Keep getting calls from friends that their jobs are at stake because of Automation & AI. In fact a close buddy of mine called me two days back telling his job is at stake.
He said his company has moved out of Peoplesoft and unfortunately his expertise was into it. He said his competency was on the tool and he has lost his touch on coding. His purpose of call was to understand the technology trends and how he has to learn/practice coding.
For a long time Swami & me keep insisting folks who needs an IT career to code. People who get laid off are people who are;
Manual Software Testers
Customer Support Executives
To my knowledge not a single person who is a coder got laid off!!!
Starting up is always fun!!! You are always left with limited resources and you keep coming up with ways to counter limitations!!!
One such situation is setting up a corporate office for Temple Town Coffee!!! Though we are fortunate enough to have the support group companies (Cogzidel Technologies Pvt & Cogzidel Consultancy Services) to bootstrap us with required resources and infrastructure, we didn’t want to bother them too much with our request.
Also we didn’t want to disturb the professional culture of those entities with would unruly startup work culture!!
Also we spend most of the time on driving in search of locations and meeting people. So, we found it unnecessary on investing for a office and was working out ways!!!
That is when my co-founder Balki, came with the recommendation of setting up a SOCO(Small Office Car Office).
Our SOCO includes;
Swift Dzire car!!
Reliance 4G WIPOD!!
One official mobile!!
Portable Power Inverter Adapter!!
A look at our powerful gadgets;
So, mostly we use Truck Bay Lane’s as our office.
This is our new Madurai office address;
Truck Bay Lane
Since we are not a Technology company, Balki and me decided not to invest on Gadgets. So, we got contentented with gadgets which are not being used by our friends.
I got this broken Laptop of my wife, which is damaged but with small tweaks, uninstalling unnecessary applications and downgraded version of Linux, I’m able to get a good performing system.
This is our customer support phone which was given to Balki by his aunt.
Also this is Balki’s old Laptop which he uses to work and do some weight lifting exercise ;)!!
I’m fortunate enough to get back to startup life and by comfort zone of breaking and fixing this!!
For now heading to my kitchen to explore the recipe of Karupatti Kaapi!!!
Sometime’s calamities teaches us how we are dependant or addicted to technologies(or multiple technologies)!!!
It has been 24+ hours since I stayed without internet & mobile signal!!! Eventually there was no Facebook, Instagram, Email, Whatsapp or Talking to friends!!!
I didn’t know how to while away time as there was no radio or TV since there was no power!!!
Couldn’t venture out because of rains and winds and added to that, its all trees on the road!!! My own street was blocked by our mango tree which got uprooted!!!
After all this, I managed to while away the day with much difficulty… Once I woke up it was same situation on Internet, Power and mobile signal but the rains and winds have stopped, so I immediate decided to start to office!!! Nobody could contact me nor I could contact my office folks!!! Anyways I decided to goto office and check!!! To my surprise almost everyone was come before me!!!
Greatest relief after reaching was there was internet & electricity!!! And this is what I badly wanted!!! I couldn’t express the joy or relief!!!
After checking official email, the next thing is to update relatives and friends that we are safe!!!
Then wanted to do my banking transactions and tried to do a NEFT transfer!!! After crossing all the stages I got struck when I was waiting for OTP!!! Only then I realised there was no mobile signal to receive messages 🙂
Though it is going to take 2-3 days to get back to normal!!! I could sense a great feel of relief!!! Now it is time for FB and Blog!!!