[By SpaceX - Falcon Heavy Demo Mission, CC0]
Founding Fuel turns four today. It is a good day to visit a question those of us on the team are often asked: What does Founding Fuel do?
By way of background: Oftentimes, entrepreneurs face headwinds and need a sounding board. Then there are those who want their organisation to scale. We are witnesses to organisations who want to navigate their head around a country as complex as India.
All of them need pointers to where may the answers lie.
What Founding Fuel has worked hard to create as allies are a network of formidable people and institutions. Pointers to where answers lie emerge when an entrepreneur (or the leadership team in an organisation) meets up with this network.
One way to facilitate conversations is to study how those in leadership roles deal with some of the most complex issues of our times. In turn, this emerges as content on the Founding Fuel platform.
To understand how the entrepreneurial mind operates when challenged with hideously complex problems is also why my colleague Ramnath and I studied Project Aadhaar and wrote The Aadhaar Effect. This book, the first in a series, is now available across the world.
As I write this note, Founding Fuel is ready to scale. Over the last few weeks, much time was invested in the nuts and bolts of how. Expect much from us over the next quarter and the year. Wish us well.
My very best,
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