Jimit very interesting story and congrats on the fund raise. Hustling is the most effective way of proving perseverance. I also did same while trying to hack YC application process. https://medium.com/p/b812dabe3ff8?source=linkShare-c3c8b5929a82-1460080824
I would love to meet sometime if you are in valley and exchange thoughts and ideas. I believe we have lot of synergies.