Payal Irani, Founder and CEO at BLOOM

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey as an entrepreneur

I am a pure Mumbaikar having been born and brought up in Mumbai. For further studies, my parents sent me to Switzerland and London. I am thankful to them for the opportunities given to me . Studying abroad for five years, widened my horizon and made me what I am today.

What attracts you towards entrepreneurship instead of a corporate career?

I have a lot of friends who are in corporate careers. Interacting with them, I found working in a Corporate is like being caged. You do not have much independence or freedom to do what you want or desire. I have always aspired to be a free bird chasing my dreams. This longing is what attracted me to venture into Entrepreneurship.

How do you manage yourself and keep on going despite the challenges?

I believe in the power of collaboration. When confronted with challenges, I reach out to helpful people to bail me out.

How did you come up with the name for your business/startup?

It was after a great of thought and brainstorming with the co-founders we arrived at the name, ‘Bloom’. The name is an aspirational one. Along with a close set of diverse people whom I met less than two years ago, we have crafted this start-up. It is the blooming desire of this close group to make a difference. Hence the name, ‘Bloom’.

What difficulties which you have faced or you are facing?

We are facing the usual problems a startup has to encounter. As we carve a new niche for ourselves, find we are confronted with newer challenges.

What keeps you going?

It the power of collaboration that keeps us going. I might be the founder of Bloom. But I have a set of people who are co-founders of Bloom. The Bloom team has a collective work experience in excess of 200 years. Drawing on the strength of this diverse set of people, the journey chugs along.

Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.

I am running a school for orphaned children at Haridwar. It started in a small way and now has grown to shelter 85 children. I visit this place frequently. Looking into the eyes of these children and the hope they radiate gives me immense pleasure. The opening and running of this school is what I would rate as a high point of my life.

How many hours a day do you work on average & can you describe/outline your typical day?

I work for 12 to 14 hours a day. Daily personal interactions individually with each of the co-founders is a ritual I follow. Our weekly talk show which has run without interruption from September 2020 call for a lot of back end work. This could be identifying the proposed speaker, touching base with them and getting their okay to be part of the Sunday show. Prior to the show, the creative have to be made, social media posts and other sundry work has to done. A lot of time is also spent in visualizing the future of Bloom.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

The power to dream is a great strength I possess. To carry forward the dream with single minded devotion toward fulfillment is another plus for me. I am good at collaborating with people. If there is a weakness, I would say is the impatience to get things done in a hurry.

What advice would you give to someone starting out as an aspiring entrepreneur?

The road ahead is tricky and bouncy. But stay faithful to the small steps and the big picture will reveal itself to make the entrepreneurial journey a satisfying one.

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