7 Questions with Shubhra Shrivastava
Name: Shubhra Shrivastava
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: Digiprima Technologies
Shubhra Shrivastava CEO of DigiPrima Technologies is an energetic, driven, and accomplished entrepreneur with a track record of success in managing complex IT modernization. Her passion is to resolve the business challenges through technical innovation, sophisticated software and engineering skills.
She is a solutions driver who bridges the gap between business and technology while envisioning the bigger picture to solve problems and provide results.
A software architect by profession and a wild kid by nature who knows no limits when it comes to taking challenges and executing them with brutal honesty! Her strategic and pragmatic approach drives performance excellence when it comes to executing road maps. All complemented by being an innate team collaborator with the ability to inspire thought leadership.
Before setting up DigiPrima, she worked at HCL Technologies in Fintech and Healthcare domains. The role also gave her exposure and passion for how an enterprise company can be grown exponentially without a proportional increase in headcount, thereby increased efficiency.
She is Member of:
• Mobile World Congress (MWC) Los Angles, USA
• Gitex Tech Week Dubai, UAE
• Women In Technology, USA
• Google Women Techmakers, USA
• Great ideas & MVPs
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?
The challenges have been massive, from team management to client satisfaction. I became an electrical engineer at a time when women in tech were not how it is today. After graduating from Maulana Azad NIT (a regional engineering college), Bhopal, in 1989, I made the switch to software engineering by joining NIIT Limited as a project lead and a faculty member.
Soon after graduation, I did not work for the first four years because I had to take care of my family. During the course of getting married and running a family, I was away from the workforce for almost seven years, and getting a job again after a long gap was really hard.
2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My husband had been a rock of a support system throughout her career and encouraged her to startup when she was 47. Today, Digiprima is present in Indore, New York City, and Dubai, while catering to B2B customers across India, the US, the UK, and Australia.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Work is a passion for me and maybe I did not follow the typical office routine from the starting of my career, I have the urge to work.
I find "working out in the morning" and "working in the morning " a very effective method for increasing productivity throughout the day. This helps increase energy levels and decrease any stress you might have about the day.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Employee first culture - an environment in which employees feel comfortable sharing concerns, feel their voice is heard and respected, see opportunities for growth, feel respected expressing their opinion, feel that they have a fair work-life balance, believe in the core values of the organization.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Who Moved My Cheese
6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?
Gather feedback about the current performance of potential leaders. Using a 360-degree review process, you create an online questionnaire to solicit input from an employee’s co-workers, superiors and customers.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?
Slow and steady wins the race!!