Prash Interview

May 24, 2018

This month we interview Prashan who joined us back in January and shares his background and motivations behind starting a career in Corporate Finance.

 

  1. What was your background prior to joining Bluebox?

I studied Engineering Science at Oxford University (graduating in 2017) before undertaking an internship at Deutsche Borse in their Market Data & Services division. I made the move to Bluebox 3 months later.

 

  1. What were your motivations behind choosing a career in Corporate Finance?

At university I came across several start-ups and spinout companies led by students, ex-students and academic staff. So many of these groups seemed to be developing groundbreaking technology or creating innovative products that would genuinely change our way of life. These setups of course required capital to continue their work and eventually bring their products to market. It became clear to me that fundraising plays an integral role in any and all human innovation. I wanted to be a part of something that enables that effort, and there seems no better field than corporate finance.

 

  1. What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

I feel quite fortunate to have been exposed to many of the stages of a deal cycle in my short time here. And it’s exciting to think about how much knowledge I’ve accrued. More so than anything else, I’ve been involved in completing research tasks for the team; anything from compiling briefing notes for client pitches to creating potential purchaser reports for new projects.

 

  1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

  1. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Super senses a la Daredevil.

 

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Hawaii. Perfect weather, perfect lifestyle.

 

  1. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

My biggest achievement in my young professional career is producing a report for my manager’s presentation to the board at the Deutsche Borse end-of-year board meeting. It was both an unsettling and a fulfilling amount of responsibility! I learned a lot about the line of work in the process, and the experience taught me that working under intense pressure, although quite uncomfortable, can lead to pleasing results.

 

  1. What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?

I’d teach people how to survive plane crashes.

 

Quick fire

  1. Favourite sport? Tennis
  2. How do you like your steak cooked? Medium-rare
  3. Name an item you couldn’t live without? My phone charger
  4. What’s your dream car? Mercedes SLS AMG
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