Its week 4 and it feels like an year. Weekdays are a blur of meetings, intense product conversations, trade-offs, negotiations, design workshops and what not. Here is what my day looked like today:
8am: Conversation with a recruiter about the interviews of the day
9am — 10am: Two phone screens with potential candidates. Both incredible, both passionate and both considering jumps across continents to be here at Flipkart.
10–10:30: Conversation about a potential partnership with an external company. The company is in the middle of a super hot sector in the middle of a super hot India bubble. Too frothy..its all too frothy..
10:30–11: HR Sync. Some drama, some warm and fuzzy issues, all good.
11–11:30: Another Candidate conversation. This one is a slam dunk. Need to fly her out.
11:30 — Noon: Discussion on the new campus and how to configure things. We are moving to a new campus which is already small for our needs. So while we plan for a new campus, we are planning for the campus after that. Well, wow.
Noon — 1pm: Product conversation on a new feature we want to launch. Launch dude, don’t waste a min. Launch and iterate!
1–1:15pm: Discussion on an new process we want to institute to make things more agile. Need-to-get-faster. Even faster. This place is about N times faster than Google. Sometimes it feels way too fast. Sometimes way too slow.
(15 min lunch somewhere in the middle between conversations. Food is delicious. Its 8 steel boxes each with a different item in it. Looks something like below!)
1:30–2pm: Work on a marketing effort which will allow us to acquire tons of new users. What’s the priority here? Should we do this? Or not? I don’t quite know. I am going to let the direct lead make the call. And step in only if asked.
2–2:30pm: Sync with PR team. Not going to say much more :P
2:30–3pm: Working time to catch up on things. I have 30mins to think through the next meeting which is a big one. This will be real product work.
3pm — 5pm: Work with the Product team to unblock a huge cross-functional project
5pm — 6pm: Listen to a cool new pitch on a new consumer idea
6pm — 7pm: Meeting a group of Infrastructure folks to discuss how to open up new capabilities in the system. Deep technical work. Real engineering stuff. Makes me feel alive again.
No two days are alike. No day is typical. Tomorrow is not going to be the same. The fun part of this job is that every day brings with its own challenges and excitement. The sad part is that I have not worked out in a month and need to figure that out!
Feels like the days when I had just started at Wharton. Those initial days felt like we were drinking fine wine through a firehose.
The firehose is full blast. The wine is fine.
Welcome to Flipkart — the craziest Internet company in the middle of a crazy, chaotic, loveable country that is India.https://medium.com/@punitsoni/fine-wine-firehose-243ba95fce18