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नेपालमा उद्दमी नै किन बन्ने ? कसरी उद्दमशील नेपालीले नेपालकै रुपान्तरण गर्छन्?

‘किन उद्दमी बन्ने’ भनेर सोध्नुहोला? तल पढ्नुहोस :)    Read in English here.

उद्दमीले आफ्नो लागि मात्र होईन अरुका लागि पनि अवसरहरु सिर्जना गर्दछन्। नेपाल जस्तो बेरोजगारीको मारमा परेको देशमा उद्दमीको झन बढि खाँचो छ किनकी यहाँ अवसरहरु केहि सिमित सौभाग्यशाली व्यक्तिहरुले मात्र पाइरहेका छन् र बेरोजगारी लाजैमर्दो  गरि व्याप्त छ।

त्यसैले होला आजकल नेपालमा एउटा रमाइलो जोक निकै चर्चामा छ – “एक जना हामी नेता बन्यौँ भने १०० रोजगारीको सत्यानाश हुन्छ तर त्यहि ब्यक्ति उद्दमी बन्यो भने १०० रोजगारीको सिर्जना हुन्छ।”

त्यसै कारणले अहिलेका युवाहरुले आफ्नो व्यक्तिगत,पेशागत एवं मनोबल विकासका साथ-साथै देश बिकासको लागी भए पनि उद्दमशिलताको बाटोलाई रोज्नु अत्यन्त जरुरी छ। उद्दमशीलताले कस्तो सम्म परिर्वतन ल्याउन सक्छ भन्ने कुरा हेर्न हामी खासै टाढा जानु पर्दैन –  छिमेकी राष्ट्र भारत र चीनमा यो प्रश्टै देख्‍न सक्छौं । एक जिम्मेवार सरकारले बढि भन्दा बढि उद्दमीको सिर्जना गर्न र उनीहरु‌लाई मद्दत पुर्‍याउन सदैव अग्रसर हुनुपर्छ र उद्दमशीलतालाई नै प्राथमिकता दिनु पर्दछ।

उद्दमीले के के कारणले नेपालको रुपान्तरण गर्छन् त ? 

• उद्दमीले नेपालका समस्याहरुको समाधान गर्छन्

आजकल नेपालमा हामीले थुप्रै समस्याहरुको चर्चा सुन्छौं। यो सुन्दा त जताततै समस्यैको पोको होला ठानिन्छ तर उद्दमीहरु यस्तै समस्यालाई नै अवसरको रुपमा हेर्छन् र यसको समाधन निकाली नेपालीको जिवन स्तर उकास्ने बाटोमा लाग्छन् जानी वा नजानी। समस्याहरुको हल गर्ने क्रममा उनीहरुले जुन सकरात्मक सोचको सिर्जना गर्छन् त्यस्‌ले देशकै अर्थतन्त्र र देशवाशीको मनोबलमा पनि अप्रत्यक्षित रुपमा सुधार हुन्छ। ।

आजकल नेपालमा प्राय समस्या समाधान गर्न हामी धेरै विदेशी सहयोग वा केन्द्रिय सरकारमा निर्भर हुन्छौँ। तर उद्दमीहरु चाहिँ समस्या समाधान गर्न न त अरुलाई नै कुर्छन् न त अर्काको मुखै ताक्छन्। उनीहरु मौकाको पूर्ण फाइदा उठाँउछन् अनि समस्यालाई दिर्घगामी रुपमा समाधान गर्दै नयाँ अवसरको बाटो तयार पार्छन् ।
हामीले यस्तो भविष्यको कल्पना गरौं जहाँ कुनै पनि समस्या देखियो भने त्यसको समाधान गर्न हरेक नेपाली झम्टिहाल्ने र त्यसबाट अवसरको सिर्जना गरि हाल्ने। यसो हुन सकेमा बल्ल हाम्रो समाज नि सन्दर शान्त, विशाल हुन्थियो होला होईन, कि कसो ?

