Yep, that sums up the last two weeks.
Aside from attempting to convince multiple groups of people to give us the money to take IP to the next stage we rolled up our sleeves and got into recruiting.
Discussions with two groups of potential investors are at advanced stages but untill the lady has sung we’re not popping champagne. The founders (including yours truly) have now reached the ‘thun-thun-gopal’ stage and need that moolah to realise the IP vision.
The hiring process has been tough. I feel like a Citibank tele-caller. Must have called nearly a hundred people. My right ear has turned a shade of rust red – and if cellphones carry radiation risk put me down as someone who’ll develop an extra ear shortly. (no, jokes on becoming a better listener are not welcome )
On the positive side we received fantastic applications – the best of the best interested in working to make Inclusive Planet happen. That was a huge shot in the arm. We’ve shortlisted a few and hope to populate the founding team within 6-7 days.
Another active happening at a frantic pace is the disabled community survey being driven by JB (Janani Barath, Employee No.1) and RC. We’re interviewing / doing focus group discussions with tens of differently-abled to understand expressed and unexpressed needs. The early results are encouraging. We hope to have a report ready in 2 weeks. Having JB is fantastic because she has a deeper understanding of the differently-abled than most people in the country.