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Gunita Bhasin

Associate, Atomico

And - CEO and founder, Showcased; TEDx speaker

If you're someone that likes math and science - dive into it wholeheartedly. And technology is absolutely limitless.

What do you do?

At Atomico, I support our fundraising and investor relations efforts globally. In simple terms, my role is to work with our investors, who provide the resources that we need to invest in talented entrepreneurs.

Outside of my job, I am the CEO and founder of Showcased, a tech startup that encourages people to follow their passions. I am involved in all aspects of getting our app off the ground – from project management to marketing and customer acquisition!

Why did you choose this field?

"We are told that 'you can do anything' and that we have the ability to change the world for the better."

Going into technology was not something I had planned. Growing up as children, we are encouraged to dream big. However, this positive reinforcement starts to fade away at some point in life – as our ambitions to make a difference become shrouded by the many obstacles that get in the way.

 

I went into tech because I wanted to make it possible for people to make the difference that they’ve always been capable of; to do what they’ve always dreamed about; and to change the world for the better. 

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

"I wish I had realised earlier that entrepreneurship doesn't have to be an either or choice."

I gave a TEDx talk about the journey of launching my own startup, and it would have been a real inspiration for younger me to have known this was possible. 

 

Sometimes we feel that launching a startup requires giving up job stability, but that doesn't have to be the case. It’s definitely possible to start working on your startup idea alongside a full-time job. 

 

I had never considered entrepreneurship before and, with a degree in Economics, launching a tech startup always seemed off the cards. However, it was while working in my full-time job, that I decided to take that leap and start pursuing my passions. Before I knew it – I was leading a tech startup and enjoying my new job at a tech venture capital firm. You never know where that first step can lead you! 

Why do you love working in STEM?

"Without a doubt my favourite aspect of working in tech has been to inspire others to do the same."

I think the one most exciting aspects of working in tech is that what you're doing has a real impact on people. Each day, what you're working towards is to improve the lives of others. In my role at the tech venture capital firm, I look forward to starting each day with the knowledge that what I am doing ultimately contributes to growing the tech ecosystem in Europe. When you’re doing what you love, you really feel motivated to devote 100% of your time and energy to it.

 

I enjoy being the founder of a startup because I get to take on so many different ‘hats’; one day, I’m a lawyer, and on several others, a salesperson, designer, or CEO. I have probably grown more during this experience than with anything else.

Best advice for the next generation

When you are facing a decision of what career path to pursue, it helps to understand what is important to you and what you value. Ultimately, my thought process came down to this: “I want to do something that creates an impact on a millions of people”. Having explored different career options, nothing came close to the idea of working in tech.

 

One thing that often puts people off is the difficulty of pursuing a career in tech. You need to realise that, just because you are working in an amazing field, it does not mean it will be easy. I would caution against giving up too early.

 

It helps to realise that every job has its trade-offs and that obstacles are a normal part of life. In moments like this, try to think about why you got into STEM in the first place. If you’ve got your motivation at the back of your mind, you will be able to get by on even the most difficult of days.

Role model 

I've always been inspired by Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech!