Life is a mind game – Fahad Shah founder of The Kashmir Wala and editor of “Of Occupation and Resistance: Writings from Kashmir (Tranquebar, 2013)”.

I am always in talks with my mind. It’s all in the mind, it’s all mind game. You know what is my best, favorite game to play “Chess”. I play chess. You know if you have the will to do it you can do it. If you’re  standing against a wall with a bulldozer but if you don’t have the will to do it, you can’t do it. If you stand there with a nail and you have the will to crack the wall, you can do it. It might take time may be a week,  a month but you’ll cross the wall. So may be when we don’t have investors, we just have the nail, we don’t have the bulldozer which is the grand investment.  But we just have the will to do it so with that will we might break the wall and cross to the other side. And when you cross the wall everybody will be like Oh WOW this guy did it. Now we should talk to him and now we should offer him a bulldozer because he cracked the wall with a nail. What if we give him a bulldozer. What is he going to do ? He will crack shit. So its all about mind. First thing is the will to do and then hard work.  That’s it.


What’s the most important lesson for a startup founder ? 1000 Day Rule – Ankit Jain – Founder & CEO at VoiceTree

Conversation with Ankit Jain on Team and startup building…

Patience and patiently building the team are the two most important things. I have seen a lot of startups who started with me, failed or succeeded now and I keep following them very closely to see what happened so one thing common I have seen and heard about is a 1000 Day Rule.

You have to stick to your idea for at least 1000 days. So all the companies which failed actually gave up before 1000 days. They gave up early. You have to give time to keep fighting, keep looking your way. Simply “Stay hungry.Stay foolish”. You have to do that for one year 2,3 ,4 – 5 years. Success doesn’t come overnight. There’s again one great quote “Years of hard work, patience makes it look like overnight success but there’s no overnight success”.You know it takes years and years to build it. So there were many startups  pivoting the ideas so they started with some idea and it dint workout, they pivoted so pivoted doesn’t mean they failed, it means they were still willing to try what so ever.They were willing to do, to change or try an idea or something so if the primary idea dint work they pivot around but you have to give it a time like 3 years – 4 years and it pays well. It’s not about 1 year. So if someone is looking like one year success story or over night success story then a startup isn’t the place. It demands time but the best part is like I always say to my team “ The more you build the company, the company builds you “. So it eventually has to happen.

Stay tuned to know more about the founder and his startup which had 8 employees in 2013 and now has a team of  80 crazy enthusiasts in the upcoming book on startups (which will include insights to start, build a startup at a national and global level,importance of self development in an entrepreneurs life and lessons from some top startup fundraisers )