It’s been quite a long time since I’ve made a post, or had written something. It is quite trivial to say that, “I’ve been a busy bee these days”. But, apparently, yes! Got a job, had to work pretty hard to get noticed in a company where at least 60% are quite good in terms of technical skills. Along with that, there has been one more thing that made me busy efficaciously, the word ‘Entrepreneurship’.
I’ll be pretty frank. It kept me busy, but it was so simply intricate that it can take a moment to solve the whole set of jigsaw as well may take an eternity to digest even the simplest ideology of Entrepreneurship. I’ve been working hard, I doubt not it. I had put many man hours into it. But, I failed even to start something. I’m motivated like all the entrepreneurs out there. I was watching biopics, motivational speeches by the finest of entrepreneurs in the world, reading books about entrepreneurship suggested by family, friends and everyone. And, note it, I’m not lazy too. But, I realized that the thing which was inhibiting my passion turning into a real deal was lack of perseverance. I know that this was the flaw, this was the loose wheel which was making my car go awry. This isn’t all of it. There are still more problems why a ‘wanna-be entrepreneur’ most often than not fails to sail the entrepreneur-ship successfully.
I want to start by sharing one of my story of many stories of my unsuccessful launches. I was in my engineering, and I’m a Computer Science student, good or above average with coding, and communication skill set along with leadership skill set. You need to be excellent, darn! We can improve it later. So, as usual like any other hostel room, I, along with a bunch of friends was involved in a useless discussion, and suddenly a topic of Entrepreneurship made its way. I tried to keep everyone involved in the topic, and we all landed on an idea, which we thought was quite niche, and the idea was to start a HyperLocal services. A kind of handyman services, and most importantly, we all thought that it was so niche. We discussed about it till 3-4 A.M. in the morning. It was not yet the time for the motivation to dilute, we started doing the market-research and came across some already established doppelgangers. Still we were pretty adamant to accept the fact that we don’t even stand a chance. We did not even know how stuff works, what is a USP and why is it so important. What business model, revenue model to craft that suits our startup.
As the days went by, we started doing wireframes, more or less unstructured, and I already started developing stuff, made our homepage, used the outdated PHP and learnt some new frameworks. And, then what happened, it all went downwards from there. We were not able to persevere the idea.
Let me tell you, I know we wasted our efforts, but I realized certain good things that can be extracted from this experience. First, the company cannot stand together until atleast one of them feels that it is worth pursuing the idea, and by believing, I don’t mean that, just believe it, one has to purse that idea with perseverance. And, it is quite common to realize that the idea will just fail and we cannot even implement it. But, still you need to cling to it firmly. Secondly, unless you have a good team, you cannot build a good product even though you believe it could be next Apple, or Facebook or Twitter, or the other way around is to become ‘Mark Zuckerberg’.
If you notice the above mentioned list of companies, all are Silicon Valley’s. Not even one of them is from India. And, you cannot find even a single Indian company that is as successful as one of those. This was one of the most important things that I’ve learnt. Indians are intelligent, far more than any average American, or any other European, but why we have only a handful of startups that are not stellar, but are atleast in that bandwidth of mediocre companies. The companies I’m talking about are Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, OLA, OYO and etc. The reason is lack of guidance, and proper awareness. No matter how many books you read about entrepreneurship, watch biopics and TV shows like Silicon Valley and pitchers, until and unless, we have a structure, a stipulated curriculum of approaching a startup, building and pursuing an idea into a product, our country, cannot produce any stellar, world changing stuff.
It is quite evident that our country, is slowly inclining towards entrepreneurship, but until we have a structured and continuous motivation and guidance, we will be like this. It is okay to shout slogans, “Startup India, Standup India”. But, the problem I have and many of my peers have is that everybody is telling what to do, but nobody is telling how to do it. We all have the potential to create a new Google, Facebook or even next Apple, but we all are scattered. Most of us are obscured and blurred with the extreme pragmatism, inhibiting the very risk-taking ability. I’m too a culprit of it.
You cannot do anything, without technology, that said, if you juxtapose our engineering curriculum of CS with that of any American or European one’s, it is quite apparent that the code we learn to write, they write much better code when they are in 6th , 7th grade. That should change, at least the technical entrepreneurs should learn new frameworks and start indulging others too.
I’m pretty confident that every person, at least, at one remote corner of their heart, want to work for themselves, not to fulfill some random guys’ dream, but to fulfill their own. Let us all start working on small things, let us make something for us, then make something for our country, then make something for our whole humanity.
We are working on a project that could get together all the entrepreneurs with great ideas and wonderful passion along with the technology to build something so stellar and make our nation, our country, and our people proud. And, strictly it is not always for the lucrative reasons that you should try and want to build something.