Chai Pe Charcha on Clubhouse

Hope you have been lucky to get an invite to Clubhouse and joined or started few Clubs. Thanks to one of my friends Monalisa Chati, I got an invite too last week. Since than have joined many interesting conversations on start-ups, alumni groups, politics and so on.

Myself & our teams have been using major platform like Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, YouTube, Instagram. WhatsApp, Telegram Signal before taking them to websites

I am sharing my personal profiles below

As a co-founder of one for profit , REN Ventures and

multiple alumni platforms like
IIM Society (only for IIM alumni)
IIM Family & Friends ( open to all)

All India Sainik Schools Association ; Linkedin Group for AISSA (only for Sainik Schools alumni)
Sainik Schools Family & Friends (open to all)

Entrepreneurship platforms like
YEN (Young Entrepreneurs Network) 

WEN (Women Entrepreneurs Network
https://www.facebook.com/groups/girlpower2020/?ref=share is an org to promote and support entrepreneurship by/among girls/women. 

BEN (Bharat Entrepreneurs Network)
https://bharatnetwork.org Website
https://t.me/joinchat/Qmj73SjOazXv9Bu2 Telegram
www.linkedin.com/groups/7071742 LinkedIn https://www.facebook.com/groups/bharatnetwork 

Bihar related Economic, Social , Cultural, Political discussions Bihar (Facebook Group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/bihar 

Bihar Entrepreneurs Network (Website WIP)

JEN (Jharkhand Entrepreneurs Network)

So in the new world of Covid19 enforced lockdowns, people are already missing in person meetings, voice conversations or water-cooler / coffee conversations. So whenever there is a problem, entrepreneurs see opportunity and thanks to co-founders Paul Davidson & Rohan Seth we have a Global Platform for Voice Conversations. For details see this CNBC article

The basic premise or hypothesis i have is that we all are part of this network that this universe is, I have tried to explain in my upcoming book (blog is live but book has been pending for a while), https://networkquotient.org



YEN Internship

YEN is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Oct 2, 2020 08:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 401 050 1988
Passcode: Bootcamp
Those who are interested in internship in YEN kindly join

Entrepreneurship is challenging to start and run, all the way. Challenges faced can be that of lack of funding, insufficient market knowledge, confusing labour laws, trouble hiring, taxation or business processes optimization. We have over the last decade seen many people spring from villages, small towns and unlikely places become successful entrepreneurs and have also seen people do not well in the first attempt.

Founders, employees, members, associate experts now are convinced that now is the time to share that network and knowledge for the growth of budding entrepreneurs as well as seasoned ones.


Will you ?

I have been wearing a mask in stores (and limiting my trips) since March.

I’m not sure how being considerate to others for the common good is now being mocked by some who are calling it “living in fear”, but it needs to stop….

When I wear a mask over my nose and mouth in public and in the stores/Supermarkets/Pharmacies/Offices –

I want you to know the following:
🔵 I’m educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.
🔵 No, I don’t “live in fear” of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
🔵 I don’t feel like the “government controls me”. I feel like I’m an adult contributing to the security in our society and I want to teach others the same.
🔵 If we could all live with the consideration of others in mind, the whole world would be a much better place.
🔵 Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid or even “controlled”. It makes me caring and responsible.
🔵 When you think about your appearance, discomfort, or other people’s opinion of you, imagine a loved one – a child, father, mother, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a stranger – placed on a ventilator, alone without you or any family member allowed at their bedside…..

Ask yourself if you could have helped them a little by wearing a mask… I copied and posted……Will you ?


Why Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurship Networks

Few of my schoolmates get upset about the fact that I work on and promote Entrepreneurship and various Entrepreneurship Networks in the alumni groups. Reason is simple, this universe is a network (explained in details in my book, https://networkquoteint,org so most of what we do, enjoy, live, achieve is only as part of our being part of the “network” or “community” or “family”.

We is greater than ME , Hence I dedicate very high percentage of my time in creating, curating communities especially Entrepreneurship Networks like
https://yen2020.org ; https://bharatnetwork.org ; http://wen1.org or alumni networks like https://www.iimsociety.org or IIM Families & Friends or Sainik Schools Families & Friends

Tech Platforms like Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Telegram, WhatsApp have made it possible for more than half of the world connect with each other and that’s an absolutely transformative opportunity to make the world into one GLocal Digital Family besides the Physical Family

Why Entrepreneurship Is Important to the Economy

By SHOBHIT SETH Updated Jul 22, 2019

Entrepreneurs are frequently thought of as national assets to be cultivated, motivated, and remunerated to the greatest possible extent. Great entrepreneurs have the ability to change the way we live and work. If successful, their innovations may improve standards of living, and in addition to creating wealth with entrepreneurial ventures, they also create jobs and contribute to a growing economy.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Entrepreneurship is thus important for a number of reasons, from promoting social change to driving innovation.

