Sep 19, 2016

Golden Moments at Golden Square!



What we remember in the end are those miles walked, moments cherished, love shared and souls lived, though all this will live until eternity, one thing that will for sure fade away is the TIME

Time and Connectivity is the most important and valuable agenda of our company, and we respect your time. At Golden Square we are a team of experienced facilitators who plan carefully every work with precision and help you have a well-productive working day.

Many working individuals face lots of problems when it comes to managing their work. Here at Golden Square, our trained assistants help by running errands for you, for instance, collecting cheques from clients, getting bank works done, setting up meeting rooms/conference rooms, pay your utility bills and anything that will reduce your routine work and give you more time to concentrate on your core business. Our assistants also help set up personal computers for any sort of training or meeting purposes held at the conference room, they could go a step ahead and help you even further by getting your manuals or booklets photocopied or spiral bound if you are in need of a referral document for your business meeting.

Well, who doesn’t like a nice friendly working environment surrounded by highly intelligent working individuals. Yes, Golden Square is a great place to stay connected to with highly motivated business people. You can now be a part of us and experience the Joy at Work, all you have to do is reach out to us with your requirements and we will do the best we always do.

Visit us today at www.goldensquare.in

Jan 4, 2016

Say NO to traffic jams! Have an office in the Centre of Bangalore: Without the pain of traffic jams!


Blaring horns. Bumper to bumper traffic. Road rage… Bangaloreans have resigned themselves to these necessary evils as part of their daily commute, assuming there really is no choice. We beg to differ. You can say goodbye to traffic woes if you have your office in a strategic location. Like our new branch Golden Square CBD-South., which lets you have the best of both worlds: a prime location (after all we are in the Central Business District!) yet an area that allows you to beat peak traffic if you are living in South Bangalore.

Located just off Double Road, close to Lalbagh South Gate, near the Shanthinagar bus station in Wilson Garden, Golden Square CBD-South is at the beginning of the Central Business District for those coming from South Bangalore, ( Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Basavanagudi, Bannerghatta Road, etc.) Reaching this branch from these locations is smooth. So coming to office and leaving office can be a breeze if you live in South Bangalore, since the peak traffic jams happen more towards the north of this area.

During the day when the traffic is moderate one could easily travel to the rest of Bangalore, and have your visitors conveniently visit your office. You could also use other branches of Golden Square at locations convenient to your clients during the day for meetings and come back to the CBD-South branch before the rush hour starts.

The branch is designed as a convenient office space solution for teams of less than 10 people, with dedicated and virtual office facilities, meeting rooms and conference room.

To know more http://www.goldensquare.in/locations/cbd-south



Dec 28, 2015

Following dreams…



“It needs nerves of steel to follow your dreams,” says Meenakshi Shenoy, Founder of Corporate Database Recruitment Consultants, a senior level search firm.  While she may be talking about the start-up boom in Bangalore, the statement could well apply to her journey as an entrepreneur.
“The timing was right,” she says, recalling those early days of entrepreneurship.  “IT was booming and there were plenty of opportunities.”  Of course, there were challenges too. You have to be in the driver’s seat and never lose focus says Meenakshi.  She started small, with just 4-5 clients. Initially, clients would seek her services to recruit Project Managers or Programmers, but gradually as they saw her passion for recruitment and her professional services, the requirements and the clients grew bigger. Today, she takes great pride in being a boutique consulting firm catering to a very niche market.
We caught up with Meenakshi Shenoy for a free-wheeling chat to understand how the entrepreneurial landscape has changed over the years.  Here’s an excerpt.

What made you strike on your own as an entrepreneur?
I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. I started to develop the confidence to establish my venture. This is my passion and purpose. Success is finding joy in creating whatever it is you set out to create.

Didn’t you ever think about having your own office set-up?
I did toy with the idea of having my own independent office space but a serviced office works well in terms of costs, facilities and support services. You don’t have the headache of running an independent office. The Golden Square team is very responsible and professional and I feel safe even if I’m working late. Their customer care is amazing! We’ve moved into the virtual office zone today, which allows you to work from any part of the world.

Any logistic challenges that you faced then?
Initially I was sourcing only out of Bangalore. Companies wanted talent pool from all over India and having people relocate to Bangalore was a challenge!

