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Being a Startup Entrepreneur, Ten (funny) Facts and Moments!

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All the facts here are entirely based on our Start-up life and any resemblance to you or your Start-up is completely coincidental. If any issues rise, we will not settle out of court for a million dollars because we don’t have any.

TWO YEARS! Yes, around 730 days since we started up. We (Co-Founders) have faced both the extremes in our Start-up journey and always cherished the moments that came on our way. VHEEDS – one of the best thing in our lifelist that come true and here are some of the facts and moments that we experienced and enjoyed throughout our journey. FACEPALM 

01. We pay salary, but we don’t take any.

There are three guys who believed us more than we believed ourselves have joined our team after six months of our start-up. Whatever expenses are on our way through the month, we always kept their salary on top priority. Our salary? Thanks to our friends and family who bear all our personal expenses and preventing us from bankruptcy.

02. Mid 20’s, young and Entrepreneurs too but we don’t have a girlfriend.

Mystery remains unsolved. Still we can’t figure out the reason or able to find the root cause for this world’s biggest problem. One of our developers even tried a poetic approach, but we guess nowadays girls are not recognizing the talent. What, want to read that poem?

Alright, here you go.
“You are CSS to my HTML, and my BODY is incomplete without your SCRIPT”

Wow! How romantic he is, come on my developer give me a hug!

03. Talk about millions and billions when we even don’t have thousands.

    • “Facebook bought Instagram for billion dollars? You know dude, Instagram is cool, but they didn’t even have a business model.”
    • “I don’t understand mate, why investors are dumping millions and millions in Flipkart as they are not making any profit yet.”
    • “Da, we have to check how to purchase Facebook’s stock because I think their price is going to shoot high in near future.”

Hell lot of conversations involves millions and billions, but everything pauses when we see an alert email for our credit card’s second month due. WTF?

04. Business Plan Document. Business Plan, What?

This is one of our favorites. We launched our flagship product ‘HONEYTASK’ five months ago and nominated our product for some of the ‘Big Daddy’ demos. After answered all the pre requisites in a form, there was an attachment field “Submit Your Business Plan Document [BPD],” Bang, TRAPPED! It was too complex than our 16 mark university question.

05. Talking about Equity and ESOP with Team.

Every time we speak about shares and equity with our team; they used to give us a weird look like some zombies from other planets are talking to them.

06. Auto correct option for the word ENTREPRNEUER ENTREPRENEUR

Self-explanatory! Of course, thanks to MS Word.

07. We say two‘F’s more often.

“Funding” either be it from friends or family or from angels, we discuss about it a lot (Yes, we know, who doesn’t). So far, we are too happy to keep our Start-up bootstrapped, and we made a resolution not to approach or even think about external funding from Angels or VC’s until we get our first penny from our customers for our product. We always believe in our instincts, after all growth of a start-up is based on one’s instincts. As SJ said, believe in something your gut, destiny or Karma. 

What is Second ‘F’? Come on yaar, if you are an entrepreneur and running a start-up, you should have used it zillion times a day. Can’t guess, WTF(beep) 

08. Lot of Biographies

Hell lot of! We read biographies right from Steve Jobs to Rajni to Narayana Murthy to Che.

09. Felt comfortable with a laptop rather than a pillow when we sleep.

Who told only an expensive mattress and couch can get you good sleep? Still we are not sure how many nights that we slept near our laptops.

10. We drive without destination.

Whenever we lose our mind or out of patience, we used to go for a long drive. After some 40 to 50minutes of the drive we will be out of limbo and realize that we are almost out of city limit. The result: Mind relaxed and Ready to go for the kill. 

Please do share your thoughts and experiences and even love to hear your start-up moments.

 

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Added by Asha on Nov 6, 2015: Read Vasanth’s story 3 years later…!

 

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First Published on: Dec 17, 2012

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  1. Profile photo of Jay Thadeshwar

    This is just amazing…you are connecting to more than  90% of statup folks. Brilliant post !!

  2. Profile photo of Prathemesh Apte

    Simply Awesome !!!!!! actually though i have just started with this awesome journey…i am for all ten!!!!!!!!!

  3. Profile photo of Krishna Varma

    Good post can relate to each one of it…

  4. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Jay. Glad you like it!

  5. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Prathemesh! All the best for your Startup. ROCKON!

  6. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot Krishna.

  7. Profile photo of Puneet Sharma

    Bang on….

    the biggest problem with me being an entereprenuer is the spelling itself. [ Entrepreneur – used spell check for this one ]

  8. Profile photo of Alok Rodinhood Kejriwal

    I LOVE YOU GUYS

  9. Profile photo of Nilesh Gamit

    90% match  🙂

  10. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Hee..Hee.. Great, I got a company on this!

  11. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    WoW! Those words made my day! What more can I ask 🙂 

  12. Profile photo of Anamika Joshi

    wow… it’s too close… fun post with truth revealed 🙂

  13. Profile photo of KK

    Awesome! Well played, guys and all the very best! A reality check, esp one that includes humour is half the battle won! 

  14. Profile photo of karthik.c

    Wonderful Post! Keep Rocking Guys! Tell the world, you can rock 🙂

  15. Profile photo of Pushpak Deshmukh

    what a ‘F’ Truth!!!?

    DISCLAIMER :-Here ‘F’ stands for Funny.

  16. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Karthick for such a great words!

  17. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks  Kamal and happy that you liked the post.

  18. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Anamika! 

  19. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    🙂

  20. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Ha..Ha.. 🙂

  21. Profile photo of Nikunj Bubna

    Absolutely Awwwwwwwwwesommmmmeeee  Bossssss!!!

