Life at a Start Up

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It is always a dodgy position when your joining date is 1st April because you don’t know when your new boss will jump out from the blue and cry out “April Fool! We were just joking; you are actually still without a job.” Nevertheless there are some things that aren’t in our hand so let be it and more over when it is a start-up you got to leave some things best left to imagination.

But the biggest doubt in my mind was what to wear on first day of my internship. A formal wear might look to formal in a start up setting and a casual might look too casual. As far as first impression thing goes, both were not very flattering situations. So after much deliberation of exactly 4 minutes and 14 seconds I chose a semi casual look to start my 2 month internship.

I am not new to jobbing if that’s what is in your mind but my last company was one of the behemoth of its industry so I had some pretty solid doubts regarding the work culture shocks. In an established company the processes are supreme while in a start-up the processes tend to be flexible as long as the flexibility gives results.

So with all the excitement, doubts and so much other chemical reactions in my mind I reached the office of Giftxoxo on a Fool’s Day.

The time was 9:35 am and the office was deserted, hardly 2 or 3 people. Soon more interns joined me, all in all 10 more. Sitting on whatever we got our hands on, the silence was still deafening and people were trying to avoid eye contacts, murmuring within their own groups about what they thought about the office and what they got. The best thing was they were all in formals and I cursed the decision of not going with formals on my first day.

Among my curses, Kushal, one of the co-founders, arrived and looked surprised at the sudden increase in the number of the employees in his company. After a quick introduction about himself he cleared a room for us to sit, asking some of his teammates to shift base. Then he sat with us for a session that begun with a small intro and ended with statements like relax and feel at home which was literally true because the office was in a 2 BHK apartment.

Now don’t be surprised because if you know about start-ups then you must have heard about Garage Start-ups. In India though, garage is still a luxury so most of the start-ups commence from 2 BHK apartments. The reasons can be attributed to the high cost of capital required in renting a commercial space as compared to an apartment, among the most prominent ones.

Anyways coming back to my first day, Kushal told us that Manoj, another co-founder will brief us about our projects and he has to leave for a meeting.

Exit Kushal, Enter Manoj.

Now when you look at Manoj at first, it is very unlikely that you will find any expression that will say that — I am the boss. What you will find is a very mild mannered person who when speaks makes you feel like his voice is more suited to a trained singer. Trust me, that mild he is but when he starts speaking the perceptions change very quickly. When he explained about his company and the culture, I found him as a person with very clear objectives and what he wanted us to take up from Day 1.

Now in many companies, interns are just visiting employees, if the intern is not alert it is very likely that he will pass his time in cafeteria over the two months and might be cooking stories about what he thinks looks good on his CV. It is also very unlikely that you will see your mentor ever during your internship.

Very few companies have a clear cut vision about what entails in an internship and how they should engage interns but when you get your project on the first day itself, then you got to be on your feet sooner than expected. And that’s what happened when by the end of the day I was working with Ramu on a deliverable that was on priority.

Now how many times you are going to get that kind of experience within the 6 hours of joining. Another great thing about working in startup is that people are open to your ideas that can range from whacky to stupid but they listen and give their inputs. I came to know this when Ramu patiently heard my thoughts and interrupted as little as possible between my blabbering. By the way Ramu is a genius with Creatives and you have to see how fast his fingers moves on the keyboard to believe my words.

By the way one more things, we were treated with a team lunch in nearby restaurant Green Chilly Zone and I asked four different people about the dress code.

That was the Day One. The dice is rolled now and let’s see how these two months pan out for me.

Keep reading this space for more.

 

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EXPERIENCE GIFTING

Experience Gifting

Has anyone ever asked you the question that what your most favourite gift given by someone? Or something sounds like this? If someone ask you this type of questions what will be your answer? If you don’t have any answer or you don’t actually have any favourite gift, then need not worry as we will help you with this thought Giftxoxo experience gifting. This a unique a very type of gifting, whether its a birthday, mother’s day , Fathers day, valentine day, friendship day, Diwali, Holi, Rakhi, Eid, etc. A gift always comes from heart and we always try to gift something which will always be unique and always be there in memories and one of our favourite gift. So we have formulated a unique set of experiences from Italian Cooking to Bartending, from art and learning to Photography, from trekking to health and wellness.  Each experience is designed with two objectives in mind. One that it should be fun and interesting, something people enjoy going through. And two it should be a learning experience. People tend to cherish the experiences that help them grow and advance.