• उद्दमीले नेपालका निम्न वर्गलाई फाईदा हुने खालका अवसर सिर्जना गर्ने छन्

उद्दमीले दिने रोजगारीले गरिवीको मारमा परेका नेपालीहरुको प्रत्यक्ष रुपमा जीवनस्तर उकास्छन्। तपाईंले दिने रोजगारी र तलबले स्थानिय अर्थतन्त्रमा सुधार ल्याउँछ – एउटा गरीव कामदार देखि उन्‌ले पालेका परिवार, एउटा तरकारी पसले देखि लिएर कृषिक, विधालय पढाउने देखि लिएर किराना पसले अनि स्थानिय गाँऊ बिकास समिति देखि लिएर टोल सफा गर्ने कामदारसम्म सबैलाई। तपाँई उद्दमी बन्नु भो भने तपाँईले तिर्ने कर र रोजगारीले स्थानिय जनस्थर उकास्न सिधा मद्दत पुर्‍याउछँ । यसको फलस्वरुप एउटा सकरात्मक रोजगारीमा आधारित वातावरण बन्छ। एउटा सानो उद्दमीको रुपमा पनि यो सकतात्मक परिवर्तनलाई निरन्तरता दिन तपाईले धेरै मद्दत पुर्याउन सक्नुहुन्छ।

• उद्दमीले नेपालमा काम गर्ने संस्कृति र वातावरण बनाउँछन्

एउटा उद्दमीको रुपमा तपाँईले शुरुमा सानै व्यवसाय खोले पनि पछि त्यहि ठुलो हुँदै गएर अरुको लागि ठुलो अवसर प्रदान गर्ने मञ्‍चको रूपमा बिस्तार हुन सक्छ। तपाँईलाई थाहा नहोला तर ठमेल आजको जस्तो चर्चित हुनुमा काठ्माण्डु गेस्ट हाउसले ठूलो भुमिका छ। त्यहि एउटा होटेल त्यहाँ खोले पछि त्यसैलाई क्रेन्दित गरेर अरु व्यापार व्यवशायहरुले खोल्दै गए अनि फस्टाउँदै गए । त्यसको फलश्‍वरुप ठमेल विश्वभर चिनिन सफल भएको छ  त्यति बेलाका एउटा सानो उद्दमी कर्ण शाक्य र उनका परिवारको देनले।

यसरी नै तपाईंले बनाएको अवसरको फल स्वरुप अरुले पनि अवसरहरु पाउँदछन्। एउटा उद्दमीले गरेको कामको प्रेरणाले अरु उद्दमीहरु धेरै उत्पन्न हुन्छन् । उद्दमशिलताले विश्व परिवर्तन गर्न सक्छ भन्ने कुरालाई चानचुने नठान्नु है ! अमेरिका, बेलाएत, फ्रान्स, जापान, कोरिया र अब चीन र भारत सम्पन्न बन्नुमा उद्दमीको प्रमुख हात छ ।

• उद्दमीले नेपालीहरुको आत्म-सम्मान बढाउँछन्

जब हामीले आफ्नै देशमा काम गर्ने मौका पाउँछौ र यहिँको  प्राकितिक र मानव श्रोतको सदुपयोग गरेर निर्यात गर्नसक्छौँ हामी फेरि विदेशिनु पर्नेछैन। आफ्नै ठाँऊ वा देशमा काम गर्न पाउनु भन्दा ठुलो आत्मसम्मान बढाउने काम केले दिन्छ होला? आफ्नै देशमा स्वाभिमानका साथ काम गरेको देख्दा हाम्रो आफ्नै परिवार र बालबच्चाको पनि आत्म-सम्मान बढ्छ।

