Ajay Bulusu is the co-founder at NextBillion.ai, a Singapore-based company building the spatial infrastructure needed for enabling location based experiences globally.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I was born and raised in India and went to the UK for my engineering degree and masters right after. Graduated during a recession so came back home, took a break for one year before joining a small company in Hyderabad.
I then moved to Google where I spent 5 years, 3 in India and 2 in the valley, then moved to Japan to work for Indeed, American express in NYC and finally came to Singapore to work for Grab. I’m currently the co founder of nextbillion.ai
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
A typical day is usually divided between one fire to another across teams: sales, marketing, admin, finance, legal, etc. Between customer calls, investor relations, founder syncs and people management, the day usually just flies by. Being in the east and selling to the west, we have a lot of late night and early morning calls too.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
Yes, being a software only product, we were born in March 2020 when the lockdowns started so we are now almost 100% remote.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
If you are able to take an hour out every day to pursue a hobby or do something you love, it’s a good work-life balance. I make sure to calendar my slots every day for a workout, game of basketball, a long drive or meditation so no one can slot me in for that hour.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
Started running and now I love it.
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
Not much of a reader but I follow some reputed news channels like BBC and NYT for my daily dose of news followed by tech-specific blogs like Wired, Forbes tech and the information.
7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?
My phone, food delivery apps.
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Any top tier CEO.
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Only you can manage your day. There is no magic pill for work life balance till you compartmentalize work and outside work life.
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