This post is a slight deviation from my occasional ramblings and the weekly copy and paste. This is about two individuals who have inspired me , continue to inspire me and thousand others. To rephrase Shakespeare, the saying ‘Age does not wither them nor custom stale their infinite variety’ holds true for them .It is very difficult to write in a page about these individuals who possibly shall occupy a book, but that has to wait for my next e-book , where I expect to increase the number of readers by 100%. My first e-book fetched around 70 readers :).
I am talking about Mayank Sharma and Arun Tanksali, the founders of nearex. I was incubated into my working life by Mayank and a significant portion of my erstwhile career, I spent with Arun. I had the good fortune of working with other great individuals whom I shall write about in a later day.
I was lucky enough to be called for the opening of their Bangalore office on the 6th of November 2015. Very few places I walk in and get a feeling of possessiveness. There used to be my now non-existent home at Chennai, then the office(s) of two decades that I retired from and possibly this place, when I walked into. I had no reason to feel like that, but feelings are feelings and I felt it even more strange as my contribution was zilch.
It is just not that simple to give a key take away when writing about how people have touched your lives. I find it hard to compress twenty one years of learning’s and observations into a twitter like heading, but if I have to give, I will give it as ‘Self Reliance – Demonstrated‘. Period. Period.
These two guys epitomize what Emerson says in his essays on Self Reliance
“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
Quite simply, they are able to live this way is what amazes me. I think all their product ideas also have been mostly like that and nearex also falls in that category. They work hard in solving hard ‘real’ problems and you can take a look at what their product does by clicking here. As Matt Barrie , founder of freelancer puts it, courtesy hacktheentrepeneur, “Every company needs to solve a problem, which you can compare to the function of a pain killer as opposed to a vitamin. When we have a toothache, we want a painkiller, not a vitamin, and we’re willing to pay for it.”
Nearex, in my humble view is a pain killer and in my very humble view is possibly on its way to becoming a zero to one company as defined by Peter Thiel in his classic Zero to One.
A final note about this post. All views expressed in this post are mine and does not have the acceptance of these two gentlemen, who are going to be mostly after my life on why I wrote this post.
I told Arun, that I will work for nearex free,he refuted in his characteristic way and said something which translated to “Zunder, it took me two decades to get rid of you”. Some people are damned slow in getting a hint and I possibly happen to be one of them.
I just thought I should share ,that, behind the smile that went in inviting us to the opening, I could sense the sweat , blood , tears, and that defines character for me and plenty others.
I would like to go on and on, but at the moment , I would like these two gentlemen to take a bow and wish them the very best from the bottom of my heart. Take time to smell the roses, gentlemen. You have earned it.
And finally, thanks for the curd rice.
Stay Tuned and Have Fun.