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Akshay Mahajan – Meet the Mentor

An Entrepreneur with 10+ years of deep experience in Marketplaces, Startup Execution & Product management. My purpose is to help people find their right place in life and I aim to do that by creating content, coaching & services. I believe in working towards Mastery in areas you've a natural inclination to learn & be curious.
Akshay Mahajan

Entrepreneur & Product Advisor, Booking.com & Loyal VC

Why did you decide to become a mentor?

I decided to become a mentor to make a difference in people's lives and do that at a close range. I love meeting new people and understand the kind of challenges they are going through and see where I can add value. It gives me a sense of fulfilment & also opens me up to new ideas & problems. It has also helped me in my ability to connect with people in domains I wouldn't directly work in otherwise which makes it really exciting & widens my world view.

How did you get your career start?

I got my first taste of Entrepreneurship back in 2015 as Employee < 5 at Cars24 which is worth more than $3bn today. And I can definitely credit my success there to having great mentors both at & outside the company. Then the global citizen in me decided to move to Amsterdam & work on launching new products for Booking.com which really showed me how to how to do things at scale & work with a super diverse set of people. Along the way, I discovered my creative side in content creation which I decided to bring into my work as well. As an immigrant myself, I decided to set up a company which helps other immigrants become micro entrepreneurs and am now on to discover my next passionate businesses.

What do mentees usually come to you for?

Want to discover what should be your next career mission? Or Need help in validating your next big idea? Or looking for answers to what's your purpose? These are usually the questions mentees come to me with. I've usually had Entrepreneurs, Product managers, professionals in their early career stages reach out to me. We usually start by understanding each other's expectations and goals to ensure we're a good fit. Usually we create a shared doc where we track our goals & areas to cover. I give them the freedom to choose whether they'd like to have a structured pre defined session or a free flow one based on what suits them best.

What's been your favourite mentorship success story so far?

My favourite success story has been the one of helping a mentee navigate & support with her career transition in the data science field. We're still in touch and I've been helping her define what her next career mission could look like. I've a strong knack for being able to structure & ask the right questions which has proved helpful for her to establish her short, medium & long term goals. Along with that I've also tried to be a close confidant as sometimes a transition can be tough and you end up questioning your choices. I've ended up suggesting also different kind of books, podcasts etc. which she's found quite useful.

What are you getting out of being a mentor?

Personally, I find immense happiness and fulfilment in assisting mentees to achieve their aspirations. Additionally, I take great pleasure in encountering new individuals and gaining insights into their professional settings or enterprises. I am currently open to mentoring more individuals, so if you've read up to this point, it indicates your desire for personal or business growth. Please feel free to initiate contact and book an introduction call! I eagerly anticipate our conversation.

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