Today, Sangeeta and I had a chat on IM ( yes we are in the same office - long story :) ) regarding what will be the title. We cannot have traditional roles like CxO, X Manager etc. - as in a startup you have to specifically generalize.
When we started ApartmentAdda, I had a short title on my Business card - Chief. - with a period at the end. I was ragged for 15 minutes by one committee when I had gone for a demo. Also later Sachin who was our Product Innovation Lead - used to tease me - Chief What?
So when we went for a reprint had it printed as Chief, Technology. That explains one aspect of my job - the primary role. But there are lot other things I handle daily - support, IS, patching, backups, opening office, UPS rationing, analytics, accounting, server, domain renewals, organize team outings...
Over to Sangeeta. She does Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Support and lot other things like - hunting for the perfect coffee, head hunting, accounting, Weekly quicksters ( check our page on http://facebook.com/apartmentadda ).
Taking all the factors into consideration - customers,partners,vendors,investors - we finally decided to have functional titles based on our primary roles.
This will be the 3rd reprint of my card and the Title is a little bigger than last years. Curious to know? Will do the handshake next time we meet and give my card :)
So - what are the titles in your startup/organization ?
Couple of tweets I received on this :
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