Startup bubbles up in Air

Startup bubbles up in Air…

With so many startups emerging all over the world.. the air gets filled with a vibrant ecosystem full of enthusiasm till reality check comes in..

Sam ”we have exhausted the last penny of the investments.. need another 100M$’

The board members look at each other and smile..

Sam ”what is your decision?”

Jack ”I have 2% equity in your loss making startup though it is valued US$750M.. so seriously speaking.. I do wish .. someone puts in 100M more to get it going”

Banker Rocky ”dear all.. we can invest.. but you need to acquire at least 4 companies more to consolidate your positon”

Sam ‘Sure.. we can…”

Rose ”seriously am not sure where we are heading.. the sentiments are not too rosy.. it seems the entrepreneurs are just not willing to boot strap with zeal any longer.. all looking out for some investments’ and only then the show goes on”

Sam ”No Rose.. we did boot strap…”

Rose ”anyways.. whatsoever is board decision.. let us go by that”

After the meeting

Sam ”Rose.. you could have been less nasty..  what about our personal quotient’?”

Rose ”it finished way back.. when you left me for Sophia.. and remember.. I did the whole lot of bootstrapping and helped you get seed funded”

Sam ”Rose.. one lesson I learnt in this game..

Rose ”what?”

Sam ”never feel shy to seek funds”

Rose ”I know.. you well”

Sam smiles

 

 

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love knocks

love can be a real lesson to someone who has never fallen in love ever..

Siya ‘I never knew what hit me when I had a first brush of crush for my teacher Hamid’

Siya ”I got pained when he got married a few months later’

Heartbroke… 1 yeat later

Siya ”this guy used to keep following me.. in college.. buses, trains and one day I stopped to ask him .. why so?’

Jai just smiled and said ”I love you”

Siya ”I could not cope.. and said stop following me.. else will call the police”

Siya ”Next day onwards he just disappeared.. To come to think of it,, he seemed from good family.. but”

and then 4 years later

Siya ”I was here on my startup mission ..in accelerator program giving pitch and one of my cofounder planted a kiss on my cheeks.. ghosh.. I didnt like it at all”

Jack ”hey Siya what is wrong.. have just joined you to make you feel comfortable.. am exploring a long term relation with you”

Siya ”common.. these investors.. the revenue and returns.. sorry not now”

2 weeks later Jack resigned and am left all alone

Siya ‘is there something wrong in me.. commitment phobic.. or am I not getting right partner.. love knocks and that is it…

As Siya is pouring her heart to her best friend Michael

Michael ”Siya.. you need a break.. no strings attachment.. will it work for you.. I and you can go to Bali”

Siya ”common… not again…”

 

love need not ask question

Sama is in love with Riya her child hood friend..

Riya has developed infatuation for Harry ever since she met in NY meetup.

Harry ”Riya.. please.. am married.. this will not happy”

Riya ”am open for just being with you”

Harry ”sometimes we need to accept life as it is”

Riya sullen returns back to Singapore..

Sama greets her warmly..

Sama ”hey.. you have gone so sad.. what happened.”

Riya ”please do not ask such questions”

Sama ”sure.. but let us have a good breakfast and share your photos”

Riya looks at Sama eating breakfast gleefully.

Riya ”how is your startup faring?”

Sama ”lol.. do not ask such questions.. still trying to seek investor”

Riya ”common.. how much you need”

Sama ”10000$ to begin with”

Riya opens a cheque book and gives a cheque to Sama

Sama ”hey.. are you sure”

Riya ”yes..”

Sama ”why so?”

Riya ”do not ask such questions.. I do not like it”

Sama ”sure.. but can I tell you something”

Riya ”yes.. you love me since childhood and care for me always”

Sama is silent

Same ”can I ask you a question?”

Riya ”love need not ask question as answers need to be understood”

Sama “So should I assume you too love me?”

Riya “Again a question.. sorry.. I will not answer”

 

 

 

 

 

IDLI

Saraswati toils her day making Idli’s and selling it in various locations of Chennai.. at 10cents  for 2 Idli’s.   One day..

Rick ”isn’t it weird.. everywhere I see these white puffed food and people eating it.. Let’s have one’

He stops at a stall ‘give me IDALY’

Rick’s friend Ramu begins laughing.. Not IDALY.. It is IDLI

Rick gobbles two. for Rs6 and finds it amazing..

Rick ‘who is the owner of this’

The stall person informs ”Saraswati”

Rick ‘wow.. I will want to have this in US”

Saraswati informs in Tamil ”it will not sell there.. who will make the dough.. who will make the puffed rice.. cookers are not in vogue in US”

Ramu translates to Rick

Rick ”no worries.. we will make Idli packs and send it as breakfast.. but I want you there”

Saraswati ”how is it possible.. visa etc”

Ramu ”do not worry Sir, many South Indians  out there in US. we will start one”

3 months latter

Rick ”what a business. it is selling hot in Jersey City, NY and never knew i would make a business out of IDLI”

Ramu on skype ‘Saraswati wants to open more franchise.. will you invest?”

Rick ”of course.. Idli is one of my favourite dish now on.. pack up time for fat PIZZA’s’

 

Slow runner

Mary ‘I have been a slow runner always’

Tom ‘no problems… the one who runs slow, has a chance to run faster later as has still conserved energy ‘

Mary looks surprised..

Tom ‘in life if we wish to accelerate too soon, there will be no other milestones left later, so you may end up time spending on philanthrophy, more business, more hobby pursuits etc.. but then even you may get bored with that.. as there is no compeling reason to live your life’

Mary is silent

Tom ‘so do not regret you are a slow runner.. I am an Investor.. happily investing in startups.. but that zeal to do something on own is lost.. even I do.. because I had loads of money.. am not too ambitious now.. and I always feel life should be lived at right moments, right time with right contribution to pain and success spanned out in entire life span rather then an imbalanced one’

 

Letter to Startups

Dear Aspiring Entrepreneurs,

Please do not try to seek employment in garb of initiating a company..  Startup is a search for an appropriate workable business model for a venture…

Here it the catch, we should not assume investors will invest in startup just to ensure business model will work or not, so what will an investor want…

a) Appreciate whatsoever links, contacts, network, legacy experience which Investors, Incubation heads will  bring to table..

b) Do not  try to close venture just because an Investor has stopped funding the venture as here your true capability of being tough entrepreneur is at test…

c) Bootstrapping calls for startup entrepreneurs to not take too much money in form of salary from investor’s purse.. It calls for spending the money wisely on all aspects of business.

d) Make the product a success story rather then a failure and be open to any client opportunity which comes to you..  If you are focusing only on product development and not marketing then you are going to be a risk of failure

e) For a change, startups should have courage to take loans may be excluding collaterals and run a business too

f) Have patience, strong will power and the project will do well for sure..