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Todoed is made up of me(could be the CEO) and Dhaval(could be the CTO) full-time. And
there are two
part-time advisors (passive tech advisor - Saikiran and fairly active tech advisor/hands-on
This is the Todoed core team - I and Dhaval. This is all I need. This, all the way to cover, chrome extension(all to do with text - 75% done) and iOS (all to do with voice and text). This is the iOS/backend/marketing/design team.
It is Todoed on iOS that ultimately will solve my problem fully which I envisioned it to do for me first. Todoed as a chrome extension has been able to do it only partly.
I started my journey to inspire ideas, faith (in each other), and action among all I come in contact with. So, I started Preseed. Found Dhaval on that journey and mandated him to build upon my vision for the product, that productifies Preseed, to enable more potential entrepreneurs to build. The prototype is here www.myidealist.co. Now while journeying over this I realized a problem with my fellows and community at Preseed, where actionable tasks sent over chat, kept getting lost. I told Dhaval to transfer the task of building MyIdealist to our other coworkers at Preseed and join me asap at building Todoed.
In brief, the above paragraph should give you a glimpse of my exact motivation:
1. To make people more productive.
2. To build ideas.
Todoed should help people be more productive to build ideas. Some day a text with '#idea' in Todoed will create more possibilities for users of Todoed to transition that idea into an MVP and then perhaps a startup. That day Todoed and MyIdealist will be very closely integrated. But this year, that can even be a part of a dialogue. Because this year is about everything in Todoed except this '#idea'.
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This is Todoed being built for the present or what I call 'the Todoed operational parallel':
We get tremendous invaluable support from Preseed, the noise-free community of self-inspired potential entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs, I started 3 years ago. That support will continue forever. That support means the ball at Todoed is always rolling. The hustle is always on. Independent of money, office, and materials. It's a bonus. Large bonus. That is capable of producing the product, even if Dhaval and I were not there. (But Dhaval is there, has been, and will be, forever, so had/have/will I. I have shared a profound and deeply action-oriented relationship with Dhaval for 2 years now).
Preseed is now represented through Govind, the coordinator at Preseed; to Raj, who handles Todoed at Preseed, and hence is the coordinator at Todoed, meaning Raj's mandate is to extract the juices out of the Preseed team/network to build Todoed, independent of the works of the core team of Todoed.
Operational parallel: Raj; under my day-to-day directions and suggestions in freelance arrangement with Ansal, and advisory from Kartik Mandavidalle; with open access to human resources of Preseed. This is how we have so far, Built the chrome extension; measuring it, learning it, repeating it. All the way to making it the best productivity chrome extension in the world. This is truly exactly the process that built Todoed thus far. And that is the exact process that will continue to build it further over the next 3 months.
We think our chrome extension will be perfect by that time. While this is going on, Raj will continue to market the product and study the user metrics and behavior. And then further market it upon those lessons. This is all about the Chrome extension.
So there is also Raj in the Todoed team. He was my second in command at Preseed. Now he is my second in command in Todoed.
Three of us are building Todoed at 0 costs to Todoed, from our own homes, I in Lucknow, Raj in Kolkatta, and Dhaval in Ranchi. Whatever little server/freelancer costs, the Preseed/Preseed network takes care of it. That is how we have done things and can do them for a long period of time. We are, in one regard, self-sustained.
However, if we raise money, I can raise the bar -:
1. I want to set up a beautiful conducive office/infrastructure in Lucknow to come under one roof to build and grow a great roof to work from, physically also together, not just mentally.
2. Build the product to my satisfaction in 3 months, and take me and Dhaval to Silicon Valley (leaving Raj and others to hustle in India), to work closely with a marketer/growth hacker who has been there and done that. We want to go to him with a product, which is ready to be marketed at his full ability. I have a vision for the product, which can attract the best marketers and growth hackers in the world, if we can compensate them suitably. (This is a 100% consumer web 100% tech product and there is no reason for me to not build it from the place and in the neighbourhood of people who have done it the best).
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Q) Are you looking only for people to work on your specific ideas, Guruji? If not, how do you pick one over the others? We came here through a general google search for Preseed funding for our startup. We found your webpage called The Simple fund through this link simple.preseed.in on the first page of that Google search result. Is your company Preseed Ventures Pvt. Ltd also an incubator or an investor of some kind?
A) Preseed is a virtual incubator* primarily focused on incubating Guruji’s product ideas first as listed below, which in turn are directly aligned with our mission of greater freedom.
Preseed takes inspiration from the way Guruji thinks of business ideas. Hence, it stays focused on finding resources to empower him on his products first. The vision for the fund above is also really to find an investor who can create this fund which in turn enables us to continue finding more entrepreneurs like Guruji who want to do something genuinely meaningful.
We have designed this website to look for people mostly to work on Guruji’s consumer web ideas represented in PRESEED WEB LAB. That is why Guruji built Preseed in the first place.
However, if there is ‘someone with an idea’ and or capability that catches his fancy, we would be willing to put all we can into that idea too. His experiences put him in a fairly good position to make judgments about what/who to pursue and what/who to say no to. *An incubator that supports you like any other incubator but without a fixed physical space, or monetary investment. For us to support self-inspired people, just an internet connection at their homes is sufficient.
Future: The simple fund is merely a concept for now. We are however curating deals to build a fund around. So far the success we have achieved can be measured by how many startups have found the TSF web page organically by searching a relevant keyword called ‘Preseed funding’. We have engaged with over 20% of such startups, meaning 20+ relevant startups ready to raise money. We are nearly ready to float a fund around our startup deal flow. If you are an investor, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.