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Ms. Komal Kothavale Muley
Founder, Betteryou Learning & Development LLP

Ms. Komal Kothavale Muley

Achiever's Success Story

“Even a 1% improvement each day can lead to an enormous difference in the long run”

Komal Muley is the founder of Better You, Your Growth Buddy, which aims to be the perfect starting point and companion for one’s journey of self-development. Better You is India’s first 6-in-1 Book Insights, Productivity, and Self-Growth App. The mission of Better You is to make holistic personal and professional growth systematic and accessible to everyone.

Self-development content and productivity tools are often offered by separate platforms, hindering one’s efforts to translate knowledge into action. Better You aims to bridge this gap by providing insightful book summaries, actionable takeaways from each book along with 5 more self-growth tools on a single app. Better You’s extensive collection of global bestsellers summaries across 10 different book categories help users cultivate the essential habit of conscious learning. Its carefully curated content equips them with the best strategies to become a better version of themselves each day.

Cultivating a sense of fulfillment seems to lie at the heart of Better You’s vision. It is also what led to the creation of the app in the first place. After her MBA, Komal Muley worked in private and foreign banks. Gradually, after ten years in the banking sector there came a realization: there should be more to life than simply working for a monthly paycheck. She felt that one’s profession should be a joy rather than a chore. So, she decided to switch careers in order to pursue something more meaningful and fulfilling for her.

Quitting a secure, well-paying job and getting into business full time was not an easy decision. But Komal was determined to move from her comfort zone and explore new possibilities. She wished to do something that resonated personally with her and also added value to the lives of people. She has always been an avid follower of the self-help genre. As a seasoned corporate employee, she recognized how reading daily becomes so difficult for time-pressed individuals. She realized that the only viable alternative is to read in-depth summaries structured around key lessons from each book. Thus, Better You was launched as an online platform which offers global bestsellers summaries in the self-help genre with a lesson-based approach, making it easier for users to absorb their wisdom and apply it to their lives.

Better You also offers a range of science-backed tools known to boost productivity and growth. It includes a personal journal, a habit tracker, a weekly scheduler, a success planner, guided meditations, and affirmations. Research shows that journaling can improve one’s communication skills, sleep, and immune system, along with improving one’s memory, self-confidence, and I.Q. Similarly, habits like planning, meditating, and affirming, are proven to reduce anxiety, increase efficiency and lead to a greater sense of satisfaction in life. Together, these features not only enhance users’ overall well-being; they also help them design a complete framework to achieve their life goals.

“One often feels overwhelmed by the number of learning platforms and resources available today. This information overload can discourage those who want to implement what they learn. The pandemic has reinforced a trend of never-ending digital consumption. However, enthusiasm for genuine learning has not diminished. People have come to appreciate specialized platforms that help them learn more effectively. They want the best of a particular knowledge field curated in one place – which is what Better You does. We want our users to feel empowered rather than overwhelmed by the content they engage with,” Komal explains.

First version of Better You, Your Growth Buddy was launched in Nov’20. It is available on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Within a year it got over 10000 downloads while maintaining a 4.7/5 customer rating. To date, it has 8000+ registered customers. Most of this has been organic growth. The founder adds, “Our app is backed by a small yet dedicated team that is now preparing to scale up its operations. We are humbled to receive the 2021-22 Indian Achiever’s Award for Promising Start-up. It is a great honor. Seeing our efforts being recognized by a platform as prestigious as the Indian Achiever’s Forum has encouraged us all to work even harder to take our company to new heights.”

Through Better You, Komal hopes to motivate others to believe in themselves, take a chance, and dream big, just like she did when she established this bootstrap start-up. After all, with the right tools and a genuine appetite for knowledge, the possibilities are endless!

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