Everything about my work makes me happy. I am self-motivated says Prithvi, CEO of Verbolabs.
In the diverse nation of twenty-two languages and nineteen thousand and five hundred dialects, many people are not aware of the whole translation and localization industry.
I was studying at MNIT when I came across the concept of freelancing. While working on some translation assignments in college, I found this field very interesting. I noticed that not many people know about India’s industry, and there is a lot of growth potential.
I was inspired by one of my seniors from the college who had started his own company. The thought of entrepreneurship was intriguing.
The urge to start my own business was always there. However, being the obedient child of my parents, I completed my education, did a 9-6 job for a year only to realize that I am made for something adventurous.
So, I decided to leave my job to discover the entrepreneur inside me.
My parents were okay with it, but some people said that I have a good job, the pay is good, then why do I want to leave it! However, I had made up my mind.
Following the voice of my heart, I started my company Verbolabs in 2016. I believed in myself and knew that I could make things happen. It was all calculated risks that I took in life.
Verbolabs is the lab wherein we play with words by keeping the original content’s essence and creating a compelling localised copy. We provide localisation and dubbing services in more than 50 languages of the world.
Initially, getting good employees for the managerial team was the most challenging task. I was able to find the linguists, but it was hard to hire people for the internal team.
Many people would not even join as it was a small company. They had seen many start-ups shut down and were worried about their job security. I got my first five employees with much difficulty. After that, it was an easy task. Now we receive 2-3 resumes every day.
I have a management team of twenty people. We work with around 600 linguists and dubbing experts. The lockdown had its own set of challenges. We were planning to build our studio, but COVID made us wait a lot. Things did not go as planned. Eventually, we moved on.
The best part about hurdles is that once you cross them, they are the badges of happiness that you wear on your face. I am the only entrepreneur in my family. I have a daughter of two years old. It is a challenge to handle both family and work, but this is the fun part.
Many people assume that my husband must also be a partner at Verbolabs. Since we are life partners, it does not mean that we need to be partners at business also. He is working in a company, and he is happy with that. He supports me with my work, but we have different career choices, which should be completely acceptable.
Through Verbolabs, we are helping the world to break the barriers of languages. We will be setting our studio in a few months.
Post that, dubbing would be done in our studio also. So far, we had been contracting it to our vendors or artists. Now we will be hiring artists also as full-time employees.
So this has been my entrepreneurial journey so far. If you want to start something, do it and try to get your family’s consent also. In the end, all they want is you to be happy.
What an insightful journey it was! After leaving her job, Prithvi created numerous job opportunities for others. Prithvi is providing her valuable services to the industry and breaking the stereotypical image of a woman in our society. We hope you learned something gainful from this article of The Balls Of Steel Show about Prithvi. Stay tuned.