It took me more than 2.5 years, but come home I did. Finally! And it feels awesome! :)
I have been in California’s bay area for a while now, have a lot of friends there, and that feels almost like home too- the almost here, is important. Pune stirs in me something very raw, familiar and comfortable- feels like home. US has been great so far and I have had great experiences, but at the end of the day, with the visa and all, you are Uncle Sam’s guests, and every once in a while, you are reminded of it.
So what have I been upto?
After my masters, I landed a job in San Jose at a startup. Having interned there before, everything seemed familiar, and I pounced on the opportunity. By the time I was back in early 2012 though, things had begun to change. For one, the startup had been around for roughly 4 years already, and had had a couple of rounds of funding. Buoyed by their initial success, the company ramped up the number of employees- mainly sales and marketing people, since engineering was deemed to have sufficient folks. After the first couple of quarters of the product release though, sales were scarce, and the company did not get any market traction. The product itself wasn’t bad at all- it was just ahead of its time, and the market had not been correctly sized up by the powers that be. Things unraveled fast. VC (venture capitalist) culture is a bitch, and there are no second chances. By the end of the year, 1/3rd people were fired- mostly sales and marketing. The company tried a last ditch attempt at selling itself and having a respectful exit. The founders nearly pleaded with the employees to stay put for the acquisition to happen. And stay put I did. Yada yada yada.. acquisition didn’t go through- and I found myself a sitting duck, with all offers I had before declined optimistically by yours truly. :)
Thankfully one of the companies remade their offer- and my visa status was maintained. The new employer is a multinational Asian behemoth, selling some of the hottest consumer products in market today. Its top level management is completely Asian- and as such the work culture is- ahem, rigorous. My only hope is- I joined in at the wrong time, just when there was a impending product release, and the recent work hours were an exception rather than a rule. I don’t mean to complain, but my new boss is inexperienced, neurotic, forgetful and cracks his shit under pressure. As one team mate put it when we were bitching about work during lunch- he is like a 16 year old insecure girl (no offense to all the 16 year old girls :)). I really hope things change for the better.
On a personal front, things are going well. My family is in good health. The grandparents have become quite old now- and they were one of the reasons I was desperate to come home for a visit. Staying away from home makes you realize how important your family is. I am single, so.. Hello ladies- and how are you doing today? ;)
This trip is quite short, and I have done my best to meet all friends and family. Hopefully I will get to come home for a longer time within the next year. Till then, adios amigos. I leave Friday. Meanwhile I will try and write here more often from US. Promise! :)