interview is a part of Startup Terminal interview series to mark the occasion
of ‘International Women’s Day’
ST: Please tell us more about yourself.
Industry from the US, with companies like Cole Corporation, Discovery Zone,
Caldor and others. I am also the director of companies including M.F. Entertainment
& Amusement and Founder & Director of Hang Out, Bouncy Town and Sport
|Shalini Vij, Founder, Hang Out|
business management from Illinois, US with a second major in Human Resources.
My zeal to do something on my own never took a back seat though. I was running
my own business of personalized and bridal gifts through chain stores in the
biggest influence in life?
courage to dream, the power to plan, aspire to achieve & the strength to
execute your dreams”.
very supportive and always believed in me & my passion project, he’s helped
me from the back end always, he is the back bone of this company.
do you face in your day to day professional life, if any?
children who are of a tender age. As they get older we must be friends to them,
and friendship comes with understanding, communication, openness and spending
quality time. I will be honest, I used to work till late and be
up at 6am to send my little one to school. I worked after their
bed time, because I didn’t want to take away from their time with their Mommy.
I juggled with tight schedules to manage time to strike the right balance
between work, family, self (soul, mind & body mantra). It’s all about time
management and multi-tasking, I believe.
ST: Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years down the line?
Buster type model, connected to Hang Out Kids at its flagship store At Select
Citywalk, Saket fulfilling the family needs in entertainment by offering a
complete, comprehensive Center, we plan to add more Sports Diners or elements
like bowling, electronic darts, pool, VR zones to cater to the teens &
tweets too. Expansion will be deterrent on how much love, acceptance we
continue to get from our patrons & loyal customers.
message to the readers on ‘International Women’s Day’?
courage, hard work, perseverance, focus & strength can help you overcome
any boundaries without gender restrictions is what I believe. Your actions
should speak louder than your words.
Shakti, in all facets of her life, be it work or home, with many different
roles to play, her journey is long & roles many, from a daughter, sister, wife,
daughter in law, mother and the list goes on, even at work she brings in the
soft angles into the long work days. She is strong, bold, smart and yet humble,
I think the women is the muscle that holds the bones together if I put it
correctly the softer material but an important one. Never meaning to compare
between genders to create gender differences but there are of course some very
obvious characteristic differences that cannot be ignored. Using those in your
strive, understanding your Shakti & your abilities you can achieve anything
you desire at your domestic or work front that’s the kind of ability we all
have in us, each one of us.
the ability to dream with your eyes open & can visualise your future,
your creation, your achievements, live them in your dreams & give it your
positive energies and work hard to achieve them & if you have the courage
to chase that dream, nothing can stop it from getting converted into
power to all the women out there, Stay beautiful and blessed.”