2017!! The Story Soo Far!!

To I sum it up 2017 has been a challenging year!!! It’s been topsy turvy and till date a lot of unexpected things keeps happening!!!

They years 2012 & 2013 were too traumatic because of my father’s hospitalization. First quarter of 2014 was more traumatic as, they were final moments of my dad. Till date I’m over coming the vacuum left by my dad.

But remaining part of 2014 was better and I did lots of crazy things to overcome my dad’s demise.

The following year(2015) was more exciting as;

  • I explored lots of business opportunities like business visits to IS & pivoting my coffee shop business plan/model.
  • I had a team which was delivering my orders at Cogzidel Technologies and having a dream team like that was a bliss.
  • Did some property investments!!
  • Spent three months with bureaucrats, to set right legal heir transfer Impediments. In fact, I wanted to write a blog on the nightmare’s of our system, but couldn’t write one!! But the experience was great after coming out successfully!!
  • The more precious thing that happened during 2015 is birth of my angel daughter. This one year has bettered all positive things of the year!!

Over all 2015 was like a fairytale!!!

Then the year 2016 was also interesting as my Coffee business was launched and I spent more time with my coffee startup, it was a fun filled year!!! Within a year we have opened 4 Coffee Outlets!! Then there was this Dubai trip to explore business opportunities for CCS.

Now comes the year 2017!!! I can call this the year of challenges!!!

  • There was huge attrition in all my group companies!!
  • Still working on rebuilding the team for CT and CFB!! Bala had slogged for CCS!!
  • Then some good part of year was sucked by legal challenges!!
  • Then there was some property issues which happened and working my way out of it!!

All these challenges have sucked a lot of time and money!!! But always facing and overcoming challenges is a great lesson and opportunity!!! I’m greatful to the almighty for exposing me to such challenges!! Wish all the years experience and efforts will be a positive start for 2018!!!

Wish you all a HAPPY & PROSPOROUS 2018!!


Shut up Arthur

It is Auto-Biography fever with Proteus and the latest on the list is Mickey Arthur former coach of Proteus. Pulling controversy has become a deliberate part of writing to get publicity. Am not against people pulling controversy but am getting upset when people judge others behavior and particularly I get double angry if it happens to Indians. Arthur has criticised Indian youngsters and this he was is written in his Book;

The youngsters in the Indian cricket team lack “grace and humility” when they celebrate victory, feels former South African coach Mickey Arthur.

Arthur has recalled a 2008 series against the Indians and criticised their celebrations after notching up a series-levelling win.

“The behaviour of the (Indian) younger players in the aftermath of victory was absolutely extraordinary,” Arthur wrote as he reminisced about the third and final Test in Kanpur in 2008 in which the home side tied the series.

“They ran around screaming, shouting and cheering as though they had just won the World Cup. Perhaps what made me cringe was the shock of seeing a celebration style so different from our own, but I found the practice of spraying each other with Coke and Fanta very hard to understand. But, then again, why should that be so different to our custom of using champagne?”

“It was the lack of grace and humility that I found most galling,” he said

“It’s hard to control your emotions at the moment of triumph and in the immediate aftermath of a Test victory because so much emotional and physical effort goes into it.

“But four or five minutes later it’s important to acknowledge that your vanquished opponents have also expended a lot of effort, and that it takes two teams to produce a contest,” he added.

However, the former Proteas coach praised the senior players in the Indian team, saying, “It was notable that Sachin (Tendulkar), along with other senior players like Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni and (Sourav) Ganguly, were not involved in the cacophony.”

“But the youngsters simply couldn’t calm down, and seemed to work themselves up into an ever-greater state of delirium the more they tried to rub our noses in defeat,” he said.

Arthur said he asked the South Africa team to take a lesson out of the exercise.

“I asked as many players as I could to watch the commotion, rather than to avert their eyes and to remember it the next time we played,” Arthur said.

My point is what is wrong in celebrating things the way we want… Why these whites have superiority complex? Don’t we have individuality to express things the way we need…

All I’ve to tell Mr.Arthur is to Shut his A$$ and mind his business… Our people know what to do & how to do…

Biography – eight years of entrepreneurial ride

I’m one of the most blessed ones by almighty! He gave me an opportunity to become an entrepreneur & I gracefully accepted it & utilized it in the right way. I must also take some credits for my perseverance. It all happened because of my cousin brother who still desires to be an entrepreneur but lacks perseverance. It all started with a desire to make money where in I started doing some part time freelance jobs like data entry, web design etc. which gave opening bells to my entrepreneurial desire.

I was doing all amateur jobs until I finished my graduation & that is when the opening bells rang & I made my formal entrepreneurial debut. An out of college kid, no specialization, no competence, no exposure, no experience overall I didn’t posses any entrepreneurial qualities but what all I was dream, desire & passion to be an entrepreneur. Even my parents & friends made fun of me & were not confident about by success, but today I can take pride in being one of their role models.

Early days as an entrepreneur were not an easy ride. I was not aware of any business functions, no idea about business & didn’t even know how to present myself, most of the times I stood like a joker in front of anyone I saw/met, but still I rowed against the tide, kept meeting people in spite of humiliations. But what I didn’t understand at that time was; I’m a entrepreneur in the making & all the humiliation & struggles were to give me more experience, expertise & shape me as an entrepreneur. Yes I know it is very very hard to over come such turbulent times when we startup, but we have to understand that there are no outside force that can motivate an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is a self made man and he has to be motivated and often it would be self motivation. What kept me moving was word of encouragement from some well-wishers and one of the words my friend Aravind use to tell “You can be fool for 5 min. not for ever” & dalai lama’s sayings “When you lose, don’t loose your lesions” with those two phrases I over came lots of challenges and over a period of time I got more experience than people of my own age group.

I started meeting more and more people every day with different faces like a sales man for pitching projects, as a finance head with bankers/financers to raise capital, as a HR interviewed lots of candidates. With every person I met I gained some knowledge which helped me to put it to some other person, with which I was able to gain some respect. Over a point of time I was in a position to talk to anyone at any time and talk any topic. Day by day I started learning new things, understands different functions in business, my networks grew along with all those my confidence grew as well as gained confidence of other people.

So to get all ingredients of business one invest more time than money. I’m writing this blogs only by investing that much of time (8 years). If I’m able to achieve something with all the limitations I had, I think anyone can become a successful entrepreneur. So if you have the desire & fire to be an entrepreneur never think, just act immediately, because “It takes a lot to be a doer, than a thinker”. There is no starting point to become an entrepreneur or there wont be right times or platform to start your entrepreneurial journey. Once you start it and have never say die attitude you are definitely going to be a winner. I wish this post must have kindled the fire and helped someone in some part of the world and have become an entrepreneur. If you had become one please shoot and email to anand@anandnataraj.com.