Entrepreneurship & Technology Networks - BEN

In most alumni and entrepreneurs groups that I am part of, on Whatsapp is 

1) One major challenge is that people don't know each other
2) People don't have a review older discussions 
3) Privacy & Safety concern regarding sharing our personal number with strangers
4) Problems of intention or un-intention forwards / spam

However Whatsapp has one big advantage and that is, it is quick, easy,  fast and wildly popular with 2 Billion + users 

Having worked on this challenge for a long long time in many groups on platforms like 
Whatsapp, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google Groups I have come to a realization that there is a trade-off of ease/popularity with safety, privacy and utility and we need a suitable combination of all of them. 

Having a Website is like a MUST have for a start-up or community or even a personal brand. Few examples, I am a big of Vijay Prakash sir and he has a website, http://vijoyprakash.in/about/ , similarly his younger brother , Prof Prabhat Ranjan has http://www.ranjan.in/ , their organizations also have a website, 

Various groups that i moderate or manage or am part of like Bihar, Bihar Entrepreneurs Network , Jharkhand Entrepreneurs Network, Bharat Entrepreneurs Network, Women Entrepreneurs Network, IIM Society , IIM Family, Sainik School Tilaiya, All Sainik Schools become seriously useful and real only after they have a website

Sharing few of my own as examples, can't share Telegram or Whatsapp groups of IIMs or Schools since they are only  for alumni but can share websites or pages since website have an approval process and pages can be liked or followed by anyone. Few have websites and that means they have reached that level of commitment from the founders (Website costs money for domains) and also design, development and content might be free or paid but a person or website having a domain signifies that we are serious about it

IIM
https://www.iimsociety.org (global group only for alumn of all 20 IIMs)
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/36556/

Bharat Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) is an entrepreneurship platform to connect entrepreneurs of Bharat with each other, investors, markets and thereby create an ecosystem. We have used the word, Bharat because we agree that Bharat had an entrepreneurship culture since ancient days which had gone dormant during centuries of slavery or colonial rule. Now that the new spirit of entrepreneurship has been rekindled/unleashed during recent decades especially the last few years we will like to support, , encourage and promote entrepreneurship across sectors but with an indigenous flavor and global connects. We are using English for now but in due course, we will start using local as well as global languages too

bharatnetwork.org was launched at IIFT Delhi to accelerate entrepreneurship in Bharat

We also have a
Linkedin Page https://www.linkedin.com/company/13264338/
Linkedin Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7071742
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/bharatentrepreneursnetwork
Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/bharatnetwork/
Whatsapp Group https://chat.whatsapp.com/3SP2IyPcUk59tDiJIGwu0Y
Telegram Group https://t.me/joinchat/FJW19kJo-906XUjCdAAnJA
Google Group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/bharatnetwork

 

Bihar Entrepreneurs Network
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3844615/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/biharent/
Website under progress
 

Jharkhand Entrepreneurs Network
https://www.linkedin.com/company/7930856/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jharkhandentreprenurs/
Website under progress

We also have groups like IIM Family to help Friends & Family members of IIM Alumni
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12141544
https://www.facebook.com/groups/iimfriends/
Website under progress