Greyhound Turns 7, But Then, This Is Not A Time To Celebrate

On March 23, 2020, we at Greyhound Research complete seven years of existence. Yes, time flies, and how!

While in the normal course, this is very much a reason to celebrate, pop open a bottle of Moët & Chandon, and maybe go the entire labyrinth by throwing a grand party. But then, the first 90 days of 2020 have felt as if the humanity at large has been walking on eggshells and that the planet earth has virtually reset the button on us.

From religious riots to countries getting lockdown due to COVID-19 and Saudi going on a full-blown battle with Russia, we virtually have seen a lot already in 2020. Of course, not to forget, this year so far, we also have lost some legends like Kirk Douglas and Kenny Rogers. So yes, you get the drift, it’s been pretty grim so far. And while it’s not, it almost seems like we are ushering in the apocalypse.

Keeping pessimism at bay, I’m sure the world at large will come out stronger from these episodes and (hopefully) learn better and new ways of living life. But where we stand today, it’s not the time to celebrate. At least, we at Greyhound don’t feel up to it.

We have decided to dedicate this anniversary to those who truly deserve it – the first responders and those suffering from COVID-19. This year is about everyone who is suffering from (or helping tackle) COVID-19, and we have pledged a decent chunk of our resources in enabling them during these highly uncertain times.

I know that it’s not enough to say ‘decent chunk’ when the likes of Elon Musk, Michael Dell, Marc Benioff, Jack Ma, and many others are dedicating big dollars for this cause. But then, the fact is, our resources are limited and minuscule compared to these big guns. Also, those who know me well are well aware that I have never enjoyed talking about (let alone boasting) about our efforts towards enabling those around us. I am of the firm belief that unless done quietly and in ambiguity, charity does not create a real impact. Hence, our decision to not quantify this decent chunk or talk about in greater detail.

Changing gears, a recent news clip froze me in time. Literally. Per the report, a senior CxO from a well-renowned Indian IT Services firm collapsed while presenting to the senior management. He collapsed cause he was under tremendous pressure to deliver, and hence hadn’t slept for days at a stretch. This made me sit up and realize that corporate greed has virtually hijacked the entire system. As if resources are seen as robots and there’s little to no room left for humanity in the corporate setup.

We at Greyhound have also decided that our 7th anniversary is dedicated to such comrades in the corporate sector who are struggling to deliver in these testing times and to those founders and entrepreneurs (like me) who are working tirelessly to keep the ship afloat. Mind you, this is no small feat. And I’m sure most of you reading this post are feeling this pinch in your daily lives. This year, for us, is about comrades like you.

Now, while our ‘decent chunk’ dedicated towards the first responders and those suffering from COVID-19 will play its role, we have also decided to offer a small token of support to our friends in the corporate and startup world. While it may not mean much otherwise, but we at Greyhound are happy to offer free consulting hours to those who may need an extra helping hand in these trying times. If you have questions you need answering, want to brainstorm your ideas, or need inputs on how to swim through these times of COVID-19, email us and we’ll be more than glad to jump on a call to lend you a helping hand.

My apologies if you think our efforts don’t help your cause but trust me, we are trying our best to be of support to our ecosystem. Please do give us a shout on connect@greyhoundg.com, and our team will be more than happy to assist in whatever way possible.

Once again, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for keeping your grit during these testing times. It’s in times like these that we all need to come together and act as ‘one unit’. Not sure if this will help, but only recently I wrote a few lines that reflect the sentiment of today, “When all is sailing well, even pirates turn friends. True show of character is when seas turn rough.”.

Take care, and stay safe, everyone!

Cheers,
SVG


Sanchit Vir Gogia: Sanchit is the Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Research, a Global, Award-Winning, Technology & Innovation Research & Advisory firm. To read more about him, click here.

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