Students + Startups in the Jungle: Meet Navya
Hi! I’m Navya Gudimetla, a rising sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) studying in the McCombs School of Business where I’m majoring in finance and minoring in marketing. This summer I'll be working with TeamPassword as a finance and pricing intern. TeamPassword, a password manager, is part of Jungle Disk's cybersecurity suite geared for small businesses.
Here's a little bit more about me!
I was born in Virginia, moved to India in 2012, and went to an international school for the last six years before going to UT. In my free time, I love reading and writing, spoken word poetry, listening to indie/alternative music, and watching movies/stand-up comedy. I'm also into event organizing, public speaking and playing the piano! This is my first time in San Antonio so I'm very excited to explore the city and its culture.
Startups and cybersecurity have always fascinated me. When I found out about the Students+Startups (S+S) program I was extremely intrigued. I learned about the program through an alumna who talked about her experience and I decided to apply on a whim! I was also pleasantly surprised that it was open to all university students - not just those in San Antonio. When I was looking through the company list and researching, Jungle Disk was one of my top choices because of its company culture and the interactions I had with the team. I interviewed through Google Meet talking with Brian, Director of Product Management and founder of TeamPassword, along with Sarah, Product Manager for TeamPassword. I had such a great time chatting with Brian and Sarah. Before starting my internship, I was a little nervous but now that I’m here I already love the people and my fellow interns!
A few things I’m excited about this summer are getting to work on my project, mentoring the students through the SAISD high school internship program, and attending Geekdom events! Mentorship is one of my passions and I can't wait to interact with the high schoolers and lead them through their own projects and research. The project I'm working on at Jungle Disk entails research on TeamPassword's pricing strategy, data collection, synthesis, and analysis. These are skills that I’ve always wanted to build on, and I know they will help me with my future career goals and aspirations as well. As someone who’s interested in the intersection between finance and marketing, I can’t wait to conduct research and absorb all the information that I can. It’s the kind of opportunity that’s hard to find in the corporate world because not only do I get to explore multiple interests, but I also get to design my own experience in a way.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I'm super excited to see what the next ten weeks hold.