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People of OST: Ira Merchant, Recruiting Director
Ira Merchant is an experienced talent acquisition professional. She has been working on our team in Pune since 2012. Her experience and forte lie in her ability to help organisations scale rapidly while innovating recruitment practices that strengthen the people experience. She has a hands-on, action oriented approach to work.
Tell us about yourself!
I am from a small town in the largest state of North India, which is Rajasthan. I did my schooling there and then moved around a couple of cities for my graduate and post-graduate studies. I came to Pune about 17 years ago for my MBA, met my husband in college, and since then have made Pune my permanent home.
Before OST, I worked with boutique recruitment firms, established technology firms, and sales-and-marketing consulting firms as a recruiter. I joined the OST Pune technology team in 2012 and am forever grateful for getting an opportunity to work with this start-up firm. I absolutely love the start-up DNA we maintain at OST, where things are always fast-paced, ever evolving with aggressive timelines, setting and achieving ambitious goals. OST offers the flexibility to innovate, an opportunity to work with graduates from Ivy League schools and top colleges in India, and so much more.
What do you find most interesting about blockchain technology?
First, it is interesting because it is a new, rapidly evolving technology. My thoughts resonate with what Mark Bonchek, the founder & CEO of Shift Thinking, talked about in his OST LIVE talk. He laid out parallels between the evolution of blockchain and the internet. According to him, the potential of what the internet could do or would become was not taken seriously in its early development. The same is happening with blockchain. It would be super interesting to ...
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