Interview: Ankita Tandon, Chief Operating Officer, CouponDunia. - WorldHRDiary

March 07, 2016

Interview: Ankita Tandon, Chief Operating Officer, CouponDunia.

As part of our interview series of successful women entrepreneurs/leaders (To mark the occasion of International Women's Day), we interviewed Ankita Tandon, Chief Operating Officer, CouponDunia.

Ankita Tandon, Chief Operating Officer, CouponDunia.

Ankita Tandon, a passionate/ ambitious business woman is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at CouponDunia.in, India’s largest coupon website. Ankita joined CouponDunia in 2014 to assist them in growing their offline presence and has become a key member of the core team.

Prior to the new role, she was inducted Business Head - Food and Beverage Vertical and oversaw its launch at CouponDunia. Under her leadership, CouponDunia has successfully associated with 5000+ restaurants in 6 cities across India in the short span of a year. As CouponDunia forays into offline space, her new role will include to develop and grow the offline retail (in store offers) couponing vertical. CouponDunia receives about 5.5 million visits a month, shares coupons from more than 2000 online brands, has more than 7.5 million email subscribers and has more than 3.6 million app downloads.

Excerpts:

WHRD: How do you motivate yourself at work?
Working at a startup in a high octane environment can sometimes be exhausting, however, the thrill of building something new while positively impacting consumer lives is what keeps people who work for startups constantly motivated. I believe not everyone is cut out for working at a startup. There are extreme highs and lows which not everyone can stomach; such people are usually pretty self motivated and are not disturbed easily.

WHRD: How do you keep a balance between your personal and professional life?
When you love your job, this question does not arise. Your job becomes your life and passion, however, if one does have a passion outside of the work sphere, it is important to explore this as well because it serves as a great creative outlet for people and may inspire path breaking ideas. If nothing else, it works as a great stress buster.

WHRD: What skills do you think are important to be a good leader?
I think empathy is the key to being a good leader.

WHRD: What are your hobbies?
I like to dance and read.

WHRD: What are your tips for women who want to become entrepreneurs?

I think for a woman (any entrepreneur really) to go down the path of entrepreneurship, she must first evaluate her priorities and only then take the plunge. Entrepreneurship is challenging and some sacrifices are inevitable, she needs to know this and be okay with this. Balance is the EXACT opposite of entrepreneurship.

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