Monday, March 03, 2008

OOPS! Yet Again, It is!

After a long period of individually answering people ki 'Main Finals mein baith raha hoon kya?', I guess it's full and final, that it's OOPS! yet again. I would've been thrown out by now I guess, if the place reps noticed that I didn't submit any CVs for the process in the first place.

It comes now, since I'm COMPLETELY done with all curricular requirements of my diploma, including the last exam, the last class and the last assignment. Funny, I'm still in college, perhaps not yet ready to accept the change that stepping out of college life is going to be, for me!

An oops in undergrads, and then in summers, and now again at the finals, feels funny to have never really worked in a formal situation before and being still not willing to do it. Not that I have anything against jobs, or people who take them up, I somehow never fit that bill.

For this onelife, to experiment a little bit, I've given myself the position of Founder and CEO of Onelife Knowledge Services Pvt. Ltd. Fancy name na? So what are we to do with this?

We'll run the portal called integrating multiple input mechanisms to make it simple for anyone to archive LiL moments from his/her life. A fast paced life, 2 years just whizzed by, as the best daze of our lives, but if you were to look back a few years later, would have some photos, videos, and memories that would grow more and more vague with time. Moving ahead in the corporate world, keeping in touch with others, and sometimes even with yourself, is going to turn difficult.

So at lifeinlines, as you live through the million LiL moments, you can express, capture and eternalize your ideas, thoughts, emotions, reactions, memories, pieces of wisdom..... your life as it turns out, using any channel as our website/an email/a gtalk messenger/SMS/MMS/a phone call and all this would build an archive of your life, complete with images, videos, voice narrations, other files and of course text. It comes with multiple privacy levels so you can keep things to yourself or share with whom you want to.

Call it your personal scribblepad, or a mini 'Dear Diary' or a Micro-blog. but it's going to be a lot more than all of these put together.

Now, it's meant to be a description of what I'm doing, not an advertisement,

Then we got to know that web 2.0 is falling short of content creators and observed that there's so much knowledge disseminated in dialogues and speeches in so many situations, so we're trying to build the tech and human interface to bring these two together. So what'll happen is if you're speaking at a location, you call our number from your cell phone, record your entire session and this would be archived on the web as an audio file.

We can also arrange for it to be transcribed, edited and published on the web, under your rights, for a share of the revenue it can generate. The aim is to bring high quality tacit knowlege to the public domain. A LOT of such knowledge lies in the minds of people and shall probably be lost forever, since most of them will never get down to blogging, or writing a book or too many articles for whatever reasons of his own. The long tail of demand for quality content on the web, should take care of the costs incurred in this exercise. And then, unlike usual one off interviews in traditional media, we can collect questions for these people on the web, and arrange for monthly telephonic interviews, getting all the questions answered, bringing out a little more of what's lying unaccessed in the back of their minds.

That's the internet and mobile side of it. With our personal interests and the observed gap in that space, Onelife would also provide basic level advisory to young startups - associating with legal, accounts, marketing, business planning, branding, strategy..... providing a one stop shop for startup requirements. And this isn't going to cost a bomb, because we know startups can't pay. If we feel excited about it and fall for your spirit and business, we might just work for a little equity!

It's a funny time, at weird moments, you get ideas about making a visiting card with a photo, and at another times, getting laid back and going by the philosophy of Onelife, you define a company policy that the employees won't work weekends. Might be a foolish idealistic thing for a startup to think, but well, now it's Company Policy.

Though it might be comforting to know that I'll be my own boss, it's even more intimidating for a thoroughly indisciplined soul as me to have to define my own deadlines and stick to them.

But then, it's a roller coaster.. if I'm to have fun at the highs, shall be prepared for the lows as well!



1 comment:

Anupam said...

all the best for OneLife!
hope this is a great success story some day :)