[Member Diaries] I believe I am at the right place at the right time! – Jayanth Ram KV

Here is what our Rubik’s Cube Maestro, Jayanth has to say about his experience at Vaave.


“It’s quite good time of 3.4 years with Vaave.

I was looking for a job after my graduation. At this point one thought occupied most of my mind – I should work with a start-up (I didn’t know the word start-up at that point though :) ) building a product rather than in an MNC in the services domain. I felt that in an MNC scope for my learning would be less. Time passed and I was still waiting for the right job. I was getting desperate. It was then that I luckily got introduced to Vaave by a mutual friend, Saikiran Gunda.

It has been an awesome experience working with Vaave. My team at Vaave (Paresh, Ramu, Ravi, Saddam) helped me learn a lot of things in a short span of time. I believe this is the best growth I could have had professionally. I am not sure if I would have learnt a little more or little less if I was in a different company but I feel I am at the right place at the right time. Personally as well, I got good support from my team when I needed it the most.

Vaave has a great core team and I love the freedom we have at work. I love being a part of my team. We are now more organized than before and I feel there is a great scope for growth.

10 years from now I want to see Vaave as an international brand. I want Vaave to be at place where people know us by name and reach out to us for the solution. I want Vaave to expand to sectors like healthcare and solve real problems there as well. I see myself as one of the team leads for the development then making the product more kick ass.”

IIT (BHU) Varanasi launches brand new global alumni portal powered by Vaave

We are very happy to announce the launch of the brand new alumni portal of IIT (BHU) Varanasi powered by Vaave.

IIT (BHU) Varanasi (http://www.iitbhu.ac.in/) is one of the oldest and most prestigious engineering colleges in India. This university has a glorious heritage and a great number of notable alumni to boast about.


Founded in 1919 as the Banaras Engineering College, it became the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1968. It was designated an Indian Institute of Technology in 2012. BHU has the credit of first starting degree classes in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Pharmaceutics. BHU was the first Indian university to introduce the study of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. IIT (BHU), Varanasi is ranked 14 in National Institutional Ranking Framework published by Ministry of Human Resource Development in April 2016.

IIT (BHU) is the proud alma-mater of notable alumni like:

  • Thomas Anantharaman, one of the 3-member team at IBM who developed IBM Deep Blue supercomputer.
  • Kota Harinarayana, a Padma Shri awardee and distinguished scientist at DRDO
  • Nikesh Arora, President at Softbank, Ex-Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Google. Currently the highest paid Indian executive in the world.
  • Krishan Kant, former Vice-President of India.
  • Veer Bhadra Mishra, Professor, founder of Sankat Mochan Foundation and was a TIME Magazines “Hero of the Planet” recipient in 1999 for his work related to cleaning of the Ganges.
  • Varun Grover (writer), National Film Award winning Lyricist and Songwriter. Famous for writing the songs of Gangs of Wasseypur.

We sincerely thank Mr. Ashish Bhartia (Director – IIT BHU Global Alumni Association) and all the other members of the alumni association for providing us with the golden opportunity of building the Official Alumni Portal for IIT (BHU) Varanasi.

The alumni association was keen on revamping it’s old alumni website into a more interactive and user friendly one. In spite of being the largest alumni association among all IITs, the association was facing challenges in effectively managing its alumni relations. After considering multiple options and numerous conversations, the association chose Vaave as their Official Alumni Engagement Partner. They felt that Vaave, with an impressive track record of working with many premier institutions across India will help them achieve their goals in the most effective way possible by providing a technology solution to streamline alumni engagement and also by continuously supporting them in their efforts.

IIT BHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA) launched the new portal on September 17 and it was heartening to see the response from their beloved alumni.

Within a few minutes of announcing the launch on their Facebook page, the post was flooded with many likes and shares.

We look forward to a long lasting relationship with IIT (BHU) Varanasi and maintaining the trust that they have put in us. We are committed to helping the institution and the alumni association connect back to their alumni in a meaningful manner.

Visit the Alumni Network of IIT (BHU) Varanasi here – https://connect.iitbhuglobal.org/

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Goodbyes are not forever!

Sasi Priya is an alumna of VNR VJIET and an awesome quizzer. She has been an Evangelist with us and is now off to pursue her Masters in Human Resource Management from TISS Mumbai. Here is what she has to say about her experience at Vaave.

My overall experience summed up in a single word is – fabulous. I had a great time working at Vaave. The job was challenging, my colleagues ever helpful and Vaave as a whole, a terrific place to explore myself as a person. The thing that makes Vaave a wonderful place to work at, is the commitment of the core team to the cause that is Alumni Networking and the way they have chosen to go about it. Their clarity of vision and the means to achieve the vision made it very easy for me to connect to Vaave.

