Thursday, October 27, 2011

A fresh start (up)

Earlier this year, I was wondering about what the heck I wanted to do with my life. Looks like that question pretty much got answered a couple of months back. A casual conversation with an ex-colleague from my first job days turned out into something really concrete. Things have been a whir ever since then and before I knew it, I had started a company, hired people and was into product development.

Any start-up journey is always exciting and mine has been as exciting as any other. Right from getting the legal and tax requirements done, to finding an office space, hiring folks, the excitement has not abated from day one. A few noteworthy candidate interviews that I want to share here:

- One guy insisted that the first interview round HAS to be done on the telephone and he wouldn't come to our office
- One guy showed up with his friend for the interview and they sat by side while he answered questions
- I had trouble convincing one person that even though I am not a HR person, I still would like to talk to him for the initial discussion. Apparently, it is against protocol to have 'Engineering' have the first contact

The net result is that, our days are never dull and boring; there's always something going on and it's all good.

On a more serious note, I truly believe I have hired some of the smartest folk and striving to get more brilliant minds into the company. Oh, and I need to tell you what we do. SoLoMo Play applications for kids and wannabe kids alike. It doesn't get more exciting and invigorating that that!

A big thanks to the founder who made it all possible though. It's been a joy working here and looking forward to tremendous growth and tons of fun....

A wedding in Chennai

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