Why am I supporting Yogi

So there are many different opinions floating on the web around Stayzilla issue. Of course, majority of the community is rallying for Yogi, here is what you need to know.

Qn: Stayzilla owes money to the vendor?

The two teams (Stayzilla and the vendor) have been debating this for quite some time over the service quality delivered. None of the third parties (i.e. non-Stayzilla and vendor core team) know the real picture. So forming based on what ‘selectively’ is shared is wrong.

Qn: Why should I even support Yogi?

First of all, the fight is not about whether Stayzilla owes money to the vendor or not. It’s about the way things have been handled.

Threat to the family, the voodoo dolls – if that’s what the legal route is, then we are better off buying personal insurances as part of MVP launch.

The voodoo doll : THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
The voodoo doll : THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

The fight is about having fair processes and ensuring that people follow the law and order.

For me, personally, the question is : What if the goons win?

It will just set the wrong example. Starting a business in India is already tough – running one will get tougher.

The so called #StartupIndia movement really has no meaning if entrepreneurs are harassed – right from the tax department to now, goons.

What’s the point of doing a startup in this country when there is no protection? No – we aren’t even asking for protection – we just want a ‘normal’ legal and police system which is for the people.

Our fight is about this – about creating a fair playground for all – irrespective of caste/regional and economic background.

We hope this isn’t too much to ask for?

Note that the new age entrepreneurs are a vulnerable lot, especially after the funding announcements (which are celebrated widely). It’s natural that the entrepreneurial community will attract undue attention – and it’s time like these that will define whether we move forward or..

PS : Yogi and I have met only four times in the last 7 years. So he is as ‘close’ a friend to me as most of you are. This fight isn’t about friends – it’s about a founder and what’s right.

9 thoughts on “Why am I supporting Yogi”

  1. What kind of a justification is this? – “But, most of us if we were in the vendor’s shoes would have tried to do something similar, apart from the family threat. “.

    Doing/witnessing/experiencing Goondaism has become so normal in Indian society. Wow! Sahi. Who can argue when benchmarks are so skewed. I can’t. God save this nation….oh we just got a yogi to save us.

  2. Let Yogi & company be troubled for the wrong they did, and let the other party be troubled for what they did.
    As of now, it seems it is relatively easier to prove Yogi & company did something wrong for which they should be punished, and it is difficult to prove the other party used dolls etc. If someone can prove that, let the other party be punished as well.
    What else do we need for fairness?

  3. I agree with @Ashish Sinha founder take lot of pain to grow the overall ecosystem & this is not the way it has to be who is right or wrong that’s secondary but shielding the spirit of entrepreneurship is required.

  4. Remember you had supported Rahul Yadav also for all his ” bold” decisions. And we saw how his mismanagement caused hundreds of people loosing their job. Here again you are supporting the wrong side.

    Here StayZilla is more on the wrong side than their vendors ( I am not supporting Vendors way of threatening to recover money ).

    Using “quality of service” as trick for not paying to vendors is popular among defaulters. StayZilla had been using this trick very cleverly, but now they have run out of options.

    1. “Here StayZilla is more on the wrong side than their vendors ( I am not supporting Vendors way of threatening to recover money ).”- what’s your data point?

    2. “Remember you had supported Rahul Yadav also for all his ” bold” decisions. And we saw how his mismanagement caused hundreds of people loosing their job.” – Boss. I praised RY for his BOLD thinking – he is the one who leveled the investors and many startups should be thankful of him.

      Making generic comments don’t help. You decide-and-then-talk doesn’t lead to anything useful.

  5. ” If you know something, that the public (like me ) does not know, please share it.” – I do know that this isn’t the way to deal with anyone.
    I do know that threatening families and sending voodoo dolls with one’s kids picture isn’t the way to deal with anyone.

  6. Hi,

    Really sad to see such an article.

    I agree threatening family members is really not acceptable, hight condemn it, but not paying someone 1.5 crore is also wrong when you have raised more that 10 million dollars. If the founder’s felt that the work done by the vendor was not satisfactory, they should have stopped giving him business. All of us spend on digital media, sometimes is works, sometimes it does not, it does not mean we don’t pay our vendors.

    Just because of you are a startup, you can’t decide to close down the business and not pay your vendor. 1.5 crore is not a small amount, most people in India work their entire life and still they can’t earn even half of it.

    Yes, I agree that filling a criminal case, where it should have been civil one is wrong, but unfortunately thats how our country is, people who have connections in law/police use this for their benefits and this is what has happened here. But, most of us if we were in the vendor’s shoes would have tried to do something similar, apart from the family threat. ( Ask yourself honestly, its 1.5 crore).

    None of the third parties (i.e. non-Stayzilla and vendor core team) know the real picture. So forming based on what ‘selectively’ is shared is wrong. – Even you have formed opinions with only selectively shared information – both by the stayzilla’s founder and the vendor. If you know something, that the public (like me ) does not know, please share it.

    Its high time that we as a nation try to do business ethically, where its a startup or a big company.

  7. Absolutely agree Ashish! No matter what the issue…if the threat comes to one’s family, it cannot be tolerated!

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