Many times I find housewives and people who are nearing retirement asking everyone around if there are any part-time jobs. The only thing that they worry about is that they don’t want to follow the rigidity of the Office timings/routine. This is precisely the problem statement that Ankit Bansal is handling via The Mumbai based startup is an online commercial marketplace for professionals.

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Ankit is a seasoned HR professional with multi industry expertise predominantly in banking, consulting, research and HR industry. Ankit founded Sapphire Human Solutions, a top notch Executive Search firm in 2008. Within a short time, he built Sapphire Human Solutions to be one of the Top 15 Search firms in India having a clientele which boasts of 6 of the Top 10 business houses in the country. It has a highly accomplished Board and an admirable Advisory Board consisting of Industry Stalwarts.

As it is said, that to understand the problems of the system you need to be in the system. The long stint in the executive search industry acquainted Ankit with the needs, problems and issues faced at the top end of the talent market. However, he always felt the need to do something for the larger population given his immense belief in India’s human capital and its untapped potential. The definitive socio-demographic trends and people’s changing preferences and thinking were hinting towards new paradigms on how people worked and how companies discovered and acquired talent.

This passion, of making a positive impact on lives of millions of people who are looking to pursue flexible job opportunities which could be part time or full time or project oriented depending on one’s interest, skills, time and monetary commitments, led him to founding in mid- 2015. Prior to deep diving into entrepreneurship, Ankit was associated with some of the biggest names in the Corporate Sector like McKinsey, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Standard Chartered Bank. is India’s first commercial marketplace which caters to wide variety of audience ranging from students for internship, housewives and retired personnel who need work flexibility to explore multi faceted interests or earn still adhering to their other life commitments. It also caters to accomplished subject matter experts who have already opted for flexibility by either choosing to be a freelancer or by setting up their own small firm, but witnessing challenges to take their services beyond their immediate circle of connections. It gives the corporate a concerted pool of talent currently unavailable anywhere on a single platform. It gives them an opportunity to expand their talent pool, structure job descriptions to attract relevant talent and expand gender diversity besides gaining from the cost and loyalty benefits that arguably come with providing flexibility.

Currently hosts a platform for more than 20000 individuals and 200 corporates and employers across India. It soon plans to expand in Delhi, Pune and Bangalore and touch a user base of 2 lakhs by end of 2016. The HR market segment is more than USD 3 Billion per estimates. With a lot of biggies playing in the sector, marks its territory by focusing on the pie that is not being catered to by others.

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Ruchi Pandita

Ruchi is a word-weaver, a painter, an amateur photographer and a poet at heart. The ease with with she can explain the most complex stuff impresses people around her. Being a gemini, she is never content, always looking for new ways to explore her self and the world around. The startup revolution has greatly influenced her and she is using her talent to help budding entrepreneurs find the way forward.

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