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Run for your Life!

There was a hunter who used to go for his hunt in the jungle almost daily. Sometimes he would hunt for himself and his family, otherwise he would sell his hunt to earn some money. One day the young hunter thought that a time would come when he will grow too old to be able to go hunting in the forest, and was worried that he did not have a son to help him and take care of him when he does. So he brought two puppies of wild dog, fed them daily with meat and milk, trained them for years as they grew into deadly beasts.

Time went by… the hunter grew older and was feeling tired of running behind his prey in the jungle. So he decided that it was time for his two daredevil dogs to catch the hunt for him. One day, he brought them to the jungle. As he spotted a deer far from them, he ordered the dogs to run and get the prey for him.

As if the dogs were waiting for this day to repay all their debts to their beloved master for taking care of them all these years, they plunged and leapt no sooner they heard the command. The deer sensed the danger and started running away into the jungle. Seeing the deer jumping away, the dogs intensified the chase, bearing their deadly teeth and eager to catch and kill the prey.

Scared, the deer ran with full steam, jumping over pits and puddles, with death following and closing in fast…..

….The hunter was getting impatient as his dogs took a longer time to return than he anticipated. He paced back and forth until, finally, his wait was over….he could sense his dogs returning from far, but as they approached he was shocked to see that both were exhausted, with their long tongues hanging out of their mouths, drooling, which clearly indicated that the deer gave them a mighty chase and they returned without killing the prey.

The hunter was very angry as he yelled  “Did I feed you all these years for thissss dayyy?? Two of you couldn’t even catch one deerrrr? What do I ever expect from you nowww?” Hunter was visibly frustrated and in disbelief.

Dogs were really ashamed as one of them meekly replied, “You are right Master that we failed you. We did chase the deer with all our might, power and determination. Let me confess, we were running for our stomach, for you Master whom we are serving. But the deer was running for her life…..and we realised that those who run for their stomach would never catch those who run for their lives.”
Wonder why many would take a very narrow view of the word “Entrepreneurship”. They think when one starts a venture of their own, only then can they qualify to be called an entrepreneur, and that they have entrepreneurial spirit. My personal experience is that if one takes the ownership and accountability of a given task or responsibility, be passionate and motivated to contribute, be coach-able, need no supervision to execute an assignment, be self-critical and a team player, even if that person is employed in any government, corporate, academia, start-up, self-employed professional, performer / Artist or a home-maker, I believe that person is a true entrepreneur.

To me, entrepreneurship is a ‘love affair’; you can’t be sparingly in ‘love’. You must have a ‘head-down’ attitude and can’t just feel the water at the shore.

‘जलील’ आसान नहीं सम्भालना ये घर मोहब्बत का,
ये उसी का काम है जो ख़ुद बरबाद होते हैं ।

Jalil, aasaan nahin sambhalna ye ghar mahobbat ka,
ye oosi ka kaam hai jo khud barbaad hote hain.

That is what the morale of the above story is – This is one of the significant distinctions between an employee mindset and an entrepreneurial mindset. Employees work for salary (stomach) as against a genuine entrepreneur and contributor who is passionate to make a difference and works with their total potential (life) to pursue the dream and vision for a larger good.

At Cornerstone Venture Fund, our Tech VC fund (, we are waiting for such passionate people who are running for life….You are welcome to join the madness.

A beautiful definition of an entrepreneur also could be –

हम तो दरिया हैं हमे अपना हुनर मालूम है
जिस तरफ भी चल पड़ेंगे रास्ता हो जायेगा !

Hum to dariya hain hume apana hunner maloom hai
jis taraf bhi chal padenge raasta ho jayega.

Nothing will stop me….I will find my way.

