“Hey, we are planning to build our Sales Team, you guys are doing great sales, how do you do it?” asked my alum who started his company, but was the only one in the team who was doing sales.

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Sales have been our primary growth driver, it brought in customer money which helped us bootstrap the company and be profitable. We doubled our numbers in last one year and have been consistently been able to sign-up ~10 customers a month! The most interesting part is, it is all with an Inside Sales Team[1], contrary to popular belief that selling to academic institutions require you to have an on-field sales team. …

Most of the organizations today realize the importance of staying in touch with the former employees. As quoted by Reid Hoffman (Founder of Linkedin) in the article “Four reasons to invest in a corporate alumni network”, a company’s alumni can be a treasure trove of brand ambassadors, great rehires, potential referrals and a source of network intelligence. Establishing a well structured corporate alumni program is paramount in maintaining a great relationship with ex-employees.

1. Design at Organizational Level

A meaningful corporate alumni program needs to be an organizational level initiative driven by the company’s leadership and not just an HR or Employer Branding Initiative. It is very important for organizations to assign a dedicated person — “Alumni Relationship Manager”, who will not only create but also meticulously manage the entire program coordinating across streams like General HR, Payroll, Staffing and Business Development Teams. …

In my previous blog post Our Tryst with Y Combinator, I wrote about our failed attempt at getting into YC and why it left us more enthusiastic than ever. In this blog post, I am sharing the details on how our preparation to get into YC helped us gain clarity and direction and why I feel every serious entrepreneur should answer the YC questions regardless of wanting to get into the accelerator.

Getting into Y Combinator is a dream for almost every founder, so was it for me. It is considered the world’s best accelerator for startups and there are many posts explaining “the benefits” of the program. However, I would consider it the best, just for the way it helped us while preparing to get into it.

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Our tryst of getting into Y Combinator

Part 1: The Tryst

I first wanted to get into YC last September when I read everything about it just before I had the office hours with Tim Brady in Bengaluru. Our application was rejected twice for W17 and S17 batches. Later that summer, we were selected for Startup School by Y Combinator and that program helped me to understand the entire thought process of building a startup ‘The YC Way’. …

Jan 2017 would mark 8 years of me out of college and about 7 years of following the dream full-time — wanting to connect every institution in the world back to their alumni! That’s Awesome!! can be the first reaction. But wait! Is it really? People these days are building startups, raising funding and going places within 2–3 years! “What the hell are you doing?” my best friend taunted me.

My friends know that I always claim to be 23 years old :D. Ok here I admit today, I am 23 since last 7 years. I formally started the company when I was 23 and ever since my age refused to grow.

yes the same seagull in the book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach that inspires all of us


During the initial days @ NITIE, trying to pose like a “seth”[/caption]

Entrepreneurship is like a Sport!


Paresh Masade

The world I see is full of happies and surprises, full of adventures and challenges, but it always brings you the best :) — Building Vaave.com at this moment!

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