5 Reasons Why Startups Are The Place To Be Early In Your Career


With so much caution around startups these days accentuated by the Flipkart-IIT fiasco and winding-up of a few food-tech ones there is still hope and lots that startups have to offer (and much that they don’t). Having worked with both, startups and established MNCs with their People function let me expound what works in your favor early in your career if you do decide to head the startup way.

  1. Courage: With the entire DNA of a startup built around entrepreneurship there is no better place to witness courage, first-hand. Our traditional jobs, schools, colleges make us highly risk-averse. We are scared to experiment, averse to new possibilities, comfortably giving-in to status quo. But, nothing great was ever achieved from one’s comfort-zone, sipping a Pina Colada on a beach! Working with a startup gives you access to co-founders, entrepreneurs, and mavericks who inspire you to create, nurture and sustain an idea. An idea, that they chase religiously, against all odds even at the expense of being labelled as deranged at times.
  2. Knowledge: With most of the startups hiring brilliant individuals from pedigreed institutes, you get to work with the best brains in the industry. (Having said that, I’d like to mention that I do not attribute intelligence to pedigree. It’s only a qualifier and not a guarantor of exceptional future performance). The quality of discussions, access to leadership and the mentor-ship that you get is truly enriching. Fresh graduates, this is for you, you will cherish this exposure forever. Who knows you might not even require that PG degree that you’re gunning for!
  3. Lateral Exposure: One key advantage of working with an early stage startup is that you are not labelled to a particular function. Irrespective of what your degree states, if you believe you can add value better elsewhere and show promise, then why not? This is a restrictive attribute in larger organizations (with very few exceptions), once your blinkers are on, you are expected to tread that one single path that you see. I personally know many individuals who feel ‘stuck’ with their jobs and see no hope whatsoever of a lateral movement. However, they are equally responsible as they are not willing to risk (refer #1).
  4. Learning Curve:I’ve seen many Graduate Trainees at startups function and scale up that would put most Management Trainees from celebrated colleges to shame. I always wondered why some of them were able to perform at such superlative levels with no so-called, traditional management skills? The simple answer to this is, self-belief. You are offered shoes a couple of sizes bigger to fit-in. What do you do? You ‘grow’ fast, faster than others and prove your mettle. Unknowingly, shooting beyond the traditional performance curve because you never know that your baseline itself was set way higher than average.
  5. Passion: You will come across individuals so maniacally obsessed with the product/service that their startup offers that the craziness is sure to rub-on. It’s this selfless passion, commitment and energy that makes startups stand out. You own the idea as much as a founder, right down to the last guy. There’s no greater feeling than watching that idea grow, bigger and better everyday. Having said that, it would take blood, sweat and toil but the journey is worth it. A personal suggestion, never join a startup whose idea you do not identify with. You will never feel connected and without passion you are bound to fail.

Despite the above, there will definitely be certain drawbacks (if one may call them) that one might find against a traditional job – work that expands to fill your time, lesser job security, not the swankiest of offices, no frequent corporate lunches, and lots of ambiguity at work. But, trust me, the journey is worth it IF you are willing to dare.

Vishal Naithani, HR Lead, Shuttl

Shuttl to the rescue!


It’s been raining cats and dogs; almost literally. While memes and jokes on Gurgaon are taking over the internet, the fact remains that the issue is quite serious. The MET department has projected more rainfall. At Shuttl we don’t encourage our customers to chant “Rain, rain go away” and neither do we want to steal the occasional monsoon’s thunder.

Although rain-soaked Gurgaon is not a pretty site, one cannot help but feel shocked by the monstrous size of the traffic jam. Thursday  (28th July) was difficult and having to overcome a 20-hour jam is not a waltz in the park. However, at Shuttl we believe such occurrences can be avoided and hence we are calling out all commuters to avail Shuttl
What have you got to lose? If you are stuck in a jam, at least you get stuck in an AC bus with comfortable seats! And if you are not then you travel to work and back in comfort with convenience. Days like Thursdays don’t come often but if they do, rest assured Shuttl will be there to bail you out. So, take the Shuttl, skip the puddle.
At your service always.


Oddly even Delhi embraces a better way to commute

Oddly even Delhi embraces a better way to commute

Commuting in the capital city and around has always been a gamble. Traffic being the first bone of contention, followed by how so many cars on the road could be great for the environment.

But change doesn’t come easy.

So when it was first proposed the city huffed and it puffed.

And then it smiled.

The odd/even rule brought about a (not-so) surprising reaction. Who wouldn’t love a drive on open clean roads, reach office right in time for an easy cup of tea and generally feel good about oneself finally contributing to a healthier tomorrow?

And if you thought it wouldn’t get better than this, be ready to be pleasantly surprised.

We at Shuttl hope to make the second coming of odd/even oddly even better. (Please excuse the pun. We’re so excited!). We’re adding 31 more routes to an already existing 100 route offering. That is a brilliant 30% increase in routes!

All you need to do is leave your car behind, #TakeASeat and #ShuttlIt

Oddly easy. Even the critics would agree. Eventually.

Happy Shuttling to you.

Easier Shuttl Payments with MobiKwik

Easier Shuttl Payments with MobiKwik

We at Shuttl always love to give more options to our customers.

We offer you an option of multiple time slots. We offer you an option to reschedule your booking. We offer you an option to choose from a 100+ routes!

Then why do we give you only one option to pay? We are more than glad to announce our partnership with MobiKwik. Now you can recharge your Shuttl wallet with MobiKwik, apart from the existing options.

We have always loved being cashless. Saves your time and makes your travel hassle free.

Our current offers are constant! You get 500 credits for Rs. 450 & 1200 credits for Rs. 1000. The Cherry on the cake is that you get 25% CASHBACK on your first recharge through MobiKwik.

You can use that cashback to recharge your mobile, pay your bills and do everything you can at MobiKwik. We will also be launching specific offers from MobiKwik from time to time, so keep checking the app for the same.

We hope Shuttl is helping you change the way you perceive public transit. We yearn to only get better as we go. Please use the ‘Suggest a Route’ option on the Shuttl App to include newer routes suitable to you. When you refer us to a friend, both of you get two free rides!

Stay warm, Delhi!

Happy Shuttling to you.