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What I learnt at Touchkin..and how it changed me.

Soumalya Moitra

Soumalya Moitra (far right) interned at Touchkin this summer and we really enjoyed working with him. We asked him to share his experience at Touchkin , and what he learnt while interning with us.​

Sir Bobby Robson, once said to the budding managers, that a team works best if it reflects the personality of their Manager. That is exactly the case at Touchkin,  Jo and Ramakant create a transparent, challenging culture that is the secret tof the team's high performance.

When your job interview revolves around what you can do rather than what you have done, it is a clear indication for things to come. The fact that you'll be working for a good cause motivates you more than money ever can, and that is what happened to me Touchkin.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”- Dr. Loretta Scott

In my first month at Touchkin, I worked for a Pilot which was aimed at discovering depression among Type I Diabetics. Poor control of diabetes can cause symptoms that lead to depression. During the day, high or low blood sugar may make you feel tired or anxious. Low blood sugar levels can also lead to hunger and eating too much. If you have low blood sugar at night, it could disturb your sleep. The pilot version of the StayClose app aims to bridge the gap between you and your doctor, for them to know very soon how and what is affecting you. It uses the sensors on your phone to detect anomalies from your regular patterns of daily activity. I took a minute each day, before I went to sleep, to imagine the potential impact of the Pilot. I slept a little better.

Working for a startup is very different from working for an established company, it is much easier to see how your work is affecting the company and its products. Whether you are a hardcore techie or you're a marketing intern. When every small glitch in your work can adversely affect the company, a good decision can open a whole new world of opportunities.

"You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." Wayne Gretzky

Being, at your first internship, you are likely to make mistakes, your enthusiasm gets the better of you on many occasions. You develop a plan of work and it makes you feel like that is the best in the world (in the hindsight few clearly were not). But, sometimes when someone stops you before you try, it takes your enthusiasm away, and you end up never knowing for sure if the plan would succeed or not. I was allowed to make those mistakes and learn for myself, for that I will be always grateful. Looking back now, that shaped my character. 

Now I no longer fear failure, but I still hate it.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. - Charles Spurgeon

If I have anything to take from my experience at Touchkin this is it. I entered Touchkin, as a boy, and left as a man.

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