An Open Letter to AAP, The Startup.

Dear Arvind Kejriwal (and the entire AAP party),

First of all, Congratulations!

AAM AADMI PARTY's Arvind kejriwal
AAM AADMI PARTY’s Arvind kejriwal

You brought the election voting to mainstream. You stood up for a cause. You may or may not win.

But.

You have changed the discourse in politics forever!

You started a revolution and the crowd took it forward ( Meet AAP, the Fastest Growing Startup).

You lost the battle. 

But.

You fought and fought with all your efforts. You dared to challenge the big guns. You dared to think BIG (contested at the national level with no prior experience).

You fought with *ALL OR NOTHING* belief.

And we salute you for the effort you have put in (irrespective of our political alignment).

After all, Great entrepreneurs are about great efforts (and greater failures).

One More Thing

Any great entity takes a while to build. In politic$, it’ll probably take a lot more.

This is a war and well, you fought the battle well. So keep up the fight. Pat yourself and celebrate this day!

This was your MVP (Minimum Viable Product) – prove your worth (you have won few seats – show your soul in these seats). Bring the change you have been talking about (execute) and prepare for the grand product deployment for the next election.

And that’s true for entrepreneurs as well. That is DO. Don’t talk. Accept failure.

The Man In the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Again, hats off for the fight you have put up! You were and will continue to be an inspiration!

PS: There are 100 reasons for the outcome we are seeing. Maybe, you shouldn’t have quit Delhi. But all of that is hindsight analysis. It’s only the entrepreneurs who knows what/why and when.

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