I call it the entrepreneur's attitude.W hen starting off, it's OK if a new entrepreneur doesn't know a whole lot about startups, but they do need to be coachable without being overly impressionable. So that's how— that’s just— I know that seems kind of morbid, but it’s just who are am. I know a lot of our listeners I think will be really curious to get insight on your experience in that regard. And we made that, and we were proud to make that soapbox. Steve: I can't wait to talk about a whole bunch of different things, but we’re recording the podcast right in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. And I'm really curious from both of you what that path was from childhood to Georgia Tech. So we went into to the woods, the forest, where, you know, and found scrap metal. So in opportunity, there's two choices. Is it the culture? And that really sparked my interest in cyber security and seeing the vulnerabilities that can happen in a computer. The more I mentor engineers-turned-entrepreneurs, the more I've noticed it requires the proper attitude, more so than the raw skills. How is DeHaat bringing transformation into the life of farmers? Welcome to the program, Travis and Troy. And sometimes you may have an opportunity, but don't understand why you didn't get that investment, why didn’t you get that business partner, and it's because you come from— sometimes, and it’s not all the time— but sometimes you come from a different cultural background. And it’s not something that we're fighting over; it’s a friendly competition. What kind of advice would you give them? A roadmap that will alert you if you are about to take a wrong turn or make one of the most common mistakes made by new entrepreneurs. A roadmap that will show you the exact route that has worked for successful entrepreneurs that took the journey before you. Steve: And so that's a customer that you had no interaction with before? I'm always one to one-up my brother. But then you also have this, rainy, a rainmaker that brings the customer to the product. So those customers, you know, we encourage to think as an expansion mindset even in these tough and challenging times. We are so proud of everything you're doing and really grateful for coming today, and all the very best. Myntra enables individuals and companies to form their products by adding content of their choice. This is one of the top qualities of the most successful entrepreneurs. My debt, like the $100,000 I have in debt is going to cause me not to fulfill my dreams in life. And having that, when you go into the workforce outside of Georgia Tech, that allows you to really excel in the good companies that you work for or even the businesses that you own. Of being a twin, I am ultra-competitive. I can type really fast, and I can build out any product you want, but at the same time I can go into a business role and pitch a concept and get— try to get funding. So dermatologists’ offices is a brick and mortar business. You have entered an incorrect email address! Civil Engineer Turned Cookie Entrepreneur Remains Resilient During Pandemic By Renee Eng West Los Angeles PUBLISHED 11:51 AM ET Jan. 05, 2021 PUBLISHED 11:51 AM EST Jan. 05, 2021 Indeed, engineers have entirely changed the planet we live in, from modern homes, bridges, spaceflight, cars, and also the latest mobile technology. Sergey Brin. So start around a problem. Engineers make great entrepreneurs because they bring a skillset to the startups that’s been developed over years of managing projects and solving big problems. So what we're doing from a minority standpoint in the startup community is we're trying— we're trying to build that same closeness that we had at Georgia Tech in that community with the closeness of the community to the greater black Atlanta tech community, that closeness, with that community. They know that there's a series of companies going to not use their marketing budget, for example, so that gives me an opportunity to go in and take that customer. I think that you have to be passionate and, nonetheless cliché, but at the end of the day, find something that you simply love and enjoy. And we're hoping that the people who are struggling and may need assistance, that they realize that, hey, this is a way that we can do business differently and realize this is more of an opportunity rather than a challenge. And if it's OK, that's really where I'd like to start. Many have also quit their jobs to pursue unique business ideas and become the most successful entrepreneurs. And to get the name of the company is called Brain Rain Solutions— so it’s Brain Rain Solutions, and it’s primarily built upon two principles that you have the brainiac and you have the rain maker. It may look like becoming a tech entrepreneur. He has done engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and started his first venture while he was still at college, XS Corps, which he later sold to Lotus Interworks LLC, New Jersey, in 1999. Steve: And that sounds like  that's a real success. But … Engineers Turned Entrepreneurs: The Nunnally Twins Innovation is one of the core pillars of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. We're oftentimes have high debt, and we feel like if we jump off and do our own thing, then we're going to crash and burn. Deepinder holds an Integrated Masters in Mathematics and Computing from IIT Delhi, and Pankaj has done engineering from IIT Delhi. They don't have the— we call it the rich uncle— who can invest $25,000 into their startup idea or in their new company. Follow On News Follow On. So you have these people that now can really propel the community. They, you know, assess that patient. They were analyzing a problem from an “if … then” point of view allows this researcher to face a challenge with an open mind and to achieve an informed solution. In order to build your proof of concept you can build in yourself, Emergency I’ve always had the dream of eventually starting up my own enterprise, it’s hard to see myself as a company man for 20+ years after being through some seriously toxic work environments. 