Q: How does it feel to be finally at the Gyan Lab Head Office?
A: It is the most satisfying feeling! Working at the grass root level and getting your hands dirty is what I like the most. Every day is a blend of different emotions flowing around. In fact, no two hours are the same. The thrill, excitement and drama makes the office a happening place. :-)
On a serious note I am looking forward to working full time now. While in Manipal, there were 100 different things to do at the same time. I can put my undivided attention to work after moving to Bangalore.
Q: How does it feel to be nearly over with engineering? Is it more relaxed for you now having only work to focus on?
A: I have been looking forward to this. Definitely the focus is just on working now. Earlier I could only put in 6 - 8 hours every day but now I have ample time at my disposal. Moreover, working in a start-up is much more relaxed as you can work whenever you want to and you love what you do. It avoids the feeling of boredom to creep in (I can get bored easily).
Q: You were just 18 years old when you co-founded this company. How has the learning experience been? Do you feel wiser than back in 2011?
A: I have learnt more than what I could imagine. When I look back to the days when I just joined college, I can’t relate to that kid anymore. My eagerness to learn and do the extraordinary was something that transformed my life. I rarely wasted my time doing unimportant things. There are plenty distractions for a college student and so were for me. But, once I found my path I never fell back. I knew this is something which is going to change me forever. Gyan Lab has given me the confidence to do big things in life even though I am still 21. :-)
Q: What is your top priority for Gyan Lab now? Which departments are you overlooking?
A: Right now the topmost priority is the Kidovators Challenge project. There are so many challenges like logistics, man power, timing, customer service etc. I am taking more than 100 calls every day just addressing the queries of parents, students and schools. We have to make sure that the logistics reach the school at the right time. And this is just the 1st Round.
Apart from this I am working on the Gyan Meter which is a project close to our heart. It is an evaluation system which will show the child’s progressive learning.
Q: How has the transition been from Manipal to Bangalore?
A: This is an interesting question. Manipal is a town which is 2 km in radius. Bangalore is humongous. It is expensive and the travel is a pain in the ass. Moreover it is my 1st metropolitan experience after Europe. I am sure I will be able to adjust to the city. Manipal has taught me a lot and it has provided me with the platform to think big! And as they say in Manipal: Inspired by Life.
It all began with a dream. A dream to revolutionize and funducate the education system. We all at Gyan Lab understand and have faced the problems laid down by this centuries old system. This forces us to work towards bringing a change in a difficult environment surrounding us. Priyadeep once acknowledged, “There is always resistance to change, it unsettles people”. It is surely true when I see the problems while working here at Gyan Lab.
“Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want something. Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”
I go back to the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch many times in my life. It is just so inspiring. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think").
We have stepped into 2014. We will struggle, fail and succeed. It is an endless cycle. But, what I would expect us to do is grow with every opportunity. We are a small organization right now and there are billion ways for everyone to do something big. In an official capacity, yes, you have to keep doing what your role ask you to do. On a personal level let us make some goals for ourselves. What is that life which is lived without any aim? What is that day which is not different?
We all are capable to go get jobs in big companies. Some of us have worked there and drawn big salaries. Then why work here? Why are you putting yourself through more pain and struggle? Because we all are thriving for something thrilling and exciting. What separates Gyan Lab is the opportunity to learn. Let us make change permanent in our life. :-)