The wisdom that fathers pass on to their children is priceless and sticks with them for a lifetime. Fathers tend to be our compass while we navigate the vagaries of life, and some fathers are the guiding light to their children at work as well. These startups run by father and son/daughter duos show that a dad can be a great partner at the workplace too.
YourStory presents stories of strong teams built by fathers and their children as a labour of love.
Vijay Bobba and Nihar Bobba – Wizely
The startup idea behind Wizely could very well be the most common thing every parent tells their children: save money. And while at it, this father-son duo is focussed on making saving effortless so that people can check off their bucket list goals, free of guilt. It can be travelling to an exotic place, buying the next cool gadget or getting a set of jewellery for your mother.
Wizely was started in January 2018 but the process began much earlier between June 2016 and March 2018. Vijay Bobba is a serial entrepreneur who sold his previous company PayBack to Amex. Nihar Bobba, on the other hand, is a data science proponent who has worked as an i-banker in the US.
The duo is now keen to instil the discipline of saving among the young population. They surveyed thousands of Indians and their aspiration to save, studied the data and convinced their retail partners about the need for a saving platform.
“Borrowing is easy, paying back is difficult. We help people save and use savings to pay for their expenses,” Nihar told YourStory recently, a piece of ‘wizdom’ his father may have instilled in him while growing up, no doubt.
Akhilesh Pathak, Swapnil Pathak – Aromezeia
An accident left Akhilesh with a broken shoulder and numbing pain. Having 33 years of experience in making aromatherapy oils himself, he prepared a perfect blend of herbs that ended up relieving his pain as well as his friends’ and relatives’. His daughter, Swapnil, then joined in to make Aromazeia, a full-fledged platform for naturally made essential oils.
Although the family has been making essential and aromatherapy oils, hydrosols, flavours, and fragrances since 1911, they established a manufacturing unit in Uttarakhand towards the end of 2014. Together, the father and daughter ship Aromazeia products to other countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Columbia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Chile, Denmark, Indonesia, and France.
“Our sole ambition is to spread this love all around the globe and bring people closer to Mother Earth,” Swapnil said in a previous interview with YourStory.