Taking a giant leap: Rhea Belani

These youngsters are extremely determined, raring to go and simply unstoppable. Here are some swashbuckling next-generation entrepreneurs on the Bengaluru block. Hailing from influential families in the city, they are poised to not just survive but thrive on their own. Be it taking the family legacy forward or carving their own niche, they are all set to soar the skies. Some with their start up spirits while the others juggling novel and innovative ideas into the existing ventures. Meet the all-powerful GenNext.

Text by Namita Gupta.

Rhea Belani, User Experience Designer

Family foundation: Daughter of an illustrious and industrialist family, Rhea Belani is full of promises to take on the world on her own. “My parents (Ravina and Sunder Belani) have been a huge support in what I do. My mom has always been my stress reliever. She’s been there at any time of the night (time difference included) whenever things got hard. My dad is the reason I became so ambitious in the first place. I want to be as dedicated and hardworking as him,” shares Rhea filled with admiration for her industrialist dad Sunder who has made a mark in his field.

The written word: “I studied from Rhode Island School of Design. The school itself is incredibly competitive and has unbelievably tough hours. The students I surrounded myself with are incredibly talented and are doing incredibly well in their fields. Just being a part of that lifestyle made me want to better myself as a designer. I eventually want to start my own company but starting with how I got to this point in my life where UX Design, VR and animation are imperative in my design thinking, I just knew I had to take my passion of fine arts and compliment it with my growing passion with technology and problem solving and UX design just clicked with my two passions,” says Rhea, a recent graduate from Rhode Island School of Design in the major of graphic design.

Biz whiz: “I worked as a User Experience Designer at a digital agency in Boston called Isobar. I am incredibly interested in problem solving and taking technology to the next level with design as its frontier. I worked mainly with brands such as Adidas, Enterprise, Wyndham and Les Schwab to redesign their apps and websites to make things more user friendly and easy to navigate,” shares Rhea of her work stint after her graduation.

Taking the Legacy forward: Aiming to learn more and achieve perfection in her field, Rhea is not one to sit still. She has plans to study further. “I am going to be attending Royal College of Art for my Masters in London, UK. My major will be in Service Design, Interaction Design as well as a part MBA at Imperial College of London. I chose RCA because of its recognition and of course for the networking. My professors will be some of the best in their fields and I am looking for a new adventure in finding out more about myself as a designer and where I can take my skills to the next level. Post RCA, as of now I could either dream to start my own UX company or go in the direction of working for some of the best companies in my field such as Ideo or Google. But I think RCA will shape me for my future and help me decide concrete goals in pushing my career goals further. My highpoints have been getting into two of the top universities I could have ever imagined getting accepted into, I feel incredibly grateful to RISD for making me the person I am today and I am grateful for being accepted into the Royal College of art to further my ideas as a designer.”

Life outside workplace: Rhea isn’t the kind of girl who’s all work and no play. This full of life and bubby girl confesses, “I am obsessed with Bollywood dancing. I could just break out into dance whenever any Bollywood song comes on.”