उद्दमीले सम्मानजनक रोजगारी सिर्जना र दक्ष जनशक्तिको उत्पादन गर्छन् । असलमा उद्दमशीलतामा कसैको शोषण गरिँदैन। यसले त बरु मानिसहरुलाई शशक्त बनाई आफ्ना व्यवसाय विस्तार गर्न पो सहयोग पुर्‍याँउछ। उद्दमी हरि भक्त सर्माले आफ्नो औषधी बनाउने कम्पनी “देउराली जनता”लाई सुपथ मुल्यमा गरिवहरुका लागि औषधि बनाएर एउटा सम्मानजनक रोजगारी र अवसर दिने ठाँऊको रुपमा चिनाएका छन् र लाखौँलाई बचाउने ठेक्का लिएर त्यहाँ कामगर्ने सबैमा गर्व बढेको छ।

• उद्दमीले नेपालका धनी र गरिब बीचको अन्तरलाई हटाउँदै जानेछन्

यो कुरा सुन्दा अचम्म लाग्छ हैन ? कारण नेपालमा थुप्रै मानिसहरु उद्दमीहरुलाई – रुढिवादी व्यापारीहरु वा निच सामन्ती मान्छे हुन् कि भनेर झुकिन्छन्। तर होईन उद्दमीहरु यी कुनै पनि।

हो अहिले सम्म पनि नेपालमा शक्ति र सम्बृद्धि केहि रुढिवादी हुनेखाने कै माझँमा मात्र सिमित रहेको छ। उनीहरुले यो धन र शक्ति कुनै खुल्ला प्रतिस्प्रदाबाट कमाएका होइनन्। कतिले त पद र शक्तिको घोर दुरुपयोग गरी आफुलाई उद्दमी भनी उल्टै साँच्चो उद्दमी बन्न चाहने बाँकी हामीहरुलाई बलपुर्वक हाम्रो हक-अधिकारबाट बन्चित गराई नाजायज धन र शक्ति कमाएका हुन् । उनीहरुले हाम्रो विकास र सिर्जनशिलतालाई दबाएका छन् र केवल आफ्नो व्याक्तिगत स्वार्थका निम्ति मात्र काम गरेकाछन्। यस्ता व्यक्तिहरु कदाचित पनि उद्दमी होइनन् र कहिल्यै हुन पनि सक्दैनन्।

अझ भन्ने हो भने उद्दमीले त उल्टै समाजका रुढिवादी हुने-खानेले बनाएका एकाधिकारिता र कितृम भिन्नताको अन्त्य गर्नेछन्। उद्दमी बन्न तपाईँ कुनै पनि जात, समूह, उमेर, हैसियतको हुन सक्नुहुनेछ, उद्दमशीलताले कनै भेदभाव चिन्दैन। भाटभटेनीका मिनबहादुर गुरुंङ बिकट “खोटांङ्ग”का गरीव परिवारका थिए तैपनि अहिले यत्रो प्रगति गर्न सके । त्यसैले म त भन्छु उद्दमशिलता नै अहिलेको यथास्थितिवादी समाजको सकारात्मक रुपान्तरण गर्ने प्रमुख शक्तिशाली उपाय पनि हो।

• उद्दमीले सकारात्मक संस्कृतिको सिर्जना गर्छन्

“हामी सक्छौ”- यो भावलाई उद्दमीले ल्याउने सम्बृद्धिले जगाउँछ हरेकमा । यहि भावले हरेक नेपालीको आत्म विश्वास बढाँउछ। यस्तो सकरात्मक सोचले “यस्तै हो”,”के गर्ने” जस्ता नकारात्मक सोच अनि अरुलाई दोष दिने कुसंस्कृतिलाई अन्त्य गर्दछ। यिनै कु-संस्कृतिले अहिले नेपालका गाँउ र शहरहरुको विकासमा निकै वाधा पुर्‍याइरहेका छन्। यहि सकरात्मक सोचले हामीलाई योग्यशिलताले चल्ने संस्कृति तिर धकेल्छ जहाँ  जुनसुकै पृष्ठभुमिबाट आएका नेपालीलाई पनि “मिहेनत गरे अवश्य पनि सपना पुरा हुनेछ” भन्ने खालको दृद विश्वास दिलाउँछ।

