Farrhad Acidwalla

Farrhad Acidwalla Interview: Rockstah Entrepreneur Out of India

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart on June 11, 2010 · 36 comments

When Farrhad Acidwalla was in the eighth grade, he borrowed $10 from his parents to buy his first domain name. He began building a web community devoted to aviation and aero-modeling. The website took off and eventually Farrhad decided to move on, selling the site for far, far more than his initial $10 investment.

Many similar ventures followed. Each took his achievement to another level and the appreciations left him humble. This motivated him to offer his work under the name of his company.

Since, Farrhad has launched Rockstah Media, a cutting-edge company devoted to web development, marketing, advertisement, and branding.  It is just over a year old but it has clients and a full fledged team of developers, designers and market strategists spread across the globe. As the CEO and founder, Farrhad is responsible for taking care of the clients and guiding the creative team to success.

At 16, Farrhad is planning to continue running Rockstah Media, while studying finance at India’s prestigious H.R. College of Commerce & Economics. In his free time, Farrhad enjoys hanging out with friends, playing Playstation, reading, watching movies, and playing the guitar.

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What is the single most important reason for your success?

A: I’ve never sat on an idea. If I get something, I act on it. Business is all about taking the leap. Once you take the leap, then you can think about what’s going to happen next. The larger the vision, the larger the need to pave your path with skill and confidence. But, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. That first step is the most important thing.

Rockstah Media

Farrhad's Company, Rockstah Media

There are many in the field and each have their own way and strategies. But one thing that I learned from my mom is to never try to copy anyone. Think of your own thing and move forward with that. Construct your own success with total confidence. I put my vision to test, I love to conceptualize and illustrate and the teams effort in creating awesomeness means a lot.

Never look left or right. Look straight at the path you have paved. Follow your vision and have your ethics in place. Yes I get inspired by those who had the vision and the guts to give it a shape. I love to read success stories as they teach you that failing is a part of the process and one must not deter.

Q: You have a successful and growing company, yet you’ve decided to stay in college. Why?

A: Education never goes to waste. I know I can put the things I learn in college to use in my business. Business is something that’s never certain, there’s always a risk. But, if you have your education in place, it’s going to help you analyze challenges and deal with them. Plus, I think a few degrees to your credit sure feels good. I know there is a view that structured learning is not needed. I feel that education can never harm you and one can put it to use in more ways than one.

It’s not just about making money. But while formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune. If you want to really learn something and make something of yourself, self education is crucial. We learn from glory and from our own failures too.

If you learn and make efforts to manage your time properly and if you have a proper business set up, your business can thrive while you’re in college. College takes a lot of time, but I have my like-minded team who can make up for me at any given moment. My team has always supported me and my parents have always given me solid, unconditional support and that’s what I appreciate the most. I definitely haven’t done all of this on my own.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: For young entrepreneurs, I would say one thing: even if you get success early, it shouldn’t intoxicate you. There are miles to go. There are lots of things to do in life. You need to diversify and be innovative all the time. You shouldn’t lose focus and get intoxicated with success.

This is an abridged version from Farrhad’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. I’ve known of Farrhad for about a year now and it was an honor to finally get to chat with him. He smiled through the whole interview! One of the takeaways from Farrhad is that formal education will establish the foundation of your life, but if you want to build a mansion on that foundation, you also have to educate yourself. Entrepreneurship helps you do that.

Farrhad Acidwalla’s Top Quote

“Failures are the stepping stones to success.”

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1 Chase Brumfield June 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

Man… this kid’s got his stuff together. Some real gems of wisdom in here…

He’s right about always “doing your own thing,” but I also think some people get stuck within their own vision and don’t look to what other people have created. Here’s a sure fire way to tell how mature someone is; do they have to make mistakes to learn from them, or can they learn from other’s mistakes.

Good luck Farrhad, although it seems you’ve got plenty of drive and work ethic not to need luck. And Nick… always a pleasure reading your stuff buddy.

Give. Get. Give.
-Chase Brumfield

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2 Nick Scheidies June 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

That’s interesting, Chase. It’s a fine line to draw between following your own vision and not becoming so absorbed it in that you can’t see the wisdom of others. Some of the entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed have been passionate about the importance of mentorship, while others have emphasized learning by trial and error and sticking to your guns at all costs just as strongly.

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3 Annkur June 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

Certainly amongst the brightest and the most talented teenagers I have ever met. Not to forget the golden heart aswell :)

Congrats Farrhad!

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4 Nick Tart June 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Hey Annkur! Without a doubt, Farrhad is a business prodigy. You’re a lucky person to have met him. Learn as much as you possibly can.

I like the golden heart comment as well. A truly remarkable young entrepreneur.

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5 Abid June 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

“Don’t sit on ideas.”
Good to see someone so focussed at such a young age.
The kid is talented. An inspiration to all the other teens.
Definitely someone to watch out for.

:)

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6 Nick Tart June 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Hi Abid! I agree. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Farrhad in the future.

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7 Mihir June 12, 2010 at 12:35 am

Farrhad is extremely sharp and knows his business well.
Having worked with him, i can say that he is very disciplined with his work and delivery schedules.

