Editor’s Note May 2018
It’s not every day that you complete 13 years of existence in business and doing something which you love doing and passionate about. Yes, it’s the start of our 14th year since the Exhibit journey began. It is indeed an overwhelming moment as anniversaries tend to reflect on yourself. Before applauds, I want to acknowledge my falls, as there were times when I wanted to quit, when the chips were lying deep low as well. But being a Marwadi and the only son of a businessman, the pressures to outshine your dad especially if you are refusing a throne of a 30-year-old legacy. My dad simply said that, if you are passionate about what you are doing, you will find your way. With that, I expected a fat cheque to start my business, which was turned down with the trademark ‘in your dreams’ smile. I realized very early that I was on my own and I won’t have any of his hard earned money to ‘experiment’ in the publishing media industry. I had only two choices – either join his existing business or establish ‘Exhibit’ from the scratch. And I chose the hard but the exciting path.
From partnering with my college buddy to negotiating with printers, from convincing brands to give us their marketing money to deciding to create event properties ground up, everything worked just because of my faith and belief in hard work. And here’s a quick secret – people out there are nice and believe in you if you believe in yourself. Otherwise, why would anyone put their money on an unpublished magazine by unknown young men who had no freaking idea about the media industry? Eventually I bought my partner’s stake while we were still taking baby steps and there on my journey of a solo ownership began.
Today, 13 years after I took the first bold step to leave the comforts of a family house and shift base from Calcutta to Mumbai, without any debt, with a globally recognised name and 6 successful IPs, with literally every top name from Bollywood, sportsmen and corporate scions gracing your cover and your growing readership boasts of some of the most influential names, we can safely say that we have arrived .
We, now are a fully integrated tech media house with thetechy.com as our digital face, Exhibit production also makes videos and thewheelz.com rides us through all the kickass automobile content. Tech Fashion Tour, Tech Awards, Hottest 100 Startups, Leaders in Tech, Blockchain Conference – all these IPs and events are standing tall and taking giant steps towards a larger dream, making us ready to cross the boundaries and locate ourself in the world map.
When I was told that the print was dying, I held my content tight as the format does not matter much and a good content exist in all forms, shapes and sizes. If tomorrow, you want to watch videos from a driverless car or read minds, mapped from your tech glasses, we will be there churning out curated pieces and that’s why we stay true to our tagline – ‘Where Tech meets Lifestyle’.
Enjoy the best of Exhibit this month and take a tour with us on our year-long journey. We have also hit a six out of the stadium with the Indian captain Virat Kohli batting for us in our 13th Anniversary celebration.
Until cyborgs come into existence, let’s Exhibit!
|Founder, Publisher & Chief Editor
Entrepreneur by profession, Believes in karma and has tech in his DNA. Of all things harbours a dream to do space travel in his own space shuttle. He is also the Chief Editor & Founder of thetechy.com – Part of Exhibit Group.