Entrepreneurs Spur Economic Growth

New products and services created by entrepreneurs can produce a cascading effect, where it stimulates related businesses or sectors that need to support the new venture, furthering economic development.

For example, a few information technology companies made up the IT industry in India during the 1990s. The industry quickly expanded and many other sectors benefited from it. Businesses in associated industries—such as call center operations, network maintenance companies, and hardware providers—flourished.

Education and training institutes nurtured a new class of IT workers who were offered better, high-paying jobs. Infrastructure development organizations and even real estate companies capitalized on this growth as workers migrated to cities where employment was growing.

Similarly, future development efforts in underdeveloped countries require robust logistics support, capital investments, and a qualified workforce. From the highly qualified programmer to the construction worker, entrepreneurship benefits a large part of the economy.

Entrepreneurs Add to National Income

Entrepreneurial ventures help generate new wealth. Existing businesses may remain confined to existing markets and may hit the glass ceiling in terms of income. New and improved products, services or technology from entrepreneurs enable new markets to be developed and new wealth to be created.

Additionally, increased employment and higher earnings contribute to better national income in the form of higher tax revenue and higher government spending. This revenue can be used by the government to invest in other, struggling sectors and human capital. Although it may make a few existing players redundant, the government can soften the blow by redirecting surplus wealth to retrain workers.https://e754ab033093610c12da44796b9d90ae.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Fast Fact

According to Babson College, there are 25 million entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Entrepreneurs Create Social Change

Through offering unique goods and services, entrepreneurs break away from tradition and reduce dependence on obsolete systems and technologies. This results in an improved quality of life, improved morale, and greater economic freedom.

For example, the water supply in a water-scarce region will, at times, forces people to stop working to collect water. This will impact their business, productivity, and income. Imagine an innovative and automatic pump that can fill people’s water containers automatically. This type of innovation ensures people are able to focus on their jobs without worrying about a basic necessity like water. More time to devote to work translates to economic growth.

For a more contemporary example, smartphones and apps have revolutionized work and play across the globe. Smartphones are not exclusive to wealthy countries or people. As the growth of the smartphone market continues, technological entrepreneurship can have a profound, long-lasting impact on the world.

Moreover, the globalization of technology means entrepreneurs in lesser-developed countries have access to the same tools as their counterparts in richer countries. They also have the advantage of a lower cost of living, so a young entrepreneur from an underdeveloped country can compete with a multi-million-dollar existing product from a developed country.

Community Development

Entrepreneurs regularly nurture ventures by other like-minded individuals. They also invest in community projects and provide financial support to local charities. This enables further development beyond their own ventures.

Some famous entrepreneurs, such as Bill Gates, have used their money to finance good causes, from education to public health. The qualities that make one an entrepreneur are the same qualities that help motivate entrepreneurs to pay it forward.


  • Entrepreneurship is important as it has the ability to improve standards of living and create wealth, not only for the entrepreneurs, but also for related businesses. 
  • Entrepreneurs also help drive change with innovation, where new and improved products enable new markets to be developed. 
  • Economy wise, higher earnings thanks to entrepreneurship can help boost national income and tax revenue. 
  • Entrepreneurs contribute in other ways as well, such as investing in community projects and supporting local charities. 
  • Too much entrepreneurship (i..e, high self-employment) can be detrimental to economic development.

Is All Entrepreneurship Good?

Are there any drawbacks to cultivating entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship? Is there a limit to the number of entrepreneurs a society can hold?

Italy may provide an example of a place where high levels of self-employment have proved to be inefficient for economic development. Research has shown that Italy has experienced large negative impacts on the growth of its economy because of self-employment. There may be truth in the old saying, “too many chefs and not enough cooks spoil the soup.” 

The Role of Government

Regulation plays a crucial role in nurturing entrepreneurship. Unregulated entrepreneurship may lead to unwanted social outcomes including unfair market practices, pervasive corruption, and criminal activity.

Findings from the United Nations University also indicate the possible implications of “over-nurturing” entrepreneurship. European economist Wim Naudé argues that “while entrepreneurship may raise economic growth and material welfare, it may not always result in improvements in non-material welfare (or happiness). Promotion of happiness is increasingly seen as an essential goal.

Paradoxically, a significantly high number of entrepreneurs may lead to fierce competition and loss of career choices for individuals. With too many entrepreneurs, levels of aspirations usually rise. Owing to the variability of success in entrepreneurial ventures, the scenario of having too many entrepreneurs may also lead to income inequality, making citizens more unhappy.

