‘Foundation’

They say, ‘if you start well you would in variably even end well’, also ‘a well built building has a sound foundation’… I’m just not quoting these things for the heck of it what am coming to is, you might start well and and you might build something substantial but if your foundation is weak you will always be on uncertain grounds. I started dwelling on the word ‘foundation’ while reading an article where they used it in reference of it’s literal meaning and got me thinking about more profound connotations of it in terms of a company.


The article was on the privately managed Delhi Metro Airport Express which has been shut down for two months, due to a safety concerns. Problems with the bearings, is the reason that this step had to be taken  (for those who don’t know, bearings are the interface between the pillar and girder, hope that din’t confuse you further). Out of 2,100 bearings on the elevated section of the corridor, nearly 233 need some correction or the other. When I read the number 233, as a citizen I’m astonished and it seems like quite a lot of negligence on the part of the authorities involved. Not even going into the  life threatening encounters that could have taken place or the safety hazard part of it, I’m just glad that steps have been taken before anything happened. For those who believe in making easy money and have traveled by the Airport Express, you might want to file a suit against DMRC and Reliance Infra on the grounds of exposing you to life threatening situations.

Looking at the word ‘foundation’ from the point of view of someone who is looking to build a solid base for its company, I’m thinking what does it take ? And yes it takes a couple of hundred things but everything becomes negligible or less important if you have the right people. When I refer to people here I talk about the people who work for or with you to deliver your product. I think for any start up, the case is always – how do we attract the right talent? and attracting them is just the 1st step to it.

 Our theory till now on this is to work with people in our circle and collaborate with people that we trust but we realize that at one point of time we would have to move beyond the circle of trust. Where as big MNCs require degrees, experience and percentages (at least that’s what I think), we look for intent, passion, drive and whether they are English speaking or not (ya! that is important 🙂 )

Talking about people who work for you, I would like to share a friend’s experience who started his company two and a half years back. This week, one of his employees quit, who had been working with him for nearly a year. The reason for him leaving was not work pressure, less pay, working conditions or anything like that but a very positive one, he want’s to start up his own company. Very heartening to see considering my friend is closing 25 and his employee is 23 years old.

Well in the end, anyone looking for a job, do contact us!

Mannan Abrol

Collaboration replacing competition

Have you ever come across the term Strategic Alliance used between different partnering organizations. I seem to be noticing this as an emerging trend across industries where individuals are choosing collaboration over competition to increase their overall capacity and capability.

This is fairly interesting given this is possibly the largest and fastest emerging entrepreneurial generation. More than money or an idea, any organization will grow by way of expanding capability and capacity with another complementing organization. Thanks to our ever growing networks and social media channels that bind them together, we can today look in almost all possible directions to seek the right strategic alliances and take on challenging and large scale projects together.

Our own experience with such alliances has been unique. Surprisingly more than capability, we have been blessed with diverse dynamics with different sets of individuals and their respective organizations. They have not just enabled us to expand but actually given us short term management degrees which may come in handy in the long run.

Team dynamics are quite an adventure in terms of learning when you work with another organization by way of a strategic alliance. So by this observation, does lack of competition really lead to lack of collaboration?  and in a more monopolistic environment, does absence of competition decrease the viability, uniqueness and dynamic nature of a product? and further does the absence of diversity collapse new ideas and growth prospects for that same product? But at the same time in the presence of too much competition and diversity, does this same product loose out on quality?

The fun of doing what we do when we do something of our own! Such questions are maybe what help us gain new prospects and ideas.

Abhimanyu Tewari

 

Country vs Self or Winning vs Losing

If there is one sport that has caught the attention of Indians (of course after cricket) in the last 20 years and has produced home grown heroes to look up to, I would give my thumbs up to Tennis. Led by the dynamic duo of Paes and Bhupathi, it has certainly given this cricket crazy nation something else to drool on, you can’t discount Sania Mirza’s contribution to Indian tennis now can you!

In the past there have been fissures in Indian Tennis but those cracks were always mended for the sake of the country. But the recent refusal by both Bopanna and Bhupathi (apparently the lead protagonist in this whole controversy) to partner with the number 1 tennis player in India – Paes at the London Olympics has shaken the foundation of Indian Tennis. So are they in this case putting their self interests ahead of the country’s or are they a better combination to represent India at the London Games ? Well recent history would suggest, that on current form and practice they are India’s best bet. The reigning French Open champions came together earlier this year and will be playing at Wimbledon together as well. This is after foregoing very successful pairings previously to prepare together for the Olympics.

As this situation unfolds like a high profile corporate deal between AITA (All India Tennis Association) and the players, it will be interesting to see whether the most successful Indian tennis player is able to raise his game and inspire his partner’s – 24 year old Vishnu Vardhan to an Olympic medal (which would be his 2nd) in his 6th Olympic Games appearance for India. (not a very proud record to have BTW)

Moving on from Tennis at the core of the controversy lies a situation which we as people come across quite often – choosing your own interest over anything else (a person, a greater cause etc). According to me as long as you can back your self and your decisions and come out a winner (definition of winner being ambiguous here) you will have enough material wealth and good Karma to go around!

And a company with an intention to provide unique experiences to clients we hope to back ourselves with decisions which make us money and in return leaves our clients with a smile on their face. 🙂

Mannan Abrol

Mechanical Robots! and People who really care!

Its a fairly strange insight to notice how there are two types of people in the servicing industry- Mechanical Robots and People who really care. At one level you can put your faith in someone and expect basic levels of conceptualization packaged with the ability to create something unique. But at another level, I was shocked to notice how that same expectation is now moving in a direction where majority of individuals would pick up something they did in the past, replicate it and present the same thing with no thought or conceptualization put in play.

I think there are people out there who really care and have a mysterious ability to give amazing experiences as well as use both sides of the brain very effectively. I also think that fate has a funny role to play when you intend to be someone like this. It will automatically bind you and reveal individuals who have a very similar intent and value add.

I’am definitely inspired by the latter and hope to actually create an experience design enterprise based on this simple observation.

Abhimanyu Tewari