This ex-army major now fights the market

Tushar Kaushik speaks to ex-Army Major Prashant Rai who is now laying a siege on the service marketplace, with a plan

Published: 10th October 2016 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2016 07:20 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

A lot of people in the Indian Army have a second innings in their career. They get into a different profession after leaving the Army. Major Prashant Rai got into business, but not just any business. He got into an area where his Army background would serve him well.

Rai turned entrepreneur in 2006 and is the founder of two established ventures — Balram Corporate Services Pvt Ltd and Fire Prevent Systems. A year ago he, along with his wife Shubhangi Rai, bootstrapped, an online services aggregator. The portal has been designed to offer solutions for all kinds of everyday needs. Its wide range of services encompass civil engineering works, one-time security, event guarding services, fire/security audits, advocate and legal services, home/office automation, event organisation, background verification and the like. These apart, the portal also facilitates interaction with handymen who are equipped to handle electrical, plumbing, home cleaning, carpentry, party/event organising and other skilled assignments. Rai describes it as an urban man-Friday. The portal’s services are currently available in five major cities — Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Gurgaon and Mumbai with the head office in Bengaluru.

One of the services provided is that of a private detective. We ask Rai if his former career helps in any way with his current one, and he confirms it, saying “Yes it definitely helps because Army means credibility and trust. I was in the infantry. Also, that gives you confidence to handle stress and you’re smiling through it all. Start-ups too have lot of pains, but we can take it in stride.”

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