This is how I described Preseed when it was just a thought in 2011.
We nurture dot makers
What are dots?
To convey a meaning when you write the first word, you put a dot first. Then you run your pen to grow that dot into a word that has some meaning. And all these different words together form a story. Everytime an author nurtures that dot, he ends up with a story, that may sell. So, dot is the point of initiation where a word, a story, a line or an organisation, everything originates from. Pen Dot:Word :: Preseed Dot:Startup
Our Name — When a tree was a seed it looked like a dot! And before a seed, it was, a Preseed.
Who are dot makers?
Everyone willing to put the dot forth. Everyone who has a ‘pure will’ to start. You may or may not have an idea to start with, but if you strongly believe you want to start someday, then you are the dot maker we are looking for.
To nurture dot makers, or simply put, to empower those who wish to ‘create’ rather than just follow. I refined this line later to say ‘those who have the will to do something out of the ordinary’.
What will we really do?
We will educate you about extraordinary dots, dot makers, the transition of those dots to a business empire and the transition of the dot makers from passionate kids ‘at garage’ into extraordinary leaders. There are more such stories than we can tell in our lifetimes. We will educate you about these transitions to help you understand the fact that all these Leaders were once ‘one of us’.
We will educate you about how a professional degree is not as important, in the real world, as it seems. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were enterprising. They did not have degrees, they had conviction. The people who work for them have degrees, sometimes even they don’t.
We will tell you why the destination is not more important than the journey.
We will tell you why curiosity is more important than formal education.
We will tell you how liberating it is to be able to make our own wishful choices every day, through out our lives.
We will tell you how exaggerated the concept of a MNC job is.
We will tell you about the technologies, the people, the products, the investors, the realities, the designs.
We will tell you how starting up is the best that you could do to your career.
We will tell you how you could startup around ‘what you like’.
We will give you a a novel and mass meaningful idea to start on.
We will tell you how important it is to be ready to unlearn what fails to convince our minds as we grow up.
We will answer every single question you ask.
We will find the answer to everything we need to know.
We will stand by you through your thick and thin.
We will tell you how exaggerated the event of failure seems to most minds.
We will help you connect the dots. We will ask hard hitting questions. The questions we will asks will help you refine your business model, make it scalable, make it social, make it’s identity solid and make it’s communications viral. Above all, these questions we will help you understand yourself and your team better.
We will be your devils advocate.
We will help you bootstrap.
We will mentor you through a network of mentors which otherwise you can’t find for ideas that are nothing more than just a thought.
In short — We will help you startup!!
How will we do the above mentioned?
We will operate through various initiatives mentioned as our labs and activities inside our labs. Check them all out through our website www.preseed.in .
We will not shy away from anyone who comes to us with a ‘poor’ idea, ‘poor’ plan, ‘poor’ IQ or ‘poor’ anything else. Just the fact he came to us, counts for something.
We promise we will not give up before you give up.
We promise you we won’t let you give up till you give it all that it takes.
We will not shy away from trusting, our fellow dot-makers, with our time.
We promise we’ll do, to the best of our abilities, whatever is to be done for this world to have more entrepreneurs.
If Preseed were a guy
He would have been the go to guy for anyone looking to start.
The problem we wish to solve for you
The ‘Nay, are you crazy’ problem — The first problem for everyone who wants to start is that there is a lack of ‘go to guys’ or organizations to seek suggestions and necessary insights to get started with. There are more ‘naysayers’ than the ‘yesayer’. This, in our perspective, is the mother of all the problems.
The Right set of information and the Right ‘ye’ at the Right time has the potential to allow you to reinforce your inner voice upon yourself. And that is what you need … to start!
The problem it has solved for us so far and will solve for you too.
Startup is a lonely world. We hope Preseed could change that for you too by building a community the members of which are willing to be a part of your lonely world.
We believe that one of the most understated reasons… or largely a non-stated reason to fail is — to not start. Leave the matter of success and failure to perseverance; there is nothing more to success and failure. This is the underlying philosophy that Preseed is founded upon.
What is the single most important reason why we believe you could build companies even when you yourself thought that you couldn’t? Atleast, not so early.
Because one day you yourself will realise, if need be, with a little push from us — ‘The power of the Internet’, The power of having information for free even while you are taking a dump in your toilet. In the words of Michael Lewis — “By its nature the Internet undermined anyone whose status depended on a privileged access to information.”
Food for thought
What can them humans around you tell you that you won’t find on the internet?
You are already empowered. You may not even need us.
Archimedes said that if he were given a long enough lever and a place to stand, he could move the world. We have a place to stand. It is called Preseed.
This is how I described Preseed now in 2017.
A company with 2 hours per day per person every day in a week, invested on creating its web platform Myidealist mentioned in R&D. 7 hours every day to run the rest of Preseed.