Startup Story: Muffin Man- The Coal Gaadi

A warm cool village, dredged up never before in the city. The muffle, unclear and not so wise; but it’s the muffin man you look for, a cup cake, to see a cup cake seeded over your table. A lose bale bottom pant and hairs long and speckled hastily over loud noisy colours of his shirt. Running over thin slippers, catching shadows as a wise wild child. The muffin man has a story, I am here to tell.

In those eyes, dreams in streams blows, “GAUTAM BHAGAT” is what they spell to call, the muffin man. It’s the muffin, it’s the muffin. Like a breath alive and living. But now, the young mustache over the face, shaved and sometimes dusty, drops of sweat falls, as gentle as muffin.

Walking over the dead weed and leaves, he turned to me to speak; I cared less for him. Nothing on the face of God’s great earth impresses me, if not legacy. Holy Grail must be a quest, but the Muffin man turned down all the systematic chaos and chose to walk alone for the cups of cake. Brushing his hairs, the glitter in his eyes had its own plan. He rubbed his palm twice or thrice maybe, and kept them over his eyes, to feel the warmth. Rolled down few stones from the stone he sat and sing.

They then one day, when the bell used to rang; teacher said:” you can’t have muffin if you can’t eat your meat, jhad jungle ka ladka(boy from jungle).” I thought Mougli was a hero”, said the boy and laughed. Sand of time got empty in no time. The boy turned out to be a Muffin Man. Life, my friends, is more sarcastic than any mock epic.

In the kitchen of his own, in the woods where no path can take you for a walk, he walked alone. He got the ingredients and made few friends and shared honey while making muffin. Then it was dawn, and dusk was a night away. The wolves bite, and the muffin man was about to die.

Sages foretell, the wounds heal. They healed but changed the muffin man, he grew his mustache , and time made him wise. He opened his secret box and took out his wisdom again. Muffin was again on the table, he thought to take it to the city and share with the ones he love.

Time has got wheels; the dusk bows, if you think you can make muffin, you can! Says the Muffin man.

Revolution! Revolution! They all exclaimed, as the words passed to different eyes and ears. The dread world of “coal and corruption:, got a face to fear. The time they are now a-changing, they say in fear. Coalgaadi.com was born. But it was the muffin.

The idea behind coalgaadi.com is to bring the age old outdated “road sale coal business” to online platform. He once, to my surprise, said; “I am twenty five years old having thirty years of experience, so he did at many other platforms; its family business he meant, fearless and wise at the same time of course he is. Rajrappa, a holy land, by Goddess’s grace he, the Muffin man shares his cups of cakes with twenty five other individuals. The company did business of one crore rupees this 2017 February, it was the first month of business.

Some people like to have a cup of cake; he chose to make his own muffin, over the roof above the mountain, a home of hope and dream, he built and feeds her every day. The Tomorrowland awaits with its wings wide open, he takes his flight up above in the sky. But it’s the muffin that makes the muffin man.

 

P.S. This post was originally written by “Vijyata Singh” and it was unpublished.








How to Find a Mentor In The Beginning of Your Career

As I think back to my own career, I see how mentorship has played a big role in getting me to where I am. Sometimes it was really formal mentorship like a coach. Other times it was literally learning from my friends and colleagues. My point is this: I’ve always had someone to guide me. Okay, maybe not always. But definitely for at least half of my career. The question then becomes how to find a mentor from the very beginning.

STOP STRESSING SO MUCH

As much as you may try, finding a mentor can’t always be forced. In my experience, you’ll know when someone is meant to be your mentor. They typically know too.

Unfortunately, I often times get questions stressing about not having found a mentor yet. They know it’s important and they want to find one almost immediately. I usually respond by telling them to calm down. First, because they’ve got time. Second, because if they do everything I’m going to detail in this post, they’ll find a mentor.

START ATTENDING INDUSTRY EVENTS

A great way to find a mentor is to stop hiding out at home and start attending industry events.