As the name suggests this is a gift which you going to give you lots and lots experience. We have a different package like adventure tour where we give you experience campaigning, horse riding, mountain climbing or trekking, water rafting, paragliding etc. We have something best for our couple too; if you really want to gift your loved ones with some unique gift experience, get them package for spa or salon, Ayurvedic treatment, rejuvenating treatment, or a makeover. This is the best and unique way to gift someone whom you love and pamper. Another way to make someone happy is taking out for gourmet meal, to their favourite restaurants and shares a private moment with each other. We experience you with all these with Sunday brunch, self cooking classes and dining with experience chef, 2 to 3 days stay in luxury hotels with your partner.

That’s not the end we have package for all India tour that is a tour to Agra, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Chennai. We have chock full of gifts ideas, to ensure they stay delighted! Be it your father, mother, friend, girlfriend, we have something for everyone through our gift vouchers, which enable recipients to pick and choose their own experiences. But wait a minute!! When you think about experience gifting think about Giftxoxo!!

NEW YEAR GIFTING

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Charles Dickens once said, “The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.”

A good start is always a good move! Welcome 2014 with amazing gifts for your near and dear ones. Personalised gifting has been an evergreen method of expressing feelings. It’s the small efforts we take that make a huge impact on our relationships. A small surprise, a gesture of acknowledgement and appreciation, can make our day worth remembering. And which particular day other than the first day of the year can be more apt to yield these results? Let’s make an impressive and optimistic start to yet another year and pledge to make an impact on the people who matter. So, shower love, affection, luck and blessings on your acquaintances through our wide range of gifting collection with diverse options. Like always, we aim to satisfy your requirements and unleash to warmth of your relationship through our products. One of the main concerns to kick start New Year is to make someone smile, to build memories and wish your societal ties an awesome year head. To fulfil this basic, yet utmost important concern, Giftxoxo.com provides you with innovative and fresh ideas to please one and all. Along with endless options, you also have the freedom to discover and cherish the best in your budget. Our dual motive is to understand your will to spend worthy, as well as make your Gifting experience special. Hence, we provide you a range wide enough to choose from for every age group and diversity.

A formal yet classy diary has perhaps been the most famous and expected gift for this occasion? Why not make it innovative with an inbuilt pen holder, a set of colour options, and a protective yet stylish cover? Grab one soon for your dad or your boss! How about a magnificent bouquet for that someone special? A fresh flowery surprise early morning on this eve will get spirits blossom exactly the way our flower are! Make that person feel on top of the world with our diverse options of gift baskets and bouquets. Give it a thought, we all have that one chocolate-freak acquaintance don’t we? Chocolate is the best elixir for greetings and the ultimate solution to all your gifting doubts? With the advantage of suiting any age group, we further provide you with variety in taste, presentation and fancy packaging! And as the famous Hindi dialogue goes, “kuch acha karne se pehle, kuch meetha ho jaye? Rishton ka shubharambh! ” Moving on, happiness and celebration is a synonym for cakes. Hence, get someone overwhelmed with a cake and rejoice the New Year Eve. For the group you are unable to decide your gift, we always have the safest product to make their day special because of you. Vouchers! How more happy can you make someone lest give them the most awaited option to get something of their choice on their own but through you? Hence, go ahead and make them feel on the top of world with this privilege!

This was a narrow overview of what you can explore through our online portal. Regardless to say, we make your job easier as everything is completely virtual and your requirements are met at a mere click of the mouse. Hence, use the service to make relationships healthy and check out our website, Giftxoxo.com for more details and on going offers! Hurry! New Year is just a couple of weeks away!

WEDDING GIFTING

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In the words of Martin Luther, “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage’’. How spectacular these words sound when we think of two pious souls tying the knot. The buzz of matrimony is perhaps the most awaited and pondered over topic. In our culturally rich and diverse society, marriage becomes the talk of the town, be it yours or someone else’s! And why shouldn’t it? Haven’t we Indians been proud role models of this occasion to the whole world? Our wedding celebration customs, ideologies, methodologies are a season of joy and happiness to every individual who is part of it. The bride and groom are the most looked upon figures in this period. Being the most important day of their lives, they are well set to build their matrimonial foundation with memories of their special day. To fulfil this desire, We Indians strive hard to make the day worthy for them by organising events, showering blessings and pampering them with pleasant presents. Given the importance of this profound event, Giftxoxo.com aims at being a significant part of the festivities. In lieu of wedding blues, we propose to bring in happiness, memories and convenience for our customers. Give this a minute thought – what makes you remember incidents? Makes you smile? You might have given the credit to a photograph but don’t gifts and presents play a more dominant role in fulfilling this? It’s human nature to feel heavenly when we are acknowledged and appreciated. Gifts are the best way to prove this statement right from both the receiving as well as the giving end! So, here we are! Understanding your requirements with a huge variety of gifting options to choose from!

