May - 2016 - issue > CXO Insights

An Untainted Account of Startup Life

Ishwar Sridharan, COO & Head of HR, Exotel
Friday, June 3, 2016
Ishwar Sridharan, COO & Head of HR, Exotel
Headquartered in Bengaluru, Exotel is a prominent cloud telephony company helping the businesses via virtual phone systems and eliminating the need to invest in any hardware or maintenance.

The Land of Start-ups

Entrepreneurs are storytellers of the modern age. They know that the most famous stories are simple, and their appeal is founded on basic human condition. They always have surprising twists. The success of an entrepreneur depends on how well they weave this story to their initial employees and investors. At least, that's the way it's supposed to work. If that's the case, the world would not be filled with people who want to join a startup, but have no idea why. Potential employees wouldn't be replete with myths about startups - there's something called a startup culture, one would learn the most in a startup or success is proportional to the funds raised - to name a few. A quick search on the interwebs would list dozens more.

Where is the Disconnection

Entrepreneurs scramble to stick coloured labels on various axes to simplify life. While the founders and investors are taken care of, what happens to the employee side of the story? What should people expect when they join a startup? This is a story from my personal experience; one of my company and its employees.

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