Gaurav says he realised at the age of 14 that he would be an internet entrepreneur. "My first online love was Google Adsense. Back in 1999, you really needed to be fortunate to have a dial- up internet connection in . I still remember crossing my fingers, hoping that it would connect while the modem made a strange sound," he recalls.
They were offering a variety of services, including SEO, PPC, email marketing and other "internet stuff". They had over 80 clients in Pune. "We had our taste of success and we wanted more. We launched our company on Elance. That was an adrenaline rush! $ 92,856 later, while maintaining a 95% positive recommendation on Elance, we decided to jump ship for bigger and better things."
They partnered with the biggies of internet marketing and launched multiple products. When they ran out of office space, they built a system that allowed anyone to work remotely for them. "We dominated the first 3 positions in Google for the keyword "work from home" and soon built a team of over 5000 freelancers. Soon we outsourced 80% of our overall business operations." This helped them scale.
In their 4th year, Pragmites found a cofounder in Stanley Adams. Today, they have a core-team of 5 and outsource tasks with 7 virtual assistants based in the . Pragmites offer high-end internet marketing services to small and medium businesses. They service over 150 clients who require regular Search Engine Optimization. For two years, the company has been simultaneously building their product, OnlineBusiness.org. "It is still a baby and we are shy of a 100 paid members," Gaurav says.
His big dream is to get 10,000 Indian businesses online this year with the OnlineBusiness bootcamp. "We plan to achieve this by over delivering with early batches of bootcampers and of course, allowing them to do the talking for us both online and offline." If you are willing to roll-up your sleeves and are ready to be entrepreneurial online, Gaurav promises that this bootcamp is just what you were looking for.