Meet Sarrah Kapasi, the 25-Year-Old stree from Mumbai who always wanted to become an entrepreneur, inspired by her father. Having seen her father deal with Type 1 Diabetes since a young age, she took up the responsibility of building awareness about diabetes in our country. Thus, she co-founded her startup ‘D-Alive Health Pvt. Ltd.’ along with her father and a friend. D-Alive provides wellness solutions and Diabetic-friendly sweets for people affected by this deadly disease.
1. Who are you and how are you into what you do?
As a 25-year-old co-founder and CEO of a start-up, I want to empower people to believe in themselves and consider NOW as the right time to start something they really believe in. All my life, I have seen my father struggle with finding solutions for diabetes in India. So, I was pretty sure from a very early age that I want to undertake a business with a cause. And, what better than seeing my father happy and a million others like him struggling to lead a normal life. That’s the genesis behind starting D-Alive, India’s first company to provide holistic wellness solutions specially designed only for people with diabetes.
2. Why did you choose the profession you are currently in?
It had to do a lot with the environment I grew up in. Since I was 4, I would visit my Dad’s office every weekend and spend the day there observing how a business ran. I really enjoyed it. Whenever I was asked what do you want to grow up and be, I’d always say I want to run a business. And, here I am!
3. What are your plans on making India Diabetic Friendly?
Even after India has been stated to be the diabetes capital of the world, we are still living in denial. We, as a team, are dedicated to spreading tons of awareness and breakout from all these stigmas, myths, and miscommunications around diabetes. We want to bring people together to create solid everyday solutions that, if not stop, then at least slow down the epidemic and make it easier to live with.
4. Any difficulties you faced while fulfilling your dreams?
I wouldn’t say my dreams are even close to being fulfilled, but yes, I am on my way there. There are difficulties that come up every day and on some days every hour. They could vary from people not believing in you, not knowing where to start, the pressure of making a decision and then bearing the brunt when its wrong, struggling to focus day on day with no time for holidays, having to prove you’re worthy, keeping yourself in the right headspace, doing the jobs you hate, losing lots of friends, I can go on and on. The trick though is to stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right and keep going.
5. Tell us about your journey and how you ended up working together?
As a child when I would draw my father, I would always draw him with an extra brain popping out of his head. I still think I haven’t known anyone who is as maverick as him when it comes to building a business, and since he has done it a couple times, his understanding of it is so vast. He was also my biggest support and motivation to take on this mammoth challenge, and there was obviously no better person to mentor us through this than my idol himself.
6. How does it feel as co-workers? Any pros & cons?
It feels extremely secure. I know I have my own father constantly keeping a check on me. And, because I want to make him proud, I’m constantly keeping a check on myself. Many pros, the biggest one being the fact that our relationship has grown many folds since we started working together. My father sees that I’m a mature individual and respects that, and my understanding of him has improved drastically. We now communicate 200 times better in all kind of matters, and honestly, it is great! A couple of cons too, the biggest one being business discussions at the dinner table. Yes, as cliché as it sounds, it is true.
7. What is the favorite quote you both believe in?
Dad’s favorite quote is “To Fail to Plan is A Plan to Fail.” While I’m not a pro at this part as he is, I definitely do believe in it and I try my best.
8. Do you think Valentine’s day should only be celebrated among couples?
No, I think it’s a celebration of love, and it can be that of any kind. We, as a family, have always celebrated Valentine’s Day together.
9. Winning message on Valentine’s Day.
I’ll dedicate this one to my Dad – Even though you think Valentine’s Day is a marketing gimmick, I’ll take this opportunity to tell you that I’m at my best when I’m my father’s daughter. So, Dad, will you please be my valentine? 😀
10. Where can you be reached?
My mail ID: email@example.com
Office board line: +91 22 29203833
If you thought that people affected with Diabetes cannot have sweets? D-Alive is on a mission to prove you wrong! Sweets, Salad dressings, Yoghurts, Sauces and more are on the pipeline to become Diabetic-Friendly with them! WinningStree salutes this Daughter and Her Dad and wishes them the very best for their venture.