Lakshmi Karunya Putrevu is a much-regarded Quality Assurance expert for the first-class Global Trade Platform, Mamenta. She is a graduate of JNTU as of 2004. Mamenta is a PC programming platform that utilizes A.I. to automate the intricacies of global trade. Brands and retailers find Mamenta unimaginably valuable as it allows for international integration of products across marketplaces. As a project manager and QA examiner, Lakshmi works with worldwide brands, explores and measures their needs, and creates a project plan to incorporate these global brands into international business sectors. Working closely with a global distribution technology team, Lakshmi guarantees these cycles are executed precisely and on time. Lakshmi is responsible for the crucial last step in the development of global brands on the Mamenta platform. This incorporates testing the start to finish integration of items before they become open to the general population for utilization and intently assessing these items and projects for any defects or shortcomings that might be hidden.
Lakshmi has accrued years of hands-on experience as a Quality Assurance analyst across diverse technology companies throughout her professional career. Along with Mamenta, Lakshmi is currently partnered with Numentica LLC, a popular Search Analytics and Data Management Consulting Services Firm located in Torrance, CA. Numentica LLC is a consulting firm that specializes in software product development, business intelligence, and data management. With Numentica LLC, Lakshmi has worked across a diverse range of industries such as ECommerce, Finance, and Marketing and Supply Chain Automation. She is a productive member of a talented team of software experts who build enterprise software at fortune 500 companies and help lead them to find success. Lakshmi believes that Numentica LLC’s success is a result of the success of Numentica LLC’s clients, and as their associate Lakshmi has proven she will go the extra mile to provide these clients with a reliable competitive edge through excellence and innovation. Due to her dedication to customer care, it wasn’t difficult for Lakshmi to create genuine and lasting relationships with her clients, and her employers at Numentica LLC have taken note of this; they have praised her enthusiasm, dedication, and extraordinary talent in the technological field, and subsequently welcomed her to the Numentica LLC team after she endured what the company claims to be one of the most demanding and trying recruitment processes to date. Lakshmi has played a significant part in Numentica LLC’s success working under their wing for nearly ten years and has indisputably proven herself to be a vital asset for her company’s stellar reputation with a high level of customer satisfaction and success.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
The idea behind Mamenta is to help brands to sell more. We take advantage of the digital space and help corporations see how their brands can utilize it more efficiently with the use of our platform in order to widen their global reach.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I am a big fan of anything that helps me to be more productive. So, my morning consists of looking over these tools I have implemented in order to streamline my efficiency. All of my planners are digital and synced throughout all of my devices so that I can check my schedule at any point of the day, no matter where I am. That definitely helps me to be more productive because then I am not shuffling through papers or forgetting my planner at home and missing any important appointments. Other than that, I like my routines and I tend to stick to a pretty healthy diet, I make time for things I enjoy before I head to bed for the night, such as reading and then rinse and repeat.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Since I was young, I would say that I have always been one to sketch my ideas out. Even thoughts, I like to write them out and see them in front of me in order to think the idea through from start to finish. It is a very visual process for me paired with the logical thinking process that is going on in my head. For some people ideas are like puzzles, for others maybe they are more like numbers in a math problem, but for me ideas and thoughts take on a more artistic form like a drawing. When I am working out a new idea, I like to lay it all out in front of me until the whole picture comes together.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Consumers are starting to care more about quality and as a QA analyst, that’s great! It’s job security. Things like fast fashion are on the way out and greener, more sustainable things like buy nothing groups are popping up. Individuals are becoming more conscientious about their footprint and the legacy they leave behind and part of that is being aware of the quality of the goods they consume. If more people stop and ask, “is this item going to last me a long time and have a smaller chance of ending up in a landfill?” we will have a greater chance of making a bigger impact.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I read a lot. Not just books for entertainment, but I like to read for educational purposes, and I feel as though that makes me a much more productive person and entrepreneur. In fact, reading has been scientifically proven to help improve memory so that alone proves that it can give you an edge if you make it a regular habit. Plus, if you are constantly consuming the right kind of materials, you can also stay ahead of the competition.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I think I would tell my younger self to slow down. What I mean by that is really to be more mindful. So many of us fall into the habit of rushing everywhere and being constantly occupied with what we need to do next but that just creates a state of anxiety and unhappiness. I wish I had learned this earlier so that is what I would tell my younger self.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Mondays aren’t that bad. Everyone hates Monday but they always feel like a fresh start to me, so I don’t mind them.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekend. When our internal clocks get messed up, it can be detrimental to our overall health so it is best if we can keep them as consistent as possible. Obviously try to go to bed at the same time as well but start with wake times first and build from there.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Build a vast network of connections. Jobs are hard to come by these days and I have seen so many of my friends get passed over for a job that they were more than qualified for because they were one of hundreds of applicants. When the job market is this competitive, connections and networking is all the more crucial to getting a job at times. Build your online presence, keep your information up-to-date, and make sure that what you are posting online is smart and professional. Keep the personal, party photos for your social media accounts that are hopefully already private.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I had an experience once where I put my trust in the wrong person. I was younger and thought that if a person was your superior and older than you, you could automatically trust and confide in them. That turned out to not be the case. I learned a very valuable lesson and it made me a smarter professional. In overcoming that experience, I learned that it is not wise to put all your eggs in one basket. Sure, it is great to have a mentor, but don’t let that stop you from learning from others at the same time. It goes back to networking and connections too, remember to reach out and be broad in those connections you make so that if one person does end up being different than you expected, you have other connections to rely on.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
It seems like our phones and our smart devices at home are always listening to us. People get annoyed by it, we make jokes about it too, but what if we were able to train these devices to pick up on keywords and detect when an individual is depressed in order to send them a message with resources offering help? Perhaps we could turn this into something useful that could help the millions that suffer with mental health issues.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
There are a few charities that I actively support, and I am very passionate about them. I set aside a certain amount in my budget each month for each one and then once a year I give a higher amount to the three of them. It is something I have been doing regularly for years. They include ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, World Food Program USA, and the Subandha Foundation.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Like I was saying before, I like to have a calendar app that is synced across all of my devices in order to stay more productive. I found a great one called Fantastical 2. Its design is beautiful, it is very user friendly and I put all of my events in there so that I can consult it multiple times a day. It has a lot of great features too, like I can add others to events if they also have the app, it will automatically detect addresses and other information when you are inputting it into a new entry. It is a really great app.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?: Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business by Marcella Allison. It was a very entertaining book, especially as woman because you can learn from the experience of other women that have been there and experienced the world of entrepreneurship.
What is your favorite quote?
“Success is not what you have, but who you are.” -Bo Bennet
• Learn to enjoy reading a lot, it will help you to be a more productive person and even improve your memory.
• Slow down and be a more mindful person. Rushing everywhere just makes you anxious and that is unproductive, I wish I had learned this sooner.
• Build a great network of connections for yourself.
• Find a good calendar app like Fantastical 2 to assist you in your productivity.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.