It was September 2000 and I was waiting for my U.S. work permit to join one of the big five consulting firms. Obviously, I was excited and had already started dreaming the American Dream.
Interrupting the day dream was a call from one of my Indian Institute of Technology batch-mates â€“ â€œWe are opening a new company tomorrow. Would you like to join us?â€ asked Kapil Nakra.
I was shocked and I asked him to give me a few days to respond. A few minutes passed and I received a second call from another batch-mate, Purvesh Sharma, and he demanded, â€œAre you joining us or not?â€ Iâ€™m still unsure of what went through my mind, but I suddenly found three letters coming out of my mouth Y. E. S.
Itâ€™s now been 10 years and I have not recovered from the shock of that visceral decision. I am still riding the entrepreneurial wave I jumped on, a decade ago.
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