By Ron Burr
For over twenty years, I have worked as an
entrepreneur and leader at multiple startups. Two years ago I was fortunate to join
CallFire a great local tech company in Santa Monica. During this time, I’ve had
the opportunity to not only work with some of the brightest and most
intelligent minds in technology, but also some the most inspiring. One of the
most inspiring team members, a software programmer named Kuntal Joisher, will
begin his climb to the top of Mt. Everest this week.
When I first learned about Kuntal’s goal to ascend Everest, I immediately wanted to support him, and knew it was a cause that would also gain the support of the entire company. His commitment to self-improvement through intense physical training and, even more importantly, intentions to raise awareness and funding for dementia and Alzheimer’s research and care was beyond admirable. Kuntal is climbing Everest in honor of his father, who is afflicted with Lewy Body Syndrome, a form of dementia.
Kuntal’s adventure is just one example of the supportive, innovative and collaborative corporate culture we have nurtured here at CallFire. Every single team member brings a unique and valuable viewpoint, strengthening their individual role and their contributions to the company. Everyone at our company is encouraged to grow beyond the role for which they were hired, fostering a culture of intellectual curiosity and professional development that has contributed to the company’s success.
Kuntal’s journey was an amazing opportunity for our company to rally together and show its support for one of its own. Deeply inspired by Kuntal’s dedication, it seemed like an obvious choice for CallFire to support his expedition and help him realize a longstanding dream in any way we could.
We are all so excited to cheer on Kuntal as he begins his climb to the top of the world and through the duration of the trip. A map tracking his journey is available here and you can listen to his audio diary to hear his thoughts about daily trials and tribulations as he ascends Everest. Everyone here in Santa Monica will be tracking his climb and waiting for a text from the top of Everest.
When Kuntal reaches the peak, he will use the CallFire platform to send the first mass text from the highest peak in the world. You can be a part of this text and this triumphant accomplishment by texting ‘EVEREST’ to 67076.
To learn more, or to make a donation to fund dementia research, care and support, go to http://fuel.callfire.com/. You can also show your support via social media with the tags #CalltoEverest, #GoKuntal and #CallFireFUEL.