Total Rockstah

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8 Nick Tart June 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

My thoughts, exactly, Mihir! Farrhad is true to his business’s name.

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9 Vishal June 12, 2010 at 4:20 am

Hello,
Great to see you doing exceptionally well in business. What is your annual turn over and number of employees working under your company? (If you don’t mind disclosing it here)

Thanks.

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10 Farrhad A June 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Hi Vishal,

Thank you very much. To answer you, well when it comes to my team – the strength is not in the numbers at all but in selecting those who are like minded. That is what is helping in the growth of the company.

With regards to turnover, you are right I sure would not like to discuss it at this point.

Cheers!

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11 Nick Tart June 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Vishal, Farrhad’s answer may not be what you were looking for, but there’s a great lesson to be learned there. Farrhad doesn’t see his company in terms of numbers and he certainly doesn’t assign numbers to his team members. It’s all about the quality of that team. I assure you that each member of Rockstah Media is like another gear in a well-oiled machine. Too many business owners get caught up in the stats. I’m guilty of that as well.

Thanks for the response, Farrhad!

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12 Anjum June 13, 2010 at 5:02 am

Farrhad…you speak with such clarity, wisdom, it’s not for nothing that you are so successful! I’m privileged to have known you! I wish you all the best, now, forever.

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13 Nick Tart June 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Hey Anjum! Nicely put. It’s remarkable to think that Farrhad is only 16 years old.

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14 Deepak YK June 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

So heartening to hear such matured take on success at so early age……..

Well Done & Well Thought Farrhad……..Keep ur feet moving ahead & keep ur mind in place as u r doing…All the Best to u in life…..

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15 Nick Tart June 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hey Deepak! Yep, it’s easy to forget that Farrhad is only 16 years old. That is so cool! From my conversation with him I can tell that Farrhad is one of the most balanced, determined and humble young entrepreneurs I’ve ever talked to. It’s confirming to see all of these wonderful comments as well.

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16 Deepak Jain June 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Thumbs up for this Farrhad!

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17 Nick Tart June 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

Double thumbs up to Farrhad!!

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18 Manish Agarwal June 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Jst read………..all things are difficult before they are easy, keep the good work going….
leave rest to destiny.
Manish :)

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19 Nick Tart June 20, 2010 at 11:41 am

Yep, the night is darkest right before sunrise ;). Great advice, Manish!

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20 Anwar Khan June 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Farrhad
If you remember when i first met you in pune at the Club with your mom and dad and you started to talk to me about the Aviation world and how you wanted to create a website for it. I then knew exactly what you were talking about and your knowledge about aircrafts was pretty amazing to me. After you left the table for some time i told your mom and dad this son of yours belongs in NASA he is going to do something very big soon enough, and BINGO there you are already sailing the High sea’s, the best thing about you is you are a carbon copy of your parents who are so down to earth and such loving people. I can only say KUDOS KUDOS AND KUDOS. Keep thinking big my son and sky is the limit. Very soon we will meet in December and Jan.
P.S. You were eight then.

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21 Nick Tart June 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Haha… Thanks for giving us so much insight into how Farrhad was as a kid! I have to say, that’s pretty much what I expected ;). Love the comment!

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22 Nwaz July 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

As Farrhad’s mom I feel humble reading all the lovely words of appreciation and encouragement. I wish to Thank each one of you for taking out time to read the Interview.

Nick x Nick thanks a ton for short listing my son and finding him worthy.
It means a lot and feels good too, but well he sure has miles to go……
You guys are doing good yourselves. By compiling the experiences of these young entrepreneurs, I am sure you will be motivating many across the globe.

Your extensive research ,super passion, perfection and strategic approach did not go unnoticed. I am sure left impressed by it all.

Hope you guys do great and continue your journey with many more successful ventures.

Cheers!

Nwaz

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23 Nick Tart July 8, 2010 at 5:31 am

Hi Mrs. Acidwalla!

Thank you so much for your comment! Farrhad is a truly remarkable, young entrepreneur. That’s part of the reason so many people have commented on his interview.

Thank you for noticing ;). We’ll be in touch soon. Nick and I are still very interested. Just been busy.

-Nick

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24 Paola Arce October 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

A true star! True talent! I wish more teenagers were like Farrhad. I have come across a couple of young people who are outstanding, but I have never been lucky enough to meet someone as bright, open minded, focused, clever, determined, wise, and HUMBLE. Farrhad, and his family have been truly blessed. And I am glad this is shared with the world. I think Farrhad can inspire many teenagers, if only they knew/learned about him. I myself have become inspired by him, and I will educate myself as much possible. That is “crucial” to succeed.

May Farrhad and family be blessed always,

Paola Arce

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25 Nicholas Tart October 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thank you for that wonderful comment, Paola. I agree that “humble” is the right word to describe Farrhad. And his mother is a saint. I was happy to read that MSN article about him and I’m glad things are going so well for Farrhad.

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26 Kumar December 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

How these small kids can do so much, just at $10, what he had done? Without investing in marketing how he could attract clients?there r lot of people out there who do the same thing with good amount of money , how they r not so successful ? I guess no matter how much talented u r, without marketing n advertising, how one will come to know what u r offering,, I guess he also had done to make the ppl aware as what he is selling ….

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