Rajive Dhavan

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Rajive Dhavan
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Born31 July 1986
Amritsar, Punjab
OccupationEntrepreneur, Brand Consultant, Digital Marketer, Speaker and Author
EducationB.A. Mass Communication (Journalism)
GenreEntrepreneurship & Advertising
Notable worksWhat's In a Name Creatives, STFU – Start The F#%$ Up

Rajive Dhavan is an Indian entrepreneur, brand consultant, digital marketer, speaker and author. Born on July 31, 1986, in Amritsar, Punjab, he did his schooling from D.A.V. Public School, Hyderabad, and studied B.A. Mass Communication (Journalism) in St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad, Telangana. He is the founder and CEO of What’s In a Name Creatives.[1] He's also the author of the business book STFU - Start The F*ck Up.[2][3][4]


Early work experience[edit]

In 2002, after passing the 10th standard, Dhavan quit education, and took up his first job as a retail clerk, at a clothing store called Zodiac. He worked there for a year, and resumed his education. A few months later, in 2004, he quit his first job, and joined GE Capital as a process executive.[5]

In 2009, he took up the role of a sub-editor and columnist with the English-language daily Deccan Chronicle.[6]

In 2010, Dhavan joined an advertising agency as a copywriter.[7]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

Digital Marketing Professional of the Year (2018), All India[8] by the Times Network

TV5 Business Leader of the Year (2018), Hyderabad[9]

Outstanding Achievement Award for Business Excellence by the All India Achievers Foundation[10][11]


On August 13, 2010, Dhavan started an Advertising & Digital Marketing Company - What's In a Name Creatives.[12][13][14] Subsequently, he launched Namesake Production, in 2012, and Just Flaunt Salon, in 2013.[15]


  1. ^ "What's In a Name Creatives Wins Gold at ACEF 2015". www.afaqs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  2. ^ Dhavan, Rajive (2015-09-14). Stfu? Start the F Up: For Present and Future Leaders of Startups, Small and Medium-sized Companies. Author Solutions, Incorporated. ISBN 9781482856460.
  3. ^ Korukonda, Ravi (2015-11-30). "5 books every entrepreneur should read". Start-Up Hyderabad. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  4. ^ Rajive Dhavan (2017-04-29), STFU - Start The F*** Up, Best Book for Startup Leaders - Rajive Dhavan, retrieved 2019-03-22
  5. ^ Korukonda, Ravi (2015-10-28). "Discomfort with comfort - A fireside chat with serial entrepreneur Rajive Dhavan - Start-Up Hyderabad". Start-Up Hyderabad. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  6. ^ ""STFU - Start The F Up," says Rajive Dhavan". www.bolteraho.com. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  7. ^ "PIO Times".
  8. ^ ANI (2018-08-09). "Hyderabad-based Digital Marketing Company bags 2 National Awards". www.thehansindia.com. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  9. ^ Nadadhur, Srivathsan (2017-12-30). "Rajive Dhavan: Putting Hyderabad on the digital map". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  10. ^ ANI (2017-12-08). "Rajive Dhavan bags 'All India Achievers Foundation Award' for business excellence". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  11. ^ "Rajive Dhavan bags 'All India Achievers Foundation Award' for business excellence". www.aninews.in. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  12. ^ hyderabad, Whatsinaname - AD Agency In. "Best Digital Marketing Agency in Hyderabad, India, SEO, SEM". www.whatsinaname.in. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  13. ^ ANI (2018-08-09). "Hyderabad-based Digital Marketing Company bags 2 National Awards". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  14. ^ Rajive Dhavan (2017-04-29), Startup Journey | ETV | Inspiration | Entrepreneur | Rajive Dhavan, retrieved 2019-03-22
  15. ^ "Explore the Business World with an Entrepreneurial Eye – Oakridge.in". www.oakridge.in. Retrieved 2019-03-22.

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