Our Woman’s Power Hour profiles and celebrates women who are storming the short stay industry and this edition is showcasing Rajdeep Gahir from Vivahouse which brings luxurious co-living designer rooms to the heart of the city.
How did you get into the short-term rentals industry?
I had a game changing experience in the serviced workspace sector with a company I was working for, and this opened my eyes to how the short / long stay accommodation sector could be disrupted with a similar approach to product innovation.
How did you come to found your company and what were the biggest challenges you faced when setting it up?
I always know I wanted to build something big and it doesn’t get too much more ambitious than taking on a massive industry like real estate, especially when you’re new to it! I saw the opportunity for change and had the tenacity to stick at trying it out – that’s how it started. The biggest challenge has certainly been navigating through the different aspects of a real estate / hospitality business and keeping on top of my game in every area.
How do you intend to face the challenges within the industry as a company?
By taking on one challenge at a time!
What is your advice for the next generation of leaders and change-makers?
Just do it, there’s so much to do – it’s always best to just get started and figure out how to optimise as you build vs spending too long conceptualising. Mistakes are costly, but they are always inevitable if you’re pushing yourself (and the industry) outside (it’s) your comfort zone.
How do you keep self-motivated?
I have high energy and a relentless desire to see something I imagine made a reality.
Biggest lesson you have learnt about yourself?
I’m not great at everything – but I’m the best at some things, so I should divide and conquer accordingly 🙂
Best piece of advice you were given?
To do one thing at a time.
Who is the individual you admire the most?
My parents – they brought me up with a lot of love which I figure has made me a little fearless !
Holiday destination of choice?
Your Favourite city in the world?
How do you celebrate your achievements?
By seeing loved ones & sleeping!
If you could run any company in the world what would it be and why?
Vivahouse – it’s my journey and I can make it my own.
How I Built This
What book would you recommend?
The Art of Happiness
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