What kind of changes have you seen in Bangalore’s entrepreneurial landscape over the years?
Earlier, people were averse to risk. They wanted a secure job and parental approval. In fact, many did not want to move from an Indian Corporate to a Multinational. Today, the younger generation is more willing to take risks. In fact, even failed entrepreneurs are the most sought after today! Startups have to have leaders who have the skills to lead!
The latest Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking by San Francisco-based Compass, rates Bangalore as the world's 2nd fastest growing startup ecosystem…
Bangalore has definitely made a dent. Actually, investments started coming into Bangalore when SM Krishna was the Chief Minister. Many companies moved into Bangalore then.
The entry of private equity funding and venture capitalists has encouraged a lot of start-ups. In fact, there are more start-ups than MNCs in Bangalore today! Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and the many success stories emanating from the Silicon Valley have inspired youngsters. In fact, even those in their 40s want to quit their jobs, move out of their comfort zone, roll up their sleeves and chase their dreams.

How do you think the start-up scene will pan out?
It’s a cycle. Some companies have made the cut and some haven’t as funding is shrinking especially in the last 2 months. Most Investors say it will pickup in 2-3 years. Investors are more keen on profits and will not have their investee companies burn cash and want them to save money. Startups are shutting, laying off people and investors pulling out funds and questions are being raised whether startups will last. Startups have to be sustainable. Confidence to back yourself is the number one challenge which one has to overcome. It is something that you need to keep working on as you take on bigger challenges in business and work. There are a lot of people wanting to be entrepreneurs but it requires a certain maturity. It’s not as easy as it sounds. I am not dissuading the youngsters here, but grey hair has its wisdom. It needs nerves of steel to follow your dreams. Resilience and Perseverance are the keys to achievement.

Looking back at your journey as an entrepreneur do you have any regrets?
It’s been an interesting journey with a lot of learning. I witnessed the Dot Com boom and the subsequent bust, Y2K, the emergence of start-ups…and today I work with some of the best MNCs and startups. The path has been challenging, exhilarating, frustrating at times but definitely fulfilling.

This article is written by Nahida Sunil 

Dec 7, 2015

Cash is King- for Startups



Cash is King. Very important to remember specially when you are a bootstrapping startup. One big expense for any business is the office space. There are various ways to cut costs on office infrastructure, work from a garage, work from home, share an office. One of our members however demonstrated how to have best of both worlds, save office costs and at the same time have an excellent space for collaboration.


This team let's call them “S Team” for Smart Team. Did the following.


  1. All 5 Team members worked from their own homes.
  2. Used online collaboration tools like Google Docs, Skype, Hangouts.
  3. Booked the Golden Square Conference Room once a week for 3 hours for brainstorming and reviews. These are best done face to face. And the air conditioned conference room has projector and WiFi.
  4. Booked the meeting room, 2-3 times a week for meeting with clients, partners, vendors. To have a professional and productive meeting. (Cafes can be very disturbing)
  5. Used one of the founder’s residences for registering their business.


What would this have cost  per month:-


Item
Rate (Rs.)

Quantity
Per Month
Conference Room for 5 -Once a week for 3 Hrs each
600
Hr
12
7200
Meeting Room -  three times a week 1 Hr each
250
Hr
12
3000
Tea and Coffee
15
Cup
44
660
Snap Office Membership Rs.3000/- year. Of which Rs.1500/- set off against services and space useage.
1500
Yr
1
125
Cost per Month



10985


Rs.10,985/- per month for a team of 5 to have an office for collaboration and meetings.


This is what one of our members had to share:


“As a lean, bootstrapped Start-up, we wanted a decent office space on demand for our meetings/interviews and still save money. Golden Square Virtual Office Solution is the best in this category. It is not only affordable, but also comes with superior service. I would not hesitate a bit in recommending this to anyone who is looking to save money on office spaces yet get the benefits of managed office.”


Sathish
Founder, www.textnook.com


At Golden Square experience “Joy at Work”

Dec 1, 2015

Growth through Trust



At no other time in history is ‘trust’ more important for business than today. Trust fuels businesses, helps them not just survive the many onslaughts of a competitive global economy, but sustain and thrive. And I speak from experience.

The fifth branch of Golden Square that is getting ready to welcome customers at Bangalore CBD South , is a direct result of Trust built over the years and I am both proud and humbled to share this story with you.

First, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Narendra Bhatta for referring me to the owners of the building. Narendra Bhatta is the Founder Partner and CEO of Intellocopia a leading consulting firm in the area of Intellectual Property, which helps small and medium businesses realize value through effective protection, management and enforcement of various IPRs, namely, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Design.

Now let me share how the referral came to be.