2. Spacetech startup... Husband-wife duo BhavikRathod and Tripti Ahuja initiated Kyt, a global academy for extracurricular activities in October 2020. And for many engineers, that means becoming an entrepreneur after earning a degree. So we decided that we wanted to get the best, for our graduate studies, wanted to get the best facilities and be around the most— the best people who can push us and be the best that we can be, so we decided that the best opportunity was Georgia Tech. It just happened so that we're two different people that have a complimented skill set to work together. So we never even reach the VC stage when you have traction because the VC stage only invests in, mostly, only invests in companies that has some type of traction and revenues. >> Yeah, so that's a really good question. >> Yeah, I think the space is going to be really big because right now it's COVID, you know, in the COVID era, so it's not many people going into the space. One of the things for me that makes me an uncommon engineer is I could talk both languages, right? And then also we started a space here in Atlanta in Castleberry Hill. It is a funny paradox switching from engineering (where all risks are calculated and measured), to the world of entrepreneurship, where you are forced to … So they actually made, you know, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 days, you know, $5,000-days with our sales tool and our tool for connecting [inaudible]. I have my kids. The client, luckily, he said, “Hey, you OK. I'm really curious about what advice you would give to those students as they're thinking about science, engineering for study. At that point, they needed a way to house these abstracts and show these abstracts to sponsors and visitors like, for example, Microsoft is coming to the symposium. But in reality, a technological professional with entrepreneurial skills features a better chance of innovating than an MBA. They became serial entrepreneurs and co-founded a business venture called Brain Rain Solutions. So start with the problem. You get the point? It actually opening up opportunities. So those are the things that AI is doing is to make people’s lives more productive. The country in which we live is highly dependent on technology. I mean they had a little bit of interaction, but it wasn't, you know, what I mean “a little bit,” that means they were on the fence with using us. And what we try to do is try to get people to say, hey, this is opportunity for you to be more aligned, more on social media, more doing live content so that your business can scale globally. So the rainmaker really brings in the revenue— that's the sales person; that’s the marketing team. I'm really curious about what that looks like. And if you're born and raised Atlanta, then Georgia Tech is the only school you go to for engineering— the only— there is no other option. And what I mean by strong presence is that what we don't have in numbers, we have in community. And for our listeners, check out Brain Rain Solutions. Steve McLaughlin: Our guests today are brothers, often known as the Tech Twins, Travis and Troy Nunnally. However, success in today’s small business and startup ecosystem is usually not defined by one’s employability, but by disruption and innovation. Steve: And one of the things that I feel incredibly, I can just see your energy and passion around what it is you do. You see server racks for artificial intelligence. I'm really curious about the kind of advice you would give to students, particularly minority students who don't necessarily have the ability to follow the path that you did or even just know what the options are. We helped directly build over 250 software projects. And so her company, I actually worked with her in the past with Partpic and sold her company to Amazon. He worked at Bain & Co for over two years before Zomato. Engineer-Turned-Farmer Harnesses Wind, Solar Energy; Creates 450 Entrepreneurs. I'm really curious to learn more about your company and some of those other things. >> Well, [crosstalk] so our paths to engineering started at a very young age. You have Barry who sold his company. We never build solutions unless the need is expressly expressed and is backed up by customers willing to pay. Our guests today are brothers, often known as the “Tech Twins,” Travis and Troy Nunnally. You had to go into different physical libraries to learn information. The problem is as, Travis alluded to, well, African-Americans are the lowest income out of all minorities. If the answer isn’t met, the experiment isn’t a failure; it’s restarted. For us, that’s a goldmine because we specialize in digital strategy and product development from a mobile apps and web app standpoint. We've helped and consulted with I think right now we're at maybe 5,000 companies that we've done consulting with, and we have a goal to reach 10,000 companies where we at least consult and help them get from one point to another