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The other day, after finishing some work-related things, I went for a run. And just like usually during my runs, I used the time for reflection (although in the end of the run I was just thinking about surviving). But as I was analysing my day and thinking about the work I had just finished, I realised it was coming close to my one-year anniversary in Triumf - so the rest of the time I reflected on my progress in the team so far. Here it is:
I first found out about Triumf accidentally from an external website in Summer 2018 and decided to contact the team to see if I could get any start-up related experience. I just immediately loved the idea of Triumf of supporting ill children through a mobile game, and I wanted to contribute. Long story short, the two months of internship that I was first assigned for, ended up taking me to a year-long journey with a mission to provide healthier futures for children.
And it’s not only the end goal that I love, it’s also the people that I get to work with to achieve it. Triumf team is small but resilient, and it’s full of passionate and creative people. Each team member brings a different perspective to the table and I love seeing how we are not afraid of new ideas and challenges that pave the way for improvements and progress. Sometimes during weekly Skype meetings, I just sit back and think, whoa this is really cool.
But it’s also the way that the team responds to mistakes and setbacks –by showing support and using rational thinking to put things into perspective. Setbacks are inevitable, especially in the start-up world, and they’re not the end of the world. Failures are vital learning points and it’s a true magic how our team almost always manages turn it into something good. It’s a concept that I have really come to appreciate during my time in Triumf.
Throughout the year, I have had the opportunity to challenge myself in a number of different ways, some of which have really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I wondered if Kadri really knew what she was doing when she trusted me with some tasks… but of course she did. I have learned a lot about health technology in general, through updating our social media, writing blog posts and attending conferences and events. Some of the highlights include pitching in front of health care experts during Deloitte Most Innovative Health Tech Start-Up event, attending Deep Dive Week for med-tech start-ups in Dublin, creating content related to healthy behaviours in the game, and so much more. Going to pitch and speaking with the investors for the first time (and second and third) always makes me nervous because I want to represent Triumf in a best possible way. But positive feedback has given me confidence and I have learned a lot.
There’s a lot that I could still discuss but would probably just bore the readers. All I can say is that I’m it’s been a great year at Triumf. Let’s see where Triumf journey will take me next… hint, it may be Tel Aviv. Stay tuned!