This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Dive into an engaging conversation with Rupesh Kumar, CEO and Founder of Addict International, as he shares his journey from being a developer to a successful entrepreneur. 

In this insightful interview, Rupesh discusses the challenges he faced in starting a company amidst a pandemic and how he overcame them with determination and resilience. 

Gain valuable insights into leadership, cultural differences, and the importance of purpose-driven entrepreneurship. 

Whether you’re a seasoned leader or aspiring entrepreneur, Rupesh’s story offers inspiration and practical wisdom for navigating the unpredictable landscape of business with confidence and purpose. 

Tune in and discover how to turn setbacks into opportunities and lead with empathy and courage in today’s dynamic world.

You can find Rupesh Kumar at the below links

In the interview, Rupesh shares

  • “As a developer, what we do is we always build new things, and when we are building things, we are basically, that’s mainly to solve a problem.”
  • “Being a developer by heart also, I think developers need guidance to become a good developer.”
  • “There were many problems, many challenges, but we solved them one by one.”
  • “Pandemic was a kind of a challenge for us, but that taught us a lot and changed our whole perspective of working.”
  • “The challenges were quite a lot, especially starting up a company and convincing your new clients that you have to trust me.”
  • “The journey has been fantastic. I have enjoyed, I’m still enjoying every single bit of it.”
  • “Just technology and focusing on technology is not enough for the success of our business.”
  • “Cultural gap between India and Netherlands was a challenge, and we took each challenge one by one.”
  • “Leadership has to be empathetic as well as rebellious.”
  • “Your entrepreneurial journey has to be purpose-driven. You must find your purpose.”