King Sidharth

King Sidharth Interview: The Outlaw Entrepreneur

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart on April 18, 2010 · 56 comments

As an 11-year-old growing up in a backward sector Northern India, King Sidharth and a few friends began organizing events and competitions for other children. They would make tickets and charge an entry fee, then award little prizes to whoever won. In an area where there wasn’t much else to do, Sidharth’s first business was a big success.

Seven years later, King Sidharth has just graduated from high school and he has already made a name for himself as one of India’s top young entrepreneurs. His primary work is in website development and design (see websites like MeditationRocks.us), but – like many young entrepreneurs – he’s never content working on just one thing.

King is also a speaker on topics of entrepreneurship and spirituality. He’s currently writing an e-magazine for teens (Friendz) and a book about the intersection of spirituality and science (Bhagvad Gita & the Law of Attraction). He’s also developing a movie that peeks into the lives of ten young entrepreneurs (“Friendz: The Movie”). Lastly, King is organizing a conference for teenagers called Createens. It will give young people an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, blogging, and more from world-wide experts.

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 keep everybody out of the equation and follow my own inner calling. A lot of people get caught up asking, “What do you think, mother of mine? What do you think, father of mine?” But there are a thousand different people and you’re going to get a thousand different responses: somebody pointing you South, ten people pointing you North, even more pointing East. Where are you going to go? Go with yourself. Your point of view is unique in the world.

When you’re done with your vision, then you might ask for advice on minor things. You have to strike a balance. But even after asking people, follow what you think out of it, not what they think.

Take Google and Yahoo. These two are different perspectives of solving the same problem: finding content on the internet. Yahoo keeps on listening to people. Google doesn’t give a darn. They never ask you how their home page should look like. They never ask you anything – and that is really behind their success. They do it themselves. Then later, they might ask you how they could improve it.

Q: Why do you call yourself an outlaw in India?

A: I consider myself an outlaw because I refuse to follow a given pattern. I’m going to reinvent the wheel. My vision of the wheel is unique.

The majority of India thinks, “I’m here. I better play this safe because this is the only life I’ve got. I better get in the rat race that everyone has tried and tested.” How many students in your own class are really interested in enterprising? Are 90% of them just there for the degree? They want to get a good job so that they can get a good life, good money, and be happy. I ask them, “Why don’t you be happy in the first place?” Then you don’t need the degree and you don’t need the job. You can be happy now and then you can do anything you want.

That’s the reason I started Friendz in the first place. I saw talented people wasting their time with work and trying to score marks in exams when they could do so much more. The magazine is a place where teenagers can be themselves. I want to make it a platform for teenagers to know that there is nothing better than following their own passion.

You’re not going to find the real entrepreneurs in universities or online courses. Either you will find them as drop-outs or you will find them in the places least expected. Come to India. Go to the streets. They are street-smart people. They know how to sell. They can sell you your own shoes in two minutes.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: When you start out, whatever project you’re working on, realize that you don’t have to figure everything out about it in the first place. You can’t. You can’t sit on a breakfast table one morning and write out your life plan.

As you move on with your life, it will keep on changing. Creation is never complete. Keep on fine-tuning. If you’re a designer, you will realize that design is never complete. If you are writing a blog post, you will realize that a blog post is never perfect. Google is the best company in the world. But, it is still evolving and it always will be evolving. So, you don’t have to figure out all of the answers before you get started. All you have to figure out to begin with is what you want to do and just get started with it. The rest will come.

Meditation Rocks

Meditation Rocks by King Sidharth

If this universe inspired an idea in you, then it has every means to fulfill it. Trust in that. The more you improve, the faster you grow. So, the secret to a bigger business is not finding the perfect plan and sticking to it. If you do that, your business is going to be dead. The secret is to keep on changing, keep on fine-tuning. The best scooter in India was Bajaj LML. For years, that was the only scooter you could get. But they didn’t do any research and they didn’t fine-tune their product. Every other company in India was doing just that. Today, LML has vanished from the market.

Entrepreneurship is never about playing it safe. If you want to play it safe, please close this book and go to sleep. It’s not for you. Life is not for you. Life is never about playing it safe. Life is about playing it fun. That’s behind every entrepreneur. If you go and ask, “What makes you so passionate about your blog, your product, or your business?” It’s because they love changing it and they love how it all comes to form.

