I’m not someone who experiments starting at startups. A year ago, I was a college graduate fighting amidst the lot to get through somewhere after being delayed to join one of the leading MNC’s of India. So, I ended up at MAZ and now am one of those who crave to be at startups.
In retrospect, I now understand the importance and benefits of the extreme exposure that I have had with MAZ. Only very recently did I begin to witness the two prominent commonalities between both MAZ and I. While, MAZ can’t speak about my growth, I can speak about MAZ’s growth. Just a year back, which is a short stint of time, I have actually seen a nonliving thing grow, expand and flourish. I did not realize how raw things were when I joined and how strong and robust these have become in front of me.
Getting the opportunity to work closely with the billionaire publishers of the world was bewildering at first, but now it has just become another thing to be done in a day. I do not want to sound stereotypical by repeating the lines that “you learn a lot in a startup”, but at the same time I can’t tell you enough how true it is.
Today MAZ uses an amazing product by the name of “Stream”. It started as a concept to create a semi social forum where people connect through images that are web links. Now, it is a versatile and flexible product, highlighted by the fact that it can be used in almost any app in the form of an SDK. From our MAZ apps to Stream Web, we can showcase dynamic content through what we see, not what is in an address bar. For instance, 5 years back I would have shared www.nba.com/playerfile/lebron_james, but today I can share this:
Surprisingly, Lebron’s number and team have stayed the same, but sharing has come a long way. The result from idea to product is astonishing. This brings me to the other quality that MAZ has: innovation.
I read somewhere that “Being an entrepreneur does not necessarily mean being the CEO”. That is exactly what I’ve learned here. Ranging from freshers to experienced, everyone is expected and encouraged to innovate.
Interacting with masters of QA, iOS, Android and Web is a learning curve that not only reflects their perspectives but also helps me to understand how a product lives its life.In India, the lack of tech startups is the result of inadequate market. For instance, magazines still lie on shelves, but hopefully with time, MAZ will put them in the digital newsstands.
Prateik Mahendra does Quality Assurance in Noida, India. Follow him on Twitter @prateikm