When Archimedes expressed his boundless excitement on stumbling upon a path-breaking invention, little did he realize that the words he articulated would be quoted on several occasions. One of the instances include when entrepreneurial-streak-inflicted engineering undergrads voice the very same word on ‘stumbling’ upon a start-up or a new college society idea. They shout ‘eureka’ and run to implement their ideas with their bubbly peers who have a tendency to jump into anything – a beer pong or pioneering a society – though, they are being highly incompetent for a different task.
The modus operandi is simple. Have a Eureka moment, get hold of your bum-chums and start towards the path of a glorious money-laden future that can even put a Saudi king to shame. At least, that’s what the perception of a startup conveys; or that a society would inculcate you with abundant entrepreneurial knowledge which will leave the recruitment guy from a dapper company flummoxed and VOILA you will be the next emerging star of the company!
Woe to the world! – as 21st century Antony would say, reading the above sarcasm-loaded condemnations. The statement aptly reflects the mushrooming of college initiatives (startups and societies) every 15 days. The ritzy Facebook page comes under the banner of social media; the team allot themselves fancy sounding posts giving an illusion of a UN-like organization; beady eyed juniors are lured in the false hopes of ‘quality work’, ‘learning experience’ completing the picture. Some go a step further and get uninformed and misfortune – stricken juniors from other colleges as well, or take the whopping step of contacting a big organization, which boasts of a popular term called ‘personal contacts’.
Sadly, the parameters mentioned above hardly qualify for a sustaining body. The wretched reality is always different. The mere thought of initiating a startup can’t make you a Mark Zuckerberg or Narayan Murthy of the startup-arena. Also the sheer audacity to rip off Ivy League clubs and to have bi-annual meetings won’t comfort you. You need much more grit, determination, dedication and patience to produce a scintillating performance. The need to go beyond the superfluous pomp and show and give more weightage to the substance is non-existent. The startups today, focus on decorating the resumes and other materialistic documents.
Thus, the result too has a condescending tone. A majority of startups never go beyond their twitter campaign. Societies follow a disheartened path; they wither, croak in anonymity with ‘founders’ in fancy posts as spectators, and finally die a silent death. The beady eyed juniors too realize that they have been hoodwinked and contemplate on more such ‘college initiatives’.
Ah! the vicious cycle.
Issued in interest of students of NSIT plagued by a multitude of society and startups
A sincere advice: 1) Stop pestering with fake updates of sham societies, we know you aint working kiddo!
2) Don’t bash up the author whose mother-tongue is sarcasm. Also she has been the beady eyed junior throughout her 1st year.