Aaj kuch tuphani Karte hai…. (Lets do something crazy today… )

Old friend send a FB message after finding my About Us page and what I have wrote there , Below is FB message I got , First Part of message is Text from my About Us Page

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Now , because he/she (trying to keep even gender also anonymous..  haha )  was so nice and second person to call me “Awesome” (only other person is of-course “Me”  :-( ) , I thought I should reply something really nice and Crack him/her again So I can get called “Awesome” one more time .  Good Plan.. Right !

Below is what I replied , and Now waiting to hear that word again desperately !

:-) Life was too good and easy for whole of last year , got bored .
Then One calm and boring afternoon , while having some sips of Mountain Dew (sweet color water soda ) , got this thought “Aaj kuch tuphani Karte hai….  “ . 
(fuck those awesome cool TV ads .. ) 

First Option –  Scuba Diving , but then realized death by drowning could be really embarrassing as lot of people think I am good swimmer .  
Second option - Bungee Jumping , went onto google to do some research and then come across a video of two blond bikini model were trying to jump for 1 hour but did not jumped after giving all kind of reactions and expressions. 
Third Option – Mount Everest .. Baby ! – Went to Sinhgad fort as a practice trek on next weekend before I can start arranging for around 50L that would cost me to trek the Mount Everest(yes, its freaking 50Lakhs INR ) , had epiphany on fort which i reached after 5 hours , that I am way over my head with this. 

there were some more good options , like “Bike Ride to Ladhakh , vanish somewhere and live without money for 3months etc” , but then figured these are sourced from my excessive social media uses or my addiction to TV shows . Told myself , “First , Get a Life dude, then Get Real !!  “ 

So Last Option , our good old way to get a Kick which would be as high and scary as above options , but something that 95KG dude in his late 20’s (you see what i did there .. :-) ) who thinks he is hip because he listen to Eminem all day long could do it – Starting up again !! 

And after that , life has been Crazy, Exciting , Challenging , a little Confusing and Chaotic but full of Possibilities again ! 

Too much melodrama :-) , Haha , it ought to be :-)

Innovation is creation of a viable new offering

I come across Book “Ten types of Innovation  – The Discipline of building breakthrough “- Larry Kelly , Ryan ,Brain , Helen etc.  , while getting some reading done on Innovation and Practical methods to Entrepreneurial Innovations . Book has some breakthrough ideas and concepts which are really worth going through number of times.  Following is direct extra from Book ,  Reproduced here in contemplation that this simple idea can help more people.

“Innovation is creation of a viable new offering

  1. Innovation is not only Invention :    innovation may involve Invention , but it need many more things e.g Deep understanding of whether customers need or desire that invention, how partner network can be formed to deliver it, and how i will be sustainable in long term .
  2. Innovation have to earn their Keep : Innovation have to return values , then only privilege of making another same day. Viability is defined with two criteria : The innovation must be able to sustain itself and return its weighted cost of capital .
  3. Very Little is Truly new in Innovation : “Every living thing comes from living thing” , Most innovations are based on previous advances . Innovation dont have to be new to the world – only to a market of industry .
  4. Think Beyond Products : Innovation should be about more than products. They can encompass new ways of doing business and making money , new systems of products and services , and even new interactions and forms of engagement between company and its customers .

 

It’s OK to fail

“It’s OK to try something new.

It’s OK to make mistakes. You will learn a lot from them.

It’s OK to take risks.

It’s OK to take your time.

It’s OK to find your pace.

It’s OK to try it your way.

It’s OK to fail. You can always try again free of fear.

It’s OK to look foolish.

It’s OK to be different.

It’s OK to wait until you feel ready.

It’s OK to experiment (in safety).

It’s OK to question the ‘shoulds’.

It’s special to be you. It is necessary to be you.

It is necessary to make a mess – which you are willing to clean up.

The act of creation is often messy.”

