After Hours with Raj Iyer, Founder & CMD, icustommadeit.com
1. The job
I’m fortunate that I get to do everything that I love. Every moment is new and so are my days in the office. Start-ups bring in unanticipated challenges and learnings each day, so I am fully receptive of the experiences the days have to offer. At the moment we are chartering into our next phase of growth with many new offerings, some of which are absolutely novel in India. These initiatives are taking all of our efforts, but it’s equally thrilling and gratifying all at the same time!
2. The weekdays
My day starts with reading the newspaper and going through my inbox on the way to office. A status meeting with my core strategy team in the morning sets the agenda for the day, after which I’m free to return phone calls and answer emails. In the office, we practice collaborative action, so my team keeps me engaged all day with new ideas and updates. It’s the part of my day that I enjoy the most. We also follow a work hard, play hard policy and many evenings are reserved for birthday celebrations and team building activities in office.
3. The weekend
On the weekends, I spend time with my wife and daughter. We usually watch the latest movie and explore new restaurants. Sometimes, on more relaxed weekends, I prefer being indoors where you would find me delving in books or immersed in melodious ghazals.
4. The weekend
I am not really a gadgets person but when it comes to work or leisure my iPad is a must have. Then, when I get the time, I enjoy listening to quality music on my Bose speakers. These are the two things that I cannot do without.
5. The logos
I prefer classic brands especially when it comes to shirts. Ralph Lauren’s Polo and Abercrombie & Fitch are two must haves for me.