Marry me, for I won’t find a better partner…. (C’mon you can’t expect better from a techie entrepreneur to find a way to lure audience into reading this post)
Once upon a time (the pre Cartoon Network era), there lived a dreamy-eyed guy (pet name LUCKY SINGH RAJPUT) belonging to the average middle class family of Delhi. Fluent not in English but in “Mathematics” & “Newtonian Physics”, he cracked one of the 100 engineering entrances like hundreds (errrr…. thousands) of others and finally ended up with an awesomely mundane coding job.
His life was good, pay check was fat and just a few weeks into induction he landed a consulting assignment for a financial institution (Onsite of course :P).
Suddenly, he was surrounded by people from all walks of life: traders, business men, risk guys, analytics guys, Black guys, Chinese guys, Europeans, and more importantly magicians who made money on all kinds of absurd financial instruments (Call options/Put options/ IRR contracts, credit default swaps and god knows what other exotic derivatives of these derivatives).
He interacted with them, learnt from them, socialized with them…. The more time he spent with them, the more he thought of creating his own derivative instrument…. (C’mon every one in 2007 in US was betting on such instruments, how could he possibly be left behind?)
He held onto his idea and started believing in MAGIC every single day from there on. Somehow, he knew he could play this trick well…… (He just needed to learn the basics before the actual show began)
Investing his time carefully, he figured out that it will take a lot of self-confidence, guts, determination, motivation and last but not least a good team to run the show.
Finally, one cold evening in Dec 2009, he along with two more guys, a lot of faith and determination came together to take up the challenge of running their own show. All these guys had one thing in common. They all believed in the magic of entrepreneurship. It was the night “Green Apple Solutions” was born. (Chinese food & Hot Man chow Soup at the road side cart made the day even more memorable).
Luckily, within a few months, they bagged a project or two and started work from home (with food in plenty… Indian moms are great when it comes to feeding their kids with copious amounts of butter, paranthas and endless supply of chai all day). With more help from Elance and Just Dial they had conjured up some presence and sales leads. They moved into a small office (LUCKY SINGH obviously had an edge with his name while looking out for business prospects and closing deals as he met more and more people)
Slowly and steadily, projects started trickling in and within six months they were working with one of the largest manufacturers in the sporting world (Client references can sometimes go a long way).
This guy met all clients personally; he devoted time and energy to understand not only their business requirements but also their problems. He suggested solutions. He started reading, he started taking interest in sales, and he dedicated himself to work. Operations, Finance, HR, Strategy…. he was involved everywhere.
NARRATOR: If the story is so gripping and you guys haven’t realized it yet, let me remind you that he was a ‘SINGLE’ techie entrepreneur and had all the time on earth for these activities. (Guys please don’t laugh., it is a CRUEL JOKE)
Slowly, he and the company started mastering a few things from the many that they were doing. They started consulting corporates on Social Media and developed relevant tools/applications (10,000 people followed suit immediately). Now he spent more time reading on his laptop and meeting people than watching his old favorites ‘FRIENDS’, ‘Coupling’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
“Luckily” for LUCKY SINGH RAJPUT, one fine day as it happens in the movies (and to ‘Ted Mosby’ of the ‘How I met your mother’ fame in every alternate episode); he met this pretty smart MarCom girl. She was adorable, very pretty, intelligent and someone he could totally relate to. BOY, he was in love the same day….. (Womenfolk, YES that’s what happens to us when we see a smart and pretty girl. All engineers reading this post, please nod your head and acknowledge the fact for once at least).
To woo her, he bought her flowers, took her for a drive and sung for her. He even shared a quote from “she says, he says” on Facebook :)
But……… tragically for him…. she won’t agree to marry him ….. just as yet. She has one condition.
JUST ONE CONDITION. She wants him to formally propose to her.
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INTERVAL (Sorry folks, we have hit a bump. Our engineer Entrepreneur is currently looking in to this personally. Please stay tuned in for updates)
I think ‘LUCKY SINGH RAJPUT’ needs your support. He needs some support to convince the girl that he is head over heels for her. What do you guys think?
Cry out loud if you guys feel, she should go ahead and marry this guy considering that he has even taken to story-telling for her. If this doesn’t work, Facebook and Google Ads are next on his agenda J (SEM/PPC experts please drop in your contact details, he might need your services if this fails)
PS: This is a real story of a spectacle wearing, serious looking guy who wishes to marry an urban ‘Millennium city’ girl.
As for the ‘Millennium city’ girl is concerned, for now, he just wants to say – “I love you immensely. Please marry me, for I know for sure that I won’t find a better partner….”
About the Author:
LUCKY SINGH RAJPUT aka Lakshdeep Rajput is a co-founder at Green Apple Solutions, a Delhi based Social Media Marketing and technology firm with over 75 clients across the globe. He manages a team of 25 young and energetic people and has been living his entrepreneurial dream day in and day out for over two years now.
Special Thanks to Maggie Holley whose article ‘Storytelling Is the Ultimate Marketing Weapon’ helped me to write this story better.
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