From homegrown companies to leading corporate giants, India is booming with regards to the startup ecosystem. The year 2018 has just begun and with an increase in career options, the leading firms to work at are those who offer employees a fighting chance to innovate and propagate change. If you are looking for a career change, then this list of companies will help you in making your choice!
1. Amazon India
E commerce giant, Amazon, has been investing heavily in Amazon India. Recently, it received a funding of $ 5 billion from its parent company in an effort to compete with its arch nemesis, Flipkart. With a global headcount of 5,60,000 employees, Amazon India offers just the right kind of environment needed for growth in all aspects. Current perks include eight weeks of flexible or partial work hours for new parents, and the ability to give six week’s paid parental leave to a partner who isn’t eligible at their own firm.
PayTm’s parent company, One97 Communications, definitely knows how to take care of its employees. With a headcount of over 17,000 employees globally, PayTm works at fostering a healthy work place. The company seeks to reward its fast growing team by offering stock plans to its top performers. More than 20 PayTm employees recently became dollar millionaires following a secondary sale of stock options.
Set up in the year 2008 with a team of two, Flipkart now has over 8,000 people on its roster. Flipkart plans on increasing its headcount to around 10,000 by the end of this year. New employees or Flipsters, as they are commonly called, are given a treasure hunt on their first day. This helps them get acclimatized and get a hold of their bearings right from the beginning!
Directi, a company known for all things weird, has a fun way of hiring new employees. Responsible for a range of technology companies, including the voice calling app Ringo and workplace messaging tool Flock, Directi has over 1,500 employees globally. Candidates are asked random questions like “how many diapers are sold in Mumbai?” and if they pass all the rounds, they are rewarded with a free Kindle as a part of their welcome kit. In addition to this, they are also given full access to the Games Room whenever they want.
5. Oyo Rooms
Indian budget hotel aggregator OYO has grown quickly since its launch in 2011, and last year moved closer to achieving the much coveted Unicorn status after closing its latest round of funding. As a result, the company is on a hiring spree and looks to take on an additional 2,000 staff in 2018. Successful applicants can expect to have a say in the running of the business, including the design of its office.
Best Offices From Around The World
Work life sometimes tends to become mundane and boring, sometimes due to the work itself and sometimes due to the environment or the office space. While nothing much can be done about the job, companies around the world have been striving to make the office space much livelier to work! Companies such as Facebook, Google and YouTube are known to have creative and vibrant offices. So we bring you some of the best, lesser known offices from around the world with amazing architecture and interior designing.
Taking open communication to the next level, Spotify in New York uses pieces of string instead of drywall to separate spaces. With some nice splashes of color throughout, Spotify’s office gives the team an excellent bi level space filled with a mixture of team work spaces, open plan work stations and 3rd space seating.
Built inside an abandoned warehouse, Airbnb’s Dublin office is the first office that was designed from scratch. With a huge staircase that serves as a meeting and working area, the office is divided into 29 neighbourhoods that offer plenty of options for places to work. Some of the rooms are actually remodeled after actual Airbnb rentals.
3. Uber ATG Center
Ranked as the most valuable company, Uber Technologies office in Pittsburgh redefines open spaces. Home to its Advantage Technology Group Center, the Pittsburgh office reflects the companies disruptive ambition. With walkways designed to look like Pittsburgh bridges, the office also has garage doors that slide open so that cars can go directly into the all hands meeting area for employees to view.
UK based price comparison website, Money.co.uk’s office in Gloucestershire reflects a unique combination of the old and the new. Keeping the traditional architecture of the Victorian castle it is built in, the office also incorporates elements of modern decor with huge splashes of color.
5. Selgas Cano
This Madrid based architecture firm reconstructed the idea of being natural! According to José Selgas, the office aims to emphasize the importance of connecting a building with its surroundings through the use of color and light materials. This incredible sunken office offers employees a unique bug’s eye view of the colorful forest around them while completely eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day.
