A year back I was enjoying my summers before starting off on the last stretch of my IIT experience. This is when I got a knock on my door to come on-board on a startup idea on Indian movies! It was June 22, 2012, exactly today, one year back.
It has been a year since I have been working on our pet project, Flixstreet (www.flixstreet.in), as a Co-Founder. The journey so far has been transformational with an amazingly increasing learning curve. Everyday you get to brainstorm on new ideas, try it out, reiterate and implement them. Building a startup from the scratch to its launch is a heavenly experience. Working at a startup is invaluable, there’s a drive, a passion, a work ethic, and a tenacity that you develop, hustling to go from the bottom of the ladder to being big. Throughout it all, I’ve been learning a lot of things that have benefited me greatly, sharing with you are some of them which makes working at a startup an enjoyable experience.
1. Learn to make decisions that have real world implications.
The beauty of working in a startup is your work, your decisions are valued and has real life impact. For example, you are going to run a campaign for increasing the users on your website, you decide the entire flow of the campaign and implement it. Based on the feedback and responses generated from the campaign, you learn, make changes to the existing product/service and head forward.
2. Space for your creative instinct
Startups tend to be collaborative, rather than top-down organizations, so you are unlikely to have a boss in the traditional sense of the word. This will give you more freedom to be creative and explore your own ideas. But, it also means working on your own initiative, motivating yourself and quite often logging pretty long working hours – which you often end up enjoying.