Start Early, Fail Early !

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it” – Oprah Winfrey

If you ask me what I regret the most, then my answer would be, “not starting early and not failing early”. I did my first internship when I was 20 years old, I started my first full-time job when I was 22, I created my first business-plan when I was 26 and I started my first venture when I was 27.

Now, when I look back I feel that not starting early and not failing early is one of the biggest mistakes one can make in his life. Probably I could have started my entrepreneurship journey when I was 20, failed and learned harsh realities by the time I was 22.

When I see young kids going for the secure, high-paying internships or jobs in big companies/ brand names, I ask myself what they will get out of this position. Brand name, respect among friends and family, big bucks and what else. They will probably enjoy free 5-course luncheons and dinners, pool tables, office-parties, gyms, and luxurious recreation centers but what else.

What will they learn about challenges of starting a business? What will they learn about innovating without enough budget and resources? What will they learn about experimentation? What will they learn about stress and sleepless nights? Probably nothing!

On the other hand, kids who begin their professional journey with start-ups get better opportunities to learn, fail and grow. In a start-up, you don`t limit yourself to one particular skill or job profile but you get opportunities to do more and contribute in many different areas. At such an early age you get an amazing opportunity to decide the overall business strategy for your start-up, you get an opportunity to work and have intelligent discussions with CEOs, CTOs and Board of Directors very frequently. And if you are a valuable contributor and your start-up grows due to your efforts then you have an opportunity to rise to executive level position.

Career path of Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo is the perfect supporting example of my point. In 1999 when she completed her Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University, Marissa Mayer had 14 job offers including a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University, a consulting job at McKinsey & Company and an engineering job at Google. However she took a major risk and joined Google, which was still a start-up and 19 employee company. She rose to become Vice President of Search Products and User Experience in 2005 and later became CEO and President of Yahoo in 2012 in the early age of 37. She summarizes her risk-taking attitude amazingly, “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.

Similarly, other idols such as Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs took major risks in their early 20s or even before that and that risk-taking attitude at an early age made them what they are today.

We at Mera Medicare truly believe in associating with young kids of 18 to 24 years old and providing them immense opportunities to learn, grow and do something that they have never done in the past. We not only make them a part of important decision-making activities but also enable them to gain maximum out of their roles and responsibilities. Our honest efforts to nurture them and make next leaders are highlighted in previous article on Linkedin: The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been

There are thousands of great start-ups in India and other countries of the world that have potential to become next Facebook, Google or Apple. My appeal to college students is to get associated with start-ups in whatever capacity you can, join as Intern or Student Ambassador or College Ambassador. Or, if you have your own idea then work on it today, take risks today, learn as much as you can.

There is no shame in failing when you are young and there is no glory in failing when you are old.

Entrepreneurs and Social Responsibilities

Jammu Kashmir Flood Relief

“When I see my kids, I feel like killing myself,” she cries. “I tell them God will send someone very kind, and I send them to sleep. In the morning they ask again for food, and I say again that God will send someone.”

The tragic flood waters took away her husband, and she is now left alone with her three children. She has to stand with died hopes in a throng of broken people standing for hours watching the sky and hoping that one of the helicopters would drop an aid to her hands. But still she stands, bare-footed, in high rising precarious water which has taken away their family, peace, everything.

She is not only the one who is left with a slim chance of hope, but there are thousands of grieving families still marooned. Some have a family but have to see their children dying of hunger, some have even buried their children. Others have lost their mothers, fathers, and to them, the world no longer seems a place to live. After the severe rains that triggered floods and claimed over 300 lives in the state, people of Jammu and Kashmir crave to get a respite. The network towers have fallen down and situation worsens as the people stranded are not able to contact their family members and loved ones.

The people of Kashmir are left with nothing but anger, frustration and tears of losing everything. The heart-rending flood waters seem to have snatched away all happiness from their lives and has filled it with a flood of despair. As flood waters washed away all belongings of flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir, the government has intervened to ensure food availability to them. However, still a large number of people are deserted and several others are stuck with the threat of a rampant malady that appears to be knocking their lives.

Amid fears of an epidemic breaking out due to the catastrophe, government has managed to send 80 teams of doctors and till now they have treated around 53,082 patients. Still, a large portion of people are left unhealed, waning to get medicines and cure.

Natural calamities and disasters are inevitable. Tomorrow the same could happen to us, won’t you need help? Would you be able to see your loved ones dreaded with tears of an epidemic? As a human, we need to know the value of our life, and life of our loved ones. If we won’t help them today, would we be able to face ourselves in the same condition? Even a small donation from each one of us has a potential to save a life. We can support our brothers and sisters of J&K by donating not only money but also cloths, grocery, food packets, medicines etc.

