When I thought of starting-up my own venture, my first effort was to reach out to my extended network of teachers, advisors, friends and associates. This episode taught me that our true net worth is actually the network we build. And this is precisely what came in handy when Anup had reached out to me to support the eSamudaay initiative.
Ironically, it wasn't Anup who pitched an idea to me first, but the other way round. I had been toying with the idea of building analytics into human resources management and when Anup heard this, he asked me to hold on and presented his challenges related to eSamudaay.
In fact, it was the name of the startup that resonated first with me. Who thinks of individuals of the community in this day and age of large corporations with big balance sheets? Moreover, it was at the peak of the pandemic where fear ruled supreme and the word Samudaay brought forth the power of the community in such tough times.
I knew that the journey wasn't going to be easy. My early contributions related to giving good references of people who were passionate, had integrity and commitment. Later on when I took an active part of the Udupi Circle, I found that my network created during my early education in the region actually came out to support our efforts.
As the world's first LCommerce company came into existence early in 2021, each one of us who was involved felt a sense of pride at giving back to the community. At the same time, we knew that there was new learning every single day.
The single most important factor that helped me facilitate the pilot project and is now providing support in my mentoring efforts of new Circles is that element of trust that builds our network.