यदि हामी आर्थिक रुपमा समान, स्वच्छ, जवाफदेयी अनि जिम्मेबार समाजको सिर्जना गर्न चाहन्छौं भने सकरात्मक संस्कृति नेपालको लागि अपरिहार्य छ। यो हासिल गर्न एउटा उद्दमीले जति छिटो अरु कुनै पेसाका ‍मान्छेले गर्न सक्दैनन्। नेपाल इन्भेष्टमेन्ट बैंकका वर्तमान कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष पृथ्वी वहादुर पाण्डेको नेपालमा बित्तिय क्षेत्रमा सकरात्मक संस्कृति सिर्जना गर्नुमा ठूलो योगदान छ। नेपालका थुप्रै वित्तिया संस्थाका प्रमुखले उनीसँग काम गरी उहाँको कार्यशैलीलाई अनुसरण गरेर बैंकहरु राम्ररी चलाउन सफल भएका छन्।

• उद्दमीको रुपमा तपाँई हामी जो कोहि पनि सफल हुन सक्छौँ

नेपालमा आर्थिक समानता र सम्बृद्धिको लागि हामीलाई कुनै राजनितिज्ञ वा बेरोजगार युवाको होईन खाली उद्दमीको खाँचो छ जो स्वत् जातिय, आर्थिक एवं उमेर आदि भन्दा माथि उठेर काम गर्ने गर्छन्। सामान्यता यस्ता उद्दमीहरु तपाईं-हामी जो कोहि पनि हुन सक्छ। यदि तपाई यो देशमा उल्लेखनिय रुपान्तरण हेर्न चाहनुहुन्छ भने आफुले आफूलाई एक उद्दमी बनाउने कोशिश गर्नुहोस्। रुद्र पाण्डेको उदाहरण लिनुहोस् जो डि-टु-हकआई भन्ने सुचना प्रविधि उद्योगको संस्थापक पनि हुन्। उनी नेपालका दुर्गम क्षेत्रको एक सामान्य परिवारका हुन्। कडा मिहेनत र प्रशस्त सपनाका साथ हुर्केका रुद्रले डिटु-हकआइको संस्थापन गरि यसलाई विश्वमा चिनिने एक शक्तिशालि कम्पनीको रुपमा परिणत गरे। थुप्रै नेपालीहरुले उनीबाट उत्प्रेरित भई नेपाल भित्र र बाहिर उद्दमशिलताको बाटोमा प्रयास जारी राखेका छन् र हजारौँ नेपालीलाई स्वरोजगार, सीप र सकारात्मक सोच तिर धकालेका छन् ।

• अहिले सम्म कुरा गर्यौँ समाज र देशलाई के कसो फाईदा हुन्छ उद्दमी हुँदा् । अब अन्त्यमा उद्दमी भएर नेपालमा के-कस्ता ब्यक्तिगत फाइदा पनि हुन्छ त तपाईँलाई?

१) एउटा सम्मानजनक दर्जा

नेपाल बदलिएको छ। हाम्रा समकालिन धेरै नेपालीहरुले उद्दमीलाई नेतृत्वको रुपमा लिन्छन् अहिले। कसैले त तपाईंलाई मार्गदर्शक को रुपमा पनि लिनेछन् । उनीहरुले तपाईको बारेमा पढ्नेछन्, सुन्नेछन् र तपाईको पछि पनि लाग्नेछन्। आगामी पुस्तालाई तपाईले सिर्जनशील उद्दमीहरु बन्न प्रोत्साहन गर्नु हुने्छ। अनिल चित्रकार,कर्न शाक्य,अम्बिका श्रेष्ठ, मिन बहादुर गुरुङ्, आनन्द बगारिया, नकिम उद्दिन जस्ता सम्मानित उद्दमीले नेपालमा अवसरहरु सिर्जना गरेकोमा नेपालीहरु उनीहरु प्रति निकै आभारी भएका छन्। तपाँईले पनि त्यस्तै पाउनसक्नुहुनेछ।

