I just met my son (Tarun). Though I couldn’t talk to him because of my high-pressure oxygen mask, I felt good about meeting him after 3 days as I have been asking Jyothi (My wife) to make me meet him. He came close to me with teary eyes and asked me, Why did you ask me to come? I answered, “I felt like meeting you”, and asked him to pass this message to all my well wishers if possible.

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My daughter got married recently—just a day before I got hospitalized. I knew my condition wasn’t the best, and the doctors had advised me to get admitted 2 days before the wedding, but I refrained and fought with them saying that I wanted to be there for my daughter’s wedding at any cost. After three years, I met all my family members at the wedding, and it was my dream to see my daughter get married. …


In the summer of 2015, a group of SaaS founders came together to network, share, and learn from each other. Today, the group has grown into a massive community of SaaS founders, leading India’s SaaS ecosystem and being closer than ever to realizing their ambition of evolving India into a SaaS nation. Through our evolution as a SaaS community, we have constantly kept improving and adding new verticals/products in our quest. We have introduced engaging podcasts and blogs in the learning hub. Insightful events like SaaSBOOMi Growth and SaaSBOOMi Build, each targeted to help founders and SaaS leaders at specific stages of their SaaS journeys, and our monthly meetups under SaaSBOOMi Playbook, have all added to our portfolio of activities. …


It was during one of the prep calls of SaaSBOOMi Build where people from the team had joined in — around 5 of us- to brief the speaker about the session. All of us started with a quick intro, and I went last. I took a couple of seconds and said,

“Hi! This is Tarun, a full-time fellow with SaaSBOOMi. I feel happy when I say this as I get to work with a team of selfless volunteers & founders who are much smarter than me, and I’m constantly learning. …


“We leave the place but all the delightful memories remain intact with us always.”

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I’m leaving my fellowship after two years and I don’t have everything figured out. The world is entirely in a dilemma because of the uncertainty of the future, as an invisible enemy is taking revenge on us. Some of my friends from abroad are losing jobs because of the financial crisis. My relatives are calling my mom and shouting at her to convince me as they think I’m mad to leave a job with Govt at this point of time, and few of them advised me to change after getting married as I might get good matches if I have ‘Working with Govt’ tag. I don’t hate my job, dislike my coworkers, or find my boss annoying. I enjoy what I do and work with pleasant folks. And my boss, Ravi, always treats us like friends. All these reasons are reasonably valid and I can’t complain about them.


Special thanks to Rohit Chennamaneni, Co-founder— Darwinbox for helping me put together the Hyderabad value proposition, Genesis & Evolution part of the blog.

With the ‘old world’ of IT going through a rapid transformation, organisations are moving many applications to the cloud boosting the Indian SaaS industry. Moreover, Hyderabad is blessed with all the ingredients necessary for the industry’s success. The prior corporate experience of founders, the availability of digital marketing talent, which is essential to market a SaaS company, approximately 22,000 in strength, are fundamental to the success of a SaaS company. …


This time is difficult for many of us, and most of us now have some time to reflect upon. Most of the time, we’re thinking and living on the surface, instead of living in the depths of our existence. To live from the spirit, we need to expose ourselves to others, and find those parts of ourselves which hold peace, love, and wisdom. Mostly this COVID phase made me think through these aspects of my life by reminiscing the memories I have from the past.

I believe that life’s greatest lessons are learned on walks, walks in stranger cities and towns or stranger parts of your own city. But you only learn something when you pause, even if it’s for a brief second. You can learn warmth from an acknowledging smile on an unknown face down the road, kindness from a madman sharing his stale meal with a stray dog, and business from someone who fails to take back a single meal for his waiting family. And when you think, you realize that all the problems you solved from those bundles of textbooks are not even real problems. …


I was not sure if I could ask for a meeting as I didn’t really have any “discussion points” to talk about with him. And, knowing Phani who hates wastage, I didn’t want to waste his time on random topics. I met Avinash Raghava in the Bangalore Accel office for a meeting. At the end of our meet, Avinash asked if I’m meeting Phani while I’m in Bangalore. I just responded saying that ‘I don’t want to meet him now as he resigned from his role and would be busy’. It was actually not what I meant. …


It was like any other day! I was having breakfast, and my mom came to me with a pleasing expression and asked me “Tarun.. how to think Innovatively and creatively? Do we have any books or sources in Telugu to train our brain to think Innovatively? I want to go through them..” I was a bit shocked as she doesn’t know English, never went to school and hardly knew stuff about my job. It was a moment of happiness as I never thought it would happen, maybe I’m stupid to underestimate her curious mind.

We all know this, the change is inevitable, and it has been proved from donkey’s years! If my mother can think this way, I’m sure many Indian mothers are ready to witness and want to be a part of change-making. My hypothesis was simple, She was not handy with a smartphone a year back but she is most active WhatsApp forward user now. Youtube streaming has become a thing for her, and she won’t sleep without watching her daily astrology. This gave me a thought on exploring why she wanted to be creative and Innovative and started understanding a few touchpoints in different phases and reverse-engineer the process. Here are a few theories which made her think so, maybe? …


My visit to Station F almost a week ago, on October 9th, got scheduled at 2.30 pm. A friend of mine living in Paris invited me for lunch near Eiffel Tower thinking that I would be excited, but just after an hour and exactly at 1.30 pm, I told him that I needed to leave for my next visit. I didn’t have good, “touristy” photos nor did I go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. He was pretty shocked and asked me to stay to experience one of the world’s best monuments. …


You must have heard the name, Kalpana Chawla. She was the first woman from India to enter space in 2003 but unfortunately, we lost her during that mission. The impact she created in our lives is still showing the results. Many of us started dreaming about going to space, getting a job in ISRO and looking up to scientists working on rockets, after that incident. Cut to 15 years later, we know how we celebrated the success of Chandrayan-2. The whole country felt proud when it got launched.

What triggered the whole space movement was the Kalpana Chawla moment. Somewhere, it is in our DNA to look up to national heroes and follow their footsteps. …

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Tarun Davuluri

Community Evangelist and Ecosystem Builder | Sr Fellow @SaaSBOOMi | Writes on Startups and Technology

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