It's not often you come across such an interesting profile. Meet Arijit Bhattacharyya, who always dreamed of doing something for his country and for its unemployed. Soon after he completed school he started training students of computer science and later went on to train BTech and BCA students. During his studies he excelled in the field of drawing and programming. He started creating games and in 2008 he registered his dream company Virtualinfocom in Kolkata.
Virtualinfocom aims to provide solutions to all its customer's needs, wants and desires. The company is into gaming, animation and web solutions. For its HR needs he has started a training institute, which currently has students in animation and game development. The institute provides training from game making to mobile game development.
Virtualinfocom creates games for strategy making, advertisements and educational games for children. It has trained over three hundred candidates and all of them are placed in various organisations. It has created a talent pool from where industry can source the best people. The company has also created a market for sales persons to earn commissions from selling their products. As a whole, approximately 400 people are using Virtualinfocom's services and reaping the benefits.
"Our experience ensures that you get work done as per your specifications, within your deadline and within the fixed budget that we promise you when you sign up! It sounds very straight and simple. But in reality, most companies are unable to deliver on their promise. And that is why we consider this our winning edge," says Arijit.
Up until now Virtualinfocom has earned a lot of kudos and appreciation through its commitment towards excellence by offering proactive services. The company introduces itself as one of the leading organisations offerings services for animation, games development, website solutions. With lateral thought processes, they have been able to offer innovative solutions to clients' requirements.
Unlike other companies however, they don't work just for the money, they work for the smile. "We take candidates from rural Bengal who sometimes can't pay us. But the smile we get when they finish their course is worth more than money. We are in a specific area where people require high-tech skills as well, we update our streamline continuously. The best part is, all of our employees are from our own institute. So we know their mindset as well as the requirements," says Arijit.
So far they have four branches and 21 employees and they are trying to open new centres in Delhi and Allahabad.
Right from his childhood Arijit wanted to be an entrepreneur. He took it as a challenge and self funded his venture by doing freelance work and training students. Intially he did make mistakes.
"I am a straightforward person, it's not good for all kinds of clients," he shares. "I had no idea regarding business and pricing, so in the beginning I made some losses in productions. But then I learned the skill by watching and having discussions with some good entrepreneurs."
Passion, self-confidence and his love for his country drives him to stay buckled in this ride.
Virtualinfocom is working on creating the first Indian epic story based game 'Mahabharata' for the mobile platform and online platform. It is also working on a portal for start-ups, where budding entrepreneurs can get advice from industry leaders.
According to Arijit, money, skill, knowledge and time are the key challenges that first-generation entrepreneurs face. His advice: be honest about your limitations and seek out expert advice and the support of mentors when needed.