Be yourself, nothing else will do.

This is an abridged version from King’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. King is the most enthusiastic entrepreneur I have ever come across. He absolutely loves what he’s doing. The main takeaway from his interview is just that, do what you love and love what you do. Awesome, right?!

King Sidharth’s Top Quotes

“If you’re not doing the things that you love, then your life is not worth living. What are you here for?”

“I’m going to reinvent the wheel. My vision of the wheel is unique.”

“It was just one year ago that I realized that what I was doing was entrepreneurship. Just two weeks ago, I learned how to spell it [laughs].”

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{ 47 comments }

1 Nick Scheidies April 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I’m glad to see this interview is finally up!

I’m also glad to see that King’s enthusiasm shows through.

2 Nick Tart April 19, 2010 at 12:52 am

I know! King is definitely the most unique entrepreneur we’ve interviewed and I’m glad we were able to capture that!

3 King Sidharth April 19, 2010 at 2:53 am

Hey Nick & Nick!
Thanks a ton for giving me this opportunity to be awesome! I love awesomeness coz it’s so awesome. haha! I love the word unique and really love the title “The Outlaw Entrepreneur” associated with me XD Thanks a ton for so much good.
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

4 anonym September 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-…

hOW DO YOU LIVE with yourself man!!….u r so full of crap !.. ur article jus showed me the extent to which mankind is capable of boasting !….you r plain crass….just noise and no substance… and i m amazed to realize dat u r interviewed and branded as above….those ppl are completely insane and have lost their marbles!
seriously any sane person who has read ur blog will fall out of his chair and simultaneously bitchslap himself so that he comes bac to reality!!!…seriosulyy!

5 anon September 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

One of the most sane comments i hav read !

thanks anonym for enlightening us!

6 b2w September 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

ok….seriously…..somone finally got their marbles straightened out…..!!….Is it just me or are people really so braindead that they fall for a nimcompoop spewing pure unadulterated bullshit……..

by the way…..serious doubt……whats your actual name…..because your name IS you…or is it non-physical, eternal, God-force, God-consciousness ‘being’ ….??

THIS IS THE KIND OF ARBIT BULLSHIT HORSECRAP YOU WRITE ON UR BLOG!!!.. AND PPL CONGRATULATE U FOR DAT !….

7 Nicholas Tart September 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hey, I’m not sure why you seem so frustrated, but if you’d like to elaborate, I’d be happy to listen. And I’m sure King would like to hear your opinions as well. In the meantime, I’d like you to consider this quote by Mark Twain:

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

8 King Sidharth September 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

Interesting stuff. Looks like what I wrote really hit you in the eye. (Success!)

@Nick Not really man. I have nor respect for “anon”. Let em be.

9 anonym September 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

pls do go through my last comment right at the bottom of the page for more ‘Elaborate’ views as requested by Mr. Nick Tart!

10 anon September 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

@Nick Tart:
you noe Mr.tart….your sly and very subtle insult through the ‘quote’ hasnt gone unnoticed……we ‘were’ the subjects of ur majesty the Queen and have learnt the language enough to probably beat u at ur own language(unfortunate as it may seem)!..so u can refrain from the subtle insults….and can as well openly Insult me rather than through the use of proverbs et all.

“King Sidharth is Vibration – You Can Only Feel Him
King Sidharth & I are One”…..(quotes from the “king’s” blog)

i hold my civilization and culture very dear to me and i see it equivalent to treason wat ‘King sidarth’ has aimed to do so in the above quoted lines!

The Upanishads and The Vedas are sacred and dear to us ….what “The King” has attempted to do is to replace each occurence of a particular word in the manuscript with his own ‘sacred’ name …i.e. king sidarth!..

that is as elaborate i can go ….and FYI i dont expect u to understand this or at the least vindicate my stand ….i m just stating the above facts out of sheer interest for the reader!…and so that he realizes the ‘unholy truth ‘ upon reading this comment!!

@KING SIDARTH:
Do u even noe how to spell Respect ? or u think it as …{“collective conscious of all that I’ve been before and all that I’ve been now and more – so it’s, for sure, multi-conscious.”}(quotes from the “king’s” blog)

frankly speaking ….consult a schizophrenic specialist man!!!….

