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Working in a Startup – The Learning Curve

It’s been 9 months I quit my 5 years job in a prestigious company, Infosys BPO Ltd, and joined a startup. Today I feel contended for taking that brave leap. I made the decision because Mavrix’s intentions and my interest were like cake and the cherry.
The journey so long has been memorable, a crash course in life, more of ups than downs.When I joined as Content Manager, it was just me and my boss at office.
Let me describe my boss – Param. Param has close to 15 years of experience in Infosys Technologies Limited. He is very passionate, a true visionary, highly focussed on what he wants to do. He never goes off-track, be it personnel management, office management or work management. He has been a great inspiration to me in these 9 months of time. He inspires me professionally and as a person. My initial month at office was a self-learning phase where I had to get into the terms of Mavrix’s vision and a great leader to work with.
From second month onwards we sensed it was time to hire people who were similarly passionate to work with us. A tough task, as the requirements were unique and unusual. Though it was difficult to get right people, fortunately we ended up creating a capable Content Team which is full of enthu and dedication. We also have a technical team of two, which is again a wonderful team.
I’m listing some very good things I learnt working in a startup –
  • Value – Startups are built on top of a strong vision and purpose. They provide true meaning in the work to other like-minded people.
  • Opportunities – Get opportunities to expand your horizons, capabilities.
  • Learning – I have learnt more in 6 months in a startup than I did in 5 years in my previous job.
  • Employee Relationship – Everyone is closer to one another and feels good to work.
  • Flexibility – Creates a sense of comfort and ease with flexi-timings (unless misused). On Fridays I do not say ‘TGIF!’ :-), neither I’m less-charged on Monday mornings.
  • Intensity – Start-ups are intense and the emotional charge I get on regular basis is a worthwhile experience.
  • Fun – Startups have more fun. Frequent parties, get-togethers make things even better.

Things have been going great and we, the people at Mavrix, are giving our best to achieve our company’s motto. Good news is that we are ready for the launch of our product website, as already told by Param in one of his post. Do stay in touch with Mavrix for our product launch.

Freaky Friday Playlist March-11-2011

Song: Munbe Vaa
Album: Sillunu Oru Kadhal
Type: Koliwood
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Naresh Iyer
Music Director: A.R. Rahman
Lyricist: Vaali
Rating: 5
Shreya Ghoshal at her best. Very Melodious and hummable.
Song: Kaare Kaare Badra
Album: Mirch
Type: Bollywood
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan
Music Director: Monty Sharma
Lyricist: Javed Sharma
Rating: 4.4
Mind blowing Hindustani-Rock Fusion.
Song: Vaada Tumse Hai
Album: 1920
Type: Bollywood
Singers: Pandit Jasraj
Music Director: Adnan Sami
Lyricist: Sameer
Rating: 3.9
Pandit Jasraj's only 3rd song in Hindi Movies. Amazing rendering.
Song: Nadhim Dhim Tana
Album: Gaalipata
Type: Sandalwood
Singers: K.S.Chitra
Music Director: V.Harikrishna
Lyricist: Yograj Bhat
Rating: 4.9
Head-swinging, classical composition. KS Chitra's voice is refreshing with this classy number.
Song: Woh Bhooli Daastaan
Album: Sanjog
Type: Bollywood
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Madan Mohan
Lyricist: Rajinder Kishan
Rating: 4.7
Immortal melody by Madan Mohan backed up by Lata's vocals.
Song: Ethrayo Janmamaye
Album: Summer In Bethlahem
Type: Mollywood
Singers: Srinivasan, Sujatha
Music Director: Vidya Sagar
Lyricist: Girish Puthencherry
Rating: 4.7
A lovely romantic song. Sounds like a Illaiyaraja composition.
Song: Shanti Shanti Shanti
Album: Shanti Shanti Shanti
Type: Sandalwood
Singers: Allwyn, Sanjeev, Soumya
Music Director: Sandeep Chowta
Lyricist: K.Kalyan
Rating: 4.5
Heard a rock song in Sandalwood in late 90's?? This is it!!
Song: Unbreak My Heart
Album: Secrets
Type: R&B
Singers: Toni Braxton
Music Director:
Rating: 5
A soulful song & one of the best by Toni Braxton.
Song: Megh
Album: Yeh Hai Prem
Type: Indie
Singers: Milind M Ingle
Music Director: Milind M Ingle
Lyricist: Shyam Anuragi
Rating: 4.2
A melodious romantic song in the backdrop of rains with classical touch.
Song: Chamak Cham Cham
Album: Sitaron Mein Tu Hi
Type: Indie
Singers: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: Lalit
Lyricist: Mehboob
Rating: 4.7
Yet another, my all time favorite, Yesudas' song. I bet you'll try to sing-along this song.

Solar Punch – NY based Eco-Rock Band Live in Bangalore

I’m writing this post about the band Solar Punch just because I loved their attempt of rendering Yun Hi Chala from Swades.

Solar Punch is a solar-powered band that uses music to educate people about the environment and climate change. Their sound system is powered by a small PV array mounted atop band mate Alan Bigelow’s car. They charge batteries and use an inverter to convert the DC from the panels to AC for the P.A. and devices. They draw inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s quote – ‘Be the change you want the world to become.’

Happy news is that they are performing live in Bangalore today as per this article.

If time permits I would love to go get a Solar Punch!!! Check out their performance of Yun Hi Chala:

2012 Grammy’s Jury Has Bappi Lahiri?!

Yes according to this news report. If this is indeed true, this is the first time an Indian composer is being given this place.
He had sent his album ‘World, Peace and Harmony’ with popular saxophone player Gerald Albright, for the Grammys this year. The album made through to top 50, but didn’t get selected in the top 5 nominations.

To me Bappi Lahiri’s entry to Grammy’s Jury feels not so great as I thought we had bundle of amazing talent better than Bappi Lahiri. Though he created waves in the 80’s with his Disco numbers, he has always been criticised for plagiarism. And the sad part is Bappi is taking digs at AR Rahman for his recent international success. Bappi Da, the whole world knows that AR Rahman didn’t come out instantly from nowhere; he has banked upon hard work, quality music and loads of struggling to become what he is now. Rahman’s mesmerising melodies date back to early 90’s. A backing of a producer like Danny Boyle is because of his incredible talent. I’m here to support talent.

Nevertheless I wish you all the best in your new role.

Raghu Dixit’s Folk-Bhaavageethe-Rock Fusion

The recent trend of stylising Bhaavageethe with contemporary music is becoming very popular. A great and effective contributor to this style is none other than Raghu Dixit, who has significantly recreated most of the Sant Shishunal Sharif’s songs.

This new genre is well-received and asking- for-more kind of stuff.

Bhaavageethe – ‘Songs with Emotion’ (Bhaava – emotions, geethe – song). A form of Sugam Sangeeth, Semi-Classical, with influences of folk. Bhavageethe relies heavily on words & soft musical score. This music form is popular in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Most of the poetry sung in this genre pertains to subjects like love, nature, philosophy, etc.

Listen and enjoy to some of Raghu’s musical treat –

Gudgudiya Sedi Nodo

Soruthihudu Maniya Malilgi