After learning that I’ve quit my well paying job, a lot of my friends/colleagues have been asking all sorts of questions
” Why are you quitting?”
“What are you going to do?”
“Why not SAP?”
“How did you come up with this insane thought?”
“Where are you starting up?”
“What kind of venture are you starting?”
To answer all these questions and more, I thought it would be good to answer all these questions/concerns on my blog.
This is going to be a long story so I’m going to break this post in two parts. I formatted this post in the form of one H and Five W’s (but, in my own order :-))
After completing my computer graduation, I started working as a system administrator in Agra.. I had very little interest whatsoever in programming, however, I did like the web related stuff. Be it surfing website, trying my hands on creating websites or even finding new websites. Even though I wasn’t good enough in web designing but still, I liked spending my hours surfing on net of nets, internet. I was so fascinated by websites, that I used to go to surf internet in cyber cafes, for as high as Rs. 60/hour. Mind it, it was the time when the broadband wasn’t available and people had fixed line dial-ups (remember that annoyingly amusing tone which phone modem used to make while connecting to internet ?).
Being a network administrator, I touched base with Linux, and before I knew I developed interest in Linux too. After reading “Linux For You” for months, I decided that it was time to move to Linux. It was easier said than done. In Agra, there were no Linux institute back then. So, the only choice I had was to move to bigger city and Delhi/NCR was an obvious choice.
Quitting job to switch to Linux & to a new city wasn’t a viable idea. Moreover, I had to plan for my accommodation and course fee in Delhi, too. Joining a weekend course in Delhi, while working in Agra didn’t interest me. Let’s join a BPO!, Problem Solved. Getting into a BPO was comparatively easier, would fetch me a decent salary to survive and I can quit BPO as soon as I finish my course.
Came Sept 2004, when I joined IBM Daksh, as an e-support specialist. Man, this place was something. The energy at workplace was humongous. People coming across from different states of India made it even more of an interesting place to work in. And since it being my first experience of corporate environment, it was too good to be true for me. Soon, the energy, the unusual schedule took over me. There was no time for anything, except for going to office, completing my contributions to my work, dumping my body in the cab, coming back to my place, sleeping and the following iterations.”REPEAT” had become my life. (I was warned about this by my friends, but who cares !) The Linux infatuation couldn’t fight this schedule and before I could date Linux, we broke up.
However, one good thing happened there. I got plenty of time to indulge in my hobby of browsing internet. Got introduced to Blogs, Photoblogs and different kinds of websites/tools/web products. That was the era of Blogspot, Orkut, Hi5, Myspace. It was here, I acquired my now (in)famous googling skill among my friends/colleagues and became an early-adopter among them for web services/products.
I look back & it makes me believe that it was the time when unknowingly a foundation stone was laid for what is today.
In Aug, 2009, a friend had setup a software company and he got in touch with me to help him. This was a golden chance for me as he was starting from scratch and I could help him in setting him up his venture. I was offered a partnership in this venture, however, I didn’t join as a partner.
For almost six months, I gave a lot of time to this venture.From deciding the name of the company, to making hiring decisions, strategic planning and even getting the customers. It’s very exciting to start a company, the adrenaline rush, the feeling of building something from nothing, it is just awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed devoting my time to it.
However, later I realized that our visions were very different for the company and it wasn’t possible for us to continue together. So, I parted my way from this venture after learning my lesson and wishing him luck.
Since my college days, I was involved in couple of ventures. I started two ventures with my friends but unfortunately, those never took off. The joy of starting a ‘real’ company was something completely different than to work in my job, which to me was always unresting..
This was the time when my brother was about to finish his Masters in Computers. After fiddling with the idea to have a start up of his own, he started his venture and it was again an opportunity for me to help build a company from the scratch :-).
To be continued….. ( part II )