What a week this has been!
It’s one thing to read about US tech startups on TechCrunch and Hacker News, and quite another interning for one for two weeks. Like any tech entrepreneur in my country (and I believe the wider world) I’ve read the tips and best practices of finding co-founders, raising money, executing fast, failing fast, learning from it, solving pains and all the other really useful stuff that’s shared on the internet by seasoned entrepreneurs and VCs. I’ve tried a few things myself in my own world; some have worked and some just haven’t for various reasons.
Interning at TrackSimple has been an amazing new experience. It’s from reading about it to experiencing the sausage making as it happens. Watching and probing about the way things are done, why it’s done that way, the development methods they use, the collaboration between the different individuals in the team, the tools they use and their interaction with the product people provides a new perspective in what it takes to build a team, a product and a company like they have done.
The team I’m with is now an all engineers division of the bigger company that acquired them last year. The original company’s co-founder, Ajit Banerjee (guy in shorts in the picture), is my mentor for the two weeks. A smart (brains smart) former Amazon engineer. Actually the whole founding team are former Amazonians. Amazon is headquartered in this city.
It’s hard to pick out and say the one important thing I’ve learnt here. It’s a whole experience. A more connected understanding of the hard work, the unwavering focus on the product and solving problems for customers, the dedication to the scrum principles of project management – religiously shipping iterations of the product each and every week, always tracking progress and tweaking the processes to be more effective, appreciating and respecting team members as equals, and while you are at it, having a blast.
Looking forward to another great week ahead!