There are various organizations and companies that are trying to collect the donations for J&K flood relief and dispatching to the people. SEWA INTERNATIONAL USA, Help Age India and INDIEGOGO are only a few of them. American business tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an emergency relief fund of USD 700,000 for the flood victims. We at Mera Medicare are also encouraging donors to order the medicines online from our website for people in Jammu and Kashmir and promising to share 50% of the medicines` cost. Mera Medicare is also working with some insurance companies and e-commerce retailers in India to supply medicines worth 500,000 Rs. Trucks full of grocery items, cloths and medicines are expected to leave from New Delhi on 22 September.

Every day hundreds of trucks with relief materials are leaving for Jammu and Kashmir and saving lives. Your donations will also be sent to J&K through those trucks and used to save our brothers and sisters. Spare a minute. Order medicines for a better cause. Not for sake of us, but for them!!

We entrepreneurs and professionals need to come together and put our best efforts to support our community. No matter how successful we become in our professional lives, no matter how much money we make in our ventures but if we don`t use that success and money for rescue of our people then these are of no use.


P.S.: We’ve been trying our best to help the flood-affected people and are still struggling to do the best. If we join hands together, I’m sure we can stand proudly to have saved a couple of lives.


Mera Medicare is an online platform that enables patients to purchase medicines online and cost-effectively. It`s currently operational in Delhi-NCR.

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry A. Kissinger

I always believed that creating something meaningful is the most rewarding thing in the world and being an artist or creator is the most satisfying profession. Being a poet, I love writing poems that can touch hearts and have deeper meaning in them. And if a poem or story written by me can bring tears in my eyes as well as get love from readers then I don`t care whether it`s marketable or not.

I believe the same notion applies into entrepreneurship too. In my view, entrepreneurs are creators & artists first, followed by technocrats, geeks or visionary leaders. When I started working on the idea of Mera Medicare, I had only one motivation and that was to create something really amazing & meaningful. Something that people loved and considered a part of their lives. I didn’t care whether this idea would make money or not. The only thing I cared about was creating something amazing.

However, I`ll have to confess that I have changed now, and my motivation has changed along with it. As I moved forward in my entrepreneurial journey and started hiring more minds, I got smitten with the idea of finding and nurturing leaders within the team. I am stunned to realize how my young team members of age 18 to 22 are so passionate about the holistic idea of start-ups. I am surprised to see their amazing ideas, efforts to make a change and grow as future leaders. To be honest at the age of 20, was completely ignorant and hadn`t even heard words such as Entrepreneurship, Start-up or Venture Capital.

I still get motivated by idea of creating something new but I get more motivation from the idea of finding and nurturing next leaders in the team. These young team members are highly instrumental in my perseverance. Even if I am tired and disappointed due to some roadblocks, I still want to keep moving because I am committed to my team and its growth.

I saw journey of a young kid, who joined Mera Medicare as Social Media Marketing intern six months ago and gradually grown to higher position and role. He started with managing daily updates on Facebook Page of Mera Medicare and today he not only manages a team of 15 Student Ambassadors but also plays a vital role in customer acquisition, branding and developing overall business strategy.

I also see Student Ambassadors working really passionately for creating awareness regarding generic medicines, Mera Medicare`s role, organizing events and campaigns, and creating beautiful documentaries like ‘Truth Behind Wrinkles’. Being founder of Mera Medicare, I not only ensure a fun-filled learning experience for them but also tremendous personal and professional growth opportunities.

Today, I see user base of Mera Medicare doubling every month and that`s only possible because of hard work and passion of my team members. Obviously, this is just a modest start and we need to achieve a lot before we can even brag about it but it`s something that inspires my whole team.

It`s a journey in which you can`t really choose the destination but you can definitely choose your co-travelers, you can`t really choose the amount and sizes of the potholes in the road but you can definitely choose the type of relations you want to have with your co-travelers.

In a life of an entrepreneur, every day is a struggle not only for himself but also for his start-up. A struggle to save your face from humiliation, a struggle to keep motivating your team even when punches are blowing from all the sides, a struggle to keep thinking about the three year projections even when next day is expected to be unexpected.

I can`t see the future and don`t know for sure whether I`ll fail or succeed in my entrepreneurial journey but I am sure that I`ll keep trying my best for my team members` growth and success. Because I know there is only one thing that can turn my idea and start-up into gold and that is my team thus I`ll keep finding and nurturing leaders within my team.


Mera Medicare is an online platform that enables patients to purchase medicines online and cost-effectively. It`s currently operational in Delhi-NCR.


How to Care for the Elderly

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            “The most important part of caring for the elderly is loving them.”

