interview is a part of Startup Terminal interview series to mark the occasion
of ‘International Women’s Day’
Kanika Tekriwal, CEO
and Cofounder of JetSetGo
Please tell us more about yourself.
Tekriwal: I think I
am just like every other girl out there trying to do their best. I am extremely
patriotic and on a mission to make india a super power. I love going down the
path unexplored and am a blessed optimist who loves a good challenge. Entrepreneurship
is in my genes and I’ve seen my father build several businesses. I have seen
how he has handled failure and got back up again – stronger, smarter and
Who is your biggest influence in life?
Tekriwal: My Mother
What challenges do you face in your day to day professional life, if any?
Tekriwal: I wouldn’t say I have faced any difficulties
as such or any major challenges but yes there have been very minor challenges
given I work in a very male dominated industry. Initially it took time for
people to take me seriously for the business I am in and I did receive remarks
such as you should take up baking cupcakes and the likes. Sometimes when I am
assertive I am considered arrogant whereas a man being more assertive than me
is considered passionate. But these are very non consequential things as such.
Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years down the line?
Tekriwal: My plans for myself are the company’s plans.
The only plan for both of us right now is to make JetSetGo the one stop shop
for private jet and luxury travel globally. Bigger, better – something the
worlds never seen.
What is your message to the readers on ‘International Women’s Day’?
Tekriwal: Use every
no as a stepping-stone to success. Turn every no into a yes through your
management tool for aircraft operators providing amongst others cloud based
scheduling, aircraft management and advanced trip-pricing capabilities with an
in-built marketplace for services and parts.
It also provides customers the ability to compare and book private
charters online with the ability to recoup cost of empty travel legs through a
demand aggregation model that will help reduce charter costs.