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Fostering Startup Ingenuity at Oracle and Beyond

Kathleen Sim
JAPAC Employer Branding Lead

My journey with Oracle started in November 1999, when I joined as a founding member of the Portal and Reports Quality Assurance group. This new group had the spirit of a start-up—I was empowered to identify the root cause of problems and determine how to best find their solution. I learned a lot through these early responsibilities, and developed QA skills that prepared me for roles across different business units and aspects of the software development lifecycle. It also gave me an appetite to seek out opportunities to be part of new, growing teams, and I later joined one of the first teams in Oracle to take up agile methodology.

Fostering start-up ingenuity

My own project experiences motivated me to join the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem to help support Oracle’s mission to develop a start-up ecosystem that fosters innovation. Bangalore was the first center of this global initiative; there are now 9 centers worldwide. I’m involved in the development of partnerships with local accelerators, incubators, VCs, angel investors, investment communities, and ecosystem evangelists. I get to attend local meetups, events, and industry-focused initiatives to drive a culture of thought leadership.

I’m currently working in the Marketing and Events group for the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem. Across the years I have taken up different responsibilities and enjoy all aspects of my job, including: testing (manual/automation), people management, conducting trainings, Agile development, recruiting, mentoring, project management, program management, marketing, event management, budgeting, compensation review, and resource planning.

Women in Technology

In addition to my support of the start-up community, I’m also committed to helping develop more women in technology. Recently I was invited to participate in the International Girls in ITC Day event, at the JSS Academy of Technical Education in Bangalore. It’s important to give girls and young women the confidence to pursue an ICT career; to educate an auditorium full of young girls on startups and female entrepreneurship is very fulfilling.

My strong belief is that women bring a substantial amount of emotional intelligence to Oracle at all levels. I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters. I try my best to achieve a good balance between my career and family; I’ve been successful in doing so because Oracle respects gender diversity. I’m offered flexible work hours, maternity leave, and paid time off, as well as family growth support (child care, expense reimbursement), salary satisfaction, wellness initiatives, trainings, sponsorship or mentorship programs, management opportunities, and female representation in leadership positions.

My advice to professional women starting their careers is to define what success looks like to them, and then go for it.

I’ve recommended working at Oracle to many friends—and would definitely continue to do so—because this is the organization that most resembles my personal values. My journey has really been fantastic; I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.

Come create the future with us. Explore Oracle’s various opportunities at our Careers site.


Simi J.
Marketing & Events Lead for Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem in India and Singapore

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