7 quirky ways to build a great startup culture – #BreakTheRoutine

7 Startups With A Great Culture

Are you looking to build a great culture at your startup? Building a startup culture at your organization? In this post we’ve captured some really cool things companies do to develop a startup culture within their systems! Read on and comment with your thoughts, after all this is your list as much as it is ours!

1) inFeedo

A “Dare To Fail” titled pin board highlights the failures that inFeedo has ever faced. After all, each failure is a learning, right?

Code Words are used to address the team members. One can find Alpha, Ariel, Venus in the inFeedo workplace. “Roger That” instead of “Ok” and “Over & Out” instead of “Bye” gives them the feel of soldiers! inFeedo’s Soldiers!

Takeaway – Learn from your failures as a team!

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture - learn from your mistakes

2) Boundless

Values of Boundless are communicated in a clear and clever way.

Team meetings end with awards to employees who have exemplified one of the four company values
The Beast (the hardest worker), The Architect (the best strategist), Indiana Jones/Lara Croft (the dedicated adventurer looking for results), and The Most Interesting Person In the World (a well-rounded, funny, charismatic individual)

Takeaway – Quirky awards can be rewarding to your startup’s culture!

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture

3) PayPal

Mr. Thiel devised this way of building a great culture for PayPal. Reviews and appraisals would depend only on the single most valuable contribution to the company by an employee.

Takeaway – Identify each employee’s topmost contribution

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture

4) Maptia

Perhaps the best startup culture hack ever!

Once Maptia received its seed money of $100,000, Maptia didn’t opt for the usual co-work space/office on rent Instead they spun the globe found a cheap apartment on the coast of Atlantic. All the five members stay there at a cost of $10 per person per week.

Takeaway – Your team can stay and work cheap if they’re together!

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture

5) GitHub

Startups often fail to keep a flat organisational structure.

GitHub has achieved this beautifully – Instead of “Managers” they have “Primary Responsible Person”
A unique way to move beyond the cliche and conventional use of “Managers”

Takeaway – Semantics of job titles can trigger a large change.

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture

6) Warby Parker

We’ve all had crushes. Warby Parker takes this to the next level to instigate “Culture Crushes”.
It simply implies the company ensures that employees have something to look forward to, at all times!
This includes lunches, team events and even fun work deadlines

Takeaway – The team must look forward to something, at all times!

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture

7) Etsy

How important is it for your team to do things they love? Perhaps the most important thing.
Engineers love to make things. They should just do that. Etsy has invested in a 1 click deploy process. Less time waiting for scripts to run. Less time worrying if the code has made it to the server. More time to build things and love the job!

Takeaway – Ensure the team does what it loves. Period.

Takeways on how to build a great startup culture

What do you think makes your startup culture stand out? :)

If you want to talk about developing a unique experience for your company to go on, call me at +91-96439-82934.

Signing off!

Sherpa Dhruv

 

Unique Golden Triangle Itinerary

A Unique Golden Triangle Itinerary

The Golden Triangle is the most preferred travel destination of travellers. Over the last couple of weeks, SeekSherpa has showed you unique things to do in Agra, Jaipur and Delhi.

This week, we’d like to show how you can differentiate your Golden Triangle itinerary to India!

Day 1:
Arrive at Delhi by flight. After traditional “Swagat” (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Spend the night in the hotel to get over the jet lag and fatigue.

Day 2:
Get up at leisure, have a scrumptious breakfast at your hotel.

10 AMThe Spice Market Tour at Asia’s Largest Spice Market

Spice Trail by Sherpa Priya

What? Visit Asia’s largest spice market to learn about the different spices, their origins, uses and benefits, the lovely dishes one makes from them, their trade, & also get a chance to purchase quality spices at reasonable rates for you to take back home should you please. This tour is one of the most unique things to do in Delhi!

Who? This tour is conducted by a spice specialist who is also an at home chef and travel blogger. She has taken more than 100 travellers from 10 different countries on this unique tour.

Head back to the hotel for Lunch.

4 PMTour the boutiques of Hauz Khas with a Personal Stylist

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Shopping Experience
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Shopping Experience

What? On this Delhi shopping tour, you will be visiting the boutiques of Hauz Khas/Khan Market for a personalized shopping experience. You can expect to visit shops with Indian fabrics, Indian traditional wear (salwar kameez, sarees), traditional jewellery, home decor, souvenirs, designer wear, ayurveda, tea and such like. Understand the juxtapositioning of Hauz Khas as an urban village with fort ruins, restaurant, pubs, a deer part and high end boutique.

