“My advice is to be open to new ideas and new opportunities because you never know where they will or will not lead. Also, explore and participate in new adventures and new events to have a truly extraordinary experience.” Latvian intern, Martins Kruklis, shares his words of wisdom following a year-long sojourn in Sunnyvale, California. As a Master’s student in International Finance and Banking, Martins aspired to gain experience in the world of entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, and there was no better fit for his internship than one of our top partnering companies, Plug and Play Tech Center. Martins was immediately welcomed on the ventures/investment team, and was trained on how to evaluate potential startup investments, as well as all the nuances involved in the research and investment due diligence process. His main responsibilities included researching market trends, building out industry landscapes, and SWOT analyses. He employed strategic thinking and assessment of technology, business models, and markets in order to evaluate a start-up’s ability to succeed. Martins’s internship was supervised by Ivan Zgomba, Partner at Plug and Play Ventures. Ivan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and an MBA in Finance, and has been with Plug and Play since September 2010. Ivans invited Martins to a range of cultural events, such as corporate meetups, large monthly EXPOs, the Plug and Play holiday party, start-up networking events, and numerous conferences.
Martins’s internship experience trained him to optimize his time and be more mindful of activities around him. He now feels more confident in his ability to assess new companies and their business potential. He credits his coworkers and his supervisor for becoming his greatest mentors during his exchange internship, as they helped him from day 1 to settle in at his workplace from day one. Martins is now back in Latvia and is focused on completing his Master’s studies.