Balancing the Grind with Elaha Gurgani, Marketing & Community Associate at EVP 

In our conversation today, Elaha Gurgani, the Marketing & Community Associate at EVP, walks us through her vibrant career path that led her from the early days at an AI startup to her current role at the heart of community engagement and venture capital. 

Elaha shares her excitement for her work, blending community building with strategic marketing across various platforms and events. She also dives into her daily routine, which strikingly balances discipline with self-care, revealing how activities like dance and Pilates are not just hobbies but integral parts of maintaining her sanity in a fast-paced environment. 

Let’s start with your background! Can you share with us your career journey and what you’re currently up to?

As a Marketing and Community Associate, my role is focused around community building and content for EVP across social media, the website newsletter, events, and programs. We have three communities for our fund that I support: the portfolio (the startups we’ve invested in), investors (our LPs), and ecosystem (people working at startups).

I started my career as a generalist working in Ops at Relevance AI, an AI startup revolutionising analytics. I was one of the early employees, doing a bit of everything, from building people culture to community building for data scientists and marketing content on social media.

Then, I took a leap of faith into a community and marketing role at Earlywork as their first full-time hire. I managed a community of 4,000 members across Australian and New Zealand and led the community expansion into their first international country, Singapore! 

I landed my dream job in VC, where I got to meet exceptional Founders and investors.  

We’d love to know what a typical day is like for you. Could you describe a recent workday?

I’m an early riser, usually waking up around 6:00 am. I resist the urge to check my phone and instead dive straight into a cold shower. After that, I fuel up with my favourite gluten-free, dairy-free porridge, followed by a 10-min meditation session. I then chuck in my supplement stack that amps up my mental focus, and good mood. 

On mornings when I have no meetings scheduled, I indulge in some creative deep work. This is my time to dive into writing content for our monthly newsletter. 

As the day progresses, I find myself balancing between meetings and tasks. I often work on editing content from the investment team, ensuring it aligns with our messaging and brand guidelines.  I also help the investor relations with investor communications. 

Change is constant, and it’s essential for growth. Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?

Doing activities like dance classes, swimming, or Pilates after work has helped me prevent burnout and let me live a more balanced life. Engaging in these hobbies forces me to switch off from work and focus on something different. It’s about building an identity outside my job and finding joy in other aspects of life. This has been a great hack for building a good work-life balance!

We’re always on the lookout for new resources! Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?

Some podcasts in the world of business and mental health that I’d recommend are:

1. Your Anxiety Toolkit: Offers strategies for coping with anxiety and fostering self-compassion.

2. Founders Journal: Provides insights on managing anxiety as a high performer in startups. 

3. Build with Rob: Teaches how to optimise different aspects of life (love, friendships, business) as an ambitious person while being personally fulfilled. 

Before we wrap up, do you have any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

I’d say remember to have self compassion first and foremost and know that you can handle hard things in life. Be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Life is a journey, so take it one step at a time and remember that it’s more like a marathon than a sprint.

About Author

Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.