Experts shared their views on Team Building and Work Culture at eChai

Ahmedabad: Our community partner eChai organizes theme based knowledge sharing sessions, eChai Insights on regular basis. The same was organized on 20th July, 2013 at Gujarat Technological University (GTU) in association with Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industries (GCCI). Theme of eChai Insights organized this month was Team Building and Work Culture. More than 100 attendees including students, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs had attended the event. Speakers from various work backgrounds were invited to share their experience with their team and culture of their companies.

Speakers Details and Key Learnings

Rakesh Patel  (Founder & CEO, Space-O Technologies)

Rakesh Patel
Rakesh Patel

Rakesh is a co-founder and CEO of Space-O Technologies. With over 19+ years of experience in Offshore Software Development Industry and nearly six years of experience in Mobile space, he has pioneered Mobile Application Outsourcing processes and defined business models that work flawlessly for his clients.

He has set-up offshore development centers in India and Russia starting from scratch to team size up to 300+ talented engineers. His vision is to grow his team to 4200 members. Adding to it, he believes that one should set a goal which is impossible for him to achieve; that way he/ she would be able to give his/ her best. He shared his story how he build a company from a small office space. He believe that if there are co-founders or partners in business, they should have different mind sets.

Pallav Parikh, (Co-Founder, CityShor.com)

Pallav is a professional with 12 years of experience. He has given 2 start-up attempts before founding CityShor. A food hogger, an avid reader about internet startup space, crazy about Silicon Valley, one time author is a Marketing, Distribution and Product guy at CityShor.

Pallav shared his experience on Team Building. They posted requirement for one vacant job position at CityShor in various popular media, and they received more than 5500 entries for that particular single post. After going through all entries, they ended up taking three persons in stead of one. They have team of 6 people working at CityShor and they are planning to expand it to 12. According to him skills are more important than qualifications for an efficient team.

Tanmay Vora (Quality/Management Consultant, Author and Founder at QAspire Blog)

Tanmay Vora
Tanmay Vora

Tanmay is a blogger, author and quality improvement consultant who is passionate about excellence, leadership and people.

Professionally, he leads the corporate quality program at CIGNEX Datamatics, a global leader in open source system integration. In 2009, he authored a book titled “QUALITYtweet – 140 bite-sized ideas to deliver quality in every project” and in 2012, he contributed a full chapter titled “From Quality to Excellence – Essential Strategies for Building a Quality Oriented Culture” in “The ASTD Management Development Handbook” published by American Society for Training and Development, USA.

He has been actively associated with professional organizations like Project Management Institute and Computer Society of India. He served Computer Society of India as a member of the managing committee. In 2012, he was recognized by Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), India as one of the Top 20 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media.

Tanmay shared his experience working with teams in different companies. He talked on essentials of team building and changing expectations of organizations and employees. He talked about various team building strategies including hiring, developing and retaining the best talent. He believes that in a team, all members should be compliment of each others in terms of skills.

Tanmay has written a blog post at QAspire outlining his lessons on Team and Culture. Click here to read the blog.

Abhinav Das (Founder & CEO, Evomo)

Abhinav Das is an innovator working on ultra low cost vehicles for rural areas to replace illegal, unsafe and polluting transport contraptions like Jugaads. His startup, Evomo which is in short for Evolving Mobility is incubated at NID Ahmedabad where he and his team is working on sustainable solutions for rural areas. A mechanical engineer by education, a diehard motorsports enthusiast, he has worked at different Research & Development positions in the automotive industry.

Abhinav has a team of 5 people working with him. Abhinav shared an experience about work culture at his company with the attendees.

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