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Rakesh Gandla, the 360 Degree Guy - Success Story

March 7, 2018

Rakesh Gandla, the 360 Degree Guy - Success Story

Mar 07, 2018
Reshma Mandal
Reshma Mandal is a professional blogger with great passion towards writing about digital marketing, fashion, travel etc.

"Positive actions combined with positive thoughts always results in success." With this inspiration, we are going to share the story of one of our student, Rakesh Gandla, whose love for digital technology and marketing is truly inspiring. Rakesh is a Guinness World Record Holder for the title “longest line of telephones” with 3766 mobiles over the length of 481 meters, on an awareness event on e-waste management. He is the founder and CMD of “Strawberry Branding,” Hyderabad - Marketing, Advertising, and Branding Consultant. Rakesh is also the founder of “Managers Without Borders,” NGO India which is recognized as one of the best NGOs in South Asia for using ICT practices. Let’s go through the inspiring journey of his success.

Educational Background of Rakesh Gandla

Rakesh completed his MBA degree from “ICFAI Business School Hyderabad” in 2016. He achieved many roles during his MBA education like the Co-Founder of IBS Messenger (Central Information Sharing System), Public Relations Head at Club EcoBizz (Official Economics and Public policy making club of IBS Hyderabad), the Executive member at NAZARIA (Official photography club of IBS Hyderabad).

Rakesh Gandla in IBS Hyderabad -  Digital Ready

Memory of Club EcoBizz - Digital Ready

He is a Btech holder of Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering from “Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus.” Here too he achieved many roles like the Co-Founder of GNI Videography Club (Short film-making Society). Founder and Co-Ordinator of Aero Innovations Center (Center of Excellence for showcasing aircraft RC Models). Rakesh and his team of students of Guru Nanak Institute of Technology have designed a first-person view (FPV) aerial surveillance light-weight aircraft prototype names as Griffin. Here are some of the memories.

Rakesh Gandla - Success of Project Griffin - Digital Ready

Aerial Surveillance Light-Weight Aircraft Prototype - Griffin

Career Move Towards Digital Marketing

He always wanted to know about digital marketing. So he searched for digital marketing courses in Hyderabad when he was pursuing MBA, with the hope of identifying himself out of the crowd. He came across Digital Ready on the way of his search. He was pulled towards Digital Ready after having the first conversation with Mr. Chiranjeevi Maddala, about making trends and job opportunities in the market. He completed Certificate Course in Digital Marketing (CCDM), which covers almost all the aspects of Digital Marketing World for present need in the market. According to Rakesh, “Digital Ready is proactive, thoughtful, responsible, and sophisticated. I can proudly say that Digital Ready has completely changed my perception towards digital marketing. I have started looking at things in a digital sense right from day one under the guidance of Chief Mentor and three times award winning industry expert Mr. Chiranjeevi Maddala.” Rakesh found Digital Ready as a combination of theory, case-studies, and real-time fabrications of ads and digital content which can put your thoughts into action. It's a versatile curriculum which widely covers all the aspects of digital marketing like content marketing, PPC, SEO, SEM, Mobile Marketing in a classroom session. Special focus was paid to Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and marketing automation. Every student is provided with an internship opportunity to get industry ready. Rakesh’s final and inspirational words for Digital Ready, “I can strongly say that Digital Ready is not only an institution which provides training to aspirants, but it also helps the aspirants to kick-start their careers in the field of digital marketing through placements. You might find many digital marketing training institutes in Hyderabad, but you may not find a Trainer, Mentor, and a philosopher like Mr. Chiranjeevi Maddala. Finally, I can say that Digital Ready is a place that can give you an opportunity to explore the world of Digital Marketing and fulfill your dreams.”

Rakesh as a Founder and Chief Managing Director of Strawberry Branding

Rakesh Gandla joined Earlypad Business Consulting Firm for Startups as a brand manager. After working there for one and half years, he thought of starting his brand. He started Strawberry Branding in sep 2017 which had helped him to gain skills like Branding, Website Development, Advertising, Designing, and Digital Marketing. Strawberry Branding is an independent creative marketing communication agency and full-service enterprise in Hyderabad, India. Online and Offline Advertising, Branding, Digital Marketing, Photography, and Technology Development (Web and Mobile), and Ad Film Marking are the services that Strawberry Branding provides.

Rakesh as a Founder of Managers Without Borders - NGO, India

Managers Without Borders is recognized as one of the best NGOs in South Asia for using ICT practices by e-NGO Challenge, South Asia, 2015, 2016-17 and stood up as a top 50 finalist. Rakesh and team have formulated the E5 formula for Innovations (energy, economy, employment, environment, and entrepreneurship) with an ambition to bridge the gap between various stakeholders in nation building process by constructing a dense network of students and professionals. Here are the certificates of his achievements:

Guinness World Records for the Title “The Longest Line of Telephones” - Digital Ready

Certificate of Recognition- Managers Without Borders, India - for Using Internet Tools to Promote Entrepreneurship - Digital Ready

Rakesh Gandla is a true inspiration to scale up startups using digital solutions. He is a perfect asset for organizations who want to get out of the crowd of the competition. It’s an opportunity for anyone to work with such an enthusiastic learner and entrepreneurial mind. So if you are getting it, then just grab it. Rakesh is now a Branding and Marketing Communications Professional with the best marketing and branding strategy. He has been following the motto of “inspire and get inspired” from childhood. That’s how he progressed and became what he is today. He got what he has dreamt of with the help of digital solutions implementation in his life. “Don’t wait for an opportunity to come just create it. You are the only reason for your success as the second letter of SUCCESS says”. If you want to do something, you will surely find a way as Rakesh did. We wish Rakesh good luck in his future endeavors and success.

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