We are sharing our recent interview with a talented and passionate entrepreneur Pranav Arora.
Pro Media Mag : Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Pranav Arora : My name is Pranav Arora and I am a 24-year-old Asian-American entrepreneur from Ohio. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and began my first company when I was just 16 years old. Today, I help run two successful companies, Just Funky and Stunned Mind, as well as have begun developing new companies like Naturable, Deciph-AR, and JTMD Holding.
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to get into this industry?
Pranav Arora : As I mentioned before, I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and believe that I was born to be an entrepreneur. Growing up, I was the kid who was always running a lemonade stand or selling gum to my classmates during class. My whole life I watched as my parents grew their own business and followed their dreams. I was always more than willing to help in any way they would let me and knew this was something I wanted to do for myself one day.
Pro Media Mag : Tell us about your first company ‘Highly Educated’
Pranav Arora : I started my first company when I was in high school and named it Highly Educated. It was a business that specialized in selling smoke products and merchandise like hookahs, stash jars, and incense to different stores. When I first started my business, I did not have my parent’s approval but knew these were products consumers were looking for. I worked day and night to grow the business, I even dropped out of college to pursue it as my full-time job. Soon, Highly Educated was a million-dollar company. I was no longer just selling my products to small mom and pop shops, but instead was selling to big-name stores like Spencers and Hot Topic. It was at this time that I decided to sell the business and pursue other business ideas.
Pro Media Mag : What are your responsibilities as Head of Division at Just Funky?
Pranav Arora : My responsibilities as Head of Division can change day-to-day, but overall my role is to oversee the B2B and B2C marketing and sales of the business. As of lately though, my main focus has been running Stunned Mind. Stunned Mind is the sister company to Just Funky and handles all of Just Funky’s E-commerce business.
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Pro Media Mag : What was the motivation behind launching Stunned Mind?
Pranav Arora : The motivation behind starting Stunned Mind was to be ahead of the trends and begin making my mark on the E-commerce side of the business. I was able to notice early on that E-commerce was an effective business strategy and decided to seize the opportunity. Being able to be at the forefront of this new business has been an exciting adventure. There is always something new to learn and constant advancements to be made. I am excited to see what new changes will be made in the next few years.
Just like the motivation to launch Stunned Mind, I have recently seen the opportunity to launch three new companies that strike consumer’s interest. The first company will be called Naturable, a line of CBD and hemp-infused beauty products that were designed for everyday people who would like to have a natural alternative for what goes on and in their bodies. The second company will be called JMTD Holdings, a private investment holdings company that will help small businesses and entrepreneurs. Finally, the third company has been named Deciph-AR that officially launched this year at San Diego Comic-Con and is bringing Augmented Reality to Just Funky’s eye-catching products so that fans can now connect with their favorite brands in a whole new way.
Pro Media Mag : What are the services/ products you are providing under this company?
Pranav Arora : Stunned Mind is a strictly E-commerce based company that sells one-of-a-kind pop culture products directly to consumers through different online selling sites. Most of the products Stunned Mind sells come from Just Funky, but we have been known to carry items that come from other popular companies.
Pro Media Mag : Have you set some goals to achieve?
Pranav Arora : Year after year, I strive to set new goals for myself, but I always seem to come up with the same main goal every time: to be better than I was last year. Whether it relates to business or my personal life, I always try to keep pushing myself to be better than I was the day before. If other goals are met along the way then it is an added bonus.
Pro Media Mag : Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Pranav Arora : I want to share this bit of advice to all the young entrepreneurs out there who might be reading this article. My advice to you is, never give up. The road to success can be filled with many ups and downs, but it is important to not let the downs keep you from achieving your dreams. Failure is a hard but important lesson to learn within the business, do not let it be your stopping point though.