Mera Medicare has launched a #CareForElder initiative by tapping the need and creating an opportunity for every common man to help an elderly. May it be a known, or someone totally strange. Every elderly could be helped with www.meramedicare.com 

The value of the services Mera Medicare claims to provide speaks for itself by providing cheaper solutions to healthcare such as medicinal needs ( both branded and generic ) which could be ordered for FREE from the website and availed within 2 – 4 hours* of time under normal circumstances at a cheaper price which usually people don’t get in a Pharmacy store. CASH – ON – DELIVERY makes it easier too !

**Minimum order of Rs. 100 (Recommended)

Elderly is a section of society which need medicines on a regular basis.

LET’S ALL DO OUR PART BY CONTRIBUTING IN THIS CAMPAIGN BY ORDERING MEDICINES AT A VERY CHEAPER PRICE FROM www.meramedicare.com & REDUCING HEALTHCARE EXPENSES FOR THEM.

“CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. LET’S START NOW”

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Here are 12 ways you can make them happy and fill them with joy.

Use the ones whichever suits you the best !

 

1. Find areas of mutual interest. The non-curious may mistakenly think elderly people seem boring, but, remember that you and your interests might be very boring to them as well. Try to open your mind and find out what gives them joy. If you can’t share their interest at least you can share their excitement.

2. Reduce their healthcare expenses without any investment. Reduce their expenses of medicine requirement by ordering medicines through web based healthcare start-ups like www.meramedicare.com, www.socialblood.org, http://uberhealth.co and other available platforms.

2. Don’t judge them by their physical condition. You might think that they’re unfit but it’s just the way the life cycle goes. You’re born, you’re a kid, you grown into your teen years, adult years, and one day you will be elderly too.

3. When they want to make tea or something for someone or themselves, you make it and tell her/him “Sit down, I’ll do it for you.

4. If he/she has pains or medical issues, tell them to see (or take them) to a doctor. If the pains/medical issues are severe enough, it is imperative that you call a hospital and see what they can do for him/her.

5. Clean up for her/him as you see fit.

6. Cook for them (or aid them in making meals).

7. Listen to their stories. You may find them interesting (like when they were in war or something along those lines). Find the beauty in the story.

8. Take them out of the house; go where they wish to go.

9. Don’t swear or say words which some may find inappropriate, they may not take this lightly.

10. Care for their animals. This may fill them with joy.

11. Surprise them with gifts from time-to-time; hold parties for them.

12. Organize and make better their garden/house (if they have one.)

 

“We’ll also be on the same spot that they are today. Let’s make their lives easier and simpler” 🙂

 

REFERENCE: WikiHow 

Mera Medicare goes LIVE in a mHealth meet in Delhi / NCR.

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It has been a while that www.meramedicare.com has been creating buzz around the city through its various interesting initiatives and social media by claiming to reduce healthcare expenses by delivering medicines at a cheaper price along with a giftcard from amazon.com.

THE QUESTION WHICH REALLY AROSE UNTIL NOW WAS SINCE WHEN & WHERE ?
Well  ! The ANSWER is here.

“MERA MEDICARE IS OPERATIONAL IN DELHI AND NCR”

If someone lives at any part of Delhi & NCR, he/she can place an order within a minute through the website ( www.meramedicare.com) & get the medicines delivered at discounts* at their doorstep within 2 – 4 hours of time, or in some cases, even more early than this.

Being a CASH-ON-DELIVERY service at this point, WE RECOMMEND YOU TO HAVE A TRIAL TRANSACTION done to test how the entire process works. All you have to do is the following steps:

1) Go to meramedicare.com
2) Register for free.
3) Place an order for any product you get in a usual pharmacy store ( minimum order of Rs. 100 )
4) Get your product at your doorstep within 2 – 4 hours of time.

NOTE: For orders above Rs. 250, get a discount gift-card from AMAZON too.

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The mHealth Bloggers’, entrepreneur’s & media associates’ meet. – by Mera Medicare

The Mera Medicare launch event was put into execution by the Mera Medicare Team. The holistic agenda of the meet was to invite entrepreneur’s, bloggers & media associates to know about our innovative model and how it helps in reducing cost & eliminating the unproductive actions and costs of buying medicines which includes travel and medicine costs.

The event happened successfully at Stirring Minds, CP, a co-working space for start-ups wherein the entire agenda of the event took place. The CEO of the Mera Medicare, Mr. Pankaj Gupta; and CTO of Mera Medicare, Mrs. Madhu Gupta, also were a part of the event through SKYPE.

The attendees included various upcoming media people like EXPLORE DU fb4fa02d9e9f880b957df4c7ce4c44c6 www.exploredu.info ) and other excellent entrepreneurs and students who aspire to be an entrepreneur someday.