Who? Conducted by an Ex Consultant who now has her own travel startup. She will ease your decision making, take you to the best places and help find what you really want. Really, a unique and different way to explore the boutiques of Delhi.

Have dinner at one of the most happening Indian restaurants at Hauz Khas Village. Head back to the hotel to freshen up to gear yourself for the Mixology Masterclass.

9 PM - Mixology Masterclass with Indian Cocktails

What? Take this tour to learn the ancient art of mixology and muddling and to make 4 to 6 different cocktails and drink them too! Experiment with a wide range of raw ingredients from various families like Indian spices, herbs, fruits, & vegetables to make lip smacking cocktails.

Who? This will be conducted by a mixologist who is trusted by the founder of India’s top hotel chain.

Overnight hotel – Delhi

If the traveller is in Delhi for Day 3:

9 AM – Leave for half day tour to visit the monuments of New and Old Delhi. This will include the Qutab Minar, Red Fort & India Gate. Take a lunch break at Central Delhi’s most famous restaurant.

4 PMStreet Art and Street Photography Tour at Shahpur Jat

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What? Delhi is not just about its monuments and food. Take this tour to marvel at Delhi’s quirkiest graffiti through its urban village and capture the works through your lens as you stroll through the market. This tour takes place in Delhi’s happening urban village, Shahpur Jat, that is famous for its graffiti, street art, boutiques, restaurants and ruins! Perhaps, one of the most exciting things to do in Delhi this season.

Who? This tour is conducted by a photographer and entrepreneur who knows this village in and out.

7 PM - Discovering Delhi 6, A heritage and food walk at Old Delhi

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What? Have a bucket list of things to do in Delhi? Bet Old Delhi is right on top! Take this tour to understand Old Delhi from a historical, cultural and gastronomical perspective. Visit the temples, bazaars, and monuments of Old Delhi. Not only this, also visit the Paranthe Wale gali, the Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Ghalib ki Haveli and many more!

Who? This tour is conducted by an Ex Journalist, now pursuing Law. Comes with a background in history and current affairs with a penchant of good food.

Have dinner at Old Delhi’s most famous eatery and head to the hotel for spending the night.

Day 4:

Morning - The usual stuff! Leave for Agra in an AC vehicle. Arrive at Agra by 11 AM and check in at the hotel for freshing up. Post lunch head out for a city tour of Taj Mahal and Red Fort

5 PM - Cultural Walk of Agra

What? Who said Agra is only about the Taj Mahal? Take this walk to explore the hidden lanes, the bustling spice market, mosques and temples of Agra. Not only this, understand the Taj Mahal and Red Fort from a different perspective. View the Taj Mahal from a secret spot. Visit the local shops to taste traditional sweets of Agra and enjoy a ride on the Rickshaw. Take this walk and be a local of Agra as you explore new and niche things to do in Agra!

Who? This is conducted by Tripadvisor certificate of excellence award recipient!

Overnight – Hotel

Day 5:

8 AMYoga facing the Taj Mahal
Practice Yoga while viewing the Taj Mahal! Sounds exciting? It surely is! Get on this 2 hour micro-tour to experience the two things that are truly Indian and reflect the Indian Culture – The Taj Mahal and Yoga. This unique experience will cover the basic aspects of Asanas, Dhyanas and Pranayam with a breathtaking view of the Seventh Wonder of the World from only a few hundred meters away! It’s a relaxing thing to do in Agra.

10 AM - Colonial Walk of Agra

Agra Heritage Walk
Agra Heritage Walk

What? That’s right, Agra isn’t only famous for The Taj Mahal, Mughal Monuments and the Panchi Petha! Agra houses a number of colonial structures from the days of the British Rule! This walk will cover bungalows, Cemeteries, Churches, Cathedrals and a number of other buildings and places that have there ever since the British Rule! Take this tour if you know want to more about Agra and if you like exploring beyond the obvious.

After lunch at the hotel, leave for Jaipur.
Overnight – Hotel in Jaipur

Day 6:
After a good and relaxing night, the day at Jaipur will begin early with a cycling tour.

