I’m Amit. As an ex-strategy consultant (from London) I hope this blog will probably be robustly structured, MECE and have a lot of bullet points. As a wannabe startup founder I hope this blog will be full of terms like “lean”, “MVP” and “pivot” and probably reflect some extreme highs (“woo hoo, we got some funding…”) and lows (“…but we blew it all on fancy chairs and ping pong tables”). Finally, as someone who always wants to learn I hope this blog will highlight my childlike wonder juxtaposed with a healthy dose of cynicism.
A bit about me… out of the comfort zone and into the fire
In April 2013 I quit corporate life after 10 years working for investment banks and strategy consulting firms. Up until then I think I led a life of relative comfort, structure and a relatively linear journey. A-Levels picked before I finished GCSEs, university chosen and accepted before A-Levels finished, investment banking job secured before finishing a degree and every job after that in place before I left the previous one. However something did not feel right. I was not building anything, operating in a narrow circle and sometimes doing things I fundamentally disagreed with.
I’m leaving behind this life to explore. I want to meet inspiring people, discover fresh ideas and, most importantly, try to find a new life which reflects my values whilst providing a decent living.
Why startup? I have ideas, I believe I have (at least some of) the skills to execute on these ideas and I want to build something from scratch. As a consultant you spend your life telling clients what they should be doing, but never seeing things through. If I am completely honest I also have the startup bug that seems to be going round London these days – it may be a bit of a bubble, but what a great bubble it is!
Over the last few years I have developed a passion for social entrepreneurship and business models that have more to them than a purely profit-driven motive. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing people who are looking to change the world by applying business techniques to social problems and I am totally inspired. So for me this is a dual journey of finding a startup idea that I love and can follow through with and making the world a better place, ideally both at the same time.
A few personal bits:
- I got married, which is one of the best decisions that I ever made. If you’re with the right person and thinking about it, don’t, just do it!
- I’ve been lucky enough to spend time traveling all over the world, be it backpacking for 8 months, holidays and weddings, or with work. This has provided fun times, great experiences and friends, and what I hope is a relatively open perspective
- Sports: basically everything except cricket – still try and play soccer once a week
- Music: everything except heavy metal, though a soft spot for conscious hip-hop (think Akala, Talib Kweli, Saul Williams amongst others)
- Books: A mix of fiction and non-fiction – up or any recommendations
I’m on what is the most uncertain and therefore most interesting journey of my life so far, so I thought I’d take a bit of time to document it. What I hope to do with this blog is
- Share and discuss some of the interesting ideas and topical issues I come across
- Provide some perspectives around startup life from both a personal and professional perspective
- Showcase some of the useful tools resources and processes that I find (and use myself)
In all honesty this blog is as much for me as it is for anyone else – however if you do give me the pleasure of your time you’ll quickly come to know that I don’t have all the answers – in fact I probably don’t have many. But I hope that my (what will, without any question, be an uncertain and bumpy) journey can provide some lessons that I can share with you!