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 “The event was organised by Rijul Sharma ( Sales & Customer Acquisition manager) & Siddhartha Samuel ( Marketing & Branding Manager ), who also showcased the entire innovative model of www.meramedicare.com and its positive value proposition it has for the Indian Society, having considered the rising healthcare expenses and the speculation of healthcare sector as a booming sector in coming 3 years in the Indian as well as International Market.”

The 5 “LIVE” & “EFFECTIVE” tips to survive the scorching heat

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“The number of national heat advisories is rising almost as fast as the temperature.”

So we asked Ray Byrne, owner of America Roofing LLC, in Glendale, Arizona, who works outside in sometimes scorching weather, for his tips on how a heat pro deals with extreme temperatures.

Byrne – who has been working in the roofing business for nearly 25 years – said the average temperature in Glendale during the summer is about 115 degrees. “Basically at 100 degrees, it’s not too bad,” he said. “At about 110 degrees, you start feeling it, and at 120 degrees, you start losing productivity.”

The company holds monthly safety meetings on heatstroke and exhaustion to remind its staff of smart protocol.

Here are some strategies Byrne and his roofing employees use to stay cool. Adapt them to fit your needs whether you’re outside all day or working in your garden for the afternoon.

1. Hydration is key
Hydrating at frequent intervals is critical, rather than waiting until you’re at your maximum thirst.
“The minute you think you need a drink, stop and take the drink right then,” Byrne said. “If you don’t you’ll end up getting heat exhaustion.”

2. Drink cool – not cold – water
This distinction makes all the difference. Byrne described the sensation from drinking extremely cold water like getting a brain freeze from a Slurpee, except amplified.

3. Start early
If you’re working outside, make every effort to start before the sun comes up or at least before it’s reached its peak.
His company routinely starts work at about 5 a.m., and the crews try to finish up by 1 p.m., says Byrne.

4. Stay wet
If he notices that somebody has stopped sweating, Byrne recognizes it as the first sign of heat exhaustion. He’s experienced it more than once.
“No matter what that individual is doing, he needs to go sit in the shade, sip some water – just sip it, don’t chug it – and just get yourself off the roof and in the shade,” he said.
When working with metal roofing, Byrne said, he brings a hose up and douses himself with water to stay cool.

5. Dress strategically
Although the roofers are required to wear long sleeves, Byrne said he wears light colors to reflect the sun.
Even the color of your footwear is significant – Byrne said white shoes versus dark shoes could mean the difference between having cool feet and feeling like you have blisters.

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Reference: CNN Health

 

Generic vs Branded Medicines. Which one should you use ?

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Every medicine (drug) has an approved generic name. Often, it will also have one or more brand (trade) names. This can sometimes lead to confusion.

 

What are generic and brand medicines ?

Generic name. Each medicine (drug) has an approved name called the generic name. A group of medicines that have similar actions often have similar-sounding generic names. For example, penicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin and flucloxacillin are in one group of antibiotics.

Brand name. Many medicines also have one or more brand names. This is chosen by the company that makes it. Several companies may make the same generic medicine, each with their own brand name. The name is often chosen to be memorable for advertising, or to be easier to say or spell than some long generic name! For example, paracetamol is a generic name. There are several companies that make this with brand names such as Panadol®, Calpol®, etc.
The brand name is usually written most clearly on any packaging. However, you will always see the generic name written somewhere on the packet (often in small print). Some medicines only have the generic name on the packet.

The colour, size, shape, etc, of brands of the same medicine may vary depending on which company makes it. Do not be alarmed if your regular medicine seems to have changed colour or shape. It may be that the pharmacist is getting it from a different company, or the doctor has written the prescription in a generic way rather than using a brand name. However, the medicine will be the same if the generic name is the same as before.

Combination products

Some tablets or pills contain a combination of medicines. Combination products are often marketed and sold with a brand name. However, the individual ingredients (the individual medicines that are combined into the one tablet or pill) will all be listed in small print on the packet. For example, a popular painkiller has a brand name of Solpadeine®. This contains three generic medicines – paracetamol, codeine, and caffeine.

Generic prescribing

Doctors are encouraged to prescribe by using the generic name. This is because:

The generic name is the one doctors are trained to use. There are sometimes many brand names for one medicine. Possible confusion or mistakes are reduced if all doctors use the same names when talking about and prescribing medicines.
Generic medicines are often cheaper for the NHS. Even for medicines that you can buy, such as paracetamol, there is often a big price difference between brands.

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Cheaper does not mean lower quality.

Generic manufacturers are able to sell their products for lower prices because they are not required to repeat the costly clinical trials of new drugs and generally do not pay for costly advertising, marketing, and promotion. In addition, multiple generic companies are often approved to market a single product; this creates competition in the market place, often resulting in lower prices.

FACT: When it comes to price, there is a big difference between generic and brand name drugs. On average, the cost of a generic drug is 80 to 85 percent lower than the brand name product.