7 AMCycling Tour to explore the markets, streets and food

What? This early morning cycle tour will give you a glimpse of Jaipur, its architecture, havelis and temples. You will also stop to taste the specialities of Jaipur and attend an early morning religious ceremony. This will conclude with a visit to the local vegetable market where you will get the opportunity to bargain with the local vendors.
Who? Conducted by an adventure and experience specialist.

After breakfast, depart for local sightseeing tour.

7 PMCooking Class in the home of an Indian family

Cooking Class Jaipur Seeksherpa
Cooking Class Jaipur Seeksherpa

What? What’s so different about this cooking class in Jaipur? Well, it’s conducted by someone who is an excellent cook and expert on authentic Indian and Ayurvedic cooking. Get an opportunity to source the vegetables before you cook them. It is conducted in a homely environment and one can learn how to cook basic Indian snacks to traditional Rajasthani dishes. Trust us this is one of the fabulous things to do in Jaipur and you shouldn’t miss it.

Overnight – Hotel

Day 7:

7 AMHeritage Walk – Art & Antiquities of Jaipur

What? Visit historic temples, homes of local artisans, lanes and streets of Jaipur on this walk. Get a chance to marvel at the lesser known architectural wonders of Jaipur!

Who? Conducted by someone who has taken Prince Charles, Richard Gere for similar walks!

Return to the Hotel for lunch and refresh yourself for the pottery workshop

4 PM - Pottery Workshop

Pottery Making Jaipur
Pottery Making Jaipur

What? This workshop can either be a wheel pottery workshop or a hand pottery workshop. This will teach you how to build pots from scratch and the various other techniques associated with pottery. This is a unique way to explore Indian art and craft.

Who? Conducted by an Ex employee of a MNC who quit her job to follow her passion of pottery.

Depart for Delhi to take the flight out!

Did not expect a Golden Itinerary to be this unique?! Well, you aren’t the only one.

PS – You are free to add/subtract more unique tours to this itinerary. All you need to do is, contact SeekSherpa – +91-96439-82934 and we’ll customize the itinerary as per your client’s requirements.

 

4 Awesome Heritage and Food Walks in Agra

Food and Heritage walks in Agra apart from the Taj Mahal!

– Bookable Through SeekSherpa – Yahoo!

If you’re looking to explore Agra uniquely, then you’ve come to the right place.

We have some awesome Food and heritage walks in Agra that you would love. And the best part, they are all bookable through SeekSherpa.

1) Food Trail in Agra

Looking for food related things to do in Agra? Take a gastronomical and cultural walk to experience the local food of Agra. Our Sherpa will take you through all the famous eateries of Agra. During this trail, you will not only taste the food but also understand when and why is a particular dish prepared. You will also be told little stories about the history of the eateries. Wow! Isn’t that a great thing to do in Agra?

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Food Walk
Things to do in Agra – Food Walk

2) Colonial Walk in Agra

That’s right, Agra isn’t only famous for The Taj Mahal, Mughal Monuments and the Panchi Petha! Agra houses a number of colonial structures from the days of the British Rule. This walk will cover bungalows, Cemeteries, Churches, Cathedrals and a number of other buildings and places that have there ever since the British Rule. Take this tour if you know want to more about Agra and if you like exploring beyond the obvious. One of the most unique things to do in Agra!

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Colonial Walk
Things to do in Agra – Colonial Walk

3) Cultural Walk of Agra

Who said Agra is only about the Taj Mahal? Take this walk to explore the hidden lanes, the bustling spice market, mosques and temples of Agra. Not only this, understand the Taj Mahal and Red Fort from a different perspective. View the Taj Mahal from a secret spot. Visit the local shops to taste traditional sweets of Agra and enjoy a ride on the Rickshaw. Take this walk and be a local of Agra as you explore new and niche things to do in Agra!

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Cultural Walk
Things to do in Agra – Cultural Walk

4) Discover the Oriental Side of Agra

Running out of things to do in Agra? Take this walk to discover and explore the oriental side of Agra. You will be visiting Dara Shikohs library, Mirza Ghalibs birthplace, and the Akbar church. You will also get an opportunity to see the grand old havelis and the oriental markets of Kinari Bazaar. On the way, you will see the early morning bustle at the shoe mandi in Johri Bazar, the only street of Ayurvedic doctors, the paan and the petha mandi and the food street of Seth Gali.

