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Skills & Hiring (Talk at DTE Event for Campus Placement Officers)

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On the realities of SME Hiring in Kerala, and how Startup Village is focused on improving status-quo.

On the realities of SME Hiring in Kerala, and how Startup Village is focused on improving status-quo.

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  • 1. Skills & Hiring Vishnu Gopal
  • 2. CTO, MobME.
  • 3. Technology Mentor at Startup Village.
  • 4. About me Technology guy. Initial engineer who worked on SlideShare. HCI from UCL, UK.
  • 5. Let’s jump in.
  • 6. Skills & Hiring
  • 7. Skills noun. the ability to do something well. expertise.
  • 8. Skills Different from acquired knowledge. Also not purely “experience”.
  • 9. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Gartner 2013.
  • 10. Skills Expertise in “in memory analytics” is different from a degree in Computer Science.
  • 11. Skills Skill development is also hard because of the increasing scale of technology inventions.
  • 12. Computer Programming DevOps TDD Agile Design Patterns Functional Languages Premature optimisation Literate Programming
  • 13. Skills Several of the programming skills were only refined in the last 10 years. How do you build expertise in it?
  • 14. Skills What we need is a new framework to think about skills
  • 15. Perpetual Beta Skills should be developed throughout one’s life. ! Not to be acquired once but constantly developed.
  • 16. Skills A professional should think of himself as a startup. Constantly reinventing himself. Always learning.
  • 17. Which of these should you learn?
  • 18. Skills This is the same answer I give to startups. Pick something you are interested in. Pick something that has potential.
  • 19. Skills But in life, things don’t go always as planned. So if that happens to you, pivot.
  • 20. Btech HCI Tech Guy UX Guy (Persevere) (Pivot)
  • 21. Btech HCI Tech Guy UX Guy (Persevere) (Pivot) Pivot happened here
  • 22. Skills As a professional, think of lifelong learning through multiple changing careers. Pivot & persevere based on learning.
  • 23. Skills <small break for questions>
  • 24. Hiring MobME made 20Cr in top-line revenue last year. We started in 2005. We’re a 100+ person company.
  • 25. Almost all great hires are through referrals. ! We’ve had some success in campus hiring, but it’s too much of cost. Direct Interviews Referrals Campus Hiring Remote Consultants Hiring Events
  • 26. Direct Interviews Referrals Campus Hiring Remote Consultants Hiring Events 50+ 30+ <5 <5 <5 Getting great referrals is the secret sauce for us. ! To do that, we needed to build a great “company culture” ! MobME as a “cool place to work”.
  • 27. Hiring It is very difficult to find skilled talent. Very difficult for people outside Kerala to adjust to life here.
  • 28. Hiring Much, much better if we had local talent. People who could learn new skills well. But not there yet.
  • 29. Hiring So with Startup Village, we’re doing something to make a difference.
  • 30. College Bootcamps Grade Zero Entrepreneurs Funding & $$$ Startup Village has always been laser-focused on entrepreneurs.
  • 31. College Bootcamps Grade Zero Entrepreneurs Funding & $$$ We’re investing 21Cr into building this ecosystem in 2015-16. Fab lab In cooperation with MIT Bits & Atoms Centre, a world-class Fab lab in SV.
  • 32. College Bootcamps Grade Zero Entrepreneurs Funding & $$$ But we want to cater to people who miss this funnel too. Turn them into skilled professionals. Because the ecosystem will demand it.
  • 33. Hiring We’re thinking of build a skill development product for students & professionals. Still in early alpha stage.
  • 34. Hiring So do come talk to me about it :)
  • 35. Skills & Hiring Finis. Questions?

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