We’ve just announced our US $1 Million funding from Accel Partners and we’ve been overwhelmed with interest & messages of congratulations from all over the world.
Even though we are a long way from what we set out to achieve, I thought a minute’s pause was in order today, to look back at the ride that brought us here. And of course to express my gratitude for the people who inspired, encouraged and helped me along on this journey.
First of all, to Hacker News and specifically Hacker News Search, the entrepreneur’s ultimate resource. It is, in a way, the reason Freshdesk was born. Also the Venture Hacks website which is the best resource for understanding anything related to the VC funding process. When we first listed ourselves on AngelList, we had no intentions whatsoever of getting funded, it was just a chance idea. But it gave rise to exciting initial traction and investor interest by which, frankly, I was quite surprised. Thanks to Naval Ravikant and Sramana Mitra for the investor introductions, help and advice.
For Freshdesk, it must be said that the pivotal moment was when we won the Microsoft Bizspark India Startup Challenge and of course, the US $40000 grant that came with it. It was Freshdesk’s breath of fresh air, (more like Oxygen supply actually), and the encouragement that gave me was priceless. Thanks Microsoft India.
Immediately after that, we were finalists at Unplugged 2011, which brought investor interest to a peak, and helped us close the deal with Accel Partners quickly. Unpluggd again, is a great platform for entrepreneurs, and I’m thankful to them as well.
I would like to thank all the investors who expressed their interest in our startup. A special thanks to Mr. Jair D’Souza of SP group who went out of his way for us, resulting in our small, swanky new office in SP InfoCity Chennai.
At this time, I also take the opportunity to thank Accel Partners for their faith and backing and I would like to extend a warm welcome to Shekhar Kirani of Accel Partners to the Board of Directors of Freshdesk.
And I’m thankful for the team that is now Freshdesk, for the belief they had in me and their faith in what we were conceptualizing and building. When they came aboard, Freshdesk was an idea. Now it’s something that’s already delivering happiness to hundreds of our customers and thousands of their customers.
I would like to thank all of our customers for trusting us and choosing Freshdesk as your customer support platform.
I want to thank my previous employer Zoho, India’s best Product company, where I learnt whatever I know about building products today.
Last but not the least, I would like to say thank you to my wife and children for sacrificing so many weekends of our time together to let me chase my dream!