The average person spends about 112 hours per week awake and anywhere from a third to half (or more) of that time at work. In that light, it is easy to see how important our coworkers are to our quality of life.
People go to conferences every day. I go to at least 15 per year. Mostly they’re the same. Everyone has an agenda. No one really cares about meeting new people and building meaningful relationships. By the end you’re unsure if it was worth the effort and time. Sound Familiar?
In 2003, Akshay Kothari, a 17 year-old student from India, took a flight to the United States to pursue new opportunities at Purdue University in Indiana. During his first semester of college, Kothari took an exciting Physics class taught by a Nobel Laureate. Weeks later, it was that time of the year when hundreds of recruiters line up with brochures and smiles, trying to convince why you should work at Goldman Sachs or Google.
Uber and Lyft are at war. One has gone global, announcing a merger this week with Chinese rival Didi Chuxing that ends an expensive price war, while the other has focused on the US.