A Founder’s Story with the Founder of Bikingknowhow.com, Rohan Kadam
I am Rohan Kadam a marketing professional and an established entrepreneur. I operate a successful Niche website called Biking Know How. My website is an extensive information resource about Mountain Biking
Tell us about your childhood and where you grew up
I was born in Mumbai, India. I completed my formal education in Computer Science Engineering in Mumbai. Presently I live in Columbus, Ohio, USA
How did you get started as an entrepreneur?
I quit my job as a banker at JP Morgan Chase and started my blogging business and turned it into a successful business. My blog was just about my mountain biking hobby. However, I scaled my business, especially during the challenging COVID pandemic, and made it profitable in a short period (From the first month itself). I focused on doubling down my efforts on growing my niche website, which was initially just my passion project. I would say that my online business has helped me stay occupied, motivated, and financially stable. I love the outdoors, biking and camping. I always wanted to share my unique experience with people. Initially, I would maintain a diary and would write about my outdoor camping endeavors. Thanks to social media and my website, my audience over time have increased significantly. With social media and my website, many more people can access my adventures and plan their own. This gives me immense joy and fulfillment.
What is one business lesson you would tell a startup founder?
Build Enough Resilience: I follow two very famous mantras or quotes: “Screw it, let’s do it- By Sir Richard Branson” and “Just do it- This slogan is from Nike.” When I started my online business venture, many naysayers told me that I was not doing the right thing. But in response, I decided to focus on my passion and my journey and growth. Fear of failure stops us most often from taking the first step. Build resilience, take a leap of faith, and trust that your business idea will work. As I was building my business, I knew that I would face roadblocks. I did not let those stop my progress. I was flexible to pivot if needed.