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1M/1M: Ambassador Program

Posted on Saturday, Jan 23rd 2010

To those of you who have expressed interest in being 1M/1M ambassadors:

Some of you have attended the January 21 roundtable and listened to me discussing the endeavor and the strategy. For those who did not have a chance to attend the roundtable, the recording is here. Before we move forward, please make sure you listen to it and decide if you can make the time commitment of five hours a week to be a 1M/1M ambassador. The slide deck is also enclosed.

Now, if you decide you do want to move forward, then the next few steps are as follows:

1. A LinkedIn group called 1M/1M Ambassadors is in place. Please join the group. We will use this group for administrative purposes.

• We need to pick geographic areas for each ambassador. Pls specify your geographic preferences in the LI discussion thread. We will assign geographies based on that, and try to accommodate preferences. But please be slightly open, since we may have too many for one, not enough for others. This is urgent to get us moving forward. Also, please introduce yourselves in the LinkedIn group.

• I will put in additional information about all aspects of the program in the LinkedIn group and will continue to do so as we go along. Henceforth, the discussion will be moving to that group, and please use it to ask questions, discuss issues, etc. I prefer that you do not use my private email to ask questions about this program, because I would like the Q&A and discussions to be beneficial to all the ambassadors. I want ideas to flow from all of you and enrich one another, not just enrich me.

2. Internship applicants: At this point, my thinking is that if you decide to move forward, I will give you a chance to be an ambassador. But please make sure you evaluate carefully the time commitment, and if you take this on, do it seriously. I will get to know you through your work, and by working with you.

3. Volunteers: Again, if you commit to the time and responsibility, I will try to incorporate as many of you as I possibly can. But please take the time commitment and the responsibilities seriously.

4. I do not want people to open relationships with EDOs and then drop the ball in mid-air, as it will cause huge headaches for me. Every EDO should have a 1M/1M ambassador shepherding it. If an ambassador steps off, you need to let me know, and we need to recruit a replacement and hand over the relationship professionally and systematically. Not abruptly.

5. So. What is my point here? Just that, please take this on IF and ONLY IF you are ready to take this seriously and with commitment. It will take enormous conviction to pull this off.

6. Volunteer requests and internship applications are flowing in, and I sincerely appreciate your interest in the program. But I will not be offended if you decide, after evaluating its needs that you may not have the time to really do justice to it. If you decide not to proceed, just let me know, and I will take you off the list.

7. Most important, we need to have fun with this program. May be it will give us opportunities to travel to interesting places, may be partner with people whom we did not know before. Who knows what lies ahead? I certainly don’t. At best, this is an experiment. But I think, and it seems that you do too, that it is a worthwhile experiment.

8. Finally, I am perfectly okay with your doing business with people you meet through this effort. In fact, I hope you will do a lot of business with one another.

Many thanks, and I look forward to working with you.

This segment is a part in the series : 1M/1M


. An Interview With Wayne Hurlbert
. Ambassador Program
. Ambassadors Finalized
. Internships
. Does It Need A Bank?
. Receivables Financing
. Entrepreneurs, What Do You Need?
. Entrepreneur Grant Harris On CNN
. Facebook Cause
. Need Twitter Help
. Rural America's Outsourcing Potential
. Local E-business Joins Global Effort To Boost Economy
. Oct 6 Video Conference
. Alternative Financing For Startups Using A Sales Channel Partner
. A Policy Suggestion To President Obama
. How We Differ From YCombinator
. VCs, Angels, Incubators, Accelerators - What Are You Doing With Your Rejects?
. VCs, Angels, Incubators, Accelerators - What WE Do With Your Rejects
. Outsourcing Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. Cloud Computing Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. Web 3.0 & E-Commerce Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. Vision India 2020 Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. Mobile and Social Apps Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. Healthcare IT Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. Online Education Module Of The Curriculum Is Ready
. The Entrepreneurship Curriculum
. How We Will Interface With AngelList
. Video Message Based On Recent Talks
. Affiliate Network For Entrepreneurship Blogs
. Corporate Sponsors, Affiliates, Incubators - Business Models for Partnerships
. OrangeScape Wins TiE50
. Message To Incubators
. Self-Assessment Tool
. Premium Member FreshDesk Wins Microsoft India Startup Challenge
. Kimbra Studios, Littleton, Colorado
. Partnership Overview
. Insane Logic, United Kingdom
. MMIS, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
. Zuznow, Israel
. Live Well! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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I love your program. Education is the key.Together as a team we can make it happen.

