Is Money the only factor ??

Few days back, I read this post on Seth Godin’s blog. It lists the Reasons to Work and the first one is For Money. The other reasons are Challenging, Interesting, Passion, Reputation.

It then goes on to say that we always speak of jobs or promotions in terms of money rather than in terms of other reasons. I agree with Seth.

  • Why do we always focus on money ?
  • Why do we rank a job on the basis of their pay scales rather than on the job profile ?
  • Why are we inspired by billionaires but not by social activists ?
  • What’s the first question that we ask anyone who got placed ? ( Tera package kitna hain ? ) ( What’s your package ?)

I agree money is an important factor but why make it the only factor ? The other day, I and my friend ( Abhinav) were discussing how much money we actually need to survive in a town like Bangalore and we calculated that 3 lakhs is more than sufficient !! Try to calculate it yourself.

Well, just think that you got a job paying 8 lakhs p.a. which needs you to work 60 hours a week and another job of 4 lakhs which just requires 40 hours. What would you choose ? Is it not better to earn sufficient money and have time to spend that on yourself ? What’s the use of getting a fat package but having no time for yourself ?

What do we do with extra “money” ? We buy a car, get a flat on loan, change mobiles every month. Frankly speaking, what’s the use of buying a house or a car when you are in your twenties ? Why not enjoy life ?

Think of people like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Indra Nooyi etc. They have loads of money but do they have the time to spend it ?

PS : Another random musing.

The month that was !! : Thanks to AutoBudder

Well, this month has been one of the best months of my life. !! One month I will not forget for years to come.

I presume most of readers must be already knowing the reason behind the excitement. Well, it’s quite evident from the title of the post (AutoBudder).

AutoBudder is a Facebook application which automatically wishes your friends on their birthdays, with customized messages from you, at sharp 12, before anyone can. Its hassle free, doubles as a birthday calendar, and at times, just helps maintain those social commitments
In this month, I (along with my friends) launched our first commercial application and Facebook approved it within a day( 24th October,2010). Since, then we have been featured in the following media:
The first one was the The Manipal Journal which is a online journal catering to Manipal and nearby places. Then the big thing came, Bangalore Mirror which served as the turning point. We were featured in a newspaper which has a readership of over a lakh !! It was truly amazing !! Very soon, Pune Mirror picked up the article and published it the next day and then followed.
As of now, we reach out to more than 2.69 lakhs and have 1288 registered users. On an average, we wish around 800 people daily ( Read smiling faces). We have received amazing feedback from friends, teachers, VC’s, entrepreneurs. Needless to say, we received quite a lot of criticism. But criticism is a very important factor for any application to achieve success.
Our future plans include adding a birthday calendar, email/ SMS alerts, gifting options, eCards etc. As always, we are open to suggestions/ criticism/ feedback etc.
I would like to thank all my friends/ family members for their continuous support !! Cheers !!

Automatic Birthday Wisher for Facebook | AutoBudder

AutoBudder automatically wishes your friends on their birthdays, with customized messages from you, at sharp 12, before anyone can. Its hassle free, doubles as a birthday calendar, and at times, just helps maintain those social commitments

So that was what AutoBudder had to say !! Now, the question that may pop into your mind maybe “Why the heck does Kartik care about AutoBudder?” .. HaHa !! Well, to modestly put it, I am one of the developers of AutoBudder.

So how did it all start ?

Well, way back in summer 2010, it was a normal day just like any other day. I was logged onto Facebook at midnight. As soon as the clock struck twelve, facebook alerted me about my friend’s birthdays. 5 people to be wished, it was too much work and pretty boring. Eventually, I went to each of the friend’s wall and copy pasted the first birthday wish I could get. Then a brilliant idea struck me !! Why not make a application which automatically wishes your friends. Here comes AUTOBUDDER

I researched a little and tried to make a basic version but the Facebook Documentation sucks and there was a bug in the Birthday permissions. More work came and it was put on hold. I submitted my idea at ACM Bangalore Challenge of Code 2010 and it was one among the 15 shortlisted ideas. WOW !! the prize money was 1 lakh.

I contacted Abhinit and Saurabh, my fellow LUG Manipal members and we got together on 22nd October, chalked out a plan. On 24th October, AutoBudder took birth and it wished over 100 people on the first day. Woah !! Since then, we have been adding features to it. Our user base has been consistently growing without any marketing. We have around 240 likes on our Facebook fan page.

Currently, AutoBudder wishes more than 46000 people yearly.
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