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Why Chalo Let’s Go stands out from the other top travel market players.

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“If you want to measure your success, count the smiles you have brought on tired faces and difference you have made in the lives of people” is what Shailza, founder director Chaloletsgo! believes in.

 

REWINDING A LITTLE:

Shailza Sood Dasgupta, a passionate travel writer, completed her studies from Himachal and came to Delhi chasing her dreams. After gaining enough experience with companies like Google and McKinsey she left the corporate world to follow her dreams. At that point all she had was a thought and confidence of making it happen. “I wanted to make difference in life of others and mine through travel” she recalls.

She started to explore lesser known destinations across the country. On one such journey she met Vinod Verma, a Delhi based travel photographer, an avid biker and a former hotelier.

With the mission of spreading happiness through travel they started Chaloletsgo! in 2010.

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JOURNEY TILL DATE:

A year’s extensive research and travel helped the duo build a strong network of locals who knew inside out of their place. They utilized this time understanding the pulse of travel clients and made some unique itineraries to lesser known destinations of India. These itineraries immediately clicked in the travel world, as at that point in time people were bored of regular touristy destinations and were looking to explore the unknown destinations. Also, people were quite keen to mingle with locals and understand the culture of the places which was the highlight of their itineraries. Being a travel writer and a photographer duo, they had an edge above other players.

In just 5 years they captured the Delhi market. From being a new comer in the travel market struggling to find their place they established themselves as one of the top travel advisors in Delhi. They are now looking to cater to the national and international market.

They believe that travel is not just going on a vacation to any exotic destination, but an experience that needs to be well crafted as per the interest.

Choosing a right destination as per taste, interest and time in hand, getting like-minded people together as co travelers, making effective itinerary so as to be at the right place at the right time and effectively put together all this within budget – everything works together to make a Happy Memorable Experience.. And that’s where Chaloletsgo! and their travel experts come into picture. After having a detailed discussion with the client on his requirement and his idea of ideal vacation, the Chaloletsgo! Travel Experts plan a trip and offer an end-to-end solution to their clients.

Working of Chaloletsgo! is focused on the relationship between the client and travel expert who act as an advisor not just before going on a trip but all along the journey till the client comes back with a smile.

Bringing this new concept in travel industry was not easy. While many took them as any other travel agent, people who have travelled with them or availed their services knew exactly where the difference lies. It’s through word to mouth and references that they have grown themselves into one of the top travel companies of Delhi.

They have planned unique trips for more than 5000 people and helped them discover the joy of exploring. This is what their HAPPY customers say about them:

“I had a wonderful trip with you guys. I never felt like I am travelling with new people, Chaloletsgo buddies made me feel like a family. Very well organized with like minded people. Hope to travel with Chaloletsgo! again very soon.”   ~ Seema Kaushik

 

“Thanks Chaloletsgo! it was really a lovely trip. You guys are the best at exploring new places. In future I do not need to think twice, I am very sure with Chaloletsgo! everything will be best.”    ~ Prerna Bhushan

 

“It was an awesome trip. We went like strangers and came back like close friends. They fulfilled more than they promised.

~  Nita Verma

 Chaloletsgo.. Spreading happiness

 

GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE:

To expand their horizons, they are now venturing into schools with a unique concept in educational trips that combines the pleasures of travel and the treasures of learning.

Through their innovative educational fun trips they aspire to instill in kids the attributes like being a good team player, thinking independently, taking quick decisions etc. that are must in today’s competitive world; Grow their interest in nature, its conservation and how they can contribute towards saving our assets and Impart knowledge about the off-beat career options available these days through various interesting talks and discussions with eminent personalities from various fields. The trips will be designed to be effortlessly educational and absolute fun.

 

For more information www.chaloletsgo.com

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Agnes Yee, Legal & Compliance Recruiter of Space Executive

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Agnes Yee started Space Executive in Singapore, which is a hub for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

What’s your story?
After graduation, I joined a design media company as a Business Development Executive, during the era when ‘reading a magazine online’ was unheard of. I believe that laid the foundation for being unfazed by rejections.

I fell into recruitment pre-GFC and rode the highs and lows in the early years. A decade later, I decided to set up my own recruitment company, partly because I could. I’m acutely aware of the face that being an Asian female in Singapore is sometimes a privilege, and that many women in the world are living a very different existence.
Thereafter, we joined Space Executive as part of a merger. I am currently the Partner of Space Executive, a recruitment company focused specialist disciplines, including Legal, Finance, Digital, Sales and Marketing and Change. We also run Space Ventures, a venture capital business, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
On a daily basis, we’re influencing how one spends a third of their day. It is interesting how the Internet has transformed the industry, and I’m excited to see how we can harness technology to bring us to the next phase of this business.

