Starting up is always fun!!! You are always left with limited resources and you keep coming up with ways to counter limitations!!!
One such situation is setting up a corporate office for Temple Town Coffee!!! Though we are fortunate enough to have the support group companies (Cogzidel Technologies Pvt & Cogzidel Consultancy Services) to bootstrap us with required resources and infrastructure, we didn’t want to bother them too much with our request.
Also we didn’t want to disturb the professional culture of those entities with would unruly startup work culture!!
Also we spend most of the time on driving in search of locations and meeting people. So, we found it unnecessary on investing for a office and was working out ways!!!
That is when my co-founder Balki, came with the recommendation of setting up a SOCO(Small Office Car Office).
Our SOCO includes;
Swift Dzire car!!
Reliance 4G WIPOD!!
One official mobile!!
Portable Power Inverter Adapter!!
A look at our powerful gadgets;
So, mostly we use Truck Bay Lane’s as our office.
This is our new Madurai office address;
Truck Bay Lane
Since we are not a Technology company, Balki and me decided not to invest on Gadgets. So, we got contentented with gadgets which are not being used by our friends.
I got this broken Laptop of my wife, which is damaged but with small tweaks, uninstalling unnecessary applications and downgraded version of Linux, I’m able to get a good performing system.
This is our customer support phone which was given to Balki by his aunt.
Also this is Balki’s old Laptop which he uses to work and do some weight lifting exercise ;)!!
I’m fortunate enough to get back to startup life and by comfort zone of breaking and fixing this!!
For now heading to my kitchen to explore the recipe of Karupatti Kaapi!!!
It was an ordinary day at the shop!!! I went to the shop by 4 PM to work on some new beverages we were planning to introduce!!!
Already rumours have started to spread about CM!!! It was panic and I could see the roads crowded and people driving crazy to reach home!!!
Around 5.30 PM there was a news from Thanthin TV that the CM is dead!!! Within minutes all the shops, showrooms & offices were closed!!!
That is when thought of keeping the Shop open until our normal closing hour!! I asked Jegan if we could do that and he spontaneously said we can!!!
Then what?? We sent all the lady staff home and we kept the shop open!!! It was electrifying crowd and we couldn’t manage!!!
In 3 hours we had almost 100+ bills, 200+ foot falls and all the raw materials at shop got over!!! In fact we closed the shop only when the milk got over!!!
In between there were some party workers who insisted to shut the shop and the situation was diffused by Jegan!!!
We had people thronging the shop as there were no shops… People were requesting for;
Milk for kids!!!
They were asking for all the cookies as they had no stock of snacks!!!
Some had not choice to eat and they settled for coffee and snacks!!!
My main aim to go for the risk is to get the mileage and to earn the customer visibility & loyalty!!! Fortunately we were able to strike both as customers were thanking us for keeping the shop open against the vulnerability!!!
Finally I’d like to thank Jegan, Sabastian, Ravi & Chandru for supporting me on this risky endeavour!!!