We are sharing our recent interview with a talented and passionate entrepreneur Pranav Arora.
Pro Media Mag : Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Pranav Arora and I am a 24-year-old Asian-American entrepreneur from Ohio. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and began my first company when I was just 16 years old. Today, I help run two successful companies, Just Funky and Stunned Mind, as well as have begun developing new companies like Naturable, Deciph-AR, and JTMD Holding.
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to get into this industry?
As I mentioned before, I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and believe that I was born to be an entrepreneur. Growing up, I was the kid who was always running a lemonade stand or selling gum to my classmates during class. My whole life I watched as my parents grew their own business and followed their dreams. I was always more than willing to help in any way they would let me and knew this was something I wanted to do for myself one day.
Pro Media Mag : Tell us about your first company ‘Highly Educated’
I started my first company when I was in high school and named it Highly Educated. It was a business that specialized in selling smoke products and merchandise like hookahs, stash jars, and incense to different stores. When I first started my business, I did not have my parent’s approval but knew these were products consumers were looking for. I worked day and night to grow the business, I even dropped out of college to pursue it as my full-time job. Soon, Highly Educated was a million-dollar company. I was no longer just selling my products to small mom and pop shops, but instead was selling to big-name stores like Spencers and Hot Topic. It was at this time that I decided to sell the business and pursue other business ideas.
What are your responsibilities as Head of Division at Just Funky?
My responsibilities as Head of Division can change day-to-day, but overall my role is to oversee the B2B and B2C marketing and sales of the business. As of lately though, my main focus has been running Stunned Mind. Stunned Mind is the sister company to Just Funky and handles all of Just Funky’s E-commerce business.
As the online market space continues to change and advance, so do we. Pinpointing what the next major trend will be can be difficult but we are dedicated to being at the forefront of it.
What was the motivation behind launching Stunned Mind?
The motivation behind starting Stunned Mind was to be ahead of the trends and begin making my mark on the E-commerce side of the business. I was able to notice early on that E-commerce was an effective business strategy and decided to seize the opportunity. Being able to be at the forefront of this new business has been an exciting adventure. There is always something new to learn and constant advancements to be made. I am excited to see what new changes will be made in the next few years.
What are the services/ products you are providing under this company?
Stunned Mind is a strictly E-commerce based company that sells one-of-a-kind pop culture products directly to consumers through different online selling sites. Most of the products Stunned Mind sells come from Just Funky, but we have been known to carry items that come from other popular companies.
Have you set some goals to achieve?
Year after year, I strive to set new goals for myself, but I always seem to come up with the same main goal every time: to be better than I was last year. Whether it relates to business or my personal life, I always try to keep pushing myself to be better than I was the day before. If other goals are met along the way then it is an added bonus.