The startup spirit (Published in Republica)

Currently the Director of Operations and Strategy at Parakhi, an online guide of hotels in Nepal, Nirmal Thapa’s career is fueled by his passion for startups. “I’m a big believer in following one’s passion,” says Thapa.

With a MBA in marketing management, Thapa holds several experiences of working in companies abroad. Read on to find out more about his work ethics and inclination towards startups.

First off, why startups?
I like building things. I find the challenge of innovation, along with the risk in it, very exciting. That’s why I like startups because it’s all about applying your creativity and connections.

Do you see a lot of potentials in Nepal for startups?
Definitely. It’s an exciting time to be there in Nepal and start something. There are a lot of good opportunities. Plus, Nepal is that kind of place where, if you have a good job, you can afford a very healthy lifestyle. The living expenses are not so high.

What are your long term plans?
I want to make sure Parakhi continues to grow, both as a team and in terms of revenue. I wish to keep the startup culture in Nepal alive.

What are some of your work ethics, and as a leader, what do you look for in a team?
My belief is in doing the work that one really loves. I like projects that are creative and out of the box, ones which require team effort to be successful. I value time a lot.
When it comes to colleagues, I like working with people who are passionate about what they do, regardless of the field they are in.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while working here?
The work challenges here are unique, in a way. We have to adjust with unexpected strikes, load shedding and there are a lot of holidays. But there’s a very social environment at work here and I like that a lot about working in Nepal.


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