Xanthus: Ravindra Manohar and Mrunal Nagrecha
Q1.How would you describe Xanthus in under 50 words?
Xanthus is an custom software development firm that builds smart, secure and scalable software. We know that each business is unique and strives to complement each client with personalized services and solutions to improve each client’s overall productivity, efficiency, and competitive advantage. The company designs solutions based on solid, objective business metrics like Return on Investment and Lower Total Cost of Ownership. These solutions are delivered via a life cycle services model that has been designed to ensure excellence in execution, financial management, and customer satisfaction.
Q2.Who is the team behind your venture?
We are a team of technocrats with a combined total of over 50 years of experience in the software industry
Q3.How did you acquire your first customers and what has been the learning along the way?
Our first customer was acquired through our own network and people who know that we can deliver.
Q4.Who is your typical customer?
Typically, they are small medium businesses who are too small for larger IT companies to pay attention to and large enough that they cannot survive without software intervention. They are companies who usually need solutions that cannot be provided by simply installing off the shelf software.
Q5.What would you say is the biggest lesson you have learned while running Xanthus?
Communication is key to ensuring success.
Q6.What is the biggest hurdle you have faced or are still facing?
Being able to say No – to customers old and new.
Q7.If you could only give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Focus on your core strengths and look at every day and every problem with fresh eyes.
Q8.What is your one tip for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Look for what you like to do and do it well.
Q9.What is your manufacturing and design process?
Design from the ground up while keeping in mind the big picture. Focus on the customers needs not their wants.
Q10.What was technically the most challenging part of developing a product?
Determining what the market needs is the most critical part – technology is just the enabler.
Q11.What is your primary focus in terms of new developments at the moment?
Wearables, Bluetooth Beacons and RFID solutions.