Flairboat- An EdTech firm focussed at addressing a range of problems in the placement and hiring cycle

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Interview of Divyanshu Tiwari (Founder of Flairboat)

1.A brief note about your company?

We are an EdTech firm focussed at addressing a range of problems in the placement and hiring cycle. Our unique technology uses predictive algorithms based on features contained within resumes, company profiles submitted by workers, and the contents of companies’ job listings to best match the jobs with deserving candidates across all tier colleges and cities.

2.Your company’s motive?
Our motive is to revolutionize the education system, we have started with placement and recruitment to remove biases in hiring cycle but its just the beginning, we plan to bring technology into entirety of education not just online courses.

3.How are you going to set up your team for betterment of your company?

Our team is basically all IIT grads but with some exceptions it is more of a cultural fit.

4.Where do you think this business is going in the next couple of years ?

In next couple of years I guess we will be much more visible on the user end. As currently we are working on an AI based dedicated placement platform which is currently in closed beta. It will be public in this quarter.

5.What does success look like for you?

I think success to me, is to bring change for betterment in the life of people. Even a slight change, which we can bring to the life of others is a great success.

6.Most difficult part of this journey?
-The most difficult part of this journey was when we started. As we started this company quite young, without any experience; people were quite reluctant to do business with us due to our lack in experience.

7.Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a
I think their is not just one person but many who have tremendous impacts over my life as a leader. But for one, I think Mr. Raghu Raaj Shekhar has a great impact over me as a leader, he mentored us from a very early stage and helped us shape the idea into business.

8.What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Learn how to say “NO”. People have a habit to say “YES” and yes, to every one and everything. Sometimes, as a leader you have to say NO, to clients and projects which can’t be done. Its better to say No rather than loosing your credibility by not delivering. If you are a leader you have to understand and prioritize the things. You have to understand the difference between, what can be done and what must be done.

9.What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I think to grow and develop, not just for leadership but for any skill set is to learn and gain knowledge from everyone and every situation. The more you learn and expand your knowledge base the more confident you are.