Lizzie Chapman hilariously describes a day in the life of an average startup person in Bengaluru, India’s silicon valley.
The definition of diversity in India or rather in corporate India is still limited to the inclusion of women in the workplace. The focus still seems to revolve around giving priority to recruitment of women, creating “enabling” policies, offering healthy work-life balance, etc. to encourage retaining women in the work force. But there’s more to diversity than just women in the workforce.
I graduated from BITS Pilani in 2010.
After pursuing a couple of dead end internships, I accepted a job offer from Accenture in Chennai for the role of Associate Software Engineer.
Most people aspire to work at one top company in their careers. Edward has worked at 5 of them. After starting out his career as a computer programmer back in the 1990’s, and inventing technology that was way ahead of its time, Edward went on to land a coveted job at Google, followed soon after with gigs at Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and finally Facebook spanning 30 odd years.
Having interned with two PSU’s earlier, I knew that an internship at a startup would be a different & unique experience, one that I was very eager to begin. While writing this, I realized how time flies, with my internship culminating soon. While sitting in my cubicle and mentally turning the pages of my internship journal, I reflect – It has certainly been the most productive summer vacation for me! Every form of positive learning I have come across since this internship commenced, is still fresh in my mind.
Here are the four positive unexpected learnings that have helped me find a better version of myself and continue to do so:
I’m a 24 year old from Peru, South America who loves traveling. I’m currently working as an International Business Development Executive at Vidooly, a video marketing and analytics company. It has been 3 months since I arrived here in India and I’ve enjoyed each and every moment that I’ve spent here so far. Let me tell you why i flew from Peru to work in an Indian startup.
After a couple of iterations of the “conventional” way at job hunting, I realized I needed to find a smarter way around this. I needed to stand out at the first step in my job hunt, so I created targeted facebook ads reverse engineering my job search. I wasn’t disappointed.
Bangalore based neighbourhood chat app startup Belong (Earlier, Hey Neighbour) started a fun experiment called StartupDiary to document a day at a startup. They figured that their story wasn’t a one off, and a lot of other startups could relate with the same. So, they decided to share it with us. “Contrary to popular beliefs , a startup isn’t a bed of roses. If you’re associated with one, you probably know that already. Here’s to all the startups around us.”, says the team at Belong.
EduRev, which means Education Revolution, is more of a vision than an idea. EduRev began with the motive of bringing tech into the tech-deprived Indian education and revolutionizing it in this manner.
I have just resigned my job after ~25 years of service at Infosys in pursuit of a job in CSR field or in non-profit sector or to start a social enterprise or a start-up. I had sent a farewell message internally with details of 25 year exciting journey from a trainee to an executive who managed more than USD 150 mn revenues and 1700+ people. Along with that, I have also added top 10 insights/learnings during my tenure at Infosys.