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by Malini Gowrishankar on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fringe, Geekery & Life Hacks

Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level


This session is the perspective of an individual who has done it all and has no regrets about it whatsoever! I intend to give the audience a fair idea as to what to expect when contemplating which path to choose when.


The grass is always greener on the other side. when you have a job, entrepreneurship sounds cooler. When struggling to keep your company afloat, you miss the pay packet. That’s when you think if you should freelance. Having done all the three of them over a career span of about 11 years and having been fairly successful(!) at each of them, I have a few notes to share, bust the myths associated with each of them and give the audience a fair idea as to what to expect when contemplating which path to choose when.



Speaker bio

Malini Gowrishankar

Freelance voice-over artist and entrepreneur (www.f5escapes.com)

I am an Electronics and Communication Engineer by qualification and in 2013, I was a part of the MPWE (Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs), conducted by IIM Bangalore.
My experience spans multiple industries – after working for over 7 years in the IT industry as a techie, I decided to pursue my hobby of voice-overs full time. I quit my job and started doing voice-overs and creative writing. For over 3 years, I actively lent my voice for e-learning, radio and TVCs, short videos, animated CD ROMs etc. During this period, I also worked (as a freelance consultant) as a Tamil Radio Jockey for 1.5 years with TimbreMedia (Worldspace Radio.)

In July 2013, I started my first business venture, F5 Escapes. F5 Escapes is an alternate travel company, focused on providing offbeat travel experiences to the urban woman.F5 Escapes offers customized itineraries too, for women groups and families.
I’ve also actively volunteered with Headstart Network Foundation – Bangalore Chapter. HNF is one of India’s biggest grassroots level entrepreneurship communities, within presence in over 13 cities.

So corporate job, freelancing, volunteering, running a company - I have tried my hands at all. Ain’t jack of all trades enough to be pitching for THIS topic? :)