⚡Fueler Weekly 100: Fueler would have never existed without this incident
Here is the 100th week special for you all. Thank you so much for sticking through our thick and thin. This issue is dedicated to you all
It was Jan 2019, I was getting back from Delhi.
That was the lowest point in my life as if everything I have planned got shattered. I moved to Delhi six months ago with a lot of hope that I along with my friends are going to build something we have thought around helping companies and startups.
We had plans, ideas, some clients but still due to some mismatch in priorities, our partnership didn’t work out. I was doubting my capabilities, I felt terrible as if everything got over, what am I gonna do next?! I had no jobs or any significant personal saving to cover my expenses. Following questions were haunting me:
What are you going do next?
What is the point of reading all the books if you cannot do anything?
How will I pay for my expenses?
Is this the end of my career?
Did I make a mistake by choosing this path?
Should I apply for job next? Who is going to hire me? What do I know?
Coming to Delhi was a big mistake?
Where did I go wrong?
I was living all alone in the Delhi Winter back on 2018 with a hope that things will change but unfortunately it didn’t work out the way I thought. Well things happen for good reason like they say.
Here’s my luggage I was carrying back. (Fun fact 80% of these of bags and carton had books inside. Books has a significant role to play in my life, I have a thread on it)
Fast forward to today in 2023, we are writing our 100th issues of our official newsletter “Fueler Weekly”. Here’s a small clip from everything we accomplished in the year 2022.
P.S: Grab a cup of chai, sharbat or poha because this issue is going to be long and we want you to be here with us.
Click here to watch the full clip - Fueler 2022 in 60 Picture
How we came up with idea of Fueler?
To be honest, we really hated the process of getting hired and the process of selection to work at a company or a startup.
Suppose, you are good at X but instead of improving your game at “X”, we are preparing for aptitude and some random interviews which a lot of times, don't add any value going forward in your career.
The existing interview process does injustice to the talents, to the creatives who want to be judged based on what they can do, and what they can show instead of how much they can score in the exams.
I personally believe that the real test of knowledge for an individual is their creation (whatever they have created) and how they are able to put it in front of the world. Whatever you know and if you are able to put that into action has the biggest leverage for you.
We started out as a small team, have no pedigree education background, and no experience working with big-shot startups, but had a passion for education, career, and the intent to help other individuals like us.
Building companies that end up helping millions is a moonshot project for a lot of startup founders out there. For us, even though we know 90% of startups fail, we have always tried to learn from what the other 10% of startups did so differently that they made it eventually.
What we did in the last 18+ Months?
Grew our community to 15,000 Generalist Creators around the world
Won Escape Velocity Paras Chopra Grant by Paras and Aakanksha
We have been recognized by Startup Tripura Grant Program
Got a podcast invitation from Backstage with Millionaires
Our story of building Fueler got published on Starter Story. Click here to read
Got invited to 25+ podcast on different Youtube Channels and Podcasts
Organised Meetups across different cities like Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata (Meet 1, Meet 2)
Organized countless online meetups and sessions with our community
Got 1000+ mentions across social channels by our community members
20K Followers, 10+ Million Impressions on Twitter
Launched our fresh new interface with fast-loading pages
Our community member made $50,000+ using Fueler (Through Freelancing, Job, Part time, Internship and various other forms)
Launched 20+ side projects and info products - ValueRead & Side Hustle
We started with 4 people and currently, we are a team of 13 people
Achieved all these accomplishments by bootstrapping (no external capital raised)
Every month has been different and had a different set of challenges and euphoric moments. We have been writing about our learning from our journey and takeaways, check it out here
Fueler Unfiltered: Behind the Scenes
So, what’s next for Fueler?
18 months ago, we didn’t have any idea, things will go, how we will figure out things that we had no idea about, but after these 18 months and the way people have shown support to Fueler, we truly believe that “Proof of Work is the Future”.
No matter what corner of the world you belong to, what school or college you went to, or what’s your background, if you can showcase your proof of work confidently, you can grab any opportunities you dream about.
Whether you want to work at Google, NASA, Tesla, or Apple or any of your dream companies and startup, proof of work can make your dream come true. Having your Proof of Work is an ultimate leverage for you in today’s competitive world
1st Illustration by Sushan | 2nd Illustration by Elen
In 2023, here are a few plans we have to work on
Help 1000s of students start their freelancing journey, fill out this quick form (if you are a student)
Create 100+ Freebies & Resources to help you grow in your career
Build career and productivity-related tools to level up your game
Organize workshops, webinars, and cohorts around Proof of Work
Host 100+ Proof of Work Challenges around Writing, Design, Development, Video Editing and Creation, and Marketing.
Organize at least 10 Offline Meetups in 10 Indian cities. Check this out
Plan and host giveaways you are going to love
By the way, you should check out swags and merchandise. Please DM us on Twitter if you want to get one for yourself
Please do let us know if you have any suggestions and ideas on what we can do to create value for you and our community members.
🎁 Small gift on this special occasion
Get access to these resources for free, use FUELER100 as a coupon code
That’s all for our 100th issue. Thank you once again for your immense love and support. Just know that I wish and excited to meet you one day and surely we will meet one day. If there is a will, there’s a way — and we will find that out.
Founder & CEO
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I am glad to have discovered Fueler. But I wish I would have met Riten early in my life. Love and respect the hustle of the entire Fueler team. You guys are gonna create a fucking dent in the universe.
Fueler is a case study in making!!!
When I had no one to help me, Fueler community helped me. Proud of being one of the members of Team Fueler eventually. I truly believe in power of proof of work (over which I had an argument with my best friend, and that was when I discovered Riten :))
Moreover I'm bullish on our ability to execute with the excellence we have been practicing as a team - we've got to be the best set of people to get the message across and led the proof of work revolution. More power and success to us this year. 2023 is Fueler's year! 🚀