The use of the word ‘entwine’ is deliberate, for interning at the firm means completely immersing yourself into the Lightbox community- you’re given consequential responsibilities, constructive criticism, your opinion is valued, and you can discuss whatever you want with whoever you want without the feelings of judgement and inferiority one might expect from a ‘café’ managing close to half a billion dollars in assets.
I wasn’t sure what to expect coming to Lightbox. I was nervous, eager to impress, and almost certain that the most significant responsibility that I would be given would be along the lines making sure Varun received his daily protein smoothie. I could not be more wrong. I began to realise how vibrant and accepting Lightbox was when, close to the beginning of my time there, I asked if I could step out for a quick lunch. I anxiously approached Varun and said,
‘I’m so sorry about this, but would you mind if I stepped out for just a little bit so I can have lunch with my mum’
‘Sure’, he said, ‘but only if you sing a song loudly for the whole office’.
Tina, followed by several others, was quick to jump on the bandwagon, saying,
‘Yes. You’re definitely going to have to sing- maybe even dance a little’
It was then that I realised that the next few months were going to be fun, and I would be happy here.
Lightbox taught me to meet almost anyone who’s willing to meet- a solid network is one of most important aspects of the job. Never be afraid to ask questions. Take time to speak to everyone in the office- they’re likely to be far more interesting than you. And most importantly, never- ever- underestimate the power of a good story.
It was an experience I desperately needed to change my outlook towards life. I thought that startups and VCs are mostly about making quick money before things eventually fall apart. At Lightbox, I realized that VCs can also be agents for change that could impact the future of humanity in much more positive way and this way of thinking makes things so inspiring.Read More
Rooms lined only by windows, open gardens, fresh light pouring in. The office itself is a Lightbox! The array of clientele that visited and worked with Lightbox was fascinating. With a portfolio that ranges from mobile apps to solar energy, there really was a story behind the monthly Income statements.Read More
Lightbox had a tremendous impact on me. I was slated to attend a Master’s program in the US but due to the experience and frank inputs of the people I worked with and met, I was able to make a more informed and well thought out decision. Today, I am working on my own project, for which, Lightbox deserves credit.Read More
AI in Indian education technology is probably the most advanced in the world. It is challenging traditional western models particularly in integrating effectively with public and private systems in the country.Read More
It was during the LP week that I realized that Lightbox is a firm and an environment in which even a day or two is enough to change your perspective on company building but more importantly, improve your vision on your own aspirations.Read More
Every bit the New Yorker she is. A Yale graduate, bulletproofed at McKinsey, now in her second year at Harvard Business School. Bedazzled by Bollywood, she spend the summer with us in Mumbai to understand what's next in content and media.Read More