The Bottom Line

The relationship between entrepreneurship and economic development is important to understand for policymakers and business owners. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of entrepreneurship allows a balanced approach to nurturing entrepreneurship to be taken, which can result in a positive economic and societal impact.SPONSORED

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Atul Kumar


I am Atul Kumar, based in Silicon Valley (North San Jose) since 2015. We were in East Coast / Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) from July 2002. Relocated from India in 2002 on transfer while working at GE. Am a serial failed entrepreneur, investor, and community organizer and volunteer for many organization. Cofounder of few entrepreneurship and alumni Orgs. Social Impact via Servant Leadership drives me. 
Few Links to connect and engage with me

  1. https://atulkumar.org
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/atulkumar
  3. https://Twitter.com/atultech
  4. Book https://networkquotient.org ( Unpublished ….)
  5. Facebook Page that you can follow https://www.facebook.com/atulconnects/
  6. Startup connector /accelerator based in San Jose is https://ren.ventures

Also Co-founder of few non-profits

  1. https://www.iimsociety.org (Global Volunteer run alumni Org for all alumni of all IIMS). We have separate groups, IIM Family for Friends & Families too via Social Media,  Reach Atul at
    +1 203 987 4452 or https://atulkumar.org for an invite
  2. Bharat Entrepreneurs Network was launched in 2017 at IIFT Delhi to accelerate entrepreneurship in Bharat or by people in/of/from Bharat with State, City Chapters like
    1. BIhar Entrepreneurs Network
    2. Jharkhand Entrepreneurs Network
  3. https://wen1.org Women Entrepreneurs Network is a platfor to promote entrepreneurship among girls/womeb, 
  4. https://yen2020.0rg  Young Entrepreneurs Network is a GLocal Platform for promoting Entrepreneurship via Startup Bootcamps, online as well as classroom & live industry projects 

I volunteer for many orgs including Volunteer for few Global Non-Profits like


(Obsessed with Volunteering, Helping, Mentoring,& Serving especially entrepreneurs/students so feel free to reach me via a message)

IIMA MBA 2001 based in SF Bay Area https://t.co/OBzF0vkK0l
Startup connector accelerator in HealthTech, EdTech FinTech & Social Impact

1000+ Interesting Conversations on Road

Few years back I tried my hands at Uber & Lyft and it was an amazing life experience with thousand plus conversations with strangers. Few of them became friends too. Will not name any person due to privacy reasons

My route:
I usually try to get on Route 237 & Merge into 101 North which takes me to University Avenue ( Palo Alto) which has a very pleasing view especially lot of Universities Startups, VCs, (Industries of my interest/passion). Some days will go as far as SF and on the way cross Redwood City, San Mateo, Millbrae. Some days, will choose to go to the East Side via Milpitas. Fremont, Union City, Hayward, Oakland

My Passengers:
Commuters to the local Bus Stand, Train Station, Airports, Major Corporations based in Silicon Valley including Google, Apple, Facebook LinkedIn, Yahoo,
…. will update more in coming days


It has been a while since most of us have been lockdown due to Covid19 but now with multiple vaccinations approved by FDA, seems like we are just few months away from resuming business as normal. Another positive development has been a crook / criminal who had grabbed power in the most powerful and richest democracy in world that is United States of America. Yes, his name is Donald Trump. Now that we have Joe Biden & Kamala Harris taking charge as President & Vice President on 20th January 2021.

So seems like 2021 , will open a new era of growth, development & rule of law.

I have been keeping myself engaged in our social ventures, we have had 20+ sessions by https://yen2020.org during these 6 months+ ,

last week on Saturday we also had a session by pioneers of ecommerce in India, As a first edition of BEYOND NORMAL – Talk Series, IIM Society is pleased to bring in Mr. Vaitheeswaran, who is a pioneer of Indian e-commerce https://lnkd.in/eAmjJh2
organized by Subodh Patil of IIM Bangalore

Same day we had a YEN session by Dr Krishna Bhatta , MD FRCS on Role of Intermittent silence and meditation in Life of Entrepreneurs

YEN Topic: *Merger and acquisition for STARTUP* Time: NOV 01, 2020 08:00 PM IST by CA Santosh Pandey based in Luxembourg

YEN is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: * Merger and acquisition for STARTUP* Time: NOV 01, 2020 08:00 PM Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91244097372?pwd=U3Npa0NrS205RjBEY0RiUzc0aFNuZz09

We had our session by Santosh Pandey jee on Merger and Acquisition on 1st Nov 2020. This was the 15th weekly session by YEN so far.

Last week we also onboarded Naman as our volunteer intern in the team and adding him in our daily calls with the co-founders have added lot of momentum. Being a young student he asks lot of questions, takes notes in the meetings and also follow-up on the action items from each of the co-founders.