२) एउटा आरामदायी जिन्दगी

नेपालमा उद्दमीको जीवन सहज र आरामदायी छ किन कि प्रतिस्प्रदा नै कम छ।  यहाँ अलिकत पैसा भएपछि अरु देशमा भन्दा बाच्नँ सजिलो छ।  एउटा उद्दमी हुनाले तपाँईले आफ्नो सफलताको प्रभाव र प्रतिष्ठालाई सदुपयोग गरेर अझ ठुलो काम पाउन सजिलो हुन्छ। यहाँ मान्छेले सजिलै पत्याऊँछन् र कुरा सुन्छन् उद्दमीको।

३) एउटा सन्तोषी जिन्दगी

धेरै थोरैलाई सहयोग गरेर पाएको आत्मसन्तुष्टिले अगाडि बढ्ने प्रेरणा पाउनुहुनेछ। नेपालमा तपाईंले गरेको काम को फल प्रत्यक्ष देख्‍न मज्जाले सक्नुहुन्छ। विकसित मुलुकमा सानो उद्दमीले गरेको कामको असर कम देखिन सक्छ तर हाम्रो जस्तो देशमा सानो मद्दतले पनि प्रत्यक्ष र बलियो असर देखाँउछ जसबाट तपाँई र तपाईँको परिवारमा आत्मसन्तुष्टि मिल्छ। माछा दिनु भन्दा त माछा मार्न सिकाउनु राम्रो भन्थे तर त्यो भन्दा नि राम्रो त माछा पालन व्यवसाय नै सुरु गर्नु हो नि । कि कसो?

४) आफ्नै तरिकाले बाँच्ने जिन्दगी

एउटा उद्दमीले आफ्नो जिन्दगी आफ्नै हिसाबले बाँच्न सक्छ आफ्ना अभिभावक, इष्ट मित्र आदिको भरै नपरी। आफूले चाहेको मार्गमा जीउने उपायहरु मध्ये सबैभन्दा राम्रो उपाय उद्दमशीलता नै हुनसक्छ । सारंसमा यदि उद्दमी हुनुभयो भने तपाईं एक उत्साहजनक जिवन बिताउन सक्नुहुन्छ र आफुलाई मन लागेको कुरा गर्न, मन लागेको योजनाहरुमा लगानी गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ। त्यसमाथी अरुलाई मार्गदर्शन देखाउन प्रशस्त समय र उर्जा पाईन्छ। अनि आफ्नो र आफ्नो परिवारका साथ-साथै समाज विकासको लागि पनि समय बाँकी रहनेछ।

अब बन्ने होईन त तपाँई उद्दमी ? :)

what if, a million job creation was the election mantra of a new common sense party in Nepal

A couple of What ifs:

  • a) What if some dynamic young leaders of different political parties decided to come together and start fresh and make a new party (the way kadima was formed in Israel).
  • b) What if they then, brought all the young social entrepreneurs and economic advisors into their core political team and make “a  million man job creation” their primary election agenda
  • c) What if they turned to the Non resident Nepalis for funding their organization through their website and transparently post their party spendings.
  • d) What if this youth party decided on “green” and “economic development” as vehicles for change!
  • e) What if the new “youth” party pitched in to form a dream team of national planning commission to put a  successful entrepreneur, a young social entrepreneur, a globalization expert and an environmental social entrepreneur.
  • f) What if this party restricts its leadership’s age limit to 50 years and below.
  • g) What if it advocated chinese, english, hindi, entrepreneurship, mathematics and “effective communication skills” as a pre-requisite subjects for all schoolers upto high school.
  • What if….. (add yours)

Download this e-book full of positive success stories in Nepal

I am excited to share with you, a free e-book full of positive success stories in Nepal for you to read and download! Here is the link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/33467040/e4nepalbook-Version-1-June

This short book is full of entrepreneurs of Nepal’s thoughts and advices in the course of 2 years. We will improve this book with future versions.Here are some of the collaborators for this work at Entrepreneurs for Nepal. Happy reading and sharing !