Making Things  – Ann Sayre Wiseman

        Found above Poem while browsing , Its mean to be for children’s , to inspire them to learn and explore . But as entrepreneur it has some raw appeal to us as well, and not because its great excuse when we fail , but because the above is reminder why you have chosen path less traveled.

Chronicals of Student Entrepreneurship

As Student Its inspiring experience to be a Entrepreneur . I took my first digg at Entrepreneurship when I was in second year of Diploma , around 18 Year old . We were not able enough to even spell Entrepreneurship back in those days, We never heard of this  french-inspired heavy word which I still can-not spell , yet !  Or never really know that what we were doing had a cool word  ,wait for it … “Startup ” .

We were just passionate and crazy enough to push ourselves to do something we really thought is cool thing.  ( I do remember 2 nights we spend discussing concept of ifriends.com , a website that could be more than Forum board, which will allow people to add others as a friend and share there photos , stories and questions with other friends , then I went on to build a prototype with iframes and html . We dropped the idea as ifriends.com domain was not available , and yes, It was year 2001 , before all those social sites )

There is this theory , which I have narrated to lot of people whom I have meet personally over the period of time , and up-till now, it has done great Job of inspiring people to start something of there own . It goes like this,

“You are not going to be Sachin Tendulkar and score 100 centuries in International Cricket , you are not going to swim English canal , You are also not going to climb Mount Everest(well few of you might )  , You are not going to be SRK or Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt  , But there is one thing that you can do which might bring you very closer to the experience , Excitement and Challenging environment of above all is to “Start a Company of your own”  .

If you know what I mean by above theory , then you got it and you are in this for right reason. If above theory is not something that you were able to relate to then your idea of Entrepreneurship is still lot of work in progress.

Students

I would apply above theory for Students , ” There are lot of things you are not going to do which lot of students have done it or going to do , e.g Kids who acted in harry Potter Movie , the ones which are wining NASA contests, Maths Olympiad , Science Shows or Debate Contests  etc , But Starting a Company with bunch of friends in your dorm room /Hostel is one thing which can bring you closer to that experience and Excitement “

When I was student doing my time at Diploma and Engineering colleges , I used to get utterly bored with classroom non-sense. Not that I has a bad teacher or college , I can surely tell you the whole system was trying very hard , but It was just not into me to sit there and act as I am interested . I saw some were very good at acting though , good for them , definitely not for me.

As result , when ever the term was about to over , and there is gap of around 1 month before term exam , I use to start with new Venture Idea with bunch of friends . When everyone from my batch/Hostel use to busy with study , I use to indulge into building a startup . Lot of those ideas were short lived after the finish of Term Exams .

If you are aware of Malcolm Gladwell’s Book Outlier , He mentioned a 10,000 Hours Rule in very detail. Although its very controversial, Its one of the well accepted and researched theories . In short , if you hope to be Entrepreneur in near future , then Its better to start early , and if you start at 18-20 year old , then by the time you are 28-30 , you already had a experience of being entrepreneur which goes back around 10 years. Its pretty much more than 10,000+ Hours of experience of being An Entrepreneur and doing every aspect of it like Building team , working on solutions , Hiring , Firing , Raising Capital , Building Offices, Draw Market Strategy , Sales , Legal etc.  So Sooner you start , better you are going to be .

Crowd As Student Entrepreneurship is about learning early to what it takes to build something meaningful . How to make a runaway in most hopeless environment around you ?  ,  How to get excited your room-partner, batch-mate to also take plunge ?, How to look beyond marks, scores ,results and more importantly beyond campus placements ? How to make that  first slogan , first logo , first name and first sale ?

Lot of those ventures are going to short lived , everyone getting involved will have multiple different agendas(including good on resume, good for MBA ,good for foreign university admission , good to get a job at other startup )    , you are bound to make a mistakes in almost all of those areas , there are going to be fights , disagreement , walkouts etc, worst case you are going to lose  friends (and might fail in some exams or even year ) . But the learning and experience you are going to get out of it , Its Worth It .

