This post was drafted almost 2 months back. For no reason, just din’t publish it. Then a friend called up, she asked me to share my story of what made me take this decision of starting up, now that Im married, my father has retired from his job and I have only about 2 months survival left in the bank!
One evening: I spoke with my wife
The conversation started “I have just left my job”. She asked, are you not going to office tomorrow onwards, I said No. She knew it was coming. Just that I did not know, how she would react.
After some silent moments, she said “Over the past 3 years, I have known you as a man who has that passion for doing something real game changing, like the blue flame which produces maximum heat in a fire”. Go ahead. Lets work things out. This is where we start.
I thank my boss!
One day he said “Paritosh, you’re probably not made for it”. I had nothing to react to. I just don’t make and react on judgements. We had a great conversation and we parted ways. ‘Great’ conversation, yes. We both just knew it was time to bid adieu. He exchanged some lessons of life with me and I keep them along. Thanks man!
The feeling sunk in and I became a home-man, while my wife goes to work!
I started from home. Today I have 5 offices (thanks to entrepreneur friends: Sachidanand, Vivek, Aloke/ Abhishek, Samarth/ Punit, Kunal) all have offered me their offices to operate from. Thanks folks
Stage: Beginning: Journey started from spending days at IIT Delhi, where I met some awesome folks.
Financials: The only money I was spending then was the petrol for the car and may be a coffee at the IIT D canteen.
Story after a month and a half
Sustenance: I am currently consulting a brilliant Indian company (run by a passionate entrepreneur) and a thought leader in the Quality, Business excellence, Operational excellence space. I earn half of what I used to while I was in a Job, that’s my sustenance. In my space, I have the resolve, if need be and if the urgency comes to me selling coffee for a living, I will. And will sustain my family. Family taken care of.
The venture: Collisionable
I am blessed to have a part time team of 2 people, who are not getting even a single penny. They both are inspired souls. These are people we will work with at Collisionable, as we grow.
We are moving towards the prototype now. No money yet.
Financials: I have spent a couple of thousand rupees registering a Pvt. Ltd. company (Collisionable Networks Pvt. Ltd.), monthly I spend about INR 10k on petrol, about INR 20k on ensuring home front (very basic stuff).
The Feeling Now
I am a believer and #iamCollisionable. There’s fear, but that’s only in the brain. I am training myself daily to overcome that and make myself understand fear is only a meaning what I give to something that does not exist. Instead I think of power, being awesome, feeding my family with all happiness and creating millions of amazing opportunities for so millions out there.
Cash is moving out. There’s 50% income. Survival will be a question, knocking my door about 2 months from now.
Why the hell am I writing a blog then?
Only to share, that whatever it be. I am driven. I am inspired to the level that coming back from where I am is not an option. Yes there’s fear, yes there are questions I ask myself when I retire to bed at 3 every morning only to wake up at 5 again and start work.
Yes, my parents, still say look at other people your age, they are doing so well in their career. What’s in your brain we don’t understand! Yes there are people who question my sense of going from a job to being jobless. Yes I see my wife wanting my time, I wish taking her for a holiday and there’s a whole list like this.
But there’s a strange calling which is driving me!
There are Dreams. And these are dreams not only for myself. These dreams have a different power to them. They are profound. Like a higher calling. They are dreams, which enable me to passionately inspire 2 people in this world to work with me for no money. Nothing. It aint’ easy. Its crazy! Its pure love. Its magic.
To the world
We’re building a universe, where amazing Collisions will ensure you grow and change the world.
Raise angel money. Reach to the product/ market fit stage. Raise angel money (could be earlier or later). Improve. Launch. Build. Launch. Build. Launch (track metrics) (keep improving)… HAVE FUN doing this and CHANGE THE WORLD!