I still remember that online ADD-on-GYAN form that I stumbled upon while I was aimlessly surfing the internet. Start-up in those days (which seem a thing of the past now) was an unexplored and frightening territory for me. I had read about the pros and cons of it but stepping inside the pool of entrepreneurship looked far less inviting.
With much trepidation and lot of homework on ADD-on-GYAN, I filled out the form and waited patiently for my interview call. The interview held in a small conference room in the ground floor of Innovation Centre went well and there I was, a small part of the first start-up of Manipal University. I was an acquaintance with Priyadeep Sinha, the CEO of ADD-on-GYAN and I was aware of his laurels which made the desire to perform even more strong.
AOGES in those days was still expanding and much of the work remained cluttered and untested for. I still remember those meeting in the hostel rooms, the Plan Bs for emergencies and the hurried discussions about the new products. The obstacles were immense and things fell out of the way too soon, but amidst all the chaos the desire to excel was and is still not lost. Those pilot models in Madhav Kripa on Saturday mornings may have taken a chunk of my attendance but it has taught me lessons which won’t be there in any classroom. The constant iterations and the endless mending of faults only seemed to make the resolve to make a constructive change even more firm.
Today, ADD-on-GYAN is expanding rapidly in leaps and bounds. A plush and new office in the Innovation Centre, huge increase in client base and a rapid growth, all seem to indicate that it is here to stay. The work has become organized and the start-up has come out of its embryo. Recognition are coming in fast and plenty and I am sure many more are on its way.
As I see the transformation over a period of a year in front of me, a sense of satisfaction creeps over me. This satisfaction is partly because of the sense of pride in being a part of the start-up and more because of giving me a chance to make a difference to the society.
Thank you AOGES for all that you have taught me!
Written by Rajarshi Saha (Technical Team Member, ADD-on-GYAN). Raj has completed over a year at ADD-on-GYAN observing, reflecting and working on all the changes that the company has been through. His experience in a year is what he writes in this post.