Open Talk @DSIM
An Interview with Neerav Jain, Founder of Cityfurnish.com
Founded in September 2015 by Neerav Jain, Gurgaon based Cityfurnish is an on-demand rental platform for renting furniture, furnishing and appliances. CityFurnish helps individuals and corporates furnish their homes or offices with furniture and appliances without the burden of heavy investment. The startup aims to relieve the consumer from the pain of moving furniture and buying furniture for temporary and short-term requirement.
Q1. Hi Neerav and welcome to DSIM. It’s a pleasure to be doing this interview with you. You’re a young entrepreneur that started an online business. What is it about? What makes your business different? Are there any special ingredients?
Ans. The idea of Cityfurnish originated way back when I was studying at Delhi University and had to move furniture to Delhi and shift back after my graduation. I started working on Cityfurnish in September 2015 and by September end, we were live in the market doing 50+ rentals.
Our journey has been full of adventure and spectacle, building our team from scratch and creating the right ecosystem of vendors and renters. (Not buyers!) Our association within the industry and help from our mentor helped us in scaling.
Expanding to Bangalore was easy, as we figured out the basic in Delhi, where we recently started our operations and our getting a great response.
CityFurnish is revolutionizing the on-demand rental industry in India. What begins as a trivial idea in my college days at Delhi University had finally come to shape with CityFurnish.
CityFurnish helps individuals and corporates to furnish their homes or offices by renting furniture and appliances without the burden of heavy investment. We are providing an optimized solution to the temporary requirement for home and offices alike.
Q3. Great Neerav. What are the major problems that you have faced being a really young entrepreneur?Ans. Being a young entrepreneur some decisions are backed by gut rather than experience or data. That is a learning curve which every young entrepreneur has to go through for mature decision making.
With the current startup environment, employees/investors/public pay heed to youngsters releasing the effort and energy.
Creating a conducive environment for young entrepreneurs to pitch their problems and build an ecosystem is still work in progress.
Q7. What about the future? Where do you plan on going from here?
Ans. We are operating a pilot test in Pune, as well as building up our technology to improve product management and financial control. Along with that, we are launching additional modular and space saving furniture in Delhi and Bangalore.
We are tapping deep into the existing cities (Delhi and Bangalore) by establishing close relations with Brokers and Landlords.