#ilovemycareer Conversations with Zeus Khambatta – Co-founder at Bid4skill

Name: Zeus Khambatta
Company: Bid4skill
Role: Co-founder

How did you end up in as a co-founder at Bid4skill?

I was never very good with authority. Throughout University, I was always struggling and thinking about what I was going to do once I graduated. I knew I didn’t want to take the conventional path of working in an MNC so I decided to try my hand in the start-up sphere by taking a Leave of Absence in 2016, for an internship in India. It was an experiential learning company that offered the most creative learning solutions for corporate training. The energy was great and it was then that I knew, the start-up life was for me.

I then decided to work part time during the semester, after coming back to NUS, at a early stage startup called Bid4Skill. Initially, I was heavily involved digital marketing activities. After 3 months of hard work I was offered the opportunity by 2 amazing mentors, who believed strongly in me, to be in charge of all operations within Bid4skill. They enabled me to take charge.

As a newly minted Co Founder, equipped with a few skills but mainly just the drive to push forward, I knew this was what I wanted as a career.

What is it about your job that you love so much?

The pace. The volatility of what I’m doing day to day. The visible change I’m making. It’s an early stage startup so you get to see all these things from one week to the next.

What is a typical day at work like, at a startup?

It’s usually a flurry of activity, putting out fires as they come up. Talking to clients whenever they are available to get an understanding of what they need, and I literally get bursts of adrenaline with every new deal. So the emotional spectrum on a daily basis is stress, excitement, laughter (as the team is pretty good at making fun of each other’s quirks), disappointment, victory, and then the cycle repeats itself. Coupled with food, wine and beers, makes for a pretty exhausting day.

What are some words you would use to describe the community/environment of Bid4skill?

Crazy, at-cause, driven, young, sarcastic, motivated, global and meticulous.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In a beach house surrounded by friends and family and with hell of a lot more experience under my belt.

Any words of advice to those who are looking to pursue a career in your field?

Well I’m relatively new at this, so I’m still figuring out what works and doesn’t in entrepreneurship. From what I’ve experienced so far, as a start-up, you are going to shoulder a lot of responsibility because you are the one ensuring the success of the company.

You’re gonna have tough days and the you’re gonna question whether this is what you want. The trick is to keep your head up, work and believe that the decision you made when things were going good, was the right one. So don’t give up basically. Tough days are a given. Demoralized existential crises are a given. Chin up and soldier on basically. Because that’s the only way to for you get to say that it might not be as tough. And that’s the only way you get better.

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