Neither of us finds our work a chore: Tina Chulet, wife of Quikr founder Pranay Chulet
Friends introduced the two of them in 2009. Entrepreneurship did the rest, says Tina Chulet, wife of Quikr founder & CEO Pranay Chulet
Pranay and I were introduced by mutual friends. My friend had moved to India from New York with her husband. One day I went for a movie with them and Pranay was there. My friend's husband and Pranay went to IIM-Calcutta together. I don't know if it was an intentional set-up. However, my friend did tell me later that they thought Pranay and I would get along. This happened in 2009.
I went back to US for my MBA at Kellogg School of Management in 2012.We saw each other every six-eight weeks. He would keep visiting; I did my three-month summer internship here. In a way it was really good. You realise that if you can stand this, you can really be good together.
We got married in rural France outside Bordeaux at Château de la Bourlie last July. Europe was an appropriate place for our guests. They came from four continents and 21 cities across the world. In rural France, castles are abundant. What more do you need for a fairytale wedding?
Entrepreneurship is something that connected us immediately. He was already one, of course. And I was excited about entrepreneurial ventures when I moved to India and started working with startups. So neither of us finds our work a chore. We go to a Starbucks at 8 am on a Saturday or Sunday and sit for hours just chatting about random ideas that have nothing to do with either of our businesses.
But I schedule a meeting with him if I have something specific I need to discuss. I go in fully prepared. He always has back to back meetings. So, I go with a list of things I want to talk about and check them off my list, to make the most of our time.
It's not that I didn't consider working with Quikr. But, although, there is a lot I could do there, I felt that Quikr already has a great team running it. Besides, there is so much opportunity in India. Why shouldn't I do something of my own?
I started Waltzz, a mobile first dating company to address a pain-point that I've noticed a fair bit. We all hope to see that man across the room and fall in love but that's not always possible. There is nothing in between that allows like-minded individuals to meet and move to committed relationships.
We start our day at the gym and try to drive to work together. Our offices being in the same place helps. During the day we are pretty focused. We don't even communicate over WhatsApp or eat lunch together. On weekends, we always go to a movie.