{“When you talk to me and feel inspired,…… – you know you are interacting with King Sidharth. It is not much different from the difference between Gautama Sidhartha – the prince of Shakya and Buddha – the enlightened one.”}
(lines Quoted from THE KING’S blog…)

u pompous retard ….u have had the audacity to compare urself with Lord Buddha..!!..and u talk about Respect..!!…

{“No don’t go and start a trend of putting Kings and Queens before your name – for to name that broader part of you – you need to find it”}

….NO BUT HE HAS DISCOVERED HIS ‘BROADER’ [wat does dat even mean man!!....BULL CRAP] PART >>>>SO ALL HAIL THE KING :D……..(again Quoted from his blog)…

11 anonym September 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

@Mr.Nick Tart

Let me emphasize that i have high regards as well as respect for You and the fact that I know you are a respected member of the entrepreneur community !

it is just excruciatingly painful to wonder how You werent able too see through such a fake persona as king sidarth is!

and the fact that your quote was a shady covert sucker punch didnt help to cool my nerves down!!

i should conclude by reiterating that i Hold You in the Highest Esteem..

12 nitin jaswal August 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

hi king i am confused what actualyy u do?.

13 Manav Dhiman April 19, 2010 at 12:18 am

Well, it was a nice interview. BTW Nick, I would like you to interview a much more successful entrepreneur. His name is Farrhad Acidwalla, he has his own company. He’s just 16. Why not send him an email? Here’s his website url: http://www.rockstahmedia.com/

I am sure you will look into that! :)
.-= Manav Dhiman´s last blog ..Education – What exactly is it? =-.

14 Nick Tart April 19, 2010 at 1:02 am

Hey Manav! I just talked to you but I want to set the record straight on the site as well. Just like how King said every person is unique, so is every person’s definition of the word, ‘success’.

King’s entrepreneurial success doesn’t come from his companies or his projects, it comes from himself as the entrepreneur. He absolutely adores entrepreneurship and he loves every single task associated with it. In that respect, he’s more successful than 99% of entrepreneurs, no matter the company. I know King is going to have successful companies because he is so satisfied with who he is and that’s a huge lesson for young entrepreneurs. This is why we wanted to interview King.

You can take an entrepreneur’s company, but you can’t take their mindset. And King has one of the world’s best entrepreneurial mindsets as far as I’ve found.

But I’ll take a look at Farrhad ;)! I’ve known him for awhile and I’ll discuss it with Nick.

15 King Sidharth April 19, 2010 at 3:27 am

Nick!
I love that rampage of self-perspective appreciation! Your words are true for everyone, their perspective is of so much value that it cannot be explained in words.
In times of slef doubt, I am going to use your words to know, again, value of that which is me. And I’ll use these words for sure to sure up others too XD
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

16 Nick Tart April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

That’s great to hear, King! Please use those words as much as you’d like!

17 King Sidharth April 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

Dude, dude, due! I can’t thank you enough for this comment. I’ve been knowing this vibration form you since long and finally I know is so clear. Thanks for helping me refocus on my value again!! You are priceless XD!!!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

18 Nick Tart April 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

That’s awesome King! Your ability turn criticism into something positive is impeccable. This is just a sign that you still have a lot of work to do, my friend. But you’re well on your way.

19 Agent Deepak | Blogging. Marketing & Success April 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

11 years seriously. Sidharth you are awesome. What can I say more. I am 21 and I have not yet thought that much leave alone trying to do those amazing things.

Sidharth I can only say best of luck for all your projects.
.-= Agent Deepak | Blogging. Marketing & Success´s last blog ..Interview with Lee Ka Hoong of My Blog 2 Day =-.

20 Nick Tart April 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I know, Deepak! One of the biggest common threads is that most of these interviewees have been entrepreneurs for the majority of their lives – way before they even knew what an entrepreneur was. Really makes me rethink my stance on “Entrepreneurship by nature or nurture.”

21 King Sidharth April 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I relly find all of us talking about age. lol As if we don’t know our own eternal nature. Isn’t everything we do from understanding that we are really eternal?