Is your office better than the ones we have showcased? Let us know in the comments below!
Ideas Which Took Off To Become Truly Great Startups
The world is all about the ideas being converted into reality. A reality where the tech world is at the top of its game. This week, we talk about ideas and how great ideas change the way the world functions. To kick start off a brilliant week, here are some startups which just hit the ground running!
Back in the day, with public service being so horribly lax, students didn’t know which way to go. The Uber founders wanted to make sure their friends got home safe. Uber started off as UberCabs in the year 2009 by two founders, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. Uber as we know it now was officially launched in 2011 through the mobile app. Despite the service being banned in certain countries due to safety issues, the steep increase of this startup’s valuation over the years proves its worth and profitability.
Xiaomi was founded in an attempt to provide smartphones to a wide range of users across not just China, but the world as well! Headquartered in Beijing, ranks number four as the largest smartphones maker after Samsung, Apple and Huwai. As of last year, Xiaomi saw a 30% increase in its revenues due to the large number of sales all over the world. With a significant presence in China, India and Southeast Asia, Xiaomi set a record in a Guinness World Record by selling more than 2 million handsets in 24 hours. This offer was rolled out on its fifth birthday and users flocked in vast numbers to make the most of the day!
Long before Airbnb persuaded strangers to sleep in one another’s homes and became a $ 25 billion company, it was just an idea to make extra bucks and make rent on time. After their first guests, Airbnb’s founders realised they were sitting on a goldmine! Created in the year 2008 by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk in San Francisco, Airbnb now operates 34,000 cities and 190 countries!
Long before Snapchat was Snapchat, co founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, created an app called Picaboo in 2011! Created with the idea of curating and sharing all your perfect moments, Snapchat is now one of the largest apps used all over the world.
Founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in the year 2007, Flipkart is India’s largest e commerce platform. Flipkart perhaps changed the way Indians shop online. Furthermore, it created a platform for easy accessibility of products in one place.
Ideas set the foundation and make the world run. With companies like this creating such a huge impact, it makes one think that just an idea is enough to change the world!
Yahoo Little Known And Unknown Facts
What started off as a random idea between two friends, has now become one of the most popularly used portals the world over. While most of us know Yahoo! to be a search engine and email base provider, there are quite a few facts most of us do not know about this platform. To make your day fun and educational, here are some totally random facts about Yahoo!
1. The name
Stanford student’s Jerry Yang and David Filo first started Yahoo! in February of 1994 to keep track of their own online interests. They named their project “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web.” The site was a directory of other websites, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages.
2. Copyright issues
The official name of Yahoo came to be in March, 1994. An acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle, the yahoo.com domain was brought on 18 January, 1995. The term “hierarchical” described how the Yahoo database was arranged in layers of subcategories. The term “oracle” was intended to mean “source of truth and wisdom” and the term “officious”, rather than being related to the word’s normal meaning, described the many office workers who would use the Yahoo database while surfing from work. Ironically, the exclamation was added later because an already existing barbecue sauce company had copyrights on the name!
3. The largest acquisition
One of Yahoo’s highest priced acquisitions was when it bought Broadcast.com for a cool $ 5.7 billion! Incidentally, the least they paid was when they bought Net Controls for slightly over $1 million in 1997.
4. The big ten!
When Yahoo turned ten in March 2005, it celebrated by giving away free Baskin Robbins coupons to all its users! Lucky number 10 not just for them, but for everyone!
Rumour has it, Yahoo! was the most widely used portal not in the United States, but in Japan! On a regular basis, Yahoo! has around 96% visitors, with about 34% of them being from Japan. Talk about cool things to know.
Just before Yahoo! was acquired in the year 2015, it had around 13,000 employees on its roster along with 8 CEOS and more than 50 companies under its belt. Despite other search engines gaining popularity over the years, it still remains favoured and trusted among all its competitors.
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