Actually, successful ones can get away with telling fiction in the name of entrepreneurial anecdotes. In today’s startup obsessed times, eager people feed on whatever these entrepreneurs have to say, regardless of whether they speak responsibly or otherwise.
Carwale founder Mohit Dubey reportedly revealed (check here) at a panel discussion at TiE Con in Mumbai that he shamelessly took money from family, friends and even wealthy strangers in his hometown Bhopal to set up his business. He would knock on the doors of wealthy people with big bungalows in Bhopal and say, “Uncle, you will die in few years but who will remember you? Invest in this startup and people will.”
Pravin Gandhi of Infinity Technology Venture Fund, which invested in Carwale, was sitting next to Dubey. After hearing the anecdote, his response to it was “This only happens in Bhopal”. (Perhaps, this is the best diplomatic response to such a statement.)
I wonder whether it actually happened in Bhopal also. Or was it another example of hyperbole thrown carelessly out of over-enthusiasm?
Young people wish to get some valuable insights from such discussions. But do such statements help that purpose? Imagine how many rich bungalows you can enter uninvited and ask such a question (in so many words) without being thrown out insultingly?
In another such example of boastful hyperbole, Mallika Sherawat reportedly said recently that “She met President Obama and ‘discussed’ Bollywood with him.” This appeared in HT Cafe (Mumbai, dated 23.01.2016).
I think both these are ‘stories’. Fiction. Fake. Hyperbole. Twisting and manipulation of facts.
Hollow Nautanki is expectable and acceptable from the likes of Mallika. But from entrepreneurs?
Only because one is on a panel at a conference and people are listening intently, should one say any crap to get some cheap applause and press mention like Ms Sherawat?
To speak responsibly, one has to be responsible. Otherwise our Nautanki puts us in the same leagues as Mallika Sherawat, whether we like it or not.