What use to be weakness in traditional sense , are no more weakness, but has become a strength in  a context of Student Entrepreneurship, e.g inexperience , No Capital , no professional experience or network etc.

There are number of challenges or  things that could go wrong e.g

  1.  Money  -> Do not focus on making money , Focus on creating value.
  2. Education -> Starting up is nothing but alternate education ,the one which complement to mainstream education , Make sure to complete mainstream education too.
  3. Social Outcast -> When there is 90% of your batch is focusing on campus placement , and you are one of the 10% who is busy working in hostel room, You are Outcast , and No matter how you see it , they think you are stupid to involved in something like this. (I dont think anyone from my Engineering class really remembers me or knows me as I never attended class for most of the years )
  4. Chicken Entrepreneur  -> There is this term I heard somewhere being used for entrepreneurs who starts at 23-24 , but loses steam and chicken out early too. This can very well happen to you as well .

But apart from Above , there is one thing which is true and i.e
“In the End , and if you stay till the end , Everyone Wins “

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Why I am not going gaga over the RaGa episode?

Rahul Gandhi interview with Times Now editor in chief Arnab Goswami has been making lot of rounds in social media . Overall reviews about interviews has been very negative and Rahul Gandhi has become a part of  jokes.This was Rahul Gandhi’s first interview to national news Channel on one -to-one basis in his around 10 years of political career.  There were few things definitely He did wrong Like

RahulGandhi1. Repeated use of same message i.e Empower Women , Change system , Bring in Youth

2. Avoiding Eye contact with Arnab or TV screen while answering questions ,  reflected very low confidence

3.  Allowing Arnab to drive the conclusion rather than he himself concluding a question

4. Not answering specifics , but rather speaking in vague language.

5. If he was upset on any question , he should have shown that anger on face and might have refused to answer the question , but instead he pulled back and tried answering a question without answering it .

6. Should have bought some research / proof or specific example of work and directions he was working , and could have used topic or question to show them to make a point

Rahul Gandhi

There is anti-congress cloud right now for number of reason , and one of the main reason being Congress senior leadership attitude or Non-Accountability towards India’s economics and political deterrent Environment.
Lot of people  co-related that attitude and he endup becoming poster-boy for it , and hence a subject of lot of criticism and Joke .

But In all the rukus , I think lot of people missed something which was clearly visible.  Before going ahead , I want to clarify that I am not really big fan of Congress or its Politics , I am Entrepreneur , Technologist and hence inherently supporter of capitalism . I do think Congress Leadership attitude towards overall functioning of Politics and Economy is part of Big problem.

As I have cleared my views , The interview did made some different impressions about Rahul Gandhi and What he might not able to communicate

1. He is Gentleman , too much of gentleman to be in politics , but Isnt that what India’s future politics wants ?
2. He knows that he is part of system , He need to change the system from inside , But He cant take a stands or Approaches that will endup dividing Congress Party in more 20 State level parties (like NCP in Maharashtra , Trinamool Congress in West Bengal etc ) .
3. There was conviction in his sound when he passionately talked about “the way Political parties select there candidate , need to be democratic process ” , His slipping mention of 15 Primaries that he hold as a experiment could make a end to nepotism in Political system of India.
4. He did made his passionate stand clear on dynasty , even at risk of sounding Hypocrite. He did not sounded Hypocrite , rather he mentioned that he think its big part of Problem and he is not afraid of dealing with it.
5. Evan though he sounded little plastic or naive at multiple times, He did leave an impression that he is work-in-progress, Indian Politics is not something you could master in 10 years , and he is working bottom up to master it .

I am sure lot of people must have noticed above , but we also become a victim of popular sentiments or opinion , and In light of current popular opinion around his interview , making a Joke of him is safer and popular stand .

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