In one of the many auditoriums of Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology, a certain Ishita Anand impacted me in more ways than I had imagined. When I asked her, “How can I get in touch with you?”, I got only four words, “Shoot me an e-mail.”

Her journey of creating a small world, bit by bit and changing so many lives through her crowdfunding platform infused in me the desire to work with her. Little did I know that almost six months later, I would be sitting in the BitGiving office, facing a bright yellow wall that traces the journey of social networking.

During the internship screening process, when I was asked what crowdfunding is, I thought I nailed the answer. But it was only after working closely with the team that I realised how narrow my understanding was.

Be it Abhishek’s search of his Baba’s smile, ROPIO’s unique platform or Gattoo Studio’s innovation, every campaign had something that pulled me towards it. And if you were to ask me, I would always tell you that if your crowdfunding campaign stems from a great idea or gives birth to strong emotion, you’ve already won half the battle.

There were many reasons for me to consider interning at BitGiving, but perhaps none was more worthwhile than playing a part in the lives of people from all over the world. The important work done here—enabling artists, engineers, and creators of all kinds to come together in a bid to raise funds—changes lives.

There are three kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened. What made my BitGiving journey special is that along the way, I got to belong to all the three categories.

Only one thought keeps coming back, a phrase rather, stemming from a quote that goes, “‘What’ and ‘if’ are two words as non-threatening as words come. But put them together, side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: ‘What if?’”

What if that day I hadn’t shot Ishita an e-mail?

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