Speed of Trust:

I was at a networking meeting at BNI Inspire chapter, when Narendra Bhatta introduced me glowingly to a lady, and told her: “You have to meet Balaji he has the solution you need.” The lady had a bunch of pamphlets with her. She was trying to find the right tenant for a building she owned. Since I was surrounded by people all I said was, "Madam, we can help you get double the return from your building if we can manage your building as a Golden Square Business Centre. Let me know if you would be interested," and I gave her my card. I thanked Narendra for introducing us.

A few weeks later I got a call from the lady's husband, he said he was interested in taking this further.

This demonstrated to me speed of trust. If it wasn’t for the confidence with which Narendra introduced me at the networking event which gave me visibility, I doubt this opportunity would have ever happened and that too, with such speed. Do compare this with a typical sales process.

Trust takes time:

So I asked Narendra, “Why did you refer me?” and he said, "When I spoke to the lady regarding her property, during networking, she expressed a desire for letting out the entire property to someone trusted and wanted to build value to the property. The words ‘TRUST’ and ‘VALUE’ although they appear distinct are related and symbiotic. While I knew a person who was into property rentals, only one person I knew of, who could link trust and value, seamlessly was YOU. I, personally Trust you, since I know you for long and have seen how properties and businesses increase value when they get on to Golden Square, so I told her I know the ONLY person who can help you do this and connected her to you.”

Frankly, I am humbled by what Narendra shared with me, I do pray I live up to the expectations he has of me. I wondered how it was that Narendra got so much confidence in me.

I got to know Narendra when I was helping him and some other entrepreneurs set up their networking group BNI Inspire, about five years back. I never really talked about Golden Square, but focused on helping him build their network. Narendra and I got along well, I understood his business and over the years have passed on a few referrals to him. So the relationship did take some time to develop and over time we got to know each other better. My learning from this: To build trust, people need to see us delivering on our promises over time. Trust happens because of several well done interactions.

Cannot Happen without Trust:-

We have a revenue share arrangement with the building owners, there is a lot of investment that the owners need to bring in, both in the building and the interiors to meet the specifications of Golden Square. That is the reason why Golden Square’s expansion cannot happen without trust. And trust can only happen over time with our business network. How the trust translates to business is random, there is no linearity to this. However trust does translate to business, I can say this with confidence because 3 out of our 5 branches till date have happened because of a referral. One from a customer and two from the BNI Business Network.

So what do you think is the most valuable business commodity? I haven’t an iota of doubt on this question. My answer is “Trust”. What’s yours?

Mar 18, 2015

Nudged out of my office- A Liberating Loss!

Yesterday I had to empty my lovely office room in Golden Square Vittal Mallya Road Branch. I do not have a dedicated office room for myself anymore. I have been using this room for the last 10 years, and a couple of days back I was politely asked by my colleagues in Golden Square to hand it over, because an important client needed office space and we did not have any available in this Branch.


I had mixed feelings yesterday while I was clearing out the room. I felt liberated while I also felt a sense of loss.


Working from Home

Liberated because though I often work from home, and use any of the Golden Square branches for meetings, there is always this feeling that I am not in “my office”. Now by giving that away I felt liberated, I do not have to go to the office, I can be wherever I need to be, whichever place is most convenient for me and people I am meeting. 

My favorite place for "thinking type" of work:
For example my most favorite place to work specially if I need some thinking time, is the Koramangala Branch of Golden Square in the business lounge- First thing in the morning, in the terrace, surrounded by lush green trees and cool breeze, it relaxes me and gets the best in me, I specially enjoy a cup of tea here in this nurturing environment. In such an atmosphere I can do inspired work. When meeting the members of my business network, I prefer to meet at their offices, I get a better sense of their business and they are so much more comfortable sharing about their business and what they need. I am mentally more tuned to focus my attention on how I can help them, when I meet at their workspace. Right now I am writing this blog in my home, surrounded by greenery, I can see the green through the open french window, listen to birds chirping and I am in casual clothes which does help in getting all the creative juices flowing in my mind. 

The best business centre in Bangalore-
Sometimes I have very important client meetings, where I need to make a first impression, that is when I choose Davanam Golden Square Prime Branch, which in my opinion is the best Business Centre in town. When I need to showcase how a business centre needs to be designed, specially to building owners, I take them to Golden Square JP Nagar Branch, our latest, the buzz there of new companies and the activity happening in the calm yet productive space always charges me up.


