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Sandeep Kashyap, CEO and Founder of ProofHub, thinks communication is the most important pillar to leadership and career success. So he built ProofHub, a project management tool, to fill this gap for groups, organizations and teams.
Learn more about the person behind ProofHub, as he shares his advice on project management and starting a business in our latest People Who Rock the Web interview.
Tell us about your background
I started working as a web designer for some years at a really young age. Though I never had a background of a designer, I’ve always liked it. I started from scratch, learned it, and grew pretty good at it. In 2007, I founded SDP Labs and started ProofHub in 2011. I am very much connected to the design of ProofHub now as well, definitely into more of the big picture.
How did you come up with the idea for ProofHub?
It all started with my longing to develop something for web designers that can make their continuous struggle of approval and feedback a lot easier. The launch of ProofMini — a proofing tool to take quick approvals and manage feedback — soon turned into a big project management software: ProofHub, making work simpler, faster and smarter.
What makes ProofHub unique from other project management tools?
With 85,000+ teams using ProofHub, it’s definitely one of the most successful project management tools for both remote and in-house teams on a mission to help team members perform better and quicker. ProofHub is competing well in a crowded place. The software enables teams to break up complicated projects into small tasks, assign and schedule each one, and track the project progress while integrating the whole with email.
What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?
There have been big challenges, like staying ahead of competitors, getting the development process on point and scheduling projects. Without going crazy, I’ve always maintained a balance at work and life that help me hugely turn each big challenge into a great accomplishment.
Any project management tips for small businesses?
I know small businesses have multiple activities that they need to struggle through to thrive. To successfully manage and deliver projects, get hold of technology in your day-to-day work. Businesses should focus on big things like to stop sending emails back and forth, use the calendar to optimize their schedule, create a workflow, and invest in strategies to reach the project goals on time and in the budget.
How do you stay current with the latest business and tech trends?
It’s very difficult to stay updated when there are a bunch of things to manage. I am doing it through online information sources, social network groups, following influencers on social media and spending time reading every day. I never miss a chance to speak and collaborate with interesting people.
What do you see for the future of project management?
Talking about the future, project management is becoming universal and so is the need for technical tools related to work schedules, time management and program management. I see even more advancements in Agile software development and improved solutions for remote working in the future.
Outside of work, what do you do for fun?
For fun, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, kids and friends. I am always looking for great company with good conversation. I also love to stay active by exercising and playing sports with my ProofHub team.
What’s next for ProofHub?
With the upcoming, all-new ProofHub+, our next move will be to keep updating the users with a more seamless user experience that turns working into a simpler, smarter, and faster process. We plan on implementing a lot of new features that make work management a breeze, and I continue to work on my obsession to constantly improve the product. We’ll be experimenting with new product ideas this year. I want the team to get better, both on an individual and collective level, and continue to learn.
Anything else you’d like to add?
This is for all young entrepreneurs who wish to become successful: remember, you have to embrace the likelihood of failure, go through the highs and lows, and fight against the future to reach the top. I wish for everyone here to keep striving, inspiring and become your greatest self. Reflect on how you can apply your unique set of skills to contribute to shaping the world in the direction you want it to go.
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Sadie has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing, graphic and web design, social media strategy, email marketing and more. She is a 4th generation small business owner and has worked with a wide range of brands from fortune 500 companies to startups and entrepreneurs.
Sadie is a self-proclaimed Apple/Mac guru and keeps up with all the latest tech trends at conferences including South by Southwest. Sadie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin's Moody School of Communications and a concentration in Business from the Red McCombs School of Business.
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