Leena Heiman Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:11 AM PT

Leena Heiman, I am so glad to see an enthusiastic comment from Miami, Florida.

I am 1M1M ambassador based in Miami and I am going to get in touch with you. :o)

Irina Patterson Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM PT

Thank you Irina…I look forward to working with you:)

Leena Heiman Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 6:19 PM PT

Sramana, I am a regular visitor of your blog. In fact, I have it on my home page tab. I never had a profile on LinkedIn. I guess I now have a reason to join LinkedIn -s- and be an ambassador of 1M/1M in Middle East

Roy Mathew Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM PT

Awesome, Roy! Welcome on board. Sramana

Sramana Mitra Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM PT

I was astonished when I read your the goal of this group and I am still in absolute disbelief. Earlier this year (January, actually) I wrote down a goal: With the help of a master mind alliance, I will create one million millionaires by 2010.

I am so grateful for this group. You can’t even imagine the joy flowing through me at this moment.

To your massive success!

Heather Plude Friday, April 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM PT

Hi! I just came across this site today and I was intrigued… I had a similar goal to help women entrepreneurs… I would love to be an ambasador… I currently live in Dubai and I have requested to join the group too… Please let me know next steps!

This year is about realising dreams… Hope we help everyone realise theirs!

Vidya Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 4:23 AM PT

Vidya,

You can find all of the information on how the program works at this link: http://sramanamitra.com/2010/01/23/1m-1m-ambassador-program/

Melanie

melanie Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 8:49 AM PT

The articles and market lessons are superb. Sramanaji is one of the few authors on Entrepreneurship who can understand present market conditions, problems and mundane activities of entrepreneurs. It seems to me that she has lot of knowledge about various businesses and she extract the right inputs from one and all. It would be great meeting her one day.

Best Regards,
Pravin

Pravin Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:13 AM PT

I can’t believe I didn’t come across your blog earlier Sramana. I just bought your book (Vol 2.) and thats what prompted me to your site. As an entrepreneur fumbling around in the dark, your blog is a great resource. I hope to be able to contribute to the 1M/1M vision – I just added the group on LI. This has also finally driven me to become more active on Twitter! Look forward to a long and prosperous association.

Akshay Arabolu Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:53 AM PT

Hi Sramana Mam
Its great to learn about the 1M/1M initiative.I would love to work as an ambassador. And I am serious about the time commitment frames so that wont be a problem. I have sent a request to join the group on LI.
Looking forward to work with you soon.
regards
devanik

Devanik Saha Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM PT

I'm a budding entrepreneur and would love to learn more about how to get the education you speak of. Thanks for the vision – it's going to be great!

– Ellen

Ellen Steinlein Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10:11 AM PT

Start attending the weekly roundtables, Ellen.

sramana Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM PT

Sramana,

I have been a follower of yours, and have just discovered this initiative. Looking forward to helping you and I achieve our goals, and cannot thank you enough for your selflessness in this entire industry.

-Milan

Milan Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 6:28 AM PT

Although I have been reading Sramana's articles in Forbes for quite sometime, I have came to know only today about this site, blogs, articles, 1M/1M journey et al; it's truly fascinating what Sramana envisioned and add a trillion to global GDP. Looking forward to be part of this community sooner tahn later,
Regards,
Rama Perubotla

Rama Perubotla Friday, September 10, 2010 at 10:13 AM PT