“Failure in my exam showed me the right path, that is designing, else would’ve been yet another Engineer!”- Karan Shah, Founder-8fx
We bring forward the inspiring story of a young boy who was always good with drawing and painting and his transformation to a successful entrepreneur. Karan Shah, like many other students in our city, had his struggles with math, but that didn’t stop him, he said, “failure in my exam showed me the right path, that is designing, else would’ve been yet another Engineer!”
Realising the importance of hardwork in his early years he managed to clear the class 10 boards out of his way. Although he couldn’t overcome his fear with MEC having not one but two mathematical subjects, he strategically choose Commerce stream in intermediate,because it gave him sufficient time to develop his knowledge and skills in designing.
Soon after his journey as freelance designer on social media began with a post on Facebook , which was the perfect market research for a wannabe entrepreneur.
Belonging to a business family, he always had their support, however they had certain directives regarding partnership, cash flows and expenditures.
His grandfather enquired about the cash flows regularly.
This young chap in the second year of his graduation founded 8fx, which had a unique meaning ‘8’ on rotation become infinity, which signifies infinitesimal growth and ‘Fx’ stands for ‘Effects’. “8FX is a fully integrated design and branding agency that crafts beautifully useful, connected digital ecosystems that grow businesses and build enduring relationships between brands and humans.”
His journey involved immense hard work through the course of many internships commencing with a local film production company, Geeta Arts and simultaneous learning from youtube videos in his intermediate years. He continued to pursue graduation in animation and multimedia from JNTU Hyderabad.
Today he is a speaker at TEDx JNTUH,and holds expertise over topics like “compound effects”. He also conducts multiple workshops on Design Basics, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress, Brand Design, UI-UX Design and Online Media Marketing and has inspired many teenagers. He is also associated with Digital connect and VioletDB.
He heads the Design department for TEDx Hyderabad, “The Angel Summit”. Karan has provided his creative skills and expertise to various corporate like ISB, She Teams, T-Hub, Tech Stars, Nasscom, iKeva, Design Summit, August Fest etc.
He is closely working with the State Innovation Cell, an initiative by the Government of Telangana.
His story ignites the fire in all of us to chase our dreams for no other reason but self satisfaction.