Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

The man who’s still trying

I talked abou the man who dared to dream, a few posts back. This is an update on the same. Shubham’s company Munificient Ventures, the parent company of rentimental.com, has made it to the top 30 in the TATA NEN Hottest startups contest.

Shubham called me to inform the same last week and also informed me on his new collar…around his neck. Apparently Mr Shubham, reckless as he is, managed to fall and hurt his neck and spine. As a result, when i met him, the poor fellow could not even look left or right. Trust me to see Shubham in one place is a once in a blue moon opportunity.

We shared some moments from the past and then felt like moving out somewhere to feel the breeze of the night. Shubham Rai picks up his phone and dials a number…the response from the other end…”Shubham Bhaiya…aap tension na lo…mai abhi aata hoon”…within 5 minutes a Toyota Qualis was standing at our doorstep.

Shubham introduces me to the guy, a driver by profession. The driver is all concerned about Shubham’s health and adjusts the seat of the vehicle to ensure that Shubham is in a straight posture. I slip into the backseat.

We pass a cigarrete shop and Shubham asks the driver to stop. The driver protests saying that Shubham, in the condition he is, should not be thinking of smoking. I join in the protest and successfully manage to divert his attention.

We reach Bandra Reclamation and thats when the driver tells me his story and how Shubham is like a saviour to him. He was almost on the brink of selling his 2 Qualises when Shubham met him. Shubham, with his strong network of close friends, soon started getting him some really good business. Today, he hardly sleeps 3 hours a day owing to trips every morning to places such as Satara, Kohlapur, Belgaum and Delhi too!!! He may not understand what rentimental stands for but he does know that if he’s investing with Shubham, its a wise decision.

Thats how Shubham has been with most of us. His passion to help a friend out knows no bounds…His passion at work is exemplary and selfless…, i am sure that is what has propelled him to the top 30 in the TATA NEN Hottest Startups. He needs to come in the top 5 now…and he needs funding…and he needs your prayers, substantiated by votes…here

Cheers to the man who dared to dream!!!

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A man who dared to dream

I had promised to write about his new venture and so am doing so. His site is the culmination of a dream that has been driving him since the early days of our MBA. An entrepreneur at heart, his imaginations and thoughts always sought to try something new,something undiscovered.

MBA was always about presentations, assignments and staying awake through the night. For a few of us,however, there was another reason that kept us awake through long nights: The Placecom( Placement Committee) was the driver of all Industry interactions and responsible for placing around 110 graduates.

It was a mammoth task and we all knew it wouldnt be easy.Yet we never gave up. Part of it was self driven,part of it inspiration.To see a young man sit through continuous nights,trying to fix appointments and give his heart and soul for the institution was enough to drive us all.The going wasnt easy for this young man. He sometimes barely managed to cope up in his exams.Theory wasnt his forte and the authorities threatened to fail him at times. Batchmates werent the kindest as well and many a time he was dragged into mindless ‘political conferences’ where he was ridiculed and humiliated by people who had nothing better to do on campus.

In the midst of all this the young man dreamt.He dreamt to have a world where everything could be rented.Furniture,Tvs,homes,crockery,cars,laptops…anything and everything material..all broker free.A lot of us were skeptical.We dismissed the idea as a figment of ‘MBA acquired’ imagination and thought no more about it.

We didnt realize that the idea was slowly growing and that this man had already started putting pillars to his dream.He had set himself a roadmap of one year.

Placements happened and most of us got placed with well known corporate institutions.As expected,the young man was responsible for a large part of the placements.All the batch mates were happy but few came to thank the man who made it possible.

Spread across the 4 different corners of India and in the busy schedules of our lives, we soon forgot how time passes.This young man, however hadnt forgotten. He was slowly mobilizing resources,manpower,funds,space and belief for his venture.

A year passed and while most of us were still struggling to find the balance between work and life, this Young man went ahead, left his job and launched his dream.

The dream : Rentimental.com (The World’s on rent)

The man : Shubham Rai

Its been almost 6 months now since Rentimental’s launch and Shubham is still struggling.But he is happy and slowly but steadily, he’s building clients and business. His team of a handful of men believe in him and his conviction and daily slog it out on the streets of Mumbai.

As I stand amidst the crowd on the Andheri Local,my eyes fall on a banner on the top right,above the window…Its a Rentimental banner and calls for people with extra homes to rent them out through the site.A sense of pride floods me…I feel proud to be associated with a man who dared to dream.

PS: Shubham today has been nominated in the TATA NEN Hottest startups. If you believe in the man and his dream vote for him here

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