Published: 29th March 2018
I told them I was sleepy and a social media addict: How a Pune student just became Wooplr's CEO
Pune-based Neha Hasabe has won the #CEOforamonth challenge organised by the Bengaluru-based startup in February. Not just that, she also bags a prize money of a lakh. Jealous much?
Twenty-four-year-old MCom student from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BBMC) Neha Hasabe is one of the most successful students in the whole world. Why, you ask? That's because her CV will list her first ever job designation as that of a CEO of a well-established startup in Bengaluru. Neha has been awarded this position as part of a student competition run by a start-up called Wooplr.
Wooplr, a platform where anyone can open an online store and sell their products, invited entrepreneurial college students to join the race to be their next CEO. The winning student i.e. Neha will now get the first-hand experience in making decisive choices, game-changing deals and cultivating positive synergy in a team, working directly with Wooplr’s core team.
Now, that explains the happiness in Neha's voice when we called her. "I can't believe this is happening. I never thought that they would select me," she says.
Neha is a fresher and that's exactly the kind of energy and vibe, Arjun Zacharia, the founder of the company wanted to bring into the company. "There is a famous saying that the businesses that empower people will be the most valued business in the coming decade — so that's what we are doing. It will also allow us to find the right kind of people — the fire-in-the-belly crowd,' he says.
Neha, who was selected from over 2 lakh contestants from 40,000 colleges across the country, thinks that she nailed it because she was truthful during her interview. "I told them that I am a social media addict, too into my looks and a very sleepy person. I feel that they liked my honesty," she reveals. Neha will be heading to Bengaluru on Monday where she will be briefed about her role and kick off date to join the company.
The program, that started on February 2, 2018, has not only fetched Neha a brilliant position but also an award of Rs 1 lakh. "People have been calling me to congratulate me and they are also asking what am I planning to with the money. I don't want to reveal my plans so soon," she laughs. However, Neha knows and is quite open about what she wants to do in her life. "I can take up any job related to commerce and finances. I am also an authoritative person who can get things done. That should help me for the CEO position and further in life," she says with confidence.
When asked how is she going to negotiate her first salary during her college placements, she laughs and says, "I am expecting a salary according to the market standard but I hope my work at Wooplr will be a plus point."