I found one of my mentors by joining a local startup networking group. I’ve had friends find their mentors at industry parties. For example, a few of my entrepreneur friends have found their mentors at startup events.

I even found one of my mentors at a smoking lounge when we both happened to be ex-employee of a common employer. We hit it off immediately and he has been teaching me about business finances ever since.

The reality is potential mentors are everywhere. You just have to go outside to find them.

LOOK ONLINE

Another way to find a mentor is to start working on finding them online. Now, I don’t mean stalking someone on LinkedIn and sending them a message (though that could work), I mean start following thought leaders and bloggers in your industry and build a relationship with them.

In my experience, when I started taking blogging and social media seriously, I naturally started finding other people in the industry. Eventually, these people became my friends and mentors.

LEARN FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES

As I already mentioned, mentorship isn’t always formal. Some of my best mentorship has literally come from friends who were really good at an area of business where I struggled.

For example, one of my friends is really good at Information Technology and its implementation. Me, not so much. He’s having a conference and a boot-camp in November where he’s going to be teaching people how to set this up for themselves. I immediately booked a ticket for that very event. Another example is a friend who is fantastic with affiliate sales. As soon as she published a course on the topic, I bought it.

While neither of these examples in the sense we’re accustomed to, it’s still mentorship. You’re still learning from an expert in the industry. It counts.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The ability to find a mentor doesn’t need to be as complicated or stressful as people make it out to be. If you follow these tips, you’ll get the mentorship you need without all the stress people place on it.








How to Improve Your Startup Management

All startups need to think about the team and management early on. They need to start early because they set the culture. A culture is going to form whether you like it or not, and if you pay attention to it, you can craft something that makes the company stronger.

What startups should be concerned with from Day 1

As your small business begins to grow, you start making decisions about who you hire, how you hire, how you distribute payment, and how transparent you would like to be. You are taking time to study and learn new things but it’s somehow still the last priority, well behind when you are trying to get funding or to get customers.

The most common reasons for why startups fail is fighting among founders and lack of teamwork.

The thing most investors are looking for is a strong team, that has vision and can properly scale a company with good management skills.

How to Delegate to Team Members

You can’t do it all yourself, but who can you trust to do it?

  • what decisions you would like to centralize, what to make locally, what only founders should decide
  • list what are the main decisions at your stage of managing the startup
  • how do you make those decisions today and where do you want to be in the future

How to be a Transparent Company

Use the delegation board as a way to spark discussion on how they decide who to hire and who to bring into the business for a partner. How will they decide who gets paid what? Will they publish this anywhere?

How to Create Vision

To understand your company’s vision, why you are here, and why as a team you are working together. Use these values as part of an overall exercise to create a Mission Statement f0r each of these essential areas:

  • For your company
  • For your hiring process
  • For your customer service

How to Motivate your Employees

Moving Motivators is a great way to identify the differences among team members. It can actually put on the table that one partner actually likes working in a structured environment, and another partner really loves freedom and remote working.

How to Foster Self-Organization and Authorization

Learn how to create a team agreement to create a work environment that works for your whole team. Also called Team Contract, Team Ground Rules, Norms, even Values, it is mutually agreed upon by the majority of team members who all sign into the non-binding agreement covering how the team will:

  • communicate – are expected to report how often
  • where they will work, how to handle remote work (many startups can’t afford office space)
  • tools they will use
  • focuses on their values
  • concerns, fears
  • consequences
  • roles
  • time – by when

How to Give Credit Where Credit is Due

A module on how to offer valuable Project Credits and how to write compelling (and accurate) Job Descriptions. Learn how to stay away from rigidity and have people contribute where they can and where they take interest, not just in the box where they were hired.

How to Scale Your Product

When a startup grows beyond one product, it’s interesting to experiment to discover new ideas. This module helps you determine the right mix of experimentation for your team and business, how to go about failure, and how to celebrate learning.

 

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