Information Technology sector in India was going through a tough phase, which was on expected lines due to the slowdown in the European economy. Slowdown in any sector is the best time to upgrade your skill-set, so I also decided to upgrade my coding skills and got myself enrolled for my Masters in London. Post graduating I had two choices – either I could have become slave of my dreams & accept an offer from an American multinational company or get back to India & become a contributor to the digital revolution that the country is witnessing.
Digital disruption in India & my temptation for delicious cuisine prepared by my mother both compelled me to come back to my country. As a young entrepreneur full of energy I had lot of ideas coming back to India. When I came back to my home town first few days were great……..full Punjabi family get-together dinners, bonding back with my cousins and having a riot all the way. Going back to Delhi for my project I would have certainly missed all this, so I decided to stay back & extend my holiday in Dehradun. In a generation of high-speed internet, working on my project from home was a possibility. In my initial few days I started working from home but working from home was never fruitful, although I practically had no disturbances but still while I was working from home I was not being able to give shapes to my ideas.
I shared my dilemma with one of my friends in London and she suggested me to work from a co-working space. But how could Dehradun, a tier 2 city of Uttarakhand, have a co-working space? I immediately googled for a co-working in Dehradun and lo behold Jumpstart – The Coworking Hub was the very first result in my search for as the first and the only co-working space in Dehradun. Now that was a news, a concept which is still in the budding stage all over the world, had arrived in Dehradun!!!
Located in heart of the city and at a very convenient distance from my home, I visited Jumpstart and was pleasantly surprised to see the facilities on offer at such competitive prices.
Modern AC ambience with ergonomic furniture, high speed internet, complimentary hot beverages were the amenities to support efficient working. I immediately booked a Dedicated Desk, which gave me an option to work for upto 10 hours every day and started working from the very next day. My ideas started flowing without any disturbance. I was also able to have a video conference meeting with my associates whenever required. While working I got to interact with a bunch of energetic and intellectual fellow coworkers and was able to improve upon my ideas while sharing my thoughts with them. Co-working at Jumpstart was a great decision and I was able to complete my project well within time.
During my time at Jumpstart I was fortunate to attend one of the wonderful events, being conducted frequently, where the resource person explained the nuances of Blockchain.
The least I expected in Dehradun was to get funding for my startup but Jumpstart gave me an opportunity to interact with angel investors and mentors at another event and as of now I am in an advanced stage of discussions with one of the prospective investors in my startup.
As I look back today, my decision of staying back in Dehradun on an extended working holiday became sensible because of Jumpstart. In my entrepreneurial journey Jumpstart will always hold a special place in my heart. I will not be feeling guilty while coming for a holiday to my hometown as I know that Jumpstart would always be available to me as my “office away from office”.