Charu Mehrotra, Founder, Womenlines, Promoting Excellence in Business, Leadership & Health

Charu Mehrotra, Founder, Womenlines, Promoting Excellence in Business, Leadership & Health

Charu Mehrotra is the founder of women oriented e-magazine, “Womenlines”. The magazine aims at promoting business, leadership, and health excellence in women across the globe.

Podcast

Overview

We know the overwhelming feeling of starting or thinking about an idea of being an entrepreneur. Those of us, who haven’t ventured on the path, have gone through the thought at some point in life.

And for the ones who are on it, well, they know the grill. In the 21st century, we are gradually coming close to women’s equality.

And for all those wonderful women out there, there are many successful women entrepreneurs who inspire us and also are ever ready to open ways for a lot of us to follow our dreams.

With several roles that society expects from a woman, it is without a doubt more challenging for them to sustain and thrive in the world of entrepreneurship. But the basic rules stand true for everyone.

Today, we have with us Charu Mehrotra, a self-described serial entrepreneur who takes us through some challenges and tips of being an entrepreneur.

About Charu Mehrotra

Charu Mehrotra is the founder of women oriented e-magazine, “Womenlines”. The magazine aims at promoting business, leadership, and health excellence in women across the globe. Founder of numerous startups, Charu has been recognized as the LinkedIn Wonder Woman and has been felicitated with many global awards. 

DISCUSSION

Charu recalls her journey and calls her recent project of an online e-magazine, “Womenlines”, her fourth venture in Singapore. Hailing from a journalism background, the idea of the venture was with her for some time.

She owes the success of her venture to the quality content and uniqueness of the idea. Charu tells that as a woman when she was trying to find resources for her growth, there were none to a very few available. So, she ventured out to create a dedicated resource base for women in the fields of leadership, business, and health.

Promoting Business, Leadership, and Health

Womenlines hosts several talks shows too with people from across the world, enabling women to connect and follow their dreams. Charu says, “Every woman is an entrepreneur. She just needs to realize that and get the right knowledge.”

Charu feels her venture is to direct these women to do things the right way. She calls “Womanlines”, a dedicated knowledge stream. 

Thoughts on Startups

Charu mentions that she always had a seed of entrepreneurship in her and being in Singapore, just opened up myriad opportunities. She feels proud to be able to give employment to others and to contribute to society.

She compares a startup world to a Jurassic Park, where a dinosaur can come from anywhere in the forms of challenges. She says, “Mistakes happen when you succumb to those challenges. People lose patience and give up.”

She credits the successful entrepreneur to being patient, constantly upskilling, and the quality of having emotional intelligence.

Charu also suggests going the startup way with the co-founders. She explains, “When people from different skills come together for a venture, the marriage is beautiful.”

Bootstrap vs Raising the funds

On the dilemma between bootstrapping and raising funds, Charu recommends that it depends on what stage of life the person is in. However, she lays emphasis on the importance of side hustling for a constant cash flow. She says, “You can’t put up all the money thinking you will be working on this idea.”

Charu also mentions the importance of a financial mentor, who would guide on how to use the money. She says, “If you don’t have a mentor to tell how to put in which segment, it finishes fast.”

She also speaks of her milestones in life. Charu’s advice to the young people who are starting is to do their homework. She ends the conversation, “Cross the geography and get global advice.”

Profile

Charu has also been felicitated the honor of Global SDG Warrior, for which she expresses gratitude. She was awarded for promoting SDG 5 which stands for “Right to Equality.”

About the success of her entrepreneurship world, she is thankful to the Singapore community for providing a healthy environment for the startups. She tells, “Government has courses to help entrepreneurs in getting knowledge and right resources.”

She also speaks of her milestones in life. Charu’s advice to the young people who are starting is to do their homework. She ends the conversation, “Cross the geography and get global advice.”

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