Saksham Jain

Product Engineer at TapChief

4:30 PM, 30th Mar 2018

What is the biggest mistake aspiring entrepreneurs make?


My dream to be an entrepreneur started during my 1st year of engineering at The LNMIIT Jaipur way back in year 2012.

I started CampLink (the first campus company of LNMIIT which did pretty what Dunzo does today) along with 4 other mates. On satisfactorily running it for over a year, we took a decision to halt it and explore more into entrepreneurship.

After CampLink, I’ve tried around another 5–7 times to be a startup founder but each attempt failed. The wiser me today, when I connect the dots to realize what mistake I made that never led me to a success again then I got these:


Desperation to team with anyone: Don’t team with people who aren’t in sync with you.

My stints after CampLink, led me to collaborate with people who weren’t in sync with me. I partnered with people who were either exactly same as me or completely different to what I am. This mismatch or too much similarity didn’t worked.

Also there were instances when I was OK to onboard co-founders who were not willing to contribute equally in finance, energy & patience as I was.


Desire to be an entrepreneur: Don’t start because you want to be an entrepreneur.

CampLink occurred by chance. We kept CampLink as a project & eventually it evolved so much that it became a business itself. While running CampLink our minds were never blocked by the glamour to be an entrepreneur. We played it well because we loved it.

In each of my failed attempts my first push to start a company remained a desire to be ‘an entrepreneur’ or ‘startup founder’. This never helped me to completely devote my energy to one idea or startup. I started switching Ideas because it seemed more promising to be a entrepreneur with the other.

I say these are the first mistakes the aspiring entrepreneur in me made. And these mistake will become your biggest mistake, if you don’t do them rightly.


Where am I today?

I am a Product Engineer at TapChief and I no longer aspire to be an entrepreneur. I am already working with classy team and it gives me same joy, pleasure and bumps that I would have encountered while being an entrepreneur myself.

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