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For the love of learning: Moglix boss is a fan of NYC's startup ecosystem, LA's diversity

A common theme that these places share is the appetite to do new things, embrace failures and move-on.

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Oct 23, 2019, 06.29 PM IST
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Nothing else exposes you to risks and opportunities like travelling is what Rahul Garg believes.
The CEO and Founder of Moglix shares his favourite places to travel to and what he has learnt from the journeys far and near.

Rahul Garg, Moglix CEO and Founder, loves to travel. New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin and Japan are some of the places he found travelling to interesting. He told ET Panache, "I am always on-the-move, thanks to my work commitments. As an entrepreneur, I look to imbibe life lessons from roads leading to destinations that breathe the same values that I do."

A common theme that these places share is the appetite to do new things, embrace failures and move-on. These places inspire Garg to reach out to the world, identify challenges that exist and question yourself why things can’t be reimagined. He looks for inspiration from environments that support innovation, enterprise, risk-taking, perseverance, and compliance.

"New York with its second-largest ecosystem for startup firms has taught me about the audacity to chase my dreams. The city is home to some growing companies like Airehlp and Abacus. Los Angeles again is a great place to network with diverse communities of technocrats, entrepreneurs and change agents. San Francisco breaths technology. The city is home to the present-day tech giant Google. The sheer scale of enterprises that San Francisco houses is overwhelming. Just look at the way these cities and their businesses are shaping the future of mankind," he explained.

While these cities in the United States have taught the Moglix founder to do new things, Japan with the selective integration of its own traditions, customs, and culture with technology has taught him other lessons. "It tells you where to draw the line, how to identify the core that should be left untouched and the container the delivery that need to be transformed to stretch the boundaries of what’s possible," he said.

There have been new lessons that Garg has learnt. "In many ways, travel helps an entrepreneur to think and live like an ascetic, to practice detachment and appreciate facts for what they suggest. Travel allows me to let go of what has failed as well as to leave behind milestones of success that I have crossed with my people. The road does not end and the journey does not stop. As Tagore had said one journey begins, where one culminates. That is how I have defined growth," he said.

Nothing else exposes you to risks and opportunities like travelling is what Garg believes. "Some of the world’s greatest discoveries and explorations have come from travelers who have transcended boundaries, gone the distance and challenged the status quo. The key to innovating lies in learning about roadblocks that come in your way and then exploring solutions to find a way around those," he ended.

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