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Why do I want to startup?

David Cohen, TechStars

Are you planning to startup yourself? What’s motivating the switch?” — a friend recently asked me.

 

I believe this is a fundamental question that all aspiring startup enterprenaurs should ask themselves. It took me a while to articulate my feelings in this.

I’ve always loved the ideology of a startup. Partly because my dad is an enterprising businessman and I’ve always looked at it positively. Also, because holistic development has been ingrained in my way of life.

For me, the journey of startup is an exercise in learning. It teaches you not just tech, business and design but also how to be a better team player, communicator, visionary and a better leader.

The (difficult) process of making a company, a product and an organization successful forces you to iron-out your rough edges and hones you to become a stronger, better, and a more capable individual.

If done right, its an ideal exercise in self-development.

If you ever dream of starting a company or are fascinated by the idea of having a startup, do some soul searching and ask yourself: “Why do you want to startup?” 

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Met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

(December 22, 2010) The Dean of International Relations invited the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and a few students for an interactive session. Mr. President was a comfortable speaker and very frank diplomat.

I was surprized and delighted at the same time with the frequent use of  words (translated)  “I would not like to hide/conceal from you what we discussed with your government …” coming from a politician! There was sense of loyalty, trust and straightforwardness in every word. This was so unlike Indian politicians.

I’ve recently started respecting politicians. Unfortunately, I see a clear difference of strata between ours and the ones that I like! I’ll refer to them as “Diplomats” and ours, well – “Politicians”

Outlook & Impressions

Very humble, straight-forward and elegant. A charming personality. Short height. No unnecessary attitude or style. I doubt any lady in the room would not call him handsome!

One starking difference about Russians  – Never hesitate in doing what is right!
Whether its performing (what some of us might call) lowly activities like testing the mic or throwing a coffee cup into the bin, kicking-butt of the enemy who attacked your country or just speaking your mind. They have no hesitation or fear of Public, which makes their case seem so genuine in action!

I only wish/hope our Indian counterparts were as inspired by him as I was.

Discussions

IIT Bombay was developed by funds & training from USSR. So in a way, his visit had a symbolic significance and we intended to strengthen ties with them in various technological fields like

  • Weapons,
  • Controls,
  • Health-Care and
  • Nano-Technology Collaboration with India.

We also talked about:

  • UNSC support,
  • Anti-Terrorist Military Collaboration,
  • Russian Republic Communism vs Democracy,
  • Peace, Economy and Technological Development with India.