point. There are so many other challenges around that. Innovation is one of the core pillars of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. But I would say it has grown tremendously since. So I think that is up and going in trends. Steve: So I know both of you got your degrees at Georgia Tech, one in, I think, Travis, in mechanical engineering and Troy in electrical engineering. +1 404.894.2000 And sometimes it's really simple for us. So we had groups of teams, about four or five, who were sitting in a room, and we all just at the computer just going at it. Well, one of the things that we always talk about here on The Uncommon Engineer is what makes you an uncommon engineer? And we're trying to centralize to take innovation, especially in communities that are less privileged to be able to have the resources like Georgia Tech, like resources at their disposal. >> So currently we have around 13 employees, yeah, 13 employees, some of them are here locally, and then we have a couple that’s overseas— that’s who oversees development. But the technology team stayed level. We may or may not like it. So Travis, Troy, really curious about what makes you an uncommon engineer? You rode it down a hill, and it was a very fancy soap box. And we think and we are on the same page even when— I talk to every single one them, y'all know that hey, right now we're positioned and primed to really help and grow the startup community, because now the people that— these people that was doing startups seven years ago, like us, is now in positions like, you know, head of the of these startups with Google with Jewel Burks or you have Techstars’ director that’s Barry, and you have Joey Womack who's over WeWork. So we’re— we were blessed to be a part of the Black Graduate Student Association. Everything changed. Vijay the founder and promoter of One97 is one of the most successful entrepreneur. Furry, four-legged friends in … They're here today to talk about their experience as both engineers and entrepreneurs. >> Yes. Born: August 21, 1973. I think that competitive nature does allow you to be better in sales. Yet, with no improvement within the employability of those engineering graduates since 2010, consistent with a 2019 employability, things aren’t looking great. India has been churning out graduate engineers at breakneck speed over the past few years. You may feel like you're trapped, but we're right here with rope to pull you out, to help you to pull you out.”. So, for example, we have a equity in a company that does dermatology tools, and it basically assesses the skin. It was— but it was our soapbox. It didn’t increase, but in a pandemic staying level is crucial. SMBStory’s curated list of five engineers who turned entrepreneurs explores their journey with small and medium businesses, and how they wrote their own success story: Vishal Shah - … And for many engineers, that means becoming an entrepreneur after earning their degree. Information, Legal So we were about nine, 10 years old and a friend of ours in our neighborhood grandfather built him a soapbox, which is like a derby car without an engine. AASU has a very strong presence at Georgia Tech. Engineers Turned Entrepreneurs: The Nunnally Twins Innovation is one of the core pillars of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. People tend to invest— and this is just human nature— people tend to invest in people that look like them. As technology might have replaced those folks and those jobs might not come back, what do you see in terms of trends around technology? I’m really curious, and on The Uncommon Engineer, we always ask how people get involved in engineering and what was it either your childhood or upbringing kind of led you to engineering. Campus Map, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineers Turned Entrepreneurs: The Nunnally Twins, Solutions— so it’s Brain Rain Solutions, and it’s, and then we can connect you with the right people, especially if you're a minority because you need that backing and you, and tools. Those are companies like restaurants. It permeates through my family. >> Yeah, one of the first experiences of Georgia Tech was high school, and we was part of a engineering club. And then you have my brother who you can see he's good looking and he's well-spoken. So we started the space. >> And Georgia Tech, really, to be honest, Georgia Tech, we would not know what resources are available if we had not experienced going to Georgia Tech. So what that looks like is a patient will now use their QR code or a link, click, go to a page that they ask a series of questions as well as take images of their face, and then a sales consultant, a skincare consultant, will call that patient and do a skincare analysis as long as that supports our recommendations from the algorithm. So we've we started a couple of initiatives. Engineers are highly intelligent and can become frustrated when others with whom they interact are not as knowledgeable about their subject (entrepreneurs need to be flexible and patient). Sachin Bansal, Flipkart. The first one is, of course, the Ten Thousand Founders initiative, where we are focused on helping 10,000 founders with an emphasis— you don't have to be a minority, but we do, you know, do target some minority business to come into— come into our marketing system. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that several entrepreneurs started their companies in a garage – from Apple to Harley-Davidson. 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