interview is a part of Startup Terminal interview series to mark the occasion
of ‘International Women’s Day’
|Kamalika Bhattacharya, CEO, QuoDeck Technologies|
Please tell us more about yourself.
Bhattacharya: I am
the CEO of QuoDeck Technologies, a global B2B SaaS product in the Enterprise
Learning space. Before founding QuoDeck, I spent over 13 years primarily in
investment banking, helping startups and large companies raise capital from
investors. I am also a graduate of ISB.
from what I always considered to be the more exciting side of things – the
entrepreneur’s- I founded QuoDeck along with my husband in 2010. Today QuoDeck
is one of the top products in this space with over 62,000 learners from 20+
companies using QuoDeck to learn. Globally, it is used by over 500 creators
from 40 countries to create game-based mobile learning.
Who is your biggest influence in life?
father has been the biggest influence in my life. He taught me to appreciate
the value of hard work and standing for what I believe in. As a PSU employee
who went on to become the Executive Director of BHEL, I saw him stand up and be
counted in a system that’s not inherently designed to reward straight shooters.
Though he didn’t understand initially why I wanted to upset the apple cart and
take on the risk of starting a business, he has been one of my staunchest
What challenges do you face in your day to day professional life, if any?
Bhattacharya: As a
woman entrepreneur in the technology space, I think it is challenging to manage
pressures from work and home. While juggling family and work is becoming second
nature, it still poses its challenges. Of course, working as a husband and wife
founding team can help alleviate that pressure slightly. I have an
understanding husband when it comes to work pressures, because he’s right there
Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years down the line?
a thriving QuoDeck ecosystem globally. I want to see this established as the
go-to product brand in enterprise learning across the world.
What is your message to the readers on ‘International Women’s Day’?
Bhattacharya: It is
customary to talk of balance when it comes to talking about women, but I have a
different message. The world around us is changing to see women as the mother
of dragons rather than the lady with the lamp. It is okay to be a go-getter,
and to want the world to accept you as fire and not earth.