thinQbate — the journey so far
Rewind to the early summer of 2015. A non-practicing lawyer with a sports management degree was trying to find his feet in the slow-paced world of commercial real estate. Having spent his formative years in an industry where money talks, the easiest and natural option was to follow suit.
Foraying into comedy production and sports simulation, it was time for a holistic change.
Fast forward 18 months, 1000+ investor decks, 100+ entrepreneurs, and 6 startups — welcome to thinQbate.
Growing up in India, it’s easy to get exposed to a territorial environment early on — parents shield their children from strangers, people protect their ideas from the me-too brigade, and it’s pegged to only be about the eternal rat race. What started as an attempt to create long-term value for entrepreneurs, is today morphing into a cocoon of community. A community where nothing speaks louder than product. A community where cross-pollination with product, traction and outreach is a lot more seamless. A community where it’s one for all, and all for one.
Step one — create the right environment. Asking questions is more important that giving or having all the answers. Any individual who tells you they have all the answers is an individual you should be wary of.
Step two — propagate a collaborative culture, and learn how to give. Knowledge sharing forms the essence of any community. Be a giver — to the community; to your teammates; to every single person around you. You don’t just become part of a community by wanting to. When you look to work for the benefit of someone other than yourself, you will be surprised at what people would do for you.
Step three — be a thought leader and empower those around you. Invest in relationships at every stage of your journey. Put the individual before the skill set of the individual. People can achieve great things if given the faith, resources and the autonomy to make mistakes and grow. Always look to attract the best talent — that’s the only way you will build for 2019 in 2017.
Putting faith in people, rather than ideas — we’re now up and running. A few hundred words can’t sum up that experience.