Working to launch a rural-based social network in India
Where are you from?
I currently live in New Delhi, India - but I grew up in Bangalore and Mumbai, India.
What prompted you to sign up for CORe?
As someone with no business background, but with an interest in exploring the development consulting space and potentially becoming an entrepreneur going forward, HBX CORe seemed like the right step to learn the basic concepts of business and acquire the skills to take impactful, data-driven decisions. Looking back after completing CORe, I definitely think it was the right decision.
What was your favorite part of the program?
Learning about concepts through real-life cases was my favorite part of the program. The cases really helped transform abstract concepts into observable situations one could learn from. Furthermore, it really helped me understand how to identify situations in which I could use the tools that CORe equipped me with.
How are you applying the skills you learned in CORe?
Currently, I am working as part of a project team in India that is working to set up the world's first rural-based social network usable by non-literate persons. A key part of my job is to understand the needs on the ground, and convey the insights to the technology and design teams who are making the product - an activity that CORe greatly helped me with via the Economics for Managers and Business Analytics courses. Both these courses help you to better understand the people you are working to serve as an enterprise and learn how to draw insights from the data in front of you.
Any advice for people who will be taking CORe?
Trust and engage with the way the program is designed, and take time out to talk to your peers. All the best!
Another aspect of CORe that greatly added to my learning was the diverse cohort I was able to interact with - the stories and instances from their lives added more color to each topic we learned.