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Sonali Dasgupta, scientist & founder of the 'STEMonsters', talks about her challenges in starting and scaling her company. Read to know more!
Excerpts from an interview with Sonali Dasgupta, founder of STEMonsters – a learning space for children to grasp the concepts of science and technology through practical knowledge.
When did you start ‘STEMonsters’ and what was the intention?
My mission was to create a fun STEM learning space for children where they explore and learn science and technology concepts by tinkering, experimenting and discovering. As a scientist, I know that the gap between textbook learning and real-world innovations needs to be bridged. That’s very important if we want children to grow up to be the thought-leaders of tomorrow’s technology and innovation-driven world.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in starting the company?
Coming from a pure research background, scaling and marketing were my biggest challenges.
What is the biggest mistake you made while starting your company in the initial few years?
I was not able to delegate and hire for the tasks that did not need my expertise.
If there was one thing you could advice to a budding woman entrepreneur, what would it be?
Founder Of STEMonsters Sonali Dasgupta says, “Network with like-minded people, have confidence in your vision, and just get started. Don’t wait for validation from others!”
(Women’s Web, in collaboration with HEN India, will present a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs on Mondays. ‘HEN- Her Entrepreneurial Network’ is a community of Indian Women Entrepreneurs, connected by a vision to inspire, inform and support each other.)
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and entertained Indian audiences, but it's full of problematic stereotypes.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starts with a scene in which the protagonist, Ruhaan (played by Kartik Aaryan) finds an abandoned pink suitcase in a moving cable car and thinks there is a bomb inside it.
Just then, he sees an unknown person (Kiara Advani) wave and gesture at him to convey that the suitcase is theirs. Ruhaan, with the widest possible smile, says, “Bag main bomb nahi hai, bomb ka bag hai,” (There isn’t a bomb in the bag, the bag belongs to a bomb).
Who even writes such dialogues in 2022?
This comeback post by a former Women's Web writer celebrates the strength and resilience of women while documenting her own journey.
It’s been a good five years since I wrote for Women’s Web. But somehow, even as the community has grown exponentially, like a childhood home that suddenly seems to have grown smaller when you go back to your home land, everything feels smaller, tighter, like a sweater that overstayed its welcome in the dryer.
My throat’s dry, like it always is before a speech onstage, my stomach’s in knots, my palms sweating profusely as I type word after word. Do you still remember me, Women’s Web?
I remember writing piece after piece every month, the letters on my typewriter fading out, my fingers numb, the only best friend I had back then, was you, reader. Do you remember me, like I do, you?