I believe my personal growth was linear before Vaave and it was exponential while in Vaave. My best learning from my mentor Yasaswy was understanding people’s needs accurately. Deciphering what a person wants was a difficult task for me earlier, but after working at Vaave and with my team, I am now able to read between the lines of what people are trying to say. I also learnt the importance of focus and continuous improvisation to get things done. Personally, I learnt to be open to new experiences, step out of my comfort zone and be a nicer and kinder person, because that is how people at Vaave are :)

Each day was fun filled and exciting! I can proudly say that while at Vaave I NEVER experienced Monday blues! Not a single day! I always looked forward to going to office, working late hours was never ever a concern because you never realised when the time passed by at all! Lunch and tea times were always the highlights in the day, all the team came together to eat a meal, and there was so much energy and fun in the process you felt revitalized!  The conversations! Oh the conversations! on current topics, on office topics, all of them were sprinkled with just that bit of awesomeness, that they were deeply engaging, insightful and fun too! I love Vaave! I miss Vaave :(

It would be such gross injustice to single out one person to thank! The whole team was amazing, the spirit was great, the sense of belonging always ever present, so much so, it is still ‘our Vaave’ for me and not ‘Your Vaave’. Yasaswy and Sanjeev are two people that shaped my Vaave journey and made it what it is. There were turbulent days, there were days that I was disciplined and reprimanded, and it is for those days that I am most grateful to them. I made mistakes and I was given room and opportunity to right them, this helped me immensely in learning how to go about dealing with challenges, personally and professionally.

To Yasaswy and Sanjeev – ‘your concerns with me didn’t go unheard of, I remember the lessons you tried to teach me and continue to learn and grow from them, even today and most probably will continue to do so in the future too’.

We loved having you with us Sasi and you are truly missed!
We wish you tons of learning and wonderful experiences at TISS Mumbai.
We hope to see you back at office soon.

Lots of love,
Team Vaave

Intern Speak – Gattu Suryateja

Yo Gattu!

We loved having you with us over the summer, Gattu!
You have been an awesome intern and we wish you all the very best for everything you choose to do!

We wish that life showers you with tons of opportunities to go around the world with your camera!
And we look forward to seeing you soon again!
Here’s sending you tons of love.

– Team Vaave

Vaave goes International!

While our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, set foot in Africa to forge partnerships on food security, terrorism and Make in India; Vaave set foot in Africa to forge partnerships that will transform Africa’s education system.


Vaave recently went international by launching the leadership network of Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) run by United Nations ICT Task Force in Kenya.

GESCI‘s leadership network connects ICT ministers of several African Countries and other partners of GESCI’s outreach in Africa. The objective of the initiative is to create a sustainable and impactful network of knowledge society related sectors’ decision makers, government and public sector officials and experts, and practitioners and researchers in order to facilitate and stimulate the collective and distributed leadership capacities of African countries and strengthen their capacity to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We are very happy to announce the launch of our first international network and very proud that this network will play an instrumental role in promoting IT education in Africa.

Keep watching this space for more exciting updates on the places we go!

Vaave featured on ETV (Yuva)

We were featured on ETV (Yuva) yesterday. For those who missed the telecast, here is the complete video of the feature.

This is the first time Vaave is being covered on mainstream TV. Watch the video and keep showering us with your love !! :) :)

Vaave partners with GrabOn to offer exclusive deals to alumni

Vaave+grabonBusiness leaders, Educationists, Thought Leaders and Politicians alike have been advocating that collaboration is the new key to success. Our very own PM Modi is diligently following the collaboration mantra, paving way for strong international partnerships.

Vaave and GrabOn believe that collaboration is a great way ahead too. We are all set to enter into a strategic partnership that will help both companies create enduring value and achieve common goals together.

GrabOn is India’s largest couponing company owned and operated by Landmark IT Solutions, Hyderabad.

“The idea is to provide exclusive deals to the alumni networks powered by Vaave. Alumni Benefits & Rewards is an established concept in the west. It is a way for institutions to show appreciation for their alumni and keep them engaged. However, this has not caught up yet in India. Our partnership with GrabOn is a first step towards driving this concept in India as a way to strengthen alumni relationships. The nitigrities of the partnership are being chalked out. As both Vaave and GrabOn are growing very fast in India and expanding globally, we see great potential in this partnership.”, says Sanjeev, CEO of Vaave.

“Strategic growth is the way to go about for start ups. For GrabOn, it is yet another strategic alliance that we are getting into in order to reach more online shoppers and help them save on their next purchase. We are excited about our alliance with Vaave. We love their niche concept and look forward to collaborating with them and adding value to their product ”, says Ashok Reddy, CEO of GrabOn.

“We are very happy to be partnering with GrabOn. When we met Mr. Ashok Reddy for the first time, we realized we had so much in common – focus on sustainability and unit economics; focus on creating value for customers and focus on creating an awesome work culture – and we felt instantly connected. Our partnership with GrabOn will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders – Alumni, Institutions, Vaave and GrabOn. We look forward to a long lasting partnership with GrabOn.”, says Paresh, Founder & Managing Director of Vaave.

Watch this space for more exciting updates on this partnership!

GrabOn website : http://www.grabon.in/

Impact Story 2 – Impact of alumni engagement in a rural school

Here goes our Impact Story 2!

