Events that led to eventValue – Event 2

By Vinayak Rajanahally, Founder and CEO, eventValue

Hope you read the first part of this blog series –“Events that led to eventValue – Event 1”

Let me share the Event 2 below that led to creating eventValue.

Event 2

In 2009, I was working at ibasis, a Royal KPN Dutch Telecom Company as its Regional Director – Indian Subcontinent.  Though I was working as an employee, my personal passion was into Startups and Entrepreneurship.  As it is said, once you are an Entrepreneur, you remain an Entrepreneur for Life.

I was a member of TIE Bangalore and someone from that group told me about an interesting startup event going to be held in Bangalore.  I visited that event’s website, found it interesting and registered myself for it.

Incidentally, I returned back from my abroad business trip on the previous night of that event.  By the time I woke up next day and traveled to that event, it was already 12 noon.  The event had started at 9 AM and several members from audience I met were raving about the Inspirational talks, Sessions from Successful Entrepreneur Speakers before.  Felt very bad for going late and missing them.

Rest of the event that day was great with several interesting speakers.  I noticed that all event sessions were captured by a professional Videographer in the auditorium.  Thought I could catch up my missed sessions by watching the video of the event later.  After few weeks of that event, I got in touch with the Organizers, asked them for a copy of video and my willingness to pay for the same.  They said it is not possible as they have a policy of not sharing event videos.  I asked what will they do with them.  They replied they shall send copies only to event sponsors and keep the Master Original for their office records.  Could not understand why ?

Two things stayed in my mind.

1)  What if someone had not told me about that event ? I would have entirely missed attending it. #EventDiscovery

2)  It was a great event and was restricted to just 500 people in that conference auditorium.  The event content could have benefited thousands of people all over the country / world who could not attend physically.  Why not Event Organizer share videos, presentations to those people and also earn extra money ? #EventContent

I shall share the last important event, Event 3 in my next blog.  Till then, please check out www.eventValue.com   I am sure as a professional, you would have attended several conferences, Exhibitions, Workshops and Webinars.  Please View this Video to understand how eventValue helps you.  Don’t forget to download our Android App or IOS App.  Let me know your views, opinions and suggestions. 

Look forward for your Comments.

Events that led to eventValue – Event 1

By Vinayak Rajanahally, Founder & CEO, eventValue

Life is better understood when looked back. “Connecting the Dots” as Steve Jobs said in his Stanford University Commencement Speech in 2005.  True, so many things we cannot make sense while moving forward in life.  When we look back, it all seems well connected, falling in line with where we are today.  Hope you read my first blog – “A New Found Life

I wonder what made me to do a startup venture in my forties.  I did my first venture when I was 27 years old.  Exited it at 30 years, moved on to work for some of the largest telecom companies worldwide.  At 44, I started eventValue, an event technology startup.  When I look back, I am able to understand How and Why Now ?

I’ve had 2 decades of experience in Telecom and IT.  Have attended and spoken in several events worldwide, but have never organized a conference or worked for an event company.  So why did I leave something well established like Telecom industry and start something totally unrelated and new ?  Looking back, I can connect the dots now.  The Dots are basically the 3 Important Events of my life that made me start eventValue.

Event 1

It was in 2001, I received an email from iLocus, an International Market Research Group focused on VOIP and emerging Telecom technologies.  I was then doing my first venture (‘startup’ word was not popular then) Grand Infotech, building ‘ifax’ Fax Over IP and ‘iphone’ Voice Over IP networks and services in India.  As we were the leading Indian company in that space, they invited me to be a Speaker in that event.

It was a great Conference, well attended by CXOs of global telecom majors ranging from AT&T, Verizon, ITXC, Vocaltec, France Telecom, British Telecom, Belgacom, etc.,  As a 29 year old, sharing the dais as Speaker among those global CXOs, was not only exhilarating and but apprehensive too.  I did speak and network well with all the Conference attendees of that event over 2 days.

