It actually has been over two weeks since I joined Tenmiles, but this makes for a catchy title, doesn’t it? The idea to write such an article was conceived the day I took the job, but I took sometime before I could talk frankly, on the record.
To give a bit of a backstory, I was self employed for the past three years. Thanks to a dynamite exchange rate, life was good. I worked for about 50 hours a month and spent the rest of time day dreaming about my startup(s), reading way too many blogs, indulging in family politics and watching TV show marathons. As I said, life was good.
And then for what could be one of the silliest reasons in life, I had to take up a fulltime job. Now, finding a job is too much of work in itself. From dusting of CVs to lying through the teeth about my team player skills, there was just so much unpleasant stuff to do. Thankfully, all my stars aligned at the right moment and Shalin hired me as a Product Evangelist.
It has been an exciting journey so far and thought I would share my experiences with you.
I Don’t Hate Mondays Anymore
I read somewhere that you are in a great job if you don’t dread going to the office every Monday. To say I look forward to going to work everyday would be a gross understatement. Gone are the days when I contemplated shooting myself rather than going to work. A trusting, flexible and fun filled learning environment is the sole reason I decided to flush my fancy Microsoft certifications and switch my career.
There’re Smart People All Around
Only now, I totally understand the benefit of surrounding myself with smart people. I practically lived with apps these past three years and for me working at Tenmiles is like working in a chocolate factory with not one, but fourteen Willy Wonkas. Everyday, I sneak behind developers when they’re coding and get goosebumps seeing actual apps being built.
My colleagues are nice, sweet people and they don’t mind answering my dumb questions about design and coding practices. Concepts and jargon about Rails, Django and iOS development are thrown around every second or so and I imagine myself as the super secret NSA satellite that grabs all the knowledge that’s floating around.
I’ve been employed elsewhere and have seen a lot of hardworking individuals, but this is the first time I have got the chance to work with a passionate founder. Usually, I learn how not to run businesses from my tenure at various establishments, but for a change, I’m learning how to run a business the right way. That too a profitable, bootstrapped one.
There are No Walls
Even after eleven years, Tenmiles has a startup culture. Doors to the CEO’s cabin are always open and to my surprise even the interns get to work with him everyday. I usually barge in whenever I have an idea or thought for blogpost and chat up with him. I treat all my interactions with him like they are extended interviews for a magazine or a blog.
All my probing, ridiculously daisy chained questions (from bootstrapping to hypothetical SaaS doomsday scenarios) get polite and insightful answers. Never in my life have I seen a person so excited about software and the cloud. His layered vision for the company and the pace at which decisions are taken amaze to no end.
I’m sure he will be reading this and it might look like downright flattery. But, I gotta say what I gotta say and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to do that.
I hope you noticed that there was no mention of salary as a factor throughout the article. That’s because this was the only interview I took in my life with the intention of joining the company no matter what package they offered. I badly wanted to be in a place that’s working on tomorrow’s technologies today and not to be a corporate drone (to the curious, I got a darn sweet deal!).
My sense of creativity blows, but if you would like for me to paint a word picture, I feel like an angel baby, swaddled in a cocoon of cloud candy! Good Times!
P.S.: We’re hiring and there is so much more cloud candy to go around!