This year (2016) The Goa Project features a separate track on Entrepreneurship.
Any form of Entrepreneurship is not easy. But there are specific sectors that are more challenging than the others. If you are trying to build a sustainable organization in a difficult and / or unglamorous market, this is a great opportunity to show case it to the world. Please come and share your success stories, failures, learnings and experiences.
Some examples (but not limited to) are:
Creative entrepreneurs in design / performing arts / social impact space
Consumer facing business that is self-sustainable and profitable
Sectors like infrastructure, waste management, renewable energy, engineering, agri-food..
The tragedy of the commons
Useful technologies that require behavioural change / have poor adoption curves..
Developing markets outside India
Difficult to monetize sectors such as music or entertainment
Any thing else and more..
The emphasis is not really on the sector or even the problem-opportunity-solution. Tell us how you are cracking the challenges of adoption, sustainability and scalability. Even if it is Work in Progress, there is a lot we can all learn from you.
How we built a startup from Goa
Sharing our experience on how we went about building a startup with 250+ people and leadership in our category from Goa. Maybe some lessons there for others who want to try.
I had been living in Goa for 8+ years when I decided to take the entprepreneurial plunge, my business partner had spent 3 odd years here. We chose the super-competitve ecommerce enabler space for our new startup. The few months, we were oblivious. We just sat in a room and coded.
When we started exposing our startup to the world, we did receive a lot of push-back. Especially from the investors who probably thought we will take their money and blow it up on beer on the shack.I could not imagine spending 2-3 hours every day in traffic, so I stuck to my guns. Or, on a more serious note, not be able to hire a good team.
Fast forward 2 year, we were able to raise money and build a solid company right here in Goa. We want to share some lessons that we learnt along the way, specially about building a startup in a place like Goa.
Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore do not need more people crowding these places in search of meaningful employment. It is time for smaller centers to develop solid companies that provide an alternative. Ambitious professionals should be able to find world-class work without clogging our metros further.
Co-founder of Browntape.com
Comp. Sc. Engineer, MBA in IT.
Always worked in small, disruptive companies.