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            [short_description] => My time at Lightbox has allowed me to observe (and be a part of) this unique romance.
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Over the last 4 months, I have come to realise that Lightbox’s investment ideology is nothing short of a Love Affair. From meeting the startup for the first time, to going on dates for months (or even a year), and ultimately deciding to make it official (investing!), the approach is indeed very intimate. It doesn’t end there, as Lightbox gets deeply involved in providing support (strategic & fundraising) to its startups and stands by their side through all ups and downs, come what may!

My time at Lightbox has allowed me to observe (and be a part of) this unique romance.

Thanks to the star team (Sid and Anshika) that I was a part of, I was able to experience and contribute to every aspect of work at Lightbox - from reaching out to founders and conducting profound Q&A sessions, to working on key projects for the portfolio companies. My work with portfolio companies - Dunzo, Melorra and Furlenco - allowed me to analyse different business models and observe various management styles. The weekly review calls helped me witness and appreciate the dynamic work and innovations by savvy entrepreneurs.

While the work was nothing less than ‘enriching’, in my eyes it is the culture at Lightbox which truly sets it apart. Even before officially beginning my term with the firm, I found myself in a football rink, playing a match with the partners of the firm, founders of the portfolio companies and the current and past colleagues at Lightbox. This is a great testament of the rapport shared between the stakeholders at Lightbox.  

I truly cherished the energy, the dynamic work, the inclusive culture and the enriching conversations at Lightbox, and would never miss a chance to come back and contribute to the firm in the future!

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A few weeks into my internship, I found myself sitting cross-legged on the floor of the HaikuJam office cottage, the entire Lightbox team on a portfolio visit. Wanting us to experience firsthand the magic of their product, the founders asked us to write a Haiku (a 3-line poem originating in Japanese culture) about Lightbox. The first line immediately sprung to mind – “nothing ventured, nothing gained” (pun fully intended!).

And over the last 6 months, I have found that here at Lightbox – everyone from interns to analysts, associates and partners embodies this attitude. Whether it’s exploring a new vertical to invest in or helping a portfolio company take on a new challenge – you are constantly encouraged to ask “why not”, to look closely at how the usual can be done differently, and to interrogate everything. And that culture of curiosity is what forms the basis of the team’s creative approach.

Finally, everyone always talks about how “its all about the people you work with”. I thought this was mostly HR babble until I came to Lightbox. Truly, the team here is the icing on what is already an incredible cake – and what an icing it is! Not only is everyone beyond willing to help you learn (thank you Prashant, Harish and Ankit), but you absolutely cannot find a place to better sharpen your banter skills (Table 2 > Table 1)!

It was a privilege to be a part of the Lightbox team, and I’ll carry the memories and lessons with me well beyond my time here.

 

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Love Affair

My time at Lightbox has allowed me to observe (and be a part of) this unique romance.

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Whether it’s exploring a new vertical to invest in or helping a portfolio company take on a new challenge – you are constantly encouraged to ask “why not”, to look closely at how the usual can be done differently, and to interrogate everything. And that culture of curiosity is what forms the basis of the team’s creative approach.

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