The fourth time was the charm for Raj Narayanaswamy and Lakshmi Raj. Their first two years in business, they couldn’t get funding and they launched three products that failed.
Now, their small firm employs about 300 people and their online time-and-expense management software has more than 1.5 million users in 70 countries..
Beyond the business struggles, they also faced personal challenges managing their time and learning how to balance work with their personal lives. They tried keeping a strict separation between work and business at first, but then decided it was easier just to not worry about a barrier. Now if they end up talking shop at 11:30 p.m. after a movie, it’s okay with them.One big plus of working together is honesty, said Raj. “We bring a very authentic culture. Everybody is themselves” at the office, he said. Because the leaders of the company are comfortable and open, that encourages the rest of the office to bring their real personalities to work.
During tough times, the two depend on each other. The secret is “not giving up, working through the struggle, whether it was business or personal,” said Lakshmi.
Their families are in India, so when they started racking up credit card debt, they had to figure it out on their own.
“If we declared bankruptcy, there is no aunt’s house or grandma’s house to go in and stay in,” she said.
The couple has maintained a sense of humor throughout. The marriage works, because “I am always wrong,” said Raj.
Get started today.
Set up a free trial based on your business needs. Start Free Trial

One Image, Two Very Different Interpretations: What Does it Mean in Business?

Gender equality may be an idealistic goal, but the point of humanity is to get more out of our lives By Lakshmi Raj, Co-founder and Co-CEO at Replicon Entrepreneur |…Read More

The Troubling Issue of VC “Fake it Till You Make it” Culture

By Lakshmi Raj, Co-founder and Co-CEO at Replicon Medium | November 12, 2019 Given the auspicious start of WeWork’s growing empire, few expected that investors would lose enough confidence to…Read More

Global Compliance Desk – Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Mandatory Paid Time Off in Bernalillo County, New Mexico Ordinance The Bernalillo County, New Mexico Commissioners passed the "Employee Wellness Act," which, though formerly styled as a paid sick leave…Read More

Seven critical ways to achieve global project success

There was once a time when managing a project at work was fairly straightforward. Everyone was in the same location, or at most a mere phone call away. You’d set…Read More

Time and Attendance Orientation Guide

In a growing business, the day will eventually come when managing time and attendance on paper becomes both inefficient and risky, especially when trying to balance things like overtime, paid…Read More

Using shared services? These five technologies are a must

As organizations continue to scrutinize operating costs and look for areas to drive efficiencies, shared services centers (SSCs) are a no-brainer. The concept of a multi-function SSC has been around…Read More
  • Cloud
  • In The News
  • Corporate
  • Professional Services Management
  • Project and Program Management
  • Shared Services Management
  • Time and Attendance Management
  • Workforce Management
  • Customer Feature
  • Feature Update
  • Time Intelligence
  • Industry News
  • Webinar Recap
  • Global Compliance Updates
  • 
    Chat with us
    How can we help you?