11 or 21, be the best of you – world will see you shine. Thanks for encouragement man.
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

22 Jonathan Romig April 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Nicely Done. SidHarth is a pretty cool guy! He has Entrepreneurship down.

23 Nick Tart April 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Thanks, Jonathan! He is a cool guy! I’m excited to see what he continues to do with all of these entrepreneurial traits.

24 King Sidharth April 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Thanks, Jonathan!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

25 Dev | Technshare April 26, 2010 at 12:58 am

Hey Nick !
Great interview :) And Sidharth is really a awesome man :D !!
.-= Dev | Technshare´s last blog ..Top 20 Young Entrepreneur Blogs =-.

26 Nick Tart April 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Hey Dev! Thanks and I agree! He’s quite the young entrepreneur.

27 Utkarsh July 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Great interview! Completely agree with the rat race part in India… it starts right in school. People don’t even think about it: you study science in school, get into engineering, then you get an MBA and then you get a job. That’s what the 90% follow >.<

Btw, follow Sidharth's twitter… comes up with motivating one liners at just the right moments ;)

28 King Sidharth July 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Thanks man!
I really do hope better for world. Thanks to Nick & Nick – they are taking a step (million times).

:D !! I love Twitter now.

29 Nick Tart July 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Hey Utkarsh! It’s not like that just in India… All around the world entrepreneurship isn’t an option. It’s a secret that’s just now getting exposed. And King is one of those people who exposes it in everything he does.

30 Srikanth Tekula April 15, 2011 at 4:19 am

Im Really impressed with the guy’s explanation about hw he sees the world when the boys at his age can’t even imagine , example of google , yahoo shows he is technologically connected , yes he is the true enterprenuer , ur true inspiration for others above ur age.

31 King Sidharth April 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thanks for the kind words, man!

32 Deepak yadav May 9, 2011 at 6:04 am

Wooh wooh man this guy is something really big man. I was reading this post sleeping on my bed while reading i sat on my bed and i didn’t even knew when i sat down.

33 anonym September 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

@Nick Tart:
you noe Mr.tart….your sly and very subtle insult through the ‘quote’ hasnt gone unnoticed……we ‘were’ the subjects of ur majesty the Queen and have learnt the language enough to probably beat u at ur own language(unfortunate as it may seem)!..so u can refrain from the subtle insults….and can as well openly Insult me rather than through the use of proverbs et all.

“King Sidharth is Vibration – You Can Only Feel Him
King Sidharth & I are One”…..(quotes from the “king’s” blog)

i hold my civilization and culture very dear to me and i see it equivalent to treason wat ‘King sidarth’ has aimed to do so in the above quoted lines!

The Upanishads and The Vedas are sacred and dear to us ….what “The King” has attempted to do is to replace each occurence of a particular word in the manuscript with his own ‘sacred’ name …i.e. king sidarth!..

that is as elaborate i can go ….and FYI i dont expect u to understand this or at the least vindicate my stand ….i m just stating the above facts out of sheer interest for the reader!…and so that he realizes the ‘unholy truth ‘ upon reading this comment!!

@KING SIDARTH:
Do u even noe how to spell Respect ? or u think it as …{“collective conscious of all that I’ve been before and all that I’ve been now and more – so it’s, for sure, multi-conscious.”}(quotes from the “king’s” blog)

frankly speaking ….consult a schizophrenic specialist man!!!….

{“When you talk to me and feel inspired,…… – you know you are interacting with King Sidharth. It is not much different from the difference between Gautama Sidhartha – the prince of Shakya and Buddha – the enlightened one.”}
(lines Quoted from THE KING’S blog…)

u pompous retard ….u have had the audacity to compare urself with Lord Buddha..!!..and u talk about Respect..!!…

{“No don’t go and start a trend of putting Kings and Queens before your name – for to name that broader part of you – you need to find it”}

….NO BUT HE HAS DISCOVERED HIS ‘BROADER’ [wat does dat even mean man!!....BULL CRAP] PART >>>>SO ALL HAIL THE KING :D……..(again Quoted from his blog)…

34 Nicholas Tart September 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

Nah, it wasn’t meant to be an insult, anonym. I was merely asking you to consider and think critically about a quote from someone much more intelligent than either of us.

