Startup story

Comes an investor and shrieks ”I made so much investment, where is returns?’

Entrepreneur ”Even I don’t have the money.. we spent in staff and marketing”

Investor ”but what we gained of all this?”

Entrepreneur ”more investors began showing interest.. relax Sir, we will get subsequent round of funding?’

Investor ”I need a clear exit after 1 year”

Entrepreneur ”me too may exit.. let the investor only run the venture.. am fedup of working as employee in garb of showing myself as an entrepreneur.. finally am still in listening mode only.. no flexibility”


Indo American Combo

Jayanti ”the day I got married to him.. I knew I had to cook Indo-American combo”

George ‘what is that?”


”1 IDLI, 1 small plate of Italian PASTA, 1 small PIZZA, a few fried potatoe chips and 1 large glass of Orange Juice”

George ”your hubby Rob.. won’t he find it boring eating the same dish again and again?”


”I replace that Idli with Dhokla, Dosa, Uttappa and so on”

“Pasta replaced with Noodles, Sausage, Choco chips and so on”

George ”cool.. ”

Jayanti ”I charge him 5$ for this breakfast”

George ”common.. he is your hubby?”

Jayanti ”No free lunch or dinners in America…”

George ”somewhere this misconception came across world.. that we are penny counting”

Jayanti ”see had he hired a cook, he would anyways have to pay.. so this one way of my savings (I make around US$1000 out of this and save it for my startup bootstrapping.. these days Investors do not believe entrepreneurs.. worst time”

George ”what??????”

Jayanti ”you know Rob.. he likes to invest in cool ideas.. but doesnt understand that an entrepreneur is sitting right in his house”

Till then Rob comes

Rob ”dear..  why do you feel, I am giving you 1000 every month? It is to check your sincerity in your goals..  make a franchise.. and get going”

Jayanti ”what brand?”


Jayanti and George burst laughing…


Soul Binding

the greatest binding in life is nothing but our soul’s binding to our heart and mind. If the soul is loosely binded to mind, we become mindless and if it is loosely binded to heart, we become heartless.

PASSION is all about binding soul to the purpose of life..  why does an entrepreneur continue pursuing their goals zealously? it is because of their belief that some outcome will surely come..

Money making insights typically distances the soul from the heart and maybe even mind at times.. and then may be success stories may get flashed all over, but where is that PASSION to disrupt and make a world class innovation?  Have never observed any investors really bothered about disruption.. they are purely seeking return on investment.. For them the Stock exchange is better place..  We do not need investors who just wish to invest as angels to get their returns through subsequent funding.. we do need entrepreneurs who wish to be like employees in garb of founders and loose zeal when all is lost..

binding soul to heart and mind will make a person focused on a purpose of life.

Little Joy kept wondering why her father was so passionate about PASSION till one day she found that her love for kinderjoy was to delight her taste buds and joy of her father was to delight the heartbuds and mindbuds.




5 second speech

James.. you need to give pitch in only 5 seconds.. will you do it..?

Susan “yes.. but only 5 seconds?”

James ”yes”‘

Susan ”my mom bedridden.. no care taker.. starting caretaker business..  many working folks like me face this problem.. thanks”

Quino ”job gone.. money crunch.. starting roadside pizza center.. as I make best pizzas for my wife.. who is choosy about what she eats.. thank”

Parmeshwar ”long queues no longer needed.. god in house.. watch online prayers..”

Rafiq ”traffic issue.. parking issues.. car jams.. online parking.. pay as you park”

Sweety ”broke from my boyfriend yesterday..finding new one.. an investor..who can also fund in my dating site.. any takers”

James bursts out laughing..

All echo ”why?”

James ”5 seconds pitch.. offering investors.. earning by referrals.. any takers”

All burst ”common are you not an investor”

James “I just thought of becoming Investor for a few days.. to check how serious our entrepreneurs are”

All echo ”give us a treat.. not too bad… why 5 seconds.. we can even have 2 seconds.. hug to help each other now on”



Startup HR Perils

HR is the gate keeper for any organization and startup founders face a challenge on various fronts to bootstrap, build products and manage teams. Most of the time have observed founders, not able to trust the staff too soon, and there is a possibility of isolated groups getting formed, sooner then anyone can imagine.

Conflict resolution becomes one of key focuses. How founders can look beyond themselves and actually focus on staff and inspire them to be next gen lead is where the success story lies. Empowerment by just designations really do not serve any purpose, if the resource is not skilled, qualified to take on a particular role. There is a tendency to damage the startup even before investors build confidence on them.

It is important for startups to identify the right resource who can be assigned the HR role, essentially if it is one of the founder, it becomes very important for that founder to stay connected with resources, understand their issues, look at the compliance parameters and build a strong committed team working zealously for organization purpose..

A paying job is absolutely essential, but in competitive environment, retaining right resources also is absolutely essential as during the initial stages at least we need a team to be motivated fully for the cause..

It is absolutely no use, if we have resources spending long hours but not goal focused and are not aligned to mission / vision of company.

Organization Structure can be simple and as much as possible avoid multiple reporting. This will lead to confusions sooner or later. Peer review should be encouraged and it is most important for founder to focus on growth and not get into small issues / conflicts with subordinates as this will damage the founder’s good will as the first client for a founder is always an employee. The art of managing resources need to be learnt and working as team player should also be learnt.

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




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 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…”