The VC is an extension of applying our skills and experience in reading people. We very much invest in the people as much as the idea. Being a native Singaporean, it’s been exhilarating watching Southeast Asia becoming a hotbed of ideas; and young entrepreneurs simply daring to dream.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m a born and bred Singaporean. I love that I speak both English and Mandarin, grew up playing with Indian friends and eating Malay food.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore for the low barriers of entry to set up a business, but has to be China (and Hong Kong) for their hunger and constant innovation.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
青春不要留白 which translates to ‘Don’t waste your youth.’

Who inspires you?
Anyone who has gone against the grain.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
It wasn’t recent but reading the article on https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/12/the-tail-end.html never fails to blow my mind how little time we have left. Charting our lives in weeks, and realising I only have enough time left to enjoy 60 Christmas turkeys, read 300 books (all if I’m lucky); and mostly, I’m left with the last 5% of the time that I spend in-person with my parents.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I’m cognisant that every decision I made in life has brought me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change one thing. But I’d really like to have had more time to travel.

How do you unwind?
Exercise and wine.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Trekking any mountain in Asia. It brings us back to the most basic. To overcome elements of nature and our own mind.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Start with Why, Simon Sinek

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive started in Singapore, a hub for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing economies. We assist organisations in accessing a targeted and specialised, and often times transient talent pool.

Out of Singapore, we have recruited across 14 countries; and have embarked on our global expansion plans with offices in Hong Kong and London this year, and US, Japan and Europe in the following years.

Space Ventures provides funding, management and financial guidance to young businesses with original ideas. We have invested in peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring, social media education, and other start-ups spanning diverse industries. We are always interested in hearing more about new ideas.

How can people connect with you?
https://www.linkedin.com/in/agnesyee/

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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Chrystie Dao-Szabo, Founder of iPayMy

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Chrystie Dao-Szabo founded iPaymy for Business – a secure and easy to use
platform enabling SMEs to pay rent, salaries, invoices, and even corporate tax using the credit cards they already have in their wallet today.

What’s your story?
I’m Chrystie Dao-Szabo, and I’ve worked as an international banker for over 22 years. During that time, I travelled through Asia, Australia and Europe, and everywhere I saw how my clients struggled with managing their finances and keeping cash around.

I wanted to use my experience to help them, but I also knew the solution they needed didn’t exist yet. This pushed me to give up on my secure career, and instead look into the innovative world of FinTech for an answer.

This is how I founded iPaymy – at its launch, a platform to help consumers pay their monthly expenses using their credit cards. We’ve grown a lot since, and today, iPaymy for Business is a platform that allows business owners to use their credit cards to pay for rent, salaries, invoices and taxes, freeing up their cash for business-critical operations.

What excites you most about your industry?
What excites me most about FinTech is it’s culture of constant disruption, thanks to cool and innovative products and services coming out every day.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in Vietnam, grew up in Australia and worked in Asia, Europe and Australia. Being raised by traditional Vietnamese parents meant that deep down I was still an Asian at heart, so I have a strong connection with the region.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore of course. It’s easy to do business, English is the main language, and the infrastructures like public transportation are great. Also, the government supports local innovation in multiple ways, like giving grants for SMEs and FinTechs.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Keep giving, and one day you will receive.

Who inspires you?
My parents. My father had a successful business in Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. After the war, my father was sent to a re-education camp for three years, which meant my mum had to bring up two young kids – a 3-year-old, me and my 4-year old brother on her own.

In 1980, we all fled Vietnam on a boat and arrived in Sydney, Australia via refugee camps in Indonesia and Singapore. There, my parents had to start over with nothing to their names and only AUD 50 given to them by the Australian government.
They went on to build several businesses in Australia!

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The number of young and smart people who have carved out successful careers by founding their own startups (or joining really cool ones). When I was starting out my career, doing any of these was not a viable option; it was either working for an accounting firm, an insurance company or a bank.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
If I were starting out my career now, I would choose the path of joining a startup as you get to learn so much about running a business and how to assemble a winning team.

How do you unwind?
I like travelling to a beach or a resort destination and just relaxing by the pool or beach. I also like to unwind after work with a glass of champagne or wine, and a bowl of truffle fries.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Thailand. I love the people and the spicy Thai food.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The E-Myth. It’s a book series that dismantles common myths about entrepreneurship in different industries.

Shameless plug for your business:
With iPaymy for Business, SMEs can pay rent, salaries, invoices, and even corporate tax using the credit cards they already have in their wallet today. SMEs love iPaymy because it works like a credit card, but pays like cash.

iPaymy’s secure and easy to use platform reliably delivers payments to vendors while freeing up cash and providing access to interest free credit. Forget the delays and aggravations that come with traditional SME financing options. Schedule recurring payments, manage invoices, set payment reminders, and monitor payment status all from one dashboard.

It’s never been easier for SMEs to meet monthly payment obligations while keeping cash available to fuel growth, bridge receivable gaps, and make immediate investment in the supplies, services, and expertise needed to drive a growing business forward.

How can people connect with you?
You can find me on LinkedIn or contact me by email.
My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrystiedaoszabo/
My email: [email protected]

Twitter handle?
https://twitter.com/ceedeees

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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