Lessons from a rookie entrepreneur

Source | Linkedin | Pankaj Mishra | Group Editor, new economy, technology and startups at Network18 Media & Investments Limited

This photograph of the Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center at the Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center), Houston, was taken on April 13, 1970, during the fourth television transmission from the Apollo 13 mission

Entrepreneurial journeys are like space missions. They combine bold vision and fearlessness with the drudgery of operation. Add to that millions of tiny pieces of execution that must work in tandem and exactly as prescribed for a spaceship to land successfully. Factors that define a space mission are both external and internal, and sometimes too unpredictable to plan for. 

But then, a failed space mission can be successful too. Like Apollo 13, which NASA described as “a successful failure.”

Our journey in launching and building FactorDaily since May 13, 2016, has been more of an Apollo 13 mission, at least in terms of the symbolic outcome. When we started, the mission was to make sense of technology and its impact in India, become a voice of disruption in this part of the world. And while we kept fulfilling the mission one story at a time, the battles of business model disruptions proved lethal. 

As storytellers, we have been humbled and privileged to tell the stories we told at FactorDaily. 

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