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Sahaj Nalgirkar was a college student when the entrepreneurship bug bit him. Being a musician himself, Sahaj was looking at getting performance gigs to make some money using his skills in music. At this point, he realized that there is a huge gap in the music industry in India for a platform that connects musicians and budding performance artists to market their talent to the right audience. He decided to finish his college and get into the field of business to create a platform to help many other artists like himself.
In his words, “If I must summarise the entrepreneurial journey, it’s just been about learning ‘when’ to take decisions. As I have had no job or business background, I had to learn about business, people, processes and the terms by myself and most of the times I learnt from my mistakes. So, we learnt that taking decisions is not disastrous, it either will be right or wrong, but taking it at the right time makes a whole lot of difference. I started this idea with 5 musicians and did less than 5 gigs in the first year. We launched our website and services officially on September 1, 2015. And 15 months later we are a network of 2000 artists and we have already completed 100 gigs. I believe the journey has just started and I am sure it is going to get more and more exciting and thrilling.”
GetSetGig is an online platform from where one can hire live performing artists like musicians, bands, standup comedians, DJs and Emcees(anchors) for their event. The platform uses a technology that makes it easy for artists and clients to set a gig. GetSetGig says they can set any gig in 24 hours using their technology.
Currently the team is headed by Sahaj and his co-founder Aditya Hanchinal, who have divided artist management and business development among themselves. They have hired a bunch of interns to help them out and are planning to expand the team very soon. GetSetGig aims to become a company that disrupts the live entertainment industry which has a huge span yet disorganised. This founder duo aspires for their platform to become the first step for every artist when they start their journey and last step before they achieve their fame.
Sahaj and Aditya started thinking like entrepreneurs since their college days in Ramrao Adik Institute Of Technology, and have now successfully traversed a path towards their goal with GetSetGig.
Talking about the challenges that came their way, Sahaj said, “We have known nothing but going into the face of challenges since the beginning. The challenges have only increased their level of difficulty like that of a computer game. Every day is a challenge for any startup. No money, no manpower, no resources and still you set out to try to bring a difference, if you can just take one step when you know this, you can pretty much face any challenge in the world. And I think that when we do the gigs, we see that we have made the artist feel alive. The satisfaction that we see on the face of the artist, keeps us going stronger into the face of challenges.”
Sahaj also writes his own blog where you can find out more about GetSetGig: www.sahajnalgirkar.com
We at Awfis think that GetSetGig is unique because of the young founders who have put their heart and soul into it, to do something for their passion – music. We find their story inspiring and are delighted to see them achieve great success while working at our business centres.