Ajay Palekar: changing the future of work
Ajay tells us about his experience on the Jumpstart Switchers cohort, searching for his next startup venture. In spring...5 Minute Read
Sure, I work for a company called Scribeless, and we’re on a mission to allow brands to build a more personal connection with their clients and customers. We do this by creating AI-generated handwritten notes – we can convert any type-text into handwritten notes for a variety of contexts, ranging from e-commerce companies wanting to welcome clients, to large sales companies looking to spice up their outbound outreach.
And I’m Operations Manager. This is a really broad role, meaning day-to-day I might be working with the operations team, the marketing team, or doing some back-end management. But mostly, my time is spent overseeing operations between our UK, US, and Canadian facilities.
I ensure our operations run smoothly, make sure our clients get what they need, and pretty much just help keep the company running!
As part of my role, I work with a lot of different teams. And I love learning from them all – I’ve been able to pick up knowledge on sales, negotiation, content creation, automation. I just really enjoy learning about a ton of different things.
I work in a really fun, dynamic team. We’re all really young, hungry, and motivated, which means everyone comes into work ready to put in 110%. This creates a culture where everyone is super focused on the long-term goals of the company, which helps us grow and scale as fast as possible.
“The spotlights really opened my eyes to the different startups out there – I learned there’s a startup for almost anything!”– Seyi, Jumpstart Alumni
Jumpstart was absolutely amazing – when I found the programme, I’d just left a job in a startup, but was hungry to remain in the startup world. I ended up googling startup graduate schemes, and found Jumpstart pretty organically.
After the initial application process, which was really straightforward (just a CV review and an interview with Kabir), I was fortunate enough to get accepted onto the programme, which was really exciting.
I particularly enjoyed the startup spotlights – I thought they were such a unique way to work with startups, flipping the recruitment process around like that. It felt great, like I had a buffet of startups to choose from!
It was kind of difficult narrowing down to my top choices because there were so many great startups. Ultimately, however, I selected startups based on the roles where I felt I would learn the most, and the missions I felt most passionate about.
But more generally, the spotlights really opened my eyes to the different startups out there – I learned there’s a startup for almost anything!!
I think some people have the impression that startups just magically grow and become huge overnight. But in reality, it’s a lot of hard work – it takes a while to find the right product market fit, to prove that your product works, and just finding the right time and space to launch.
Give it a shot! I mean why not, right? There’s just so much to learn by being on the programme, so just give it a shot!