If Bahubali were a Startup
By now I’m pretty sure, everyone has watched Bahubali and reveled at the marvel of the movie’s action sequence and the brilliant screenplay. Keeping aside the glamour, don’t you think a Kingdom is very much an enterprise. For me, it reminded me of the various startups that flits in and out of our coworking space.
We are making Mahishmathi, the kingdom, the startup that all of them strive to protect. Mahishmathi Kingdom is a living soul in the ecosystem. The startup has its own character, grace, and grandeur – it is the most central character of the plot. All the stakeholders are taken care of, and they work towards protecting the startup kingdom and its glory. The startup is marketed brilliantly, with branding of its logo and its environment
Sivagami Devi – The Cofounder
Headstrong, independent, couldn’t care less about what people think. Cannot and will not take shit from anyone else. But nourishes talent inside her company, and gives equal opportunities to everyone to prove themselves. She might listen to your splendid ideas, but she has the final voice. She commands ultimate respect and is always rational but she is human, and hence flawed.Her decision to choose the professional CEO over the founder, affected not only the team, but the entire ecosystem of Mahishmathi as a whole.
Bijjala Deva – Investor:
The investor of the startup. Has lots of opinions but none of them are heard.He might even play unnecessary politics to get attention and is very partial to his favourites. Literally, he is not very competent to run the startup, but influences both the Co founder Sivagami devi and pushes for the professional CEO, who is one of favourites to run the company. He essentially yearns the power to run, but when he does not get it, things might get ugly.
Kattappa – The First recruit:
The guy who is loyal to the CEO. Was one of the first recruits and has pledged his services to the company. He sweats it day and night and brings in all the money but nobody cares anyway. Even his juniors do not give him the respect he deserves, probably because he graduated from one of the non fancy universities. Brought a second hand scooty with his last year’s diwali bonus – on EMI. His loyalty to the founders are so staunch that he will not move to another company even if given a higher salary.
Bahubali – The Co-Founder:
The cool co-founder with the degree from IIM is talented and has amazing skills. The kind of guy who has his sky diving picture with both his thumbs up, as his dp on whatsapp and facebook. Very choosy when it comes to swiping right on tinder. The one who focuses on execution and getting things done. Jargons and Jugaad are 2 words to sum him up. Believes in innovation and out of the box thinking to solve problems.
Bhallala Deva – Professional CEO:
Ballaladeva is the professional CEO, with uptight like a corporate leader. Even though he is the leader, he is essentially looked at as an outsider, and does need feel ownership of the company nor does he feel like he’s part of the team. He did not essentially build the startup and does not deserve this title, but he has the backing of the investors, and is eyeing the top seat. Due to his very jealous nature, he plays office politics just get around being hailed as the CEO and wants to take control and authority. He would probably trick you into thinking he loves Riders on the Storm, but is a staunch belieber on the inside. Beware.
ALAKEYA – Competitor:
The global competitor who has immense resources and does complicated marketing strategies that other people don’t quite understand. He will BEAT you, no matter what it takes. Does not believe in grassroot level advertising and will snatch away all your target segment, by the sheer amount of money and resources. Good luck dealing with this one!
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Disclaimer: All of the above are subject to personal opinion of the author and we don’t intend to offend anybody with this!