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Oriental Agra
Things to do in Agra – Oriental Agra

If you want these amazing things to do in Agra, simply reach out to us at makemesherpa@seeksherpa.com or call us at +91-96439-82934 and we’ll get them arranged. Our prices are very nominal and start at INR 700 to 900 per person. You can also check out more things to do on SeekSherpa.com. See you!

7 Unique Things to do in Delhi

Delhi has a lot of unique things to do, you’re just not looking hard enough!

If you’re looking for things to do in Delhi, you’ve landed at the right place! We have unique experiences that travellers would love to take.

1) Spice Market Tour at Asia’s Largest Spice Market

Visit Asia’s largest spice market to learn about the different spices, their origins, uses and benefits, the lovely dishes one makes from them, their trade, & also get a chance to purchase quality spices at reasonable rates for you to take back home should you please. This tour is one of the most unique things to do in Delhi!
This tour is conducted by a spice specialist who is also an at home chef and travel blogger. She has taken more than 100 travellers from 10 different countries on this unique tour.

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Spice Market
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Spice Market

2) Discovering Delhi 6

Have a bucket list of things to do in Delhi? Bet Old Delhi is right on top! Take this tour to understand Old Delhi from a historical, cultural and gastronomical perspective. Visit the temples, bazaars, and monuments of Old Delhi. Not only this, also visit the Paranthe Wale gali, the Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Ghalib ki Haveli and many more! 
This tour is conducted by an Ex Journalist, now pursuing Law. Comes with a background in history and current affairs with a penchant of good food.

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Old Delhi
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Old Delhi

3) Street Art and Street Photography Tour

Delhi is not just about its monuments and food. Take this tour to marvel at Delhi’s quirkiest graffiti through its urban village and capture the works through your lens as you stroll through the market. This tour takes place in Delhi’s happening urban village, Shahpur Jat, that is famous for its graffiti, street art, boutiques, restaurants and ruins! Perhaps, one of the most exciting things to do in Delhi this season.
This tour is conducted by a photographer and entrepreneur who knows this village in and out.

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Street Art
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Street Art

4)  Tour the boutiques of Hauz Khas with a personal stylist

Shopping for traditional Indian wear are things that all of you want to do in Delhi. On this tour, you will be visiting the boutiques of Hauz Khas/Khan Market for a pesonalized shopping experience. You can expect to visit shops with Indian fabrics, Indian traditional wear (salwar kameez, sarees), traditional jewellery, home decor, souvenirs, designer wear, ayurveda, tea and such like. 
Conducted by an Ex Consultant who now has her own travel startup. She will ease your decision making, take you to the best places and help find what you really want. Really, a unique and different way to explore the boutiques of Delhi. 

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Shopping Experience
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Shopping Experience

5) Mixology Masterclass with Indian Cocktails

Take this tour to learn the ancient art of mixology and muddling and to make 4 to 6 different cocktails and drink them too! Experiment with a wide range of raw ingredients from various families like Indian spices, herbs, fruits, & vegetables to make lip smacking cocktails.
This will be conducted by a mixologist who is trusted by the legendary PRS Oberoi.

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Mixology
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Mixology

6) Yoga Experience – At home/hotel

Take this experience pleasure the senses and tone the body with this pro Yoga session. It includes learning the asanas, breathing exercises, and stretching. It can also be followed by a one on one Karmic Healing Session. 
It is conducted by a state level running champion and Sivananda yoga teacher.

 

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Yoga
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Yoga

7) Private Pub Crawl in Hauz Khas Village/Khan Market/CP

On this tour you will be visiting the most happening pubs with a bunch of eager crawlers! Get a chance to show off your dance moves and try out new drinks. Sample the sights and sounds of Delhi’s electric nightlife over 3 hours and 5 bars!
This tour is conducted by a corporate lawyer by day, theatrician by weekend, and party animal by night.

Unique Things to do in Delhi - Pub Crawl
Unique Things to do in Delhi – Pub Crawl

 

If you want these amazing things to do in Delhi, simply reach out to us at makemesherpa@seeksherpa.com or call us at +91-96439-82934 and we’ll get them arranged. Our prices are very nominal and start at INR 800 to INR 1000 per person. You can also check out more things to do on SeekSherpa.com. See you!