People at GrowthX
At GrowthX have been blessed with an amazing Alumni network. Our Alums have their own interesting set of stories and learnings which they have picked up in their journey.
The goal is to create a vibrant and supportive community environment full of India’s leading product managers, product marketers, growth team members, early-stage founders and venture capitalists.
Spotlighting one such amazing member: Shuchita Pandey
In the last 14 years, I've researched drugs for the pharmaceutical industry, managed operations for a gaming company, spearheaded city expansions for the coworking industry, dabbled a little in the food sector, launched apps for children's media & also help run a cryptocurrency company. Currently, I'm consulting and helping businesses in their growth journey
Sharing some insights from our Q&A with Shuchita’s as shared over the session:
On dealing with new and different industries
Every industry is different, each sector has its own set of jargon and nuances. It takes a while to understand and imbibe it, but it is finite knowledge after all that anyone can pick up in time.
So I give myself time and don’t get overwhelmed. Over the years my brain now finds it easier and easier to pick up new information. The life/work experience you bring on to the table, however, is unique to you, only you own that. I always try to remember this when something new feels daunting.
On dealing with tough situations and difficult people at the workplace
Tough situations and people are common, you have to find ways of dealing with them, but your mental health is above everything else, if it starts pulling you down mentally, there is no shame in leaving. I haven’t followed traditional advice of staying a particular duration to make the ‘CV’ look good, these are just jobs and we figure our way around.
I personally believe in proving my mettle and leaving at a high, adding value remains my topmost priority in all cases, if that ceases, I know it is time to change/move on.
On building and nurturing communities
There is no right answer to what makes communities work:
Different communities provide different things to the members
At different times, the members might even need different things
Human connect, however, tops the list of why most people stay. Beyond that, a community needs to benefit people in some or other way either personally or professionally.
You switched from a scientist to your current role, do you ever wonder if becoming a scientist was all a wasted effort?
Yes, I often wonder if it was all a wasted effort, It is tough and you do question yourself at times. But over the years I have realized that nothing goes to waste, every experience counts, its learnings count and is useful somewhere or the other in your life, it shapes your personality and, beyond a point, it is this personality you take to your work, not your degrees.
Like, my scientific way of thinking from my science days is still useful in the kind of work I do now, it is very different from how a hardcore techie may think, and despite that (sometimes because of that) it is super useful.
How much does it matter to know about tech?
I am a non-techie who has also worked in technology companies, so technically it is not important to get into a tech-related role.
However, for managing a product, while I don’t need to know the ins and outs of it, I do need to know enough to be able to work with techies and to understand my product well enough.
"Be curious, knowledge is the only way to also build respect and credibility with your teammates."
I need to know the logic behind it and enough to be able to make informed decisions. All of this can be learned on the job with enough curiosity and will at hand and one must not shy away from the effort involved.
How has having multi-sectorial experience helped you?
It has personally helped me a lot. I have been able to bring well-rounded thinking into my roles and have been able to bring insights from other sectors that have proved useful at times in understanding customers, who come from varied backgrounds, and other times in shaping the product/business itself.
"Varied experiences help you challenge old assumptions."
I have also witnessed the shift in the industry where diverse experiences and shorter stints were frowned upon earlier, they are now appreciated for what they bring in and are also sought after in certain cases.
How much is user research important?
Very important. And more important than doing the research itself is knowing how to do the research.
A lot of the time your customers won’t know what they want and thus asking them weak questions like what do you want won’t get you very far.
Following a scientific research methodology that includes a statistically significant number of people and validating from multiple sources etc is super crucial.
What is People at GrowthX?
At GrowthX have been blessed with some amazing Alums. Our Alums have their own interesting set of stories and learnings which they have picked up in their journey.
People at GrowthX are hour-long sessions for these awesome folks to share their journey with others. The session involves 20 minutes of the individual sharing their journey, followed by an open forum for other members to ask questions.
Our aim is for everyone to pick up valuable insights from each other and know others in the community much better. The goal is to create a vibrant and supportive community environment full of India’s leading product managers, product marketers, growth team members, early-stage founders and venture capitalists.