Sunday, 29 April, 2012

Venture Lab OAP (Opportunity Analysis Project) Team

After a lot of considerations on various profiles and our needs, our team is now locked. I had started this course with me and 9 other members for the 1st Assignment of the course to generate 5 Best and 5 Worst Business Ideas. Out of the 10 members for the first assignment, only 4 of us submitted the assignment and we were again paired up for the 2nd round of submissions.
During these 2 rounds of assignment, we three active members (Myself, Pranay and Vishal) realized that we could go along together easily and complement each other in terms of the skills that we bring to the table. So when it came to the team formation for next rounds (Opportunity Analysis Project, Opportunity Execution Project) of the class, we decided to stay together and look for 1 or 2 more people who could fill in the missing skill-sets. The Profile Search feature on Venture Lab helped a lot in this. Our team had a Business guy in Vishal, Technical Guy in Pranay, Operations Guy in Myself. We needed a person with skills in Programming, Web design and Development. We contacted several people. Some replied back but most didn't. Finally, we zeroed it down on Abhay, an Automoblie R&D Engineer and one more Software guy. Unfortunately, the Software guy joined another group by mistake (he claims this!) and we were again left without a programming expert. But, Fortune favors the Brave.!!! Two days back, I was chatting with a friend (who is now pursuing is MS at the Carnegie Melon University, US) and got to know that he is also into this course and is looking for a team. God, I realized how small is this world..!!! I invited him to join my team, he accepted and my team was complete in all aspects. Here is a brief introduction of all my team mates (in their own words):-

This is me, Amit Pandey. I graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur in 2009. I joined BHEL, Bangalore after college and am working here since then. My work requires mainly day-to-day Operations. I lead a team of 13 people at work. I am also pursuing Masters in Economics as a part-time course.
My Skills: Operations, Business Economics, Basic Web Development, Machine Learning, Design of Experiments

This is Abhay. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune in 2009. He work as Project Engineer in the Automotive Division at KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd, Pune.
Abhay's Skills: Mechanical Design & Development, Project Strategy and Execution.

This is Kartik. He is a Graduate Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Carnegie Melon University, US. He has worked for BHEL, Bangalore for 7 months in the Defense Electronics section before leaving BHEL to pursue his MS. Kartik is an alumni of 2009 batch of Delhi College of Engineering in the discipline of Electrical Engineering.
Kartik's Skills: Embedded Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Systems, Operating Systems, Linux Kernel Development, Android, ARM

This is Pranay. He is a student of Mechanical Engineering at Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi. Pranay is an enthusiastic, responsible and well networked person.Pranay is also working with a Start-up in the role of Business Development and Strategy at AglaSem. Pranay is also the Assistant Editor at DTU Times. Pranay organized the recently concluded E-Summit 2012 at the Entrepreneurship Cell.
Pranay's Skills: Business Strategy, Market Research, Team Building, Teamwork.

This is Vishal. He is truly a business guy. He graduated from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 2006. He is presently working as a Product Manager in a Start-up. Prior to this, he has worked for Microsoft in the same role for over 5 years. Vishal brings in over 5.5 years of experience in Software Products.
Skills: Product Management, Business & Strategy, Feature Definition, Products Requirements Definition and Product Strategy.

So that is my team, a set of highly motivated individuals, each an expert in his field. We have already started brainstorming ideas for the Opportunity Analysis Project. A brief of the discussions in the next post. Now before I   finish, here is a funny picture I found on facebook about Entrepreneurs..Enjoy..!!!

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