My key achievements have been helping 2500+ organisations to start their digital transformation journey, development and implementation of FLAGS methodology for seamless adoption of digital to create modern workplaces, leading the campaigns for understanding and embracing digital terminologies by people from all different educational backgrounds
Journey as an entrepreneur
I started my journey as an entrepreneur in 2011. My passion to change the educational landscape of the country primarily, and then on the global level, is what drove me to quit my job and work in the EdTech space. My humble beginning to develop a data analytics software application for K-12 segment eventually led me into understanding and developing the FLAGS methodology for embracing digital transformation in the dynamic technological development times of today. I have had my share of mistakes, failures and moments of despair but, then, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I find myself in a very good learning and growth phase now where all my skillsets, which I gained working across different sectors, industries and roles have converged beautifully, giving me the right platform for continued success in the future.
It is difficult for me to say one name because I have drawn my strength and guidance from the lives of several great men and women. In my formative years, I was deeply touched by the speeches of Swami Vivekananda whose great words, “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; the dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced,” still, ring a bell in my head and heart. In the recent times, I have found inspiration in Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Indra Nooyi and MS Dhoni, who together have helped me to align myself to keep moving, aspire to work for greater things and maintain my calm under all conditions.
My key achievements have been helping 2500+ organisations to start their digital transformation journey, development and implementation of FLAGS methodology for seamless adoption of digital to create modern workplaces, leading the campaigns for understanding and embracing digital terminologies by people from all different educational backgrounds, and lastly, developing and deploying the millennial induction program for modern workplaces.
I am managing my work-life balance by following three basic principles:
- Ensuring an element of some physical exercise in my daily schedule. Mostly it is Yoga, otherwise a 45-mins long brisk walk. It ensures that on most of the days, I am physically fit and active.
- I have blocked the time slots in my day for tasks such as reverting on emails, reviewing task status and other 10 mins or lesser duration tasks. This ensures that I am able to give my 100 per cent focus on other concentration-demanding tasks.
- I do not take the work at home to ensure that my family time is not getting compromised.
Women in IT – a rare breed?
I would have agreed to it 8-10 years back when I was just starting in this space and faced challenges in my role as a developer as well as an entrepreneur. It was difficult to convince the managers, potential customers, and investors, that you can deliver success well. However, things are changing now and I am seeing a more positive outlook. Nonetheless, there is a lot more that needs to be done and the efforts by the women need to continue.
As I mentioned that I would love to mentor an all-girls startup so, I have some plans along the same in the pipeline. In the nearest future, I see myself working for the Women in Tech ecosystem especially in the Indian context where we are still not working for STEAM for girls. The investment in their technical education now can only put India in a competing space with the best of the developed world technologies, 10-15 years down the line.