I think my colleagues in Golden Square Vittal Mallya Road Branch noticed that I have anyway been working from all over so I really did not need a dedicated office space, so they wanted to make better use of my office room. However while emptying the office room yesterday I did feel a sense of loss. This was one space I could say was my own. I had a map of Bangalore on the wall, where I had marked all the locations Golden Square would be expanding to. I had my BNI mementos, and a painting of Lord Ganesha I had made a few decades back. Yes lot of attachments. I had a shelf of books, including books I treasured from my IIT days, books I have not touched since college. All of this I disposed off. I had a box full of overhead projector slides of trainings I used to do, when PPT was not the norm. I discovered the box which had all my Toastmaster best speaker and best evaluator ribbons. I came across project plans which brought back the fascinating businesses and projects I was involved in. I went through Businessgyan Magazine issues which brought back the heady days when I was a happening magazine publisher and the memories of the fantastic team  we had in businessgyan magazine. I had to decide which items to keep to remind me of those days, because more than the things it is the memories of the experiences that matter. In a way while I was getting rid of things, I felt that I was also clearing space in my mind for new possibilities and adventures, making room in my mind.

I will miss the fact that I had a dedicated place to go for work without asking anyone if a meeting room was available. However now I am free, free to be wherever is the best place to be in. I guess this is the feeling Golden Square’s virtual office clients have, and I am experiencing the same feeling of freedom. I can be in any of Golden Square’s 4 branches. Suddenly I feel 4 is not enough, I better get going and start a lot more branches, create more invigorating and convenient locations for work.

Feb 12, 2015

IDEAS. VALUE. RESULTS.

Citrya means “Brilliant” and that’s how they aspire to be – the people at Citrya believe that the marketplace is crowded with solutions and products each solving a specific or a particular class of problems. Not all of them help “Make life easier” and their endeavor is to find those gaps and create dramatic value that will enhance the utility of the ecosystem of existing products exponentially. 




Okay, yes, that sounds intense and confusing possibly, but to crystallize it, they are in search of solving and innovating in small, but dramatic ways and are humble enough to acknowledge that they don’t aspire to create the next path breaking invention in human history, although they would love it if they could actually prove their humility wrong!
Below is a short excerpt from the interaction we had with Mr. Krishna Mitter CEO of Citrya Innovations.

 How long you've been in this business??

After over 17+ years in a multi-national, we started a business to live our dreams. It’s a year and a half young, but the journey has enriched us manifold than the duration. When we (my co-founder Umadevi Santhanam and me) found synergy in what we wanted to achieve; Citrya took flight.

How did the idea for your business come about?

We were able to create a brand new product from India and it became a world-wide selling proposition with a multi-national environment. This taught us what a business is. We looked inward at how we could impact the Indian eco-system with our product expertise. We started building complex technologies, then realized India is growing and then hit upon the need for personal identity that many of us yearn to build. The ubiquitous business card is centuries old and we felt that bringing it to the digital age not only provided a big benefit but also is the seed for much greater social achievements. That’s when we started iEmerge – a Digital Card service <link to http://iemerge.citrya.com > and also provided an ability to create FREE cards so its accessible to all.

What have been some of your challenges/failures, and what have you learned from them?

As with any technologist, we started our path with a complex technological infrastructure. We quickly realized that we were ahead of the adoption curve. You realize then that the path is not something that can be defined and executed, but what is most important is adaptation. If there is only thing we learnt, we learnt to adapt, to listen to the voice of our customers and to never build so much affection to your product that you stop listening to the outside world. We are what we are because of our customers and their involvement in making us successful.

We also required an office space where we could meet our corporate customers, have a private space for the team and not have to bother about logistical facilities. In short, we wanted to run the business with everything else taken care of. We searched, shortlisted 10 places, and found Golden Square at the right time. The location, clean and vibrant private spaces, meeting facilities and private office configuration met our requirements precisely. However, what differentiated Golden Square in my mind was the extremely professional staff, delegated authority that enabled quick decisions and the sensitivity to the business requirements.

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

My favourite aspect is the ability to impact people lives and create change. A year back, I would have thought that a business card is trivial, but today, when I see so many people using the cards to build their identity, their reputation and brand their business listening to their customers through analytics we create, it is immensely satisfying. Entrepreneurship is not about creating the next big technology, it is about ‘Making Life Easier’ for people through technology, simple or complex!

Do you have any advice/suggestion for budding entrepreneurs?

Simple! Entrepreneurship is about conquering fear. Lots of people will tell you that this path is difficult. Make no mistake, they are right. But dreams are never easy, but if you dared to dream, garner the strength to listen to and learn from the advice you receive and not be discouraged by it! That will ensure you live your dream and not someone else’s!