Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder of iGeeksBlog and CEO of iGeeks Media PVT LTD. Before starting the blog in 2012, he served over 8 years working for the IT industry. It was his love for technology and passion for reading, which together made him start writing.
The journey that he started as a hobby didn’t take long to take the shape of an organization that’s today home to 25 creative writers and designers. In the last few months, besides his blog, he has launched three new projects related to the genre and has two more in the pipeline, scheduled to be live by January end.
Aligning to the vision of his role model ‘Steve jobs’ with his startup, he aspires to make everyone acquainted with iTech and the role it can play when used with full potential. A glimpse of the same can be noticed in his write-ups that share how-tos, guides, and editorials taking a more in-depth sneak in the market and modus operandi followed by the Cupertino-based tech giant.
Where did the idea for iGeeksBlog come from?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: iGeeksBlog started out of passion in the year 2012. The blogging industry took a peak in those years, and I thought of joining to explore my creativity and quench my thirst to learn more and share the knowledge related to technology. Though initially, I started with several blogs to learn the basics of SEO, my love for technology kept me inclined a little towards innovations. Things were smooth until the day, when my reading-habit introduced me to Steve Jobs. It was then a bond with the tech genius grew, and I found myself getting easily connected with Apple. This eventually gave birth to iGeeksBlog. iPhone 4 was a highlight during the time, and ‘All Things Apple’ was a need to make people acquainted with the technology. The aim was to connect people with Apple and educate them about how they can unleash their iDevice’s full potential.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: A typical day kicks in with a mug of coffee and my favorite tech magazine. At the office, I invest most of my time in brainstorming sessions with all the teams. Aim’s to explore new realms with content creation, visuals, audio, and marketing strategies. I simultaneously focus on building a healthy work culture. This is where one on one sessions with team-mates help me. Perhaps, it is the same sessions that further ensure delivering insights on future steps and the modus operandi that needs to be followed.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: To have an idea is just the preliminary step. I believe, as an entrepreneur, one can have ‘n’ number of ideas. But what makes a successful entrepreneur is the ability to refine and define (R&D) the same idea into a potential business plan. In my case, I invest a month or two in doing some groundwork, followed by step-by-step analysis and market research. Once everything is aligned and acquainted with the boulevard ahead and the value we’ll be adding, the idea is then implemented to form a business.
Few questions that are part of this analysis include; Are we serving anything outside Apple that quenches our audience’s geeky thirst? How can we cater differently? Etc. An example of this is our Instagram handle. We love it when our users flaunt about us.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: I would like to name two here. The first is Apple’s M1 chip, and the second is Google Stadia. Both innovations are currently having most of my attention and analysis.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: I would say it’s an observer. I analyze things closely, and this helps me be more productive compared to anything else.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: I want to relate this with an incident. In the year 2017, our blog was at its peak, and we fail to be consistent. Today, if I had the opportunity, I would teach PPC to my younger self. That means;
P – Passion
P – Patience
C – Consistency
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Dhvanesh Adhiya: Starting with the Podcasts.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: I’m an avid reader. There’s not a single day when I would skip this habit. And I’ll recommend the same to others as well.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: Being a content creator. Over the years, I learned, irrespective of the geographical location, your readers/viewers, can’t compromise with the quality of content. Hence, it doesn’t matter what you are planning. Ensure you don’t compromise with the quality of content.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: iPhoneStuff4u!! A blog that was running prior to iGeeksBlog.
The blog performed well for a time period and I was all pumped up. However, when it failed after reaching heights, it made us numb for around two months, but soon we resumed by becoming more determined to start something good with the takeaways. I learned that one guy cannot perform all the actions. You need to have a team. Also, I learned just because the content isn’t copied doesn’t mean it is good. Quality is different from plagiarism, and multitasking might sound resourceful, but it isn’t a productive idea. So we focused all the energy on iGeeksBlog. Within six months of starting iGeeksBlog, results came in our favor.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: The advice would have been more helpful. However, since it’s about sharing an idea, I’ll say Podcasts. This is just the right time to join reach the massive audience. People will soon be inclined more towards listening instead of reading.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: I got myself a new Kindle. As I mentioned earlier, I can’t compromise the reading habit. Having a healthy tech-mate to assist was undoubtedly a wise option.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: Basecamp!! I use it to keep my drafts, schedule my day, and track the work progress on a real-time basis.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy. Procrastination is our leading issue.. And this book is undoubtedly an acceptable way to conquer it. I believe this will help people to get more things done in less time.
What is your favorite quote?
Dhvanesh Adhiya: “You have limited time, don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs.
- Follow the PPC rule: Don’t miss Passion, Patience, and Consistency in whatever you do.
- It’s teamwork: Seamless communication, free work culture, and continual feedbacks are essential to let your team know everyone’s importance.
- Observe more and learn from people. Learning is a never-ending process.
Original published on Ideamensch.com