I started at Hopin as a Strategic Finance Analyst on Monday 17th August, 2020. On paper, it certainly doesn’t sound like a long time ago but somehow I feel like I’ve been here for perhaps 3x the time. While I don’t think anyone has had a particularly linear sense of time in 2020, feeling settled in at Hopin is a more palpable feeling that’s quite comforting and adds a generous dose of excitement to a year like this.

I’d love to share a few early thoughts about the working culture, the hustle mentality and my humble take on the people…


As the title may suggest, I did a coding bootcamp and I didn’t want to become a developer. I knew that going into the bootcamp. I think it warrants talking about right now when I know that a lot of people whose working life has been impacted by COVID-19, and working professionals who are not key workers and are perhaps questioning their purpose might be looking to upskill, pivot or consider something new — this is often quite hard for generalists and in particular in such times of uncertainty. …


There has been a long pause between posts and as much as I enjoy writing for myself, I was delighted to hear from people (yes, shockingly, more than one person) that they wanted me to continue on with the series (and without prompting). So without much further ado I present you with another instalment. This CoWork Chronicles story is inspired by an event that may or may not have happened while being a tenant of a co-working space. As per co-working, these stories follow no particular order, but to read the previous short, take a look here.

You have probably…


As a generalist VC, I often get asked about my thoughts around InsurTech — the trends and insights. I would like to share with you my base understanding and expectations of InsurTech. Taking it back to basics and revealing what really gets me excited.

As I emphasise in my contribution to The InsurTech Book,[1] InsurTech is about solving the problems of the insurance industry and innovating for the future of the industry — it is a big universe. Global cumulative InsurTech venture capital funding surpassed $3 billion in 2018.[2] Now let’s put these “problem solver” InsurTech companies into categories. In…


This CoWork Chronicle story is inspired by an event that may or may not have happened while being a tenant of a co-working space. As per co-working, these stories follow no particular order, but to read the previous short, take a look here.

There are a few occasions that I need to leave our fish tank of an office. I have my water breaks in the communal kitchen. There is, of course, the option of industrial style and strength coffee, but I steer clear of caffeine and leave that for my colleagues. Then I have my rest breaks.

Ladies’ toilets…


So, I thought that I’d try my hand at creative writing. Let me rephrase that — I thought I’d be bold and upload my existing attempt at creative writing. This CoWork Chronicle story is inspired by an event that may or may not have happened while being a tenant of a co-working space.

Life in a co-working space can be glorious and wonderful, provided no one else is there. We were among the first tenants in the co-working space and from our fish tank of an office, we had reign of all amenities. This was short-lived when everybody and their…


Working for a venture capital fund backed by a large, global insurance company means a few things. (1) Everybody thinks you know InsurTech; and (2), everybody thinks you only invest in InsurTech. In short, (1) InsurTech is newly burgeoning, and I certainly have views on the industry, which I will share below; and (2), we invest in everything FinTech, enterprise, digital health and consumer tech.

I submitted an abstract for the upcoming InsurTech Book, which is crowd-sourcing its contributions. It would be great to get feedback and bounce ideas on my thoughts on the space, and if you like what…


Lots has been going on in Q4 of 2016 professionally and personally (and all good, I might add) that has led to a hiatus in blogging. Don’t worry for me, I like keeping busy and if circumstances don’t keep me busy, I’ll keep myself busy. That’s not to say that I haven’t been reading, just that it happens on planes, trains and occasionally between late night meetings. A couple of books worth a concrete mention in this post, together with my learnings from the Geek Girl Conference 2016: The Way We’re Wired. …


Never during my undergraduate or postgraduate studies was I so inspired by a course that I shared my notes online, or in my blog (not that this prevented people from photocopying my mind-maps — you know who you are). Even if there was ever anything worth sharing, the professor had inevitably already published their opus. Blake Masters posted his lecture notes online on his Tumblr and it became a ‘sensation’ (in quotes because I don’t know what the barometer is for something to be deemed a sensation — in the US or otherwise). …


Having just seen Finding Dory at the cinema this week, it’s pretty fitting to jot down my thoughts on this book now and mention that I loved this film — Pixar has never let me down. Those who know me will know that I’m not much of a movie buff, nor do I rush to watch new releases (or fabled classics for that matter) but I love animated movies. They’re not just for kids and the level of thought, detail and artistry that goes into them is remarkable.

This piece is a Pixar case study account on “overcoming the unseen…

Jannat Shah

London-born Gujarati. Interested in books, strategy games, business, tech, food & culture.

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