Vijay Anand | The Startup Guy.

The Startups Are Hiring.

Posted on: December 26, 2007

Did you know that the best job for a fresher is in a startup? Well, it is.
Did you know that the best job for a growing professional or someone who loves challenges, is in a startup? Well, it is. is taking on new heights and I am quite proud of it, everyday that I get to work more on it and sit and disseminate some of the ground level issues that companies, teams and individuals are facing to make things happen. Efficiency is the name of the game in the valley and that is essentially what makes things click. Well, we are gonna have to work a little to get this machine well oiled and get to that point. But there is certainly pleasure and a privilege in laying the groundwork for it all to come through.

I Probably should be making this announcement on the Proto blog first, but since I have been dripping sweat and bleeding a lot more on this matter, I shall have the honor of having you all read it from here first. Alright, alright, I shall get onto the topic:

One of the biggest problems that startups have is in hiring people. During the last OpenCoffeeClub meet that we had here in Chennai, this was pretty much the topic, and I raised all the questions that I wanted answers to and have been working on it since we broke off that day to go our ways. It is a very solvable problem, just needs the right partners in place to make it happen and has just that – all the right partners you need.

There are essentially three elements, to this problem:

1. Students are not even aware that startups are an option.
2. Startups don’t have the medium to gather mass. Most of them require one or two people, compared to the 800 people that TCS requires. End result, no placement office is all that very keen on small numbers.
3. Students need training on development platforms that make sense for startups.

Point #3 is actually a very nice business proposition. Imagine a centre like Aptech or NIIT which trains people on Python, Ruby, AJAX etc, on project (read hands-on) mode. The business can possibly make money by developing projects for smaller clients, and the very projects could also serve as assignments for the students to practice and nurture their programming talents on. As long as the centre delivers quality programmers, the startups will keep pounding to have more human resources from them, and the cycle will go on.

When I spoke about this to someone, the first thing she mentioned was, get me a centre to do this in Chennai and lets work out a franchisee model to spawn this across to various cities. I don’t see a reason why it wouldn’t work. It has all the necessary ingredients to make it work. NIIT and centres such as that, should definitely look into such options.

As for #1 and #2, I have been suggesting within the Open coffee club group in Chennai towards forming a group within the startup community so that they can be tackled. There is a large scale solution of this that we are working on, which we will be unveiling during Proto (in January) and will be on fullswing starting february.

Excited? You should be. The Ecosystem is one step closer to being efficient.


4 Responses to "The Startups Are Hiring."


Good point and one of my suggestions which aligns to current Anna Univ curriculum is – doing a Internship during 2/3rd year summers.

A)Current Situtation – Not many companies are providing them with Internship. Even if they give it is a Eye wash for both the parties.
B)Students to Attack – RURAL colleges students & Not Metro guys (Who get a project somewhere) .
C)Give them stipend and certificate to attract them. Always this would entice them.

To get better students who are good in PGM’ing and if you need SPECIFIC SKILL SET then please go 6 months B4 the due date for the requirement so that they will be ready for the internship. I belive they will give their 100%.

By doing this U get to reduce the money you wud have to pay to NIIT or other inter agents.

*Don’t go based on Marks alone,a s I know this wont reflect the true caliber. There are many talented ppl waiting for the right opportunity.

I was even thought of doing this in our college but not knowing many startups and less idea I left it. By doing this startup and students get mutually growth.

I missed the main point, by giving an intern – You can train them in the specifice skills set he “&”* Company wants. During the intern period you have time to watch whether they are really keen on pursuing, and are they really tunable to the company’s needs etc – if it is so he can be given a Final Year Project and if he comes successful in the project then we can give an offer letter with a solid package. By this time period both the parties will know each other’s real vision – and can make a crucial decision 1) Student can decide whether staying with startup will be good enough. Cos not every startup has the exact vision.
2) Company can see whether the kid is really worth picking as only few can be recruited.

* – & Sud be satisfied for both the parties, only then you can make a resource stay in the company. Which doesn’t happen in most of the MNC’s so attrition is bigtime.

From where can i get information on startups hiring?


by the 29th, I’ll have a solid post on how to proceed on that matter.

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