Few snapshots from our session on M&A below

National Education Policy 2020 (India)

There are a lot of documents & videos on National Education Policy and commentary of experts available on Internet so I will not even attempt to describe that here. Here I will try to give a Historical context & then few thoughts on future. There is a very popular song Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley which says , If you know your history “Then you would know where you’re coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me. Who the heck do I think I am”.

The history of education began with teaching of traditional elements such as Indian religionsIndian mathematicsIndian logic at early Hindu and Buddhist centres of learning such as ancient Takshashila (in modern-day Pakistan) and Nalanda (in India) Before Christ. Islamic education became ingrained with the establishment of the Islamic empires in the Indian subcontinent in the Middle Ages while the coming of the Europeans later brought western education to colonial India Modern Universities were established during British rule in the 19th century. A series of measures continuing throughout the early half of the 20th century ultimately laid the foundation of education in the Republic of IndiaPakistan and much of the Indian subcontinent. Early education in India commenced under the supervision of a guru or prabhu.Initially, education was open to all and seen as one of the methods to achieve Moksha in those days, or enlightenment Source: Wikipedia

Having given the historical context, let me share my opinion on Role of Government in Education in general and India’s National Education Policy in particular. In my view government in each society has few primary responsibilities like providing a safe & secure environment and that means ensure Law & Order. After that they are also expected to ensure basic needs like Food, Water,, Health & Education is available to all. Providing free primary education to all citizens of country is a major factor that differentiates Developed World from Developing World. In modern world Western European Countries especially Nordic Countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland.

Unfortunately, both the percentage of national budget allocated to Education in India was abysmally low compared to rest of world. This was accompanied by misplaced policies and priorities on “rote learning, exam & government jobs orientation”. However one major course correction seems to have taken place in the recently passed India ndia National Education Policy 2019, which envisions an India-centric education system that contributes directly to transforming our nation sustainably into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing high-quality education to all. What was wrong with the old education policy was that it was prepared by Britishers to create a class of clerks, bureaucrats which continued even after freedom. The first Indian Institutes of Technology were established in the 1950s to promote technical education in India. Now, there are 23 IITs in India considered to be the premier engineering universities of the country & 20 Indian Institutes of Management in India considered to be the premier management Institutions of India. Few years back The Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan, was a movement pioneered by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which aimed to free and compulsory education a fundamental right to children between the ages of 6 and 14. The Right to Education Act was passed in 2009. In the National Education Policy passed by India, it attempts a complete reboot of Education System.

  • Three years of anganwadi or preschool + two years in primary school in grades 1-2 covering ages 3 to 8 years
  • The ‘preparatory stage’ covering ages 8 to 11 years or grades 3-5
  • The ‘middle stage’ covering ages 11 to 14 years or grades 6-8
  • The ‘secondary stage’ covering ages 14 to 18 years in two phases – grades 9-10 in the first and grades 11-12 in the second


Ahimsa Paramo Dharm

अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l”

(अहिंसा सबसे बड़ा धर्म है और धर्म रक्षार्थ हिंसा भी उसी प्रकार श्रेष्ठ है)

Ahimsa Paramo Dharma Dharma himsa tathaiva cha,,
(Non-violence is the ultimate dharma. So too is violence in service of Dharma).

भारत में अहिंसा के पुजारी का ढोंग करने वाले महात्मा गाँधी ने हिन्दुओ की सभा में हमेंशा यही श्लोक पढते थे लेकिन हिन्दुओ को कायर रखने के लिए गांधी इस श्लोक को अधूरा ही पढ़ता था जिससे हिन्दुओ का धार्मिक खून उबल न पड़े. इसमें कोई शंशय नहीं की अहिंसा बहुत ही स्वीकार्य और महान सोच है परन्तु उसी के साथ हिन्दुओ / सनातनियो को अपने धर्म की रक्षा (राष्ट्र धर्म,मानवता, प्रकृति, कर्त्तव्य रक्षा, समाज रक्षा, गृहस्थ रक्षा यानी जितने धार्मिक कर्तव्य हैं ) के आड़े आने वाली हर बाधा की समाप्त करने के लिए किया गया आवश्यक हिंसा उतना ही श्रेष्ठ है. अपने बंधू-बान्धवो की रक्षा राष्ट्र रक्षा का एक भाग जिसमे यदि हिंसा आवश्यक है तो करना श्रेष्ठ है

YEN Bootcamp 16-19 Aug 2020

YEN is organising 3 days Bootcamp- ‘ALL ABOUT STARTUPS’

Learn everything about entrepreneurship from the veterans in just three sessions and also get opportunity to pitch your business idea.

Register Now at Just INR 499/-

Become YEN Member and get the Bootcamp entry and other benefits across the year.

Membership is only INT 1499/- Visit : http://www.yen2020.org

Participate in Ideathon and get chance to win prizes.

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