North alum finds passion with business


At age 17, entrepreneur Chirag Kulkarni found his niche, business. Kulkarni graduated from Blue Valley North in 2013 and currently attends Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

In Feb. 2011, Kulkarni began one of his first successful business ventures, Stop That Racket, a tennis racquet stringing company concentrated within clubs and sporting goods stores. Kulkarni achieved profitability within four months and an 8% month over month growth in customers. In Jan. 2013, Kulkarni formed C&M Group, a consulting firm composed of nine entrepreneurs doing work from Kansas City, Kansas to Torino, Italy.

“Consulting is focused on consultants with zero background in growing a business. We took entrepreneurs and turned them into to venture assisters to help companies,” Kulkarni said.

In Mar. 2015, he founded his latest venture, Insightfully Co., a social media site that uses predictive analytics to find consistent value and connection in one’s own network.

“When you meet someone at a networking event, and add them to your social channels, you will usually never keep in touch. Our software allows you to do that using social context in order to stay in touch,” Kulkarni said.

Kulkarni’s success landed him at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit. Kulkarni has also contributed stories on The Huffington Post, VentureBeat and Entrepreneur Media.

“[The Summit was] incredible. Got to meet people that were similar ages and abilities working on super cool and interesting problems,” Kulkarni said.

As for the future, Kulkarni plans to pursue business with another passion of his: teaching. He currently speaks at universities, entrepreneurship summits and businesses about his own experiences with business.

“[I plan to] continue helping others, build stronger relationships and start teaching after [I’m] 50,” Kulkarni said.

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