About rajivvaishnav

Rajiv Vaishnav Managing Partner Cornerstone Venture Partners Rajiv is Managing Partner at Cornerstone Venture Partners, a global tech VC fund focused on Consumer business enablers (such as Applied AI) and Enterprise / SME BI solutions (vertical SaaS, AR & VR applications, Blockchain for enterprise, etc.). Cornerstone is a Pre-series A / Series A fund, the first institutional support for promising tech ventures enabling growth and customer access in unique ways. Rajiv brings over 35 years of solid experience in building brands, developing teams, expanding the market share and building organisations from grass root upwards. He was heading the Ecosystem & Partnerships Developmentt at Jio-GenNext Hub, A Reliance Enterprise. In this role, Rajiv is responsible to evangelize the Start-Up ecosystem, identify and connect with the deserving start-ups, academia, government agencies, mentors, angel investors and VC networks globally. Since 2002 till end of 2015, Rajiv was an integral part of NASSCOM’s senior management team. He headed NASSCOM’s first regional office in Mumbai and grown to manage the membership outreach nationally. He initiated many path breaking initiatives at NASSCOM including Cyber Safety initiatives with enforcement agencies, start-up incubators with State Governments under 10K Startup programme, evangelised Animation and Gaming industry and nurtured it, lead the ISO Standards initiative to establish a Global BPO and Product Quality Framework Standards out of India. He helped establish NASSCOM’s emerge forum in its formative days. At NASSCOM, he was enthusiastic about developing new IT destinations in the country, and fostering platforms for Industry-academia interactions as he believed that these were the two most critical requirements for the Indian IT industry to maintain its globally advantageous position. Rajiv was a member of AICTE (WR) and of IQAC of the SNDT Women’s University and Trustee at Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust. With Harish Mehta, the first President of TiE, Mumbai and the first Chairman of NASSCOM, Rajiv co-founded TiE in India. He built the organisation bottoms-up and nurtured the start-up ecosystem in India since early 2000. He got early exposure to work with TiE in Silicon Valley and investors, entrepreneurs and mentors such as Kanwal Rekhi, Suhas Patil, Desh Deshpande, Sridhar Iyengar, Raj Jaswa, Shabir Bhatia, Raj Desai and many others… He has worked with Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Franchising Association of India (FAI) and US- Environment Resource Center (US-ERC). In the corporate sector, his experience includes stints with two U.S. Freight Forwarding giants Emery Worldwide and Air Express International in sales & marketing. In 2000, Rajiv was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in their International Visitors programme on US Trade and World Market. Rajiv has administered several outward trade delegations including those to International Franchise Expo ’99, USA, Emerging Companies delegations to CeBIT Australia and Silicon Valley. He has represented NASSCOM in the International Advisors Council to the Mayor of Luwan District in Shanghai, China and E-Sports Symposium in Seoul, Korea. Rajiv is a Science graduate from Mumbai University. He is passionate about music and literature. His blog url:
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9 thoughts on “Run for your Life!

  1. Rajiv, good venture.. it needs lot of courage and strong support from family to come out of `Form 16` mentality.

    With my 35 years of experience in Software & Technologies, would glad to know how we can work together and synergies effort for mutual benifit.

    Looking forward to hear from you..
    Himanshu Mehta

  2. Yet another good & imperative write up Rajiv Sir. Especially the morale, aptly brings the distinction between the Employee Mindset & Entrepreneurial Mindset. However, digging a little further into this, I sincerely feel that the Employers have to drive this priceless initiative of “Entrepreneurial Mindset” far more in the minds of ‘Deserving’ Employees. Then only this distinction can be bridged. Great to learn that you through Cornerstone Venture Fund, are trying to do your part. All The Very Best in your endeavors.

  3. Rajiv
    As usual your insights into one of the core principle and then presenting it to us in a way that it strikes deeply into our hearts and give us learnings for life. Always available to help you in your entrepreneurship journey in the best way we can help.

  4. Parables are defined by two contradictory features, simplicity and depth. You have wonderfully captured both these features in this story. Thank you for such a nice inspirational story.

  5. Rajiv Sir, this is a amazing way of explaining the essence of entrepreneurship.

    I like the short story that always follows before the message in the oblivion.

    Keep them coming.

    Warm Personal Regards

  6. Loved the narrative Rajiv , it is wonderful to learn that you write the way you speak . Will never forget your shayaris which you recite spontaneously . Pure genius .
    Will shamelessly borrow from your illustration of employee mindset to inspire employees . Thank you .
    All the best for your new venture . God bless

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