Anjali Menon – Offsite Immersive 2016 Resident Volunteer

Anjali Menon

San Francisco, USA

Anjali Menon

@elegantunivers9

What is your potted history?

I’ve worked at a diverse range of places from The Economist, to TaskRabbit, to Twitter, to now Magic. Every experience has been thoroughly fulfilling, and extremely humbling. At TaskRabbit I was deeply involved with the operations of one of the earliest pioneers of the on demand economy. At Twitter, I was a product manager and managed our help center. And at Magic, I manage our operations. For more information about me, see here.

Why did you decide to join Offsite Immersive as a resident volunteer in 2016?

I decided to join the Offsite Immersive Program because it felt like a really good way to share a lot of the learnings I’ve had over the past few years in on demand startups with a group of folks. I also admire the program Claudia and co have built up. Hats off.

What is your intention for the week?

My intention for the week is to share as much as I can with the group. I’d also like to learn as much as I can about this diverse group.

How will you create and share with the community?

I hope to be able to share my learnings with this community through flash talks. I’d also love to just be a resource for folks interested in learnings from the on demand economy. I was extremely involved with the operations of some of the most well known on demand startups, such as TaskRabbit. I am hoping to share that knowledge with the greater group.

What do you want to learn and understand during this time?

I would love to learn about the motivations and goals of this groups. I want to be able to learn about what has brought everyone together and what everyone is hoping to achieve.

How do you hope to grow during this experience?

I hope to grow with the group, together. Particularly, I’d like to learn about the other members of the group. I believe there is something to learn from everyone, and if I can take away something from everyone here, I will be extremely satisfied with the experience.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

I used to sing in a show choir and an opera group.

Tell us about a book that made you feel happy…

Murakami’s 1Q84. It made me believe in the possibility of magic and enormously powerful human connections.

What food reminds you of your childhood and why?

Okra – my grandparents would have it made for me almost every day!

What do you love most about your work?

I love that I help to make people’s dreams come true, in a space that I’m intimately familiar with.

What is something that really inspires you in life?

My grandfather continues to be my guiding inspiration in life. Folks that can achieve the highest levels of their profession inspire me day in and day out.

When you travel what things do you like to explore from the local culture?

I love to explore local favorites – local cuisines, local hangouts, less-travelled beaches, etc.

When was the last time you over 24h without your phone or digital devices and how did that make you feel?

Last month in the Philippines. It’s unsettling because it becomes so much a part of you.

Check out Offsite Immersive 2016 coworking retreat, and join Anjali and other creative professionals during 11–18 September, for a week of focus, collaboration, learning, playfulness and unplugging, in a truly inspiring place in the south of Portugal.

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