Back in 2012 when I joined my first (and only so far) real job, I wanted to avoid wasting time on Twitter and Facebook while using a computer provided to me by my employer. Instead I found a new website where I could spend time a bit more productively by asking and answering questions about topics I loved. This was before the great Indian takeover of 2014 and hence it was quite a bearable platform. I am talking, of course, about Quora.
Fast forward to 2017 and I began weaning myself off all forms of social media. An easy workaround for me to cope with the evils of Twitter, Facebook, and instagram was by replacing them with Quora. However, this time I was clever about how I’d spend time there. I asked my colleague Varsha to pick questions that she felt would be ideal for me to answer. Questions and answers that would help Eventosaur in one way or another. One of the questions that Varsha asked me to answer was about Bangalore-based startups that are open to hiring interns. And boy am I glad I went ahead and answered that question.
That’s how Arnav found us. Here’s the clever thing about Arnav though. Once he found out that we were looking for interns, he truly did his homework. He figured out that in order to land a tech internship, he’d have to convince TJ and not Setu or me. So, he "researched" TJ’s online habits and found out that when he’s not working on making Eventosaur better, TJ is busy getting NRIs to block him on Instagram by posting flawless pictures of delicious food.
So, he reached out to TJ on Instagram. They set up a meeting - and the rest, as they say, is history.
Despite not working on tech-related projects at Eventosaur, Arnav has been an amazing addition to the team. Thanks to how engineering courses in India are designed - he will, hopefully, continue to work with us on mini projects whenever he can afford some time.
Speaking of India, I think Arnav’s the first member of team Eventosaur who’s an American citizen. Which is why I greet him with "MEGA" whenever I meet him. You know, “Make Eventosaur Great Again” - I kid.
Arnav’s ability to get stuff done irrespective of the distractions life throws at him is what made us to want to work with him and learn from him. He’s currently the youngest kid on the team - but if you’ve read other such stories that I’ve written - introducing my teammates - you know that someone younger will come along eventually and make me feel like an old man all over again.
We asked Arnav to pen down some thoughts on his time so far at Eventosaur. Here’s what he wrote:
I never really that thought reading an answer by a random dude on Quora about how to apply for an internship at his company - Eventosaur, would lead to one of the best months of my life.
Nikhil, Tj, and Surabhi were all so warm and welcoming and I instantly felt like I found a family.
Nikhil, especially taught me so much, from writing good emails, to all sorts of life advice. As much as I hate to admit this, he's probably one of the smartest people I've ever met, and I am always learning something new when I'm around him. (No, he did not bribe me to write this)
Before the December of 2017 I had only imagined what it would be like working at a startup, but I guess after a month at Eventosaur it was a million times better than what I had expected.
For me, this wasn't just an internship, but the start of a journey. I'm glad to have met these people, and am very excited to continue to work with them, and learn more and more on the way.
We’re always thrilled when we get to work with smart and hardworking kids like Arnav. If you know someone who reminds you of any of the amazing folks I’ve written about on this blog - reach out to me and I’ll be indebted.