Let me know your thoughts on improving this book in future versions.

Swedish IT social entrepreneur in Nepal, Bjőrn Sőderberg

Bjőrn Sőderberg, 28, is a young social entrepreneur with three successfully running companies, two in Nepal and one in Sweden.

In search of something exciting, challenging and different from that of Sweden, Bjőrn Sőderberg came to Nepal as a volunteer when he was 19 years old and lived in Bal Mandir. During his stay, he saw the potential for exciting new things in the hands of the young people in the country. In contrary to the trend of the youngsters finding their way to the U.S and abroad, Bjőrn started off in Nepal with a paper recycling (Watabaran Pvt. Ltd.) and IT outsourcing venture (Websearch Professionals Pvt. Ltd).

Despite the Swedish Government urging its citizens not to travel to Nepal for security reasons, Mr. Sőderberg was determined and he started approaching for loans in banks for the initial capital of $20,000. But through his struggle in the initial days, what he learnt was exciting!

——> Lesson No: 1,  One does not need money to be an entrepreneur, s/he needs customers. You don’t spend money to start a company; you start a company to earn money. And with this learning in mind, he went to Sweden and confirmed two clients by promising them to deliver the same service they were already getting, but in half the price. His first two customers was his market research. In his way of doing things, he believes more in learning by doing rather than trying to focus too much in theory as he says “Most people believe you need to follow a certain process and make business plans to start a company. But the matter of fact is you don’t need websites, business plans or brochures to start your company, just start making money. Once you have your first customer, you have your market research, you have your company.”

Speaking of the struggle people go through to find that one bright idea to start up a venture, he points out that having a good or a great idea is not a guarantee of the success of the business.
—–> Lesson No. 2, Having the drive and the guts is more important than the idea itself.

The passion associated with the work can naturally make any idea a good one. The old formula is if you enjoy your work, you don’t even feel you are working. Adding more on innovation, idea and entrepreneurship, he explains that Entrepreneurship is about getting an idea and working very hard to realize it because it takes time to build up a business. And thus during that time, an entrepreneurs must have two qualities; patience and work hard.

While most people are apprehensive about starting up a business for the fear of failure, he takes a different approach saying,

—–> Lesson No. 3, “Never be afraid to fail. Rather be afraid of never failing. Those who never fail have never tried anything new and never be afraid of creating new things. Because creating new things and translating new ideas to action, even if they are small ones is what entrepreneurs do.”

Some Questions & Answers

What are the problems in starting up a business in Nepal?

Corruption is one of the major discouragements in starting up a business in Nepal. Bureaucrats try to squeeze money out of you here which a different scenario than in Sweden.

Do you think foreign investors are safe enough to invest in Nepal?

Given a few things, a safe environment for foreign investment can be created in Nepal. Some are:
Documents should be in English.
Load shedding should cease.
Hindrances from involuntary Bandhs and strikes should stop.

Have you faced or felt any conflict between the social contribution and economic aspects of a business?

I haven’t faced many clashes as such. I provide scholarships to talented students to study in KU and ask them to work for me for 4 years. Besides, I am always trying to take the middle way in finding profitability and contributing to the society.

In a certain business situation like “If a client asks more and more services and in the end refuses to pay the prices pointing out it was very high, what can one do in such situation”?

To avoid unprofessional situations like these, making everything about the deal clear beforehand is important. Give your client a sample or a prototype of your service and product and ask them to test it. If they like it then mention your prices. But remember some clients are unworkable and sometimes in those cases you have to let them go.


