Saturday, September 16, 2006

There is a similarity in lives led, and when you talk to a person, it is sometimes uncanny to find that situations leading to a decision were very similar in both lives, repeated in different geographies.
I was talking to my friend here, and when she described her reasons to pursue higher studies, her job and experiences...there was a common thread that I was surprised to find. Which is heartening to note, that our experiences are really not so unique.

Joe Liemandt, the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy, Inc. came visiting the students the other day and talked of his journey from being in the garage and developing configurators with his five friends to being a billion dollar company.
His 1 point agenda was to convince us to become entrepreneurs, "to get up, and start". He had dropped out of Stanford to do that, and asked us all to do the same.
In entrepreneurship, "the highest of highs and the lowest of lows are within 30 secs of each other". To prove his point he told us his story, and he is an amazing orator, in fact bordering on theatrical. His actions, voice, everything makes for a great story telling. From being doomed when asked to show the Demo of his product as he was sure it wouldn't work, to getting the contract, coz it worked (! - a probability of 1 in a billion at that time), Joe has come a long way.
His story on credit cards, the quirks of law was as interesting to hear as was his dad's opinion on him when he had dropped out ( " You are a complete moron").

All in all, a great way to pass an hour. A fundamental requisite of entrepreneurship is the blinding belief that that the idea would work, as the support base wanes with time.
Another interesting observation that I made from the several talks that I have been to - is the importance of a garage. You need it, not for your cars, but to make an empire. Apple, Trilogy, and several others was born in someone' sgarage.

3 Comments:

Blogger Meenakshi said...

Garage, my friend is just one of the ingredients for super success. You also need equally insane people like yourself to start working in the garage with you!

:)

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Disha said...

Hmmm am a little curious about the friend. But you are right, one thing that I have learnt is that: We are all similar in one respect; that we are unique.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Mrinal Kanti Paul said...

inspiring.

12:52 PM  

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