At Lightbox today (and earlier at Sherpalo) I have seen people join and then move on to pursue their own projects. Over the years it has been fantastic to see people arrive fresh from the Valley, explore opportunities in India and go back to the Valley with changed perspective. I’ve always kept in touch with my ex-colleagues because they've all played a part in the journey leading up to what Lightbox is today.
It’s a pleasure to see new start-ups at work in our offices. Their passion to learn, the dedication to their ideas and their commitment to working hard gives our workplace an incredible buzz. I learn the most from them. They inspire me to open up to bigger challenges in my own job. The best part of my job has always been helping them set-up their new businesses and move to new offices. It’s bitter-sweet to see a team grow up and go away but I couldn’t be happier or more excited to see them take their businesses to the next level.
Every start-up that’s been here has left a little something behind. Whether it’s a joke that's become legendary or a poster printed for their team, each startup culture has had an impact on our workplace and the kind of VC we are today.
In the ten years I have been here, we’ve had our share of ups and downs. The thing that’s never changed is the team spirit. It’s never been about the Partners, always about getting everyone involved to make things happen. It’s about looking for an empty work station, a chair and getting ready to GO!
Arranged with witty office banter, and the weekly team lunches, Lightbox truly reflected what they were here for; to support innovation that enriches lives. With a culture that promotes thinking, questioning and collaborating, their space and their people weren’t here only to be the next biggest VC, there was heart behind it.
The advice to entrepreneurs is to experiment, fail, learn and repeat. Try things at a small scale and at a low cost, and quickly assess if they work or not and then take a call on what is worth scaling up. The experiments should either stop or continue based on consumer feedback.