Previous speakers at “E4N’s Last Thursdays” have been:

Ambica Shrestha of Dwarika’s Hotels and Resorts

Ajay Ghimire of Vibor Bank

Ashutosh Tiwari of Himalmedia

Bal Joshi of Thamel.com

Gyanendra Pradhan of HydroSolutions Nepal

Ichhya Raj Tamang of Civil Homes Group of Industries

Jonas Lindblom, a Swedish investor of Isadora Cosmetics on Durbar Marg

Karna Sakya of Kathmandu Guest house

Kiran Bhakta Joshi of Incessant Rain Animation Studios

Mahendra Shakya of Momo King

Min Bahadur Gurung of Bhatbhateni Supermarkets

Tashi Sherpa of Sherpa Adventure Gears

Meet Entrepreneur Kiran Joshi, Disney Animator who started an animation studio in Kathmandu

This is a summary of Last Thursdays series co-hosted by “Entrepreneurs for Nepal” platform which I co-founded. This platform networks entrepreneurs working for Nepal. For more details, go here. A lot of credit also goes to Samriddhi Foundation for transcribing it.

Kiran Bhakta Joshi, the founder of Incessant Rain Animation Studios, left his job of 18 years at the Walt Disney Studios at age 46 to create his own studio in Kathmandu. With a background in computer software, Joshi was working as a graphics software developer for Disney. He was in the team that developed the animation system used for “Beauty and the Beast”, which went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the 1992 Academy Awards. Leaving an 18 year old job, the post of Head of Production and a team of 250 artists and technologists under him was not easy for Kiran. There were doubts among his friends in Walt Disney if an animation studio in Nepal would deliver the quality and turnaround they were seeking.

The year 2007 was the turning point in his life. When he had come to Nepal for the funeral of a relative, his friend Sanjeev Rajbhandari suggested opening a studio in Nepal. He then spent three weeks in small animation boutiques and was impressed to see the portfolios of skilled and passionate young artists. He met a 19 year old boy who showed his portfolio and said that his passion was animation but due to pressure from his parents, he had been studying management. He asked Kiran for help, so realizing the level of this boy’s passion, he decided it was time to open an animation studio in Nepal.

Kiran opines that employees are the most valuable assets of a business. He says that it is very important to coordinate with every individual differently because even a single person with an ego can jeopardize the work process. While working with his employees, the first lesson he learnt was that it is easy to train young people rather than old ones. He feels that young people are very creative, more adaptable and energetic about their work once they are convinced. Since experienced people are more resistant to change, he feels that it is better to have young supervisors and employees in the business. He shares that it is important to make sure the employees are having fun during work but at the same time there should be proper enforcement of discipline. Salaries at his studio are based on the productivity and the quality of the animation that his staffs can create. He even helps his staff to go abroad if they want because he believes those people will gain better knowledge and return back. He admits that hunting for talent is an arduous process and he would love to collaborate with the universities here and start an animation academy to nurture fresh talents inside Nepal.

Kiran shares that setting up of a business is easy but execution is difficult. Since he shuttles between Nepal and the US, is it difficult to execute all the ideas due to time constraints. Challenges he is facing now in Nepal include bandhs (strikes) and load-shedding. He also feels that as his company is growing bigger, the fun element is reducing. Even though he doesn’t have any marketing person, his personal one to one networks and visits to several networking programs contribute to his business development. He stresses that networking is very important for entrepreneurs and no one should underestimate its power. His focus is on brand building and creating their own intellectual property.

He sees bright hope for Nepal as we have cheaper labor force, untapped resources, rich cultures and diversity. His studio’s goal is not just to outsource work from USA, but take the rich folk stories of Nepal to the world. He cites the example of “Jungle Book”, a story from India that became a famous animation. He finds Nepal rich in tales of Yaks and Yetis and he has successfully used the yaks and the one-horned rhino for the animation advertisements of World Food Program (WFP) and Ace Development Bank respectively. He believes these would help to showcase our local identity.

Articles about Kiran Joshi: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-cultural-exchange-20110313,0,7117105.story