35 King Sidharth September 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

Some nice points in there, thanks for pointing them out. I really appreciate the effort you put in writing the essay. So much trouble for a fake persona?

You must be a good man, really.

Thanks again ;)

36 anonym October 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

heyy!!..

wow..i had expected u to reply to my thread posted way top near the other comments……so actually missed out on noticing ur reply!!

@Nick Tart

yeah…btw a piece of advice….Don underestimate urself..!….he isnt above u or more intelligent than U ……modesty isnt always the Right thing to practice.

As for being more intelligent than me ….bah…dats out of the question!…not outta self-praise….jus plain common sense…:D

@King

Heyy!!…long time man!!…n really thnx for the appreciation ……ws starting to think noone’s noticing my Rant :D

oh btw…..fake persona is to preserve my privacy…..or i could have as well given a random name and posted …..i chose to do the former…

nyways….glad we ended on the right note :D as i had expected ……
EnjOY:)

37 anonym October 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

heyy!!..

wow..i had expected u to reply to my thread posted way top near the other comments……so actually missed out on noticing ur reply!!

@Nick Tart

yeah…btw a piece of advice….Don underestimate urself..!….he isnt above u or more intelligent than U ……modesty isnt always the Right thing to practice.

As for being more intelligent than me ….bah…dats out of the question!…not outta self-praise….jus plain common sense…:D

@King

Heyy!!…long time man!!…n really thnx for the appreciation ……ws starting to think noone’s noticing my Rant :D

oh btw…..fake persona is to preserve my privacy…..or i could have as well given a random name and posted …..i chose to do the former…

nyways….glad we ended on the right note :D as i had expected ……
EnjOY:)

38 King Sidharth October 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

I get that “privacy” thing. It’s easier to bash someone anonymously. It takes guts to say what you believe with your name on it.

Anyways, I am glad we are on right note here ;)

39 anonym October 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

aahh!!….and it takes a fool to reveal one’s identity ..!!…especially for a cause so unworthy!

and yeah ….well the bashing was righteously deserved…..so wouldnt matter if it occured under the cloak of anonymity!!…:P

yea…totally on the right note buddy …….so much so dat v should meet up n hang out man..;-)

40 anonym October 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

aahh!!….and it takes a fool to reveal one’s identity ..!!…especially for a cause so unworthy!

and yeah ….well the bashing was righteously deserved…..so wouldnt matter if it occured under the cloak of anonymity!!…:P

yea…totally on the right note buddy …….so much so dat v should meet up n hang out man..;)

41 King Sidharth October 22, 2011 at 2:30 am

Yeah! Fools are those who walk the talk under banner of their own name. Such useless thing to do.

And totally with you about “unworthy” cause. One should not waste a single word for an unworthy cause like this. Damn man! You nailed it!

Lemme know if you’re around Chandigarh someday. Would love to catch-up with you. Do wear a mask though.

42 Nicholas Tart October 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

This has to be one of the most interesting comment threads on JuniorBiz thanks to you two! Thanks.

And King, I want to meet up someday too!

43 RST December 26, 2011 at 12:46 am

Why take the interview of the piece of rubbish. He has neither made any money or had any success. Just a totally immature piece of nonsense.

44 RST December 26, 2011 at 12:48 am

These guys should first create a startup thats worth something instead of talking about all this nonsense. No person worth anything will waste even 5 minutes on this guy…

45 King Sidharth October 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

In that case, I appreciate you taking out time to share your thoughts here. Really very generous of you.

46 Nishant April 5, 2013 at 12:17 am

Utter crap. Almost reads like a parody on teen ignorance. ‘King’ Sidharth, Really? Outlaw? Come one! What is this, some Star Wars theme party?
Grow up dude. You’re just above average. Nothing more. I know some just-turned-20s who have achieved far far more, and still don’t add ‘King’, ‘Sir’ before their names and go about giving pretentious interviews.

47 Nicholas Tart April 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Nishant, I asked King for his interview because I felt (and still do) like he had an interesting perspective on entrepreneurship that I wanted other people to know. I’m not sure why you don’t like his perspective. And everyone has their own definition of achievement. I admire King. He has taught me how to appreciate the present while being excited for the future. Not many people have had that effect on me.

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