The Alumni Association of Kalvabugga AP Residential School (AAKARSH) had its humble beginning in 2014. It started with 10 alumni who wanted to give back to their school. AP Residential School is a rural government school located in Kalvabugga village of Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh. When an alumnus of the school, Mr. Dasanna Mareddy approached us to build their alumni network, we were more than happy to do that free of cost. With the help of the network powered by Vaave, the number of active members in the association grew to 500 in a very short span of time.

With the intent to give back to the school that nurtured them, the alumni association actively engaged its members on the network in development activities like renovating school infrastructure, mentoring and supporting graduating students and providing scholarships.

During the past two years, more than Rs. 10 Lakhs have been mobilized by alumni for making this village school a better learning space.

Rs. 1.5 Lakhs have been spent on providing benches for the school. Saraswati Kuteer has been established with Rs. 1 Lakh. Basic fittings like lights, fans, windows and doors were renovated with Rs. 1 Lakh. Rs. 50,000 per annum is being spent on additional faculty for computer training in the school. Scholarships of Rs. 10,000 per annum are being provided to top 4 graduating students to support their higher education.

Other than the monetary support, the alumni are doing a great job in mentoring and supporting students in making right career choices and achieving their goals.

It is stories like these that strengthen our belief that Alumni Engagement can truly create a magical impact and we are very thankful to AAKARSH for letting us be the catalyst for this impact.

AAKARSH's work published in Kurnool District edition of Eenadu Paper

Impact Story I – Impact of a Technology backed Alumni Network

Inspiring stories of Impact through active alumni engagement keep us going from one milestone to another.

We want to cherish and celebrate each one of these stories through our Impact Story Series where will talk about the inspiring change Alumni Engagement is bringing about in the networks powered by Vaave and in the larger educational space.

Here goes our Impact Story 1!

According to this report, India has around 14 lakh educational institutes that broadly range from primary schools to Universities.

Lakhs of students pass out of these educational institutes every year. In this rushed pace of life, the educational Institutes find it hard to keep track of their alumni and also the alumni find it hard to stay abreast of the latest happenings at their alma maters.

The power of technology has percolated to every aspect of human life across the globe. Social media has transformed how people interact with one another. In spite of such commendable achievements, the web world and technology remain neglected when it comes to Alumni Networking.

Some Educational Institutes identified the potential of technology and how it could effectively fill in the glaring gaps in Alumni Engagement.

Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology(SMIT) is one of them. SMIT had been engaging with their Alumni in an unstructured way until last year, when at the behest of some active alumni, students and management, they decided to build a formal Alumni Association. The SMIT Alumni Association was formed and the institute also signed up with Vaave to launch their exclusive and endorsed Alumni Network.

In 2016, their Alumni Engagement has taken a completely different turn courtesy the efforts put in by the association. Pushpak Chakraborthy, an alumnus of SMIT has penned down the transformative journey of SMIT Alumni Community in the last one year and how it has deeply impacted their lives.

Below are some excerpts from Pushpak’s article:

  • Increased Exposure to the world beyond College : The students at SMIT felt the absence of real world exposure to the corporate life that lay ahead of them. Coming together of SMIT Alumni opened the doors for them to understand the corporate world through the experiences of their own seniors and alumni of SMIT. 
  • Students felt Inspired and Connected to their Alumni: The end of college days brings about a sense of unprecedented uncertainty to students, as to what career one should pursue or which stream of higher education to take up and so on. This is best alleviated by the alumni interacting with students and educating them about their own journeys post college. SMIT Alumni Association’s – ‘Alumni Success Stories’ initiative did just that. It gave the students a starting point to where they could start off from after college. Taking up challenges did not seem so daunting after learning that one of theirs own had already done that.
  • Extensive Mentoring Support : The Alumni Success Stories Initiative was so successful that it led to organizing TEDx SMIT in which, the Alumni went back to SMIT and addressed their students and shared their stories with them. This further acted as a launchpad to promoting an active mentoring culture at SMIT.
  • Learnt about Job Trends and Industry Requirements : With the help of the jobs posted on the Alumni Network,students were able to understand the trending jobs in the market and the necessary skill sets required. This aspect made the students job ready.
  • Found Employment Opportunities : Students directly benefited from the job opportunities shared by their Alumni on the Alumni Network. Some more students who found mentors in their Alumni found unconventional jobs and jobs that suit their passions, which would have not been possible otherwise. Alumni helped their juniors and peers find their calling and also helped them pursue it.
  • A feeling of belongingness in a vibrant and helpful Community : Amongst all the benefits that came out of their Alumni Network, the one that stands out is – Alumni Community Building. He says SMIT Alumni are today a closely knit group of people ever ready to help one another. There is a shared feeling of togetherness that’s being nurtured and enriched every day by the active participation of SMIT Management, Alumni and Students.

These accomplishments of SMIT are due to the focussed and dedicated work of all the stakeholders (students, management and the alumni). Vaave facilitated and supported their efforts to bring them to fruition through a dedicated Success Manager and an exclusive Alumni Network with features so comprehensive that they could handle all their operations through the network. SMIT Alumni Network makes a strong case for what human efforts combined with smart technology can achieve and how a thriving alumni network benefits all the stakeholders of the Institute.

Please find Pushpak Chakraborthy’s original article here – How Our Alumni Network Changed Our Lives