APK Publishers was my first entrepreneurial stint. I ran it full time for an year and a half before handing it over to my wife Anagha, who manages it today. Many things that I learnt about running a business were from this stint.
I was part of a web design firm called Design MagicWorks for an year or so. Swapnil, the founder of Design MagicWorks, and I did a lot of projects together before I decided to move on to other things. Swapnil and I remain very good friends till date. And he is my default web design service provider by default; Design MagicWorks has designed prashantkarhade.com, apkpublishers.com, and cenergymaxpower.com.
Next, I co-founded a company called Uppercrest Technosoft Pvt. Ltd. We developed a vehicle tracking solution which we tried to deploy in MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) as well. We also tried to develop an issue tracking solution for a couple of other departments of MCGM but were unsuccessful in doing so. As part of doing all this, I interacted with all the top bureaucrats of MCGM and many politicians. The entire experience was an eye-opener to say the least. When the time comes, I will write about all my experiences in detail.
Currently, I am the CTO of a company called Cenergy MaxPower Pvt. Ltd., based in Mumbai. Cenergy MaxPower is into renewable energy with a strong focus on solar PV and I am trying to build the business from the ground up. It’s a lot of fun because renewable energy is the space to be in for the next 10 years, especially in India.