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Fireside chat with Manjit Johal, Co-Founder&CTO Purposa

Who is Manjit Johal?

At my core I would say I’m someone who likes to constantly find and experiment with new things, be that ideas or experiences or something totally different. I have a habit of getting really obsessed with something and going really deep on it, be that a new technology or a hobby or something else.

I started my career many years ago as a developer and what I enjoy the most is building things from scratch and taking on moonshot projects so that I can make my own little dent in the universe and improve my users lives by just a little.

I have been involved in many different projects over the years, some of which have failed and others that have succeeded so over the years I’ve developed a keen sense of what will work and what won’t.

What’s the story behind Purposa?

Purposa was founded on the simple idea that most of us want, and are motivated by – a job with an organisation and others that share similar ethos, values and drive to make a positive impact to others and the planet.

We use proven organisation performance, behavioural science, extensive data and machine learning to deliver an objective and powerful solution for individuals and organisations to make a better connection with one another.

What was the most difficult part of your experience in the early beginnings?

I think when a project that you’re deeply invested in fails or that new promising customer doesn’t pan out, that’s definitely one of the most difficult parts of the journey for me.

It’s hard not to take it personally and so it’s only over time that you learn to handle these scenarios in a much more calm and rational way and you learn to separate yourself from the project or business.

What are you most proud of regarding your business?

I am most proud of the fact that we are building something post covid that will help people really find fulfilment and happiness in their life by working on something that is more meaningful. I think that post covid people are really interested in what is happening.

What is your vision for the future of Purposa?

Our vision is to help people and organisations realise their purpose together. This means play a key role in transforming how people find work, grow and excel in their roles and help organisations truly live their values, exceed their commercial goals with a measurably positive impact to people and planet.

What’s your advice for the businesses that are trying to adapt to this economic climate?

I think this is a time to become as nimble and agile as possible and to focus on key areas of the business for growth and cut down on the more speculative opportunities.

Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel and so part of my advice is just to have faith that things will return to some level of normality and so growth and new opportunities should resume.

Please name a few technologies which have the greatest impact on your business.

I think that natural language processing has had a massive impact on our business as it is a cornerstone of how we are able to offer a faster and easier service compared to the existing tools that are on the market.

Additionally cloud tools such as Amazon web services and google cloud service have enabled us to move much faster with our development roadmap and create a more high quality service with fewer resources.

What books do you have on your nightstand?

  • Homo Deus – Noah Yuval harari
  • Game thinking – Amy Jo Kim
  • The Overstory – Richard Powers.

Because of the current economic climate our publication has started a series of discussions with professional individuals meant to engage our readers with relevant companies and their representatives in order to discuss their involvement, what challenges they have had in the past and what they are looking forward to in the future. This sequence aims to present a series of experiences, recent developments, changes and downsides in terms of their business areas, as well as their goals, values, career history, the high-impact success outcomes and achievements.

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