. Please share the interesting experience of your journey

I don’t consider myself a successful person, even my idol SRK says, “ don’t become a philosopher before you become rich”. I could easily wait for more 2-3 years to give this interview. But still I said yes, because I wanted to say something which I feel worth saying.  

I usually don’t share this dark side of my story, but today I will. 

Everything was going fine until I turn 5. We were rich. But suddenly destiny changed its mood.

My dad parted ways with my mom even without letting her know. Our relatives tried to find him, but couldn’t. I was 5, my little sis just 2 years old and my mom was a housewife back then.

Though relatives supported us, till when we were going to depend on them? My mom opted a job which was very hectic. We lived in a 10 * 10 single rented room for more than 10 years.

Faced a lot of hurdles together. There were days when we had eaten just “ Chutney –Bhakri (Roti)”. No property, no bank balance, nothing.

Along with job, mom also used to fight the court case against dad. Nobody can imagine how she survived through a such emotional pain . We people can’t even handle a breakup.

She completed my education and I also become an earning source. Now everything is fine. My mom doesn’t do a job anymore though she wants to. I don’t allow. My sister, Tanu is doing her graduation. She is extremely intelligent. 

My past always has been igniting the fire inside me. Whatever happened was out of my hands, but from now I am responsible to whatever will happen in future. I don’t want to die like a loser. I want to give all the happiness in the world to my mom and sis. That’s my motivation. 

I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, since childhood! I love leadership.

I completed my BCA, opted for web development but within 3 months I realized this is not my passion. I should do what I am good at.

Accidently came across digital marketing, researched and understood this is my cup of cake.

I did an offline course, came to Pune and gave 2 internship interviews in a single day. Got rejected in one.

I felt extremely sad. I analyzed what went wrong sitting at the bus stand, drank water, took a 2 hours break and went to give my next interview.

Got selected this time as an SEO intern in a reputed eCommerce company from India, ‘Firstcry.com’.

Later I started taking projects besides my internship. Thought after completing my internship I will open my own digital marketing company. Sheer enthusiastic and amateur thought that was! Gradually I understood, I need to make my hands dirty in practical learning. Hence I picked up a job as a Social Media Manager in an advertising agency in Pune, ‘ Nobis Brandcom’.

That was a brand new startup, in fact my first day of first job and company’s first day was the same.

I have seen that startup growing from scratch. Learned a lot there as I was the only person who was handling the digital marketing part.

I will always be thankful to Mr Dnyanesh Shinde (former boss) who supported me. No matter how big a shot I will become in upcoming years, Nobis Brandcom will find a special place in my heart!

I worked there for a year. Alongside I had been taking projects. 10 am to 6 pm job. 7 pm to 12 am my personal client’s work + blogs writing + networking + learning. I always made sure, there won’t be any injustice to office and personal clients. 

Besides all this, I made connections in the industry. Attended a few digital marketing meetups. Also joined digital marketing Facebook groups & provided value there. 

3 months ago I left the job and started pre-work on my own agency.

There is a digital marketing agency in every corner, hence opening an agency is not a big deal, running successfully is!

Probably in Dec 2020, I will register a company. 

The biggest lesson I have learned so far is “ things change, stick to it”.

Q4. Motivational Quotes You believe

“Everything you want to ask of life cannot be given by anyone else, but yourself. So don’t ask. Period. Do. Be. Get it yourself.”

Shah Rukh Khan

“Never give up. Today is hard, Tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”

Jack Ma

Q5. At last your Message for the future legends.

Don’t go with the flow. Listen to everyone and follow what is right for you. Surround yourself with people intelligent than you.

Always have a hunger for good things. Bad days don’t last, the same goes for good days. Deal with it. Live in present and don’t stress much.

Everyone is living their own time-zone. Don’t compare yourself with others. Try to be a better version of yourself than yesterday.

Giving an interview? Give like you are definitely going to get that job. Always have 10x confidence.

Confidence matters.

Read a lot of books. If you study the most successful people of all time, you will get to know that they read a lot.

Also remember, don’t settle for less. Digital Marketing Agency is not my ultimate goal. Keep going.

Don’t leave your current job, if you are not confident enough to start the business. Entrepreneurship is not easy.

That’s it.

All the best for your future.

So guys thats all from this Interview with Prabhakar Session.

Will meet in the next Interview. Do share if you loved it, Do comment if you liked it.

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