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UPDATE: Pirate Fund is moving to Telegram.

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At Pirate Fund, we are founders building tools for founders and our focus is to effectively build the largest cross-border network of startup founders.

Like Lookup for contacts. Founders help each other in sharing contacts they can recommend for getting things done.

As a first step, we are experimenting with some new ideas on how we can effectively use existing networks to build a community. Having launched a Whatsapp group a month ago, our group was filled with 256 members within the first week.

We were a full house.

As discussed earlier, our goal is to build the largest cross-border network of startup founders, which just isn’t possible on Whatsapp due to their group limit of 256 members.

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Enter Telegram.

Telegram is a more robust, private and customisable platform. Perfect for hackers like us.

Here is the real kicker: No group size limit. (At least for now)

We have set up bots & other tools to moderate the community & we’re now over 400 founders strong in a matter of weeks!

Just a regular day.

Just a regular day.

Are you a founder yourself?

You will need all the help you can get, and we’re here to help you.

Join our Telegram group here 👉🏻 https://m.me/piratefund

So you want to be a founder?

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
notepad
searching for ideas,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.


if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many entrepreneurs,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves entrepreneurs,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

original: "so you want to be a writer?" by Charles Bukowski, 1920 - 1994

#foundersfirst

WhatsApp

At Pirate Fund, we are founders building tools for founders and our focus is to effectively build a cross-border network of Indian founders.

As a first step, we are experimenting some new ideas on how we can effectively use existing networks to build a community. We have launched a WhatsApp group this week.

The sole purpose of this group is to quickly exchange referrals.

Like Lookup for contacts. Founders help each other in sharing contacts they can recommend for getting things done.

You can join us at whatsapp.pirate.fund

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Rules

Rule 1 : No Introductions, No Spams, No P2P conversations in the group.

Rule 2 : Once you get the contact, you have to take the followup queries (if any) out of the group. If you want to Thank him, thank via a DM.

Rule 3 : You’ll get a red card if you do not obey rule one and two.

P.S: We might shift to Telegram as its more customizable and unlimited.

Board Member-vs-Advisor

An often discussed topic within our entrepreneur community is the difference between a Board Member and an Advisor in terms of the purposes they serve.

Today, I had an opportunity to meet with Kris Gopalakrishnan, and he offered some great advice on this topic.

“Board members safeguard the company and not the entrepreneur.”

Founders often get a chance to select board members and should really know the distinction when making selections. The role of a board member is to make sure that the company will succeed, and the role of an advisor is to make sure an entrepreneur succeeds. An advisor can be partial to the entrepreneur but a board member cannot be. Once you pick the board member, you have to understand that he is only going to represent the company and not you as an individual.

Thank you, Kris.

Mind Body Balance

 

This week I had the chance to catch up with Sasha Mirchandani, one of the finest investors in the Indian ecosystem. I love meeting him whenever possible and really value his advice.

While its normal to have such meetings inside a conference room, Sasha instead took me for a memorable walk through Nariman Point (Mumbai) for 30 minutes. Sasha completes at least 15,000 steps every day and said that’s the best reward he can give himself during the stressful daytime hours. He went on to say our minds work non stop, like on a treadmill, and so it was of utmost importance to keep our bodies physically active to balance it.

Pick a hard physical activity for fun. Martial arts, hiking, farming, running a marathon etc. While doing so you balance the speed of your mind and body which creates a free flow of energy. By doing a hard physical activity (as opposed to playing a sport you enjoy), you are challenging yourself by pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone which is exactly what you are doing on a regular basis with your mind."

Actively using your body AND mind is a state of living. Not using your body and only mind is a state of dying.