Say Hi to New Members of Team Daily

Hasn’t it been long since we last communicated? Oh, we feel like it’s been ages!

Yes, we were missing in action here but the action wasn’t missing us. While we were away from the blog, we were busy with growing Team Daily. From Delivery Specialists to Sales Reps to Interns, we have quite many new Daily-ians around.

Today, we’ll be talking to one of our new team members about some cliched and some interesting topics.

So, let’s get chatting with Rashmi Acharyya – our newest Intern.
Rashmi is a postgraduate candidate at SFU and you guessed it, she got in touch with us through our network at the University. She has been with us for over 2 months now and plans to extend her internship well into the New Year.

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Prior to joining our Team, Rashmi said that she thought Daily’s working environment was just like any other office where employees came in at 9am, quietly did their tasks, took a lunch break and left by 5pm. Although she was looking to gain work experience, she mentioned that she did not want a corporate style worklife.

With the stroke of their magic wand, our contacts at SFU got Rashmi in touch with us and the rest, let’s hear it from her.

Knowing that she doesn’t enjoy the traditional working environment, we quizzed her on how she finds Daily. She started with, “it’s so much fun” and added, “I love the people around me”. Smiling brightly, like she always does, she went on to say that she is always surrounded by fun, jokes and laughter. She’s right and you all know it! Talking about her team members, she said, “Fez, Sal and Jessie are such cool people to work with. I love their energy and their passion towards their work”.
Going by her enthusiasm, we think that our energy and passion has definitely rubbed on to her.
Talking about Daily moved on with us asking her about her tasks in the office. No, we don’t burden our interns with work. And no, we don’t get our interns to grab donuts and coffee for us. Okay, donuts are fattening and we drink beer so scratch that. Coming back to Rash (as we fondly call her), she said that though initially nervous, she is now confident to dabble in everything she can. She further added that she has learnt a great deal about all facets of a startup after joining us. “Choosing to join a startup was a conscious decision since I wanted to do learn about operations management, HR, accounting and all the tiny bits about running a business. I did not want to limit myself to just development work”, she elaborated on why she chose a startup for her internship. Good decision, we say!

Rash hard at work
Rash hard at work

Other than learning about the nitty-gritty of day-to-day operations at Daily, Rash said that she’s also getting to improve her communication skills. She would like to use her enhanced interpersonal skills in the Sales arena. “Once I am well-versed with the business and am confident enough, I would like to go out and bring more clients for Daily”, she included.

It’s impressive to see Rash’s drive and zeal to learn more and do more. After all, these two qualities form the core of Team Daily.

While we can go on and on talking about work, we switched topics and asked Rashmi about fun at work. “Like I said earlier, every day at Daily is full of fun and laughter”, she said giggling thinking of all the usual antics of Daily-ians. When asked to narrate an incident, she spoke about the time Leo came into the office. “Amir’s puppy, Leo, is adorable. Playing with him while working is a lot of fun. When Leo was in the office, seeing Jessie also try and play with him was interesting. It was all the more interesting since Jessie is scared of dogs”, she said while looking at a visible embarrassed Jessie and bursting with laughter. “Also”, she went on, “playing with the drone in the office is another stress buster. But I get everyone staring at me when I crash it against the wall”. Yes, Rash, we get worried that we might just lose our beloved drone.
Work is all fun and games especially at this time of year. When inquired about her Holiday plans, Rash said that she did not have any concrete plans but looks forward to absorbing Vancouver’s Holiday spirit. With various activities and events going on, we are sure that Rash will have a gala time.

We are all in Holiday mode and mood. How about you? While you enjoy some hot chocolate, we’ll get back to working hard to bring you some exciting surprises next year. Till then, have a great time y’all! 😀

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Team Daily’s Rowing Star

Hello, folks! We are sure that by now you all must have seen and read about all our ‘behind-the-scenes’ actions at the DD office. So, we thought it is just right for us to introduce you to some of our team members now. Want to know more? Read on!

Team Daily is a ragtag clan of marvelous misfits, and we thought it might be fun to let you know a little bit about each shining cog in the DD machine. Take Vlad Tyminsky, for example.

Vlad joined our team as a Delivery Specialist this past November, but little did we know that he lacked one vital qualification: a Driver’s License! But then, the Universe conspired and the day after he accepted the position, he also aced his driving test (It is all in the stars, we say!)

Being the focused person that Vlad is, there’s really not much that can deter him from achieving anything. This determination has served him well in all facets of his very busy life. And these are the traits that have also made him vital to operations here at DD. So much so, that when he told us that delivering would not work with his situation anymore, we talked him into sticking around as a dispatcher.

Since moving to Vancouver from Ukraine in the summer of 2010 in order to have access to greater opportunity, he’s taken full advantage of the privileges of living here. The man does not have many idle hours between rowing practice in the morning, taking courses in Kinesiology at Langara during the day, and studying, dispatching for DD. If all these activities are not enough, he also coaches rowing students during evenings and weekends (Yes, he is amazingly hardworking like this!)

Some say those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach – but that’s not the case with Vlad. Not only did he take first place in the under-19 category while rowing for team BC, his students nominated him as the top “Learn to Row” coach at the Vancouver Rowing Club. He’s sponsored as a Provincial Development Athlete, and is currently training for a place on Team Canada. If he makes the cut, he’ll be representing Canada at the world championship in Bulgaria this summer! (Yaay! Go Vlad Go! Your supporters are ready already!)

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But what fuels our young athlete? How does he have the stamina to sustain his busy schedule and his rigorous training?

“Steamrollers!”

He loves a good burrito. “They’re healthy and affordable, and they have lots of options to choose from.”

A note to the folks over at Steamrollers: it would be a shrewd move to offer Vlad some kind of sponsorship. You’re never gonna find yourselves a poster boy with better guns than our buddy, Vlad, so strike while the steamroller’s hot – before Pita Pit picks him up.

Without getting emotional (yeah, we are just those sensitive, soft souls!), Vlad, Team Daily is proud of you! 🙂