Engineer by destiny, creator by heart. Swapped circuits for venture capital, with a knack for technology. Embracing the rebel life, one dream at a time!
Growing up in a South Indian family, you quickly realize there are two career paths laid out before you: Engineer or Doctor. It seems my parents had a fondness for engineers because, like my two older siblings, I was destined for the engineering life. I chose Mechatronics as my field of study. Why? Because, quite frankly, it has a certain allure to it. Though I wasn't the sharpest tool in the academic shed, I managed to find my true passion in an unexpected place.
Sophomore year rolled around, and I discovered tech fests. I was immediately drawn to these events, attending every single one I could find. The excitement of building stuff and competing against others was exhilarating. Plus, the ODs (official leaves) meant I could skip classes without facing the wrath of my professors. As Steve Jobs once said, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do," and it was at these tech fests that I found my calling.
One fateful day, I stumbled upon a startup pitch event organized by "Forge Accelerator." I pitched an idea and was thrilled to be selected for their 7-day bootcamp. What followed was a transformative experience that introduced me to the exhilarating world of startups. It was like that famous Archimedes moment when he exclaimed, "Eureka!" – I knew I had found my purpose. During my sophomore year break, I interned with Forge Accelerator and absorbed all the knowledge I could on building a startup. It was there that I discovered Y Combinator and the knowledge I gained from YC Startup School far exceeded what I learned in college.
Fast forward to my final year, and I found myself working on a industry-sponsored startup idea at Forge. As graduation approached, I had to make a crucial decision about my future. I decided to follow my heart and continue working at Forge, where I knew I'd be surrounded by the most innovative startups and brilliant minds. My time at Forge was nothing short of amazing. I worked on Open Innovation programs with Fortune 500 companies, gaining access to their top executives. As I soaked in the wisdom of these business leaders, I knew I wanted to break into the world of venture capital (VC). So, I hustled and networked my way into the VC sphere, eventually landing a position at Inflexor. It has been two years since I joined Inflexor, and I am excited to share more about my experiences soon. I'm currently working on my next idea, which is building the YC of India. I have a question about the name, is "P Combinator" a good name?
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. You certainly deserve a cup of coffee for your kind attention. If you would like to redeem your coffee please DM me @pavithran_pc