When I exited my venture in 2002 and looking for my next stint, Mr. Paul Ash from ITXC Corp (aka Teleglobe, now Tata Communications) whom I had met at iLocus event told me they were starting their India business operations, looking for a Country Manager to lead Indian Subcontinent region and the role was appropriate for me.  I took and it proved to be my most challenging and rewarding career of my life.  Within a year’s span, I was responsible for ITXC garnering 10% market share of Indian Telecom industry.  Was rewarded with Masters Club Award at St. Martens Island, which I still cherish.

It always stayed in my mind that my participation and networking at ilocus event helped me to get that dream job of my life.  #AttendeeNetworking

I shall share the other two important events – Event 2 and Event 3 in my next blogs.  Till then, please check out www.eventValue.com   I am sure as a professional, you would have attended several conferences, Exhibitions, Workshops and Webinars.  View this Video to understand how eventValue helps you.  Dont forget to download our Android App or IOS App.  Let me know your views, opinions and suggestions. 

Look forward for your Comments.

A New Found Life

By Vinayak Rajanahally,Founder & CEO, eventValue

After 22+ years of working both as an Entrepreneur and a Senior Executive, I decided to solve the pain points I faced during speaking and attending Professional events worldwide. The opportunity was so exciting and large, I founded the startup www.eventValue.com with a Rockstar team and am passionately working on it.

Couple of challenges I have faced at this stage of my life :

1) Comfort : In the past, I had never compromised on my flights, hotels and the expat business class life of mine. Now I travel only if it is a must, look for budget hotels, cheap airlines and have become shamelessly frugal..😊

2) Learning : I have spent decades doing Business Development in Telecom and IT through personal relationships with CXOs of Multibillion dollar companies. Event Technology being a new emerging space, I am educating and forging relationships in events industry. I have already spent few years understanding the industry basics, dynamics, market, competition, challenges, etc., and am still learning them everyday. Notably, I have learnt to unlearn too.

3) Volatility : Startup journey is full of rocks, thorns, potholes, roadblocks and even abyss ! Each day swings between Highs and Lows. Day mostly with Lows, Rejections, Heart breaks and Night with High in dreams….(Pardon my exaggeration, it is not so bad 😉)….. But whatever the swing is, I am the first and last man to take. Unlike in job where Highs, I could attribute to myself and Lows, smartly pass onto market forces, unavoidable, unforeseen and unimaginable factors! 😊

4) Age or Generation Gap : I have interacted with Investors, Accelerators, Customers, Colleagues, etc., who are much younger than me. Some are almost half my age or as old as my work experience. At times I am at the receiving end of their advices, views, which I have started valuing.

5) Money : In my last role as an Executive, I was responsible for generating USD 100 Million annual revenues to my Organization. Now I am in talks with investors to raise a seed round of USD 1 Million for my startup.

I sometimes feel, Is it all worth it ?  

Strangely enough, I am seeing this as a great opportunity for reinventing myself. Had I continued working, Would I brave to take risk at this age and get out of my Comfort Zone ? Would I have the ability, passion to dream big, learn something new from scratch and create something of value ? Would I know how to embrace and transform setbacks, rejections and difficulties ? Would I ever get to listen and work with youngsters half my age ? Would I learn to value money and resources as much as I do now ?

The answer is a Big ‘NO’.

Thankfully I have started appreciating little things in life. Little things blooming, taking Shape and Growing into Big things. Dreams drive me everyday. Sky is limit for Innovation, Growth, Unleashing my potential and exercising Endurance towards lows. There is new found Humility, Strength, Joy and Happiness in me.

I’ve started appreciating Value more than Price, Journey more than Destination, and Giving my Best more than Rewards. 

Am I crazy ? I don’t know and only time will tell. But I have started appreciating this new found life of being an ‘Entrepreneur’. A new Creative and Spiritual experience of my life. 

A new ‘Me’. A new Life of being Half my Age 😊