Finally the first version of Axience website is up. I am loving this experience of being an entrepreneur, it teaches you something new everyday and you have something to look forward to the next day.
It's been seven and half months already and it looks like that I started the business a week back. I pondered over decision of quiting my job for several months as the Country Head of my previous firm and finally called my boss one day on August 1st 2006 to break the good news (for me). At that time I had not planned what I wanted to do - take up a job in India or elsewhere or start up somethin etc or travel around the world. I decided that I will take up three months break, travel around and then will see what to do but travelling couldn't happen as I ended up serving notice period of 4 months instead of 1 - mainly to ensure my previous office runs well after I have left and does not sink.
And then since January, it has been really good. Hundred's of meeting, networking, client relationships, pitching, contracts and travelling several time between India and Europe. I am glad with the progress so far and the type and amount of business we have generated. I am also pleased with the kind of people I have hired and can only look forward to creating a really good team. I am very serious about it being in the people business and after seeing how the Goliaths in my business have let the quality slip. I know it's easier said than done but I am focused on creating a team of smart, hardworking and funloving individuals.
Last few weeks have been very hectic and stressful and I can only expect the intensity to grow. The next goal is much higher, timeline is short and it's a fight of one David versus several Goliath. But surely it's going to be an interesting ride.
I have been thinking of monitoring certain parts of Financial Services industry on this blog since long time and do hope that I will start doing that very soon.