From India to Fayetteville, MineWhat Makes Miles Pay Off

by Mark Carter  on Friday, May. 31, 2013 4:06 pm  

“As a founder, you put in a lot of effort trying to get an idea down to execution and have to make a lot of sacrifices along the way,” Ganesan said. “Getting some reassurance that everything comes across the way it’s supposed to is amazing. Getting to pitch to a ton of investors all at once was a great added bonus.

“At the end, the peer validation in itself was worth all the effort.”

Ganesan admits that friends and family thought he and Kumar were a little crazy to relocate halfway around the world to Arkansas.

“We were lucky to have an awesome support network that understood why we had to leave.” He and Kumar plan to stay “as long as you’d have us.”

“Right now, and at any given time in the future, our largest customer base is going to be in the U.S., so we need to stay for business development,” he said.

Going forward, the plan is to add a sales and business development person to the staff, which currently numbers three, and “pick up customers.”

Ganesan and Kumar have embraced their new home (and yes, they’ve even called the Hogs). The access to mentors and the overall the friendliness of the people made impressions on them.

“The people, while we’d heard of Southern hospitality, we didn’t quite expect people to be this friendly,” Ganesan said. “Coming from a setup where strangers largely ignore each other, it was really nice.”

Ganesan believes the area will continue to experience tech startup growth. His advice for incoming 2013 ARK Challenge teams, some of whom will likely put down roots in northwest Arkansas?

"Get a solid execution plan ready, experiment faster, leverage your mentor network and enjoy the experience."



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