A kick-start for my career
Hello, I’m Nipun, an intern at Juxt Smart Mandate (JSM).
I’m a programmer and enthusiatic tinkerer who loves to play around with electronic boards and computer programs. I’ve always wanted to find a platform where I can get to to work on innovation and problem-solving. In January 2015 I was selected for the MIT Kumbhathon workshop in Nashik which aimed to find innovative solutions for real life problems during Kumbha Mela. It was there that I ran into M2, the co-founder of JSM – or should I better say M2 ran into me?
M2 had started an open data project with his company JSM at the Kumbhathon. This project aims to provide a better understanding of the environmental parameters in play during pop-up situations – meaning when a city has to handle more than 10 times its usual size of population within just a day or two. I became part of the open data project team during the workshop and when it finished M2 offered me an internship at JSM, giving me the welcome opportunity to learn more about machine learning and programming and to apply my knowledge to new JSM products.
So here I am. I joined the JSM Delhi office in August. What I’ve seen and experienced since then has been an open-minded work culture. In many other offices there are separate tables for each employee but here at JSM you share one big table with the others – I think that’s cool! We work collaboratively, and we eat and laugh together. The office environment is very open and far from hierarchical – everyone from the CEO, the co-founders, and the CTO to every single employee all talk very freely. It’s if we were one big family and have known one other for many years. And for me personally, it’s a great thing that everyone in the office comes from a different part of India and has a different cultural background – it’s encouraging and inspirational to see how everyone thinks differently.
JSM is also running some fascinating projects. Take the Lunchbox project which basically is a machine learning tool for restaurants. These new projects enable us to learn new skills. We use cutting edge technologies like D3, AngularJS, and Google’s Material Design for website. And when you hit on any knotty problem in your technical work there are always many people at hand to help you and explain it patiently until the penny drops. One other good, refreshing and also kind of funny thing at JSM is our “No Sir Rule”. It doesn’t matter what role a person plays in the company, everybody call them by their first name. No Sirs/Madams at all! If you do forget you have to pay a token Rs.1 fine which goes into a a snack fund!
I really am enjoying my time at JSM. It’s great place to work!