Wedding preparations start way before to lead to that one single day of perfection. Why not contribute towards the most essential preparation of all? Yes, gift the couple a healthy break i.e. a session to beautify them inside out via Ayurveda and other therapies. This can be the most blissful present for them. On the day of the wedding, make the couple outshine their presence by gifting them jewellery set, with fresh and lovely designs to make them stand apart from the crowd. Being looked upon and pampered is the first step to happiness in this event! To make your options simpler yet memorable, present to them essential utilities of their new life to build memories which will be cherished every day. Still, there is always an element of confusion when you cannot derive a present which will have the perfect degree of impact on the newly-weds? Especially for such cases, we provide you with the safest key to keep them happy, surprised and content. Gift vouchers! Won’t that be the most likeable among all prospects? Further, gadgets can prove to be an extremely dynamic present for the tech-freaks. To make things casual yet lovable, a cake or bouquet proves to be amongst the best surprises one can get.

The above is just an outlay of what more you can explore through us at amazing offers and packages. Hence, make an effort to prove our so called “big fat Indian weddings” even memorable. Stay connected to our portal for innumerable options and attractive offers and further details at Giftxoxo.com.

The Intern Diaries- Surya Vani

An internship at giftxoxo.com is really an amazing experience that I am going through.

I am glad to be part of giftxoxo.com.  On my first  day  at office  I  was  nervous  as it was a new place to learn something. But the way Pallavi, who handles customer service at giftxoxo received me was really good. She made me comfortable from the day 1 itself.

I truly appreciate the birthday party arrangements at giftxoxo.com is because it makes all the employees work happily and with motivation. I was very happy that I took  part in one of our employee’s  birthday party just a week into my internship. The party was full of fun, confetti, and of course birthday bumps to birthday boy.  It all made me so excited and relaxed.

I personally thank Mr. Manoj  for giving me an opportunity to be part of giftxoxo and  for supporting  me,  and Mr. Summit  sir for encouraging me to think about new ideas . I also thank Pallavi, who always motivates me, and even Mr. Manoj Gupta for encouraging me in my work.

Under their guidance my work has become very easy and the work environment is too good.

Thank you

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A Unique Bond Called Friendship

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Friendship day is a day for celebrating a unique relation called friendship between people. Initially created by the greeting card industry, it is now a day which is celebrated across several parts of the globe.

“True friends are hard to find, so if you have one, make sure that you let your friend know on this day how much they mean to you.”

Friendship Day is a day when people from all races come together to learn from one another. Friendship day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August in most countries. People acknowledge their friendship towards each other by exchanging gifts and cards. Friendship bands are very popular in India. A person with the maximum number of friendship bands at the end of the day is considered to have the maximum number of friends. With the advent of social networking sites, Friendship Day is also being celebrated online. People who stay in different parts across the globe make it a point to wish their friends through social networking sites on this day. “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.” Friendship is a bond which is not that easy to break. Our friends know us more than our family members do. They have stayed by our side whenever we needed them. Friends are our second parents. They guide us when we are lost, they like us for who we are, they don’t judge us and make remarks. They have always been with us through our troubles and jollies.
To honor this impressive bond between friends, gifts are exchanged on this day. Gifts that are generally given to friends are chocolates, gifts, cakes and flowers. If the person is a close friend of ours we don’t mind buying expensive gifts to show the love and affection we have towards them. Friends who barely speak to each other also make it a point to wish each other on this day. Friends staying in the same city go out for a coffee, lunch or dinner and maybe even a movie, or just hang out together at their homes.
In honor of this amazing bond called Friendship, gift your friends something special and unique and make them feel special and valued. Visit: http://www.giftxoxo.com/ where we have a wide range of specialized gifts for you to gift your friends. So go ahead because friends are people you know you don’t need to talk single day. You don’t even need to talk to them for weeks, but when you do, it’s like you never stopped talking…