Startup Journey Of Vineet Rajan - The Road Tripping Entrepreneur
So Know Who Vineet Rajan Is
Vineet is a south Indian by birth but he’s mostly only seen South Delhi. His mom was a journalist and dad a telecom engineer; both of whom rose through the ranks in their respective lines of work. His brother is also a techie and is based in the UK. To sum it up - his family has shaped his professional outlook in life, which is defined by hard work and creativity.
His parents moved a lot, so the taste of travel and road trips has been around since childhood. His mom also wrote about it in this blog post.
Vineet is today directly managing a team of around 40 members who look into the core operations of ScoutMyTrip and The Road Trips Co which are in the travel and mobile tech space.
ScoutMyTrip is a road trip itinerary planner with a market place of travel experts. It has been helping people plan their road trip holidays to explore our beautiful country for 2 years now. With over 30,000 active users and over 2000 trips planned, it is all led by a core community of travel experts referred to as ‘Scouts’. Sitting in the hot bed of e-commerce, travel and mobile tech; ScoutMyTrip is now hitting the growth stage in its lifecycle.
With a strong technology as the backbone, the platform has custom-made algorithms that simplify your travel planning. This app merges the tools required to plan a road trip with the support of a large community that helps you better understand and experience your destination, as well as the journey.
ScoutMyTrip aims to create the next wave of employment in India by giving a viable career option to the many travel experts, in various parts of the country, access to a large traveler base who seek curated experiences and itineraries.
When It All Started
2007: Co-founded IndiBlogger
2007: Co-founded reltok
2008: Graduated from MBA
2008 – 2009: First and only job
2009: Quit corporate role to build IndiBlogger full time. Shuts down reltok.
2016: Exits IndiBlogger. Co-founds ScoutMyTrip with Deepak Ananth
2017: Raises Angel round of funding from Z Nation Labs for ScoutMyTrip
2018: Starts The Road Trips Co –which is now India’s biggest vehicle-agnostic community for road trippers
The average Indian boy
Till the age of 23, Vineet would have been called quintessential Indian boy who grew up by first nurturing ambitions of becoming an engineer and then joined a premier B-School for an MBA degree. It all ended in 2009 when he called it quits with a well-paying corporate job and went back to his first venture full time (IndiBlogger) with absolutely no business plan.
Maximum City and the discovery of a passion
He moved to Mumbai with a couple of bags in his hand, after selling off all he owned; including a car. With the savings he had, he bought a bike. He went by the moniker – The guy who sold his car to buy the Royal Enfield Bullet.
He grew revenues to $1M in 2014. All this was with an 8-member team; and the revenues they were plowing could give any large digital agency nightmares.
Following the passion
In 2016, he went back to his love of biking and co-founded ScoutMyTrip with long time biker buddy Deepak Ananth.
Made famous as one of the first bullet-baraats on 22 Royal Enfield bikes at his wedding in 2013.
Road tripped over 300,000 kilometers on two wheels and four
Set two records for ScoutMyTrip, filed in India Book of Records 2017
For Highest Bloggers meet (Khadung La, Ladakh) at 5359m
First Bloggers meet at Khardung La, Ladakh at 5359m
Short Bio of Vineet - He's usually found on the highway and a die hard Old Monk lover. Marketer, community manager and pretty much the office boy / admin. Carnivore.