What happens when you believe in something and have dreamt about it for very long? What do you do when you spot an opportunity to turn that dream into reality? How do you feel when you start the action and find the first signs exactly the way you imagined them?
One word to describe the feeling is UNREAL (at least thatâ€™s how I have felt over the last few weeks 🙂 )
Having spent more than five years working as a business consultant in London, few weeks ago I woke up one fine morning and decided to explore my longstanding vision â€“ to combine my commercial expertise and entrepreneurial spirit in making some meaningful contribution to the socio-economic development of my country. I am a firm believer in the potential of market based approach in transforming the lives of people and with an emerging start-up/entrepreneurial ecosystem in India with many challenges of its own, I just couldnâ€™t resist the temptation of becoming a part of this lifetime opportunity â€“ plus, whatâ€™s more interesting than providing hands on support to nurture the next big thing! So last month I decided to quit my job and relocate to India to learn, contribute and develop the ecosystem and see its journey to greatnessssssss
During this deliberation process I also got in touch with my college senior Abhishek (Leader TLabs) who not only offered useful suggestions on how to get started but also gave me an amazing opportunity to come and spend some time with his team at TLabs as an EiR (Entrepreneur in Residence). So here I am…after spending few weeks at TLabs, meeting various start-ups and organizing an investor demo day I have had ample opportunity to see the ecosystem live in action and so far I have not been let down in any way by my decision! The place is buzzing with cool innovation and endless energy among the start-ups. But like raw diamonds they also need to be polished and thatâ€™s exactly where T-Labs comes in and thanks to Abhishek and Co who are doing an excellent job in helping them.
After working closely with start-ups, I can also see couple of areas where some value could be added to their awesome ideas â€“ 1) Effectiveness: clear fact based go-to-market value propositions and business models 2) Efficiency: prioritization of plans and actions to maintain a result oriented attitude. I hope to spend my time over the coming weeks (and many years) to work with the change agents (entrepreneurs) in overcoming such challenges and helping them build sound businesses.
Canâ€™t wait to get back to the action…