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That Feeling of Winning!

Entry for Winning! #Conclave14  http://conclave.intoday.in/. In an era, where the world has moved to 140 characters, I won’t use many lines to explain what Winning means to me and will make it short and simple :)

As an entrepreneur my feeling of winning comes from my everyday experience & interactions with the people around me!

When I see people in our organisation smiling and feeling happy about the culture we’re building at our workplace, I feel we’re winning and we’re moving forward.

When our client says, “Good Job” to our team, I feel that we’re winning together as one unit, as one Team.

When the trainee in organisation gives us a party for buying a new bike or our peon gives a party for his kiddo’s birthday, I feel that we are winning as human beings.

When our mentors talk about their learnings, share their experience and guide us that feeling of winning comes in as we know we’re not alone out there and have someone somewhere who is showing us the light.

When my parents tell me to continue with what I am doing, I feel I’ve won their trust and am winning as a son.

When my wife supports me for everyone decision that I make, forgives me for every mistake that I make, I feel that I am winning as a husband.

More than anything else, Winning for me is a feeling that comes from the happiness, happiness of soul, body and mind.

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10 Lessons of Entrepreneurship

I was recently invited by University School of Management Studies in Delhi to deliver a talk in their ongoing Entrepreneurship development program. It is always motivating to see young students pursue entrepreneurial dreams. Things have changed quite a bit compared to what they were about 5-6 years ago.

Here is the slide-deck from the day’s talk.

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Startup Life: Diary of a First Generation Entrepreneur

‘Oh shit..’ came the voice from the other room. In a whisker, I stood up and went to the working area in the cabin outside only to find out that the predictable had happened.

The ’2′ desktop computers had re-booted again. Apparently, the electricity had gone off and for some reason our UPS (Un-interrupted Power Supplywas not behaving the way it was supposed to be. Needless to say one of the employees was unhappy as everytime she was in the middle of something important, the ‘desktop’ was ditching her.

Bewildered and bit unhappy with the sequence of events in the day we were looking at the desktops and were wondering what to do. Sunny was scratching his head and so was I !!

Well aware of the challenges of operating in a commercial area in the vicinity of ‘Noida’, we thought we had the backup system in place and were not sure what was causing these machines to re-boot. Desparate for a solution, we checked the system for overload, moved one of the laptops to direct power, checked the electricity voltage for any fluctuations but everything seemed ok. Offcourse, like any customer would do in this case we called our vendor to check the possible problems with our power backup solution. Like most service providers do, he promised and we waited impatiently for him only for the day to end on a note where we were not sure what the situation would be on the next day.

Journey.. of Life (Credit: Mita Majumdar)

People were giving different advices, somebody said it is time for you to upgrade your power backup solution and someone said there is problem with your power backup solution and the same needs to be fixed by your vendor.

In our mind, we knew that was just one of those days when we as drivers of the startup car were being tested. It was just one of those small roadblocks that had hit us in our journey. One of those days were god was testing us, our spirits, our patience and our courage. It was also an indication of future challenges to come.

As Sunny, put(s) it “World changes upside down when seen from the eyes of an employer”.

Rewind a little bit and coming back from the days when we had quit our jobs to do something different, something has changed and that something is LIFE :)

Happy Team

Here is one word which still looks the same but appears very different. ‘Responsibility’ – Today it is not just about us, it is about the people along with us in this boat, their career, their likes and about their happiness. As we know these will be the jewels who will be the CRUX of this organization. The key elements of our core team who will take the ‘BRAND’ to a new level !!

Allright, this is it for now as I head towards a long drive to the office with questions in my mind !!

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Entrepreneurial resources

Customer development methodology

Good product manager bad product manager

Customer development process

Minimum Viable Product

Project rifle

Research writing methodology

Conducting market research

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Recruiting Lessons from Google

How does Google manage to be different everytime :) Their recruitment advertisement in today’s Times of India Ascent is another example that !

The world’s no.1 search-engine company has positioned itself as a startup in this job-advertisement.

The catch line says ‘Start-up company with manpower, funding an ideas seeks entrepreneur‘.

A thing or a two to learn for the modern-companies:

Comfort feel for your potential employees
Learn how to position yourself even if you aren’t a startup anymore. Provide a start-up comfort factor to your potential recruits. Talk about the open-culture, encouragement for entrepreneurship and things like that.

Startup tag works well
Jumping on the big company bandwagon is easy. Staying on with your current start-up tag is tough.

They say it works both ways. A company’s screening process includes relevant experience, educational background and similar parameters. OTOH, a candidate screens the right companies for his job. ‘Culture’ is a vital ingredient of his company-screening process.

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