Tuesday, January 10, 2006

1 year @ SourceN

This day last year I joined SourceN, so I officially complete 1 year working for SourceN. This is my second job in my Professional life and got to learn a lot of new things in technology, domain knowledge and business model. There are few things which I experienced for the first time,
  • Working for a true 'Startup'.
  • Distributed Working Environment.
Working for a 'Startup' is completely different from a Big company, both have their pros & cons (will follow it up with a different post). I bet it is fun working for a 'Startup' if your have the right mindset. Even though my previous company ReadiMinds was a Small Company, here we were just 6 of us the day I joined. Today we are almost 5 times that number and have an independent setup in the Silicon Valley of East a.k.a Bangalore.

Distributed Working Environment(DWE) was something new to me and I was not used to, what exactly do I mean by DWE, where simultaneous software development occurs at different geo-graphical locations or in simple words where two teams spread geo-graphically are working on the same product/application. This was the most challenging task during the inital few months to co-oridante development work @ both ends and also have the same picture of the design, ideas & thoughts during the Software Devlopment Life Cycle(SDLC). We managed to pull it off despite all the infrastructre hurdles then. Now we have Video conferencing which makes things easier during the SDLC. There are few areas which has scope of improvement in the implemenation stages, which I am sure we could achieve during the following year.

During this one year I got to learn and expand my knowledge base on many of the technologies and domain. During the initial days, the privileged 6 got to listen the seminar from AjayRamachandran, CTO, Vice President & General Manager, Raining Data Corporation, on some of the interesting subjects like SCM, RFID, Evolution of SCM, Next Generation of SCM, Learning Quadrants, the power of XDMS Tiger Logic and the vast Use-Cases which we documented at the of the 5 day seminar.

I also was given the oppurtunity from Ash Parikh, Director of Development and Technology, Raining Data Corporation, to contribute on two artilces related to Web-Servies @ JavaWorld.

I would like to thank Deepak Ramachandra, CEO of SourceN, Karma Bhutia General Manager, SourceN, Colleagues at SourceN for all the support & making a wonderful place to work. I also would like to individually thank all my Team members Leo Fernandez (who happened to join the same day as I did), Shaumik Baneerjee(former), Madhukar Tryambake(former), Bala Subramaniam(former), Muhammed Yaseen, Kuldeep Singh, Santosh Subramanyam, Saravanan(former), Phani Kiran and Jagadish Pampatwar at SourceN & Ash Parikh, Premal Parikh, Anthony Sangha and Srinivas Raju at Raining Data Corporation for their guidance and help during the development phase. I know @ certain stages of design phase, I have been very vocal about the design, there was no ill-will against anyone in person & it was only for the betterment of the products. If I have hurt anyone during that phase I sincerely apologize for it.

Overall it has been a good year for all of us myself, SourceN & Raining Data Corporation, lets hope to replicate the same this year.


Neets said...

recently i happened to collect a few quotes on Work.here are two i love and both are Mark Twain's. What he speeks of here is somethin i have been trying to convey to my Dad. He never seems to see my point of view. May be, now that my long dead, well-known pal, Marky, shares the same, i hope i have a stronger case to fight ;) So here it is:
Quote 1:What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it. Who was it who said, "Blessed is the man who has found his work"? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work--not somebody else's work. The work that is really a man's own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great.

QUOTE 2:The law of work seems unfair but nothing can change it. The more enjoyment you get out of your work, the more money you will make.

QUOTE 3(by me, The Great): To summerise what you need to do is follow your heart and you will succeed.
Best of luck dude!

naveen said...

congrats dude!! its time to celebrate so tell me when and where is the party!! :-)

ArdentReader said...

Hey Vivek!
Congratulations on completing one yr...
This is the first time ever that I am leaving a comment on your blog....

I am a regular reader of your blog...I hit it very often..but I have never left comments...so I start here....

Vivek Kondur said...

@Nita: Love what u do & also make sure u r on the right path.

@Naveen:Thanks! Dude, sure its time to celebrate, but the reason would be different. We shall celebrate your 2 months @ Flex;)

@ArdentReader: Thanks! & good to know that u have been reading my blog for quite a while now. It wld be great if u leave your comments/critics/opinions regularly on the posts, so that it wld had another dimension to the subject.

Ajay Ramachandran said...

Hi Vivek! Congrats on 1 year. Your contribution has made an impact on our success! That is the true nature of a start-up, where every individual can make a difference and drive success!

Keep up the good work.


Vivek Kondur said...

Thanks Ajay!

As you have mentioned, every individual has to drive himself & the company & naturally the impact on success would be greater. This year would be more interesting than the one before and I am sure we would do well.