The below is a transcript of the Wonder Women podcast, which can be found on YouTube here. Content has been edited for clarity.
Hello everybody and welcome to our Wonder Women podcast, the main podcast for the businessmagazineforwomen.com.
In our podcasts, just like in our magazine, we’re focused on promoting women’s voices in business, technology, STEM, politics, sports, arts and culture. My name is Monica Antoki, I’m the founder of the businessmagazineforwomen.com and the host of today’s podcast.
Today we’re speaking with the CEO of Enfavr, Aparna Pujar, and we’ll be delving into the sharing economy and the helping economy and the reciprocity movements that’s going around. So Aparna, hi and welcome.
Hi I’m happy to be here, very nice to have had this opportunity.
Absolutely, so let’s introduce you to our audience. Who is Aparna Pujar?
I’m originally from India as as my name would have given away. I grew up and studied there and I have three siblings. I was always fascinated in tech as I was growing up and I eventually graduated as an electrical engineer. I later completed my master’s in computer science in the U.S. at Santa Clara University. I migrated to the U.S. 25 years ago and was fortunate to land in Silicon Valley. The internet at that time was just taking off and I got hooked. I love being in the thick and thin of all the action that has happened here and continues to happen. I also have two daughters. One of them is in college, and the other one is in high school. My husband also works in high tech and he is a human resource executive.
Prior to Enfavr you worked at eBay and Yahoo!, and you also have a women’s startup lab. Can you provide us with a background on that?
As I mentioned before, my career actually grew with internet companies or internet-based companies. Yahoo! and eBay at the time where these iconic companies — even to this day they still are — and they had some of the most smartest people. I was glad to have had the opportunity to work with them. This is the generation that changed how we use internet today. I learned a lot and made some really good friends.
The women startup lab was different because I had decided to take on entrepreneurship and I knew I had to learn some basic skills about being an entrepreneur. Women startup lab was this fascinating accelerator that was designed to help women succeed as entrepreneurs. It was a perfect extension of the skill sets that I needed to have, especially with what I was trying to do in the next phase of my life.
Please see part two of the interview here.