When I Stopped Worrying About Making The Right Decision, The Time was Right Indeed!
Moving back to India after spending a decade in the US was a tough decision but I’m glad we did it.
My name is Chaitanya Josyula, I along with my wife are Founders of talkaDoc.com. I am a 33 year old based out of Hyderabad, India along with my Wife, 20-Month-Old Son and our 3-Year-Old Labrador.
Here’s how I left California and moved back to India to start a Healthcare Tech Company.
For the last 8 years, I’ve been lucky to work for some of the Big 4 Consulting firms such as Deloitte and Capgemini as a Technology & Management Consultant. Through my experience, I was involved in addressing business problems across various industries and addressing them through Technology and Business Process re-engineering. I was fortunate to have great mentors through my professional experience, without whom, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. The consulting experience was one of the best things to happen to me, I will have a blog soon on why everyone need to experience consulting.
I was never meant to do the same thing day in and day out, I always had a desire to keep moving on to the next thing and probably that was why I loved Consulting. Apart from all the perks that come with Consulting; I thrived in engaging with various clients and I had an innate ability to think from the client’s shoes. This was the first step towards the direction of entrepreneurship!
In the Fall of 2009, I had a rare chance to meet the great Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in Los Angeles during his visit to Caltech Institute. During our interaction, one of the questions I had asked was “When is the right time to quit and follow your Passion”. The answer I got was “You will Know”.
I wasn’t really happy with the answer. I was expecting someone as credible as Dr. Kalam to validate my belief or insecurities about leaving a comfortable lifestyle behind and chasing my wild dream.
We got back to our daily grind and I probably even forgot about my interaction with Dr. Kalam, but my desire to do something on my own grew stronger. It was in 2012 and during my stint with Deloitte where I was working 16 hours a day; working with two different and extremely tough clients on opposite sides of the coast in different industries that I realized it was time to run something on own.
I don’t know if it was the confidence that I got from my consulting experience or as Mr. Kalam said I would know the time was right, but we decided to move on to chase my dream of building a company.
We felt it was the right time to take a risk as we had no great debt, still young and our child was still an Infant. The only strategy that was guaranteed to fail was not taking risks and coming from an entrepreneurial family, we had the guts to call it in and settled on building our own company. By this time my wife and I had spent many mornings and nights discussing what we wanted to do and how we wanted to go about it.
The idea always was to build a socially conscious product, something that touched many lives and here we are building a technology application in the Healthcare space.