    Don’t know why, but cannot stop myself from staring at Point Nos 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8   (particularly) again and again…

    3rd Point really takes it all away….the best one…..True Entrepreneurship is all about being juvenile enough to have a realistically achievable big dream that may sound obnoxiously huge to many. In a way starting to play an ‘ALL or NONE’ game with practically no resources. Thats what you call a true entrepreneur rest all IMO are running kirana shops (which is not bad in itself, but to each his own). In this daring pursuit, most of the times we do encounter parents & well-wishers (condescendingly) advising us not to fly too high & 1st worry about today’s petty things (which seem like a reality to many) rather than talk about billions/ millions/ crores  (when even in KBC, ‘crore’ is a big deal, in fact most people start getting jitters above 25 lakhs 😉 !!!!

  22. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Exactly Nikunj 🙂 Millions and Billions may look like a distant dream for any startup but it isn’t. There is always a hope of dream become reality.   

  23. Profile photo of Manmohan singh

    Thats d way where successful People like Bill gt, job etc walked and next is u… 

    eprofileid.com

  24. Profile photo of Bilal Budhani

    Vasanth, 

    Great post … You covered almost everything which entrepreneurs goes through 🙂

  25. Profile photo of Sandipan Nath

    🙂

    I am not the only lost soul

  26. Profile photo of Mandar Joshi

    Great Post buddy !!! We are the only tribe who can happily and funnily celebrate our miseries. I guess all our forefathers, the likes of Jobs and Zukerbergs never focused on those Billions and Millions and that’s how they could attain their Nirvana 🙂 keep it up guys I’m sure your Nirvana is also pretty close ( I mean those Billions Shillions 🙂 )

  27. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot Mandar! Glad you liked the post.

  28. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot, Bilal.

  29. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Manmohan.

  30. Profile photo of saravana kumar

    Fantastic post! 99% match!!

  31. Profile photo of Atul Wadhwa

    Both thumbs up dude…..Simply awesome…

  32. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot Atul!

  33. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Saravana!

  34. Profile photo of Kunal Shah

    This is F***ING AWESOME STUFF!! Loved reading it. Do share the list of biographies tht you guy’s read. I’ll help Flipkart make some profit out of it 😛 

  35. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot and glad you liked the post Dilip!

  36. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot Kunal, our current bio list is here: SJ by W Isaacson, REWORK by J Fried, Not Just Another Pie in the Sky from F.Charts.

  37. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Exactly you are not the only one and not the last too 🙂 Happy, you liked the post!

  38. Profile photo of Venkatesh Thallam

    Can’t be better than this 🙂
    Awesome read it is with great humor!!
    All the best for your venture.

  39. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot for your wishes Venkat!

  40. Profile photo of Sagar Gupta

    AWESOME…So True.. Best points 3rd and 8th.

  41. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks Sagar and glad you liked the post.

  42. Profile photo of Abhishek Marwah

    Great Post! buddy.. Completely relate to it…

    Cheers!!

  43. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot Abhi!

  44. Profile photo of Roshan Desarda

    Loved this as it matches with the current days at my startup http://www.punexpress.com

  45. Profile photo of Pratik Deo

    As said by Jay, you do resemble the “BORING” startup folks. I respect the area where you mentioned “Bootstrapped” & “Instict”.

    A really nice share & as you wrote in your disclaimer: If it resembles, it’s purely co-incidental… No out of court settlements.

  46. Profile photo of Pradeep Chaudhary

    superb man 🙂

  47. Profile photo of Sujeet Katiyar

    Being an Entreprenuer, I know it very well. Very well written article. 😉

  48. Profile photo of Phaneendra Hegde

    100% match !!! 🙂 

  49. Profile photo of Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi

    Hi Vasanth, Thanks for the Amazing first article, you really have great talent for writing. I would like to copy this article on to my blog, let me know if you are ok with it. I will link back the source here.

  50. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Hai Aditya, Thanks for the kind words and please do let me know the link after your post 🙂

  51. Profile photo of Krishna Chidambaresh

    Lol. This is funny and insightful at the same time. Write more! 🙂

  52. Profile photo of Sujeet Katiyar

    Hello Mr. Vasanth! Even I would like to copy this article on to my blog, let me know if you are ok with it.

  53. Profile photo of Aditya Bhushan Dwivedi

    sure

  54. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Thanks a lot Krishna!

  55. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    NO problem Sujeet, but please do backlink the post here!

  56. Profile photo of Yasvhir Chawla

    “You are CSS to my HTML, and my BODY is incomplete without your SCRIPT” – Hilarious!

  57. Profile photo of Himanshu Mody

    Awesome  – can relate to almost all 10. 🙂 

  58. Profile photo of asha chaudhry

    yo vasanth!

    hope by now you are giving yourself a salary and have a girlfriend!!!

    we are all very keen to know how the journey has been – pls update us!

  59. Profile photo of Vasanth Sampathkumar

    Hi Asha! Just a mere coincidence, 🙂  I am about to write a post for our company’s fourth year anniversary and about our journey. You reminded me to share with Rodinhoods. Surely will do! Yes, we are drawing our salary now and girlfriend? Ahem, will let you know in the post 🙂

    Cheers, Vasanth!       

  60. Profile photo of asha chaudhry

    vasanth – dude!

    really looking fwd to your post!!!

  61. Profile photo of Swapnil Todkar

    i really said WTF 10 times while i was reading this…!! Great post..!!

  62. Profile photo of Manoj Yadav

    Hi Vasanth,

    Your post was one of the most read articles on therodinhoods.com and we are happy to have featured it again on the home page! Check out – http://therodinhoods.com and congrats!

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