Khyati Mehra Sharma talks about her startup Khyatiworks

June 30, 2016 Startuptalkies

"I have the greatest respect for women who believe in gender "equality" as opposed to "superiority". I would rather be known as the '3rd greatest whatever' than '1st ever woman whatever'. Why not compete on the basis of your talent than gender. Privilege"

  • Khyatiworks is an online store housing handcrafted merchandise created out of Psychedelic Art of Khyati Mehra Sharma. Everything at Khyatiworks is either handpainted or created out of images of Khyati's Art. This makes each piece one of a kind. From Artwork prints to Stationery, Home Décor, Shoes, Jewelry and Quirky Accessories, the product range at Khyatiworks is expanding by the day.
  • Khyatiworks was a result of my sheer love for painting, I loved the energy and positivity that were emitted the psychedelic abstracts I created. I wanted the art to reach as many people and the best way to do that was through things we use in our daily lives. But instead of simply getting them printed I wanted to make each piece stand out and have its own identity. SO I decided to make each piece myself, be it a coaster or a notebook or a pendant or shoes. Everything is handcrafted right from scratch and that is what differentiates Khyatiworks from the rest.
  • The first step to success for me is to be in a profession that you love, not the one that society deems correct as the one you 'should' be in. Once you make that choice you are content and happy and that is what brings success to your venture. So I see success as doing what I love to do, and spreading joy, happiness and positivity through my work. Once you accomplish this, everything else follows.
  • The answer is yes and no. At present, my IT job is enough to fund my startup venture, the raw material, webstore costs everything is borne by me. But at the same time I do use a percentage of my earnings at Khyatiworks as well. As of now I am able to manage with the funds I have but as I plan to expand, funding might be required.
  • In the coming years, I want Khyatiworks to be identified as a niche brand of unique, handcrafted products. I don't want to have scores of stores but some very selective ones. The products are also never created in bulk, each piece has its own identity and I want to keep it that way. So my vision is to reach more and more art lovers, but still keep Khyatiworks as niche as it is today
  • My startup does not have a large number of employees, my webstore is maintained by a third party and I have some labor for packaging the merchandise. So I cant answer the question
  • In two ways: One, by creating employment opportunities through my startup, mostly as artisans, packers and labor. Its not only about women, but any underprivileged person, giving them employment would in turn be a life changer for them. Second, when we are selling a product, we are not only selling the physical product, we are also sharing a part of our energy, the vibe. The joy I see on the faces of people when they look at a Khyatiworks product is the biggest reason for me being here. So I want to fill the lives of people with joy, optimism, color and happiness.
  • I remember at the Startup India conference in Delhi, startup icons were discussing if we are in a bubble right now, that there would be an upsurge in the number of startups in the next few years after which the bubble will burst and then there would be a downward slope. My advice for young entrepreneurs will be to not follow the herd, don't start a start-up just because you see and read about how successful some ventures have been or its the 'in' thing today. Only if you have a very strong belief in your idea and are ready to fail 100 times, ready to be very patient for the results to come in, ready to give all you've got should you consider getting into entrepreneurship. Its not all rosy and easy as it looks :)
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