Just around a day before 2011 Christmas, Raj Neravati and I prepared our resignation letters, to be sent to AppLabs HR and CEO. We both were together along with our families, vacationing at Jim Corbett National park & Nainital Hill Resort. It wasn’t an easy decision for us, as we have been with AppLabs for over 9 years, almost since its inception and was part of its journey from headcount of 25 to 2500. Around 8PM that evening, I have asked Radhika (my wife) to hit the SEND button on the outlook email that contained my resignation letter, and Deepa (Raj’s wife) did the honors for Raj. Kalyan Konda sent his letter next day.
We all joined Cigniti precisely one year from today. Ramana Vemuri had joined a month earlier. Yes, time does fly when you are having time of your life. I joined Cigniti along with Raj and Kalyan, exactly 1 year ago, precisely at 3PM on March 5th, 2012. Why 3PM? I had already documented here, “Why did we start precisely at 3PM” just about one year ago from today.
Our last day at AppLabs was just a day before Republic Day and I got freedom from work related emails for 6 weeks, for the first time since 1991. I have done many simple things in life during those 6 weeks, which I have only dreamed of, “such as going to a friends house without calling in advance, watching my son getting in the school bus, and getting off the school at 4PM for his surprise, actually listening to someone whey they are talking and not checking emails at the same time”
Few days after we joined Cigniti, we moved to a new facility, and moved into our cabins with our family next to us, while priest singing Vedic chants. Here is the video that provides glimpse into that, and detailed in the blog that talks about our first week @ Cigniti
Our first day @ Cigniti:
I have started blogging exactly one year ago, and a peak into my blog will tell you easily that I am actually able to practice reasonable work life balance. Empowerment and Fun factor that I had AppLabs went up several notches up after I have started working with Cigniti team. I actually feel home, when I come to work here. It sounds clichéd, but this is one of the most holistic work environments that I have ever experienced in last 2 decades.
The core team (see below for beautiful pictures) complements each other with unique set of skills, and seems as if we all communicate in same frequency. There is no fear or shy amongst each to express our views and opinions, and but still work with a motto “ One Team, One Vision, One Company”. So many milestones have been achieved in a single year, but there is lot more to be done, before we can rest. For the first time in years, there was rarely a day where I haven’t enjoyed waking up to go to work. For the first time, there is no fear of uncertainty, fear of “what happens, if I don’t get it right”. At the same, there is tremendous amount of enthusiasm and inspiration to do more and willingness to take this company to new heights, each day, and get everything right, first time
Thank God. Finally, family, friends, fun & work all appear same to us now ☺
Special thanks to Radhika, and my two kids (Revanth, and Aniketh, as their support makes what I do POSSIBLE.
PS: When was the last time, your company announced your first anniversary on it’s corporate facebook cover page 🙂 THANK YOU CIGNITI!!
Legend(s) –> Sanjay Jupudi, Srikanth Chakillam, Sriram Rajaram, Sudhakar Pennam, Subramanyam Chakkillam, Raj Neravati, Kalyan Konda, Ramana Vemuri, Sai Chintala