2020. What a year!
If I were asked to describe this year, I wouldn’t be able to. It is weird, because I believe I am good at describing things.
It was tough to get through the day, but the months flew by. This year, more than any other year, this saying seems to be true.
But even in all this uncontrolled chaos and controlled lockdowns, few things came around. In my personal life. Like the ending of some part of a book series.
I closed a lot of open chapters in my life.
I have a habit of writing random…
2017 and 2018 were pretty good years for me. They were filled with personal growth. One of the best things that happened to me in that period was that I finally discovered the profession I enjoyed, something where going to work was not a drag. In the 21 months (Jan’17 — Sep’18) I spent at SlicePay managing their customer facing product, I felt immensely satisfied work-wise. There were failures and breakthroughs, but all in all it felt like something I could master, something I would enjoy mastering. So in 2018 I started thinking about the next step. I had already…
This post is about the 1 year career sabbatical I took between Sep 2018–2019, and the experiments I did to explore opportunities worth building for.
September 30th, 2018, was my last day at SlicePay. On leaving the job, first I went for a 3 weeks trip to Sikkim, India. After a 7 day trek in West Sikkim with friends, I moved on ahead alone to explore East and North Sikkim as a solo backpacker. I spent 10 days there. …
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child.
I too owe my personal development to the people around me.
I am starting this new practice of writing an annual letter and publishing it online to share my growth in the year and the challenges that lie ahead, along with a general sense of direction in which I am heading.
These letters will serve as a nice way of calculating my own progress years down the line. Things I did correctly, where I was wrong, and overall what I made of myself.
2017 was the beginning of…
What do you do in college when you don’t like what you are studying? Even before applying for the degree!
First question that everyone will ask — why did you apply for a degree/subject you were not interested in?
2 reasons. Because everyone was doing it (FOMO) and because I could (High IQ).
If you already know why you wanted to do engineering, then spending all your time on that burning goal or passion is the best thing to do. In fact, this is the advice I give to most of my juniors. …
I started my career at Akosha in 2014, after graduating with a B.Tech from Delhi College of Engineering.
I was part of OneDirect, a new Enterprise software spin-off from the B2C business of Akosha. When I joined, OneDirect had 5 mid-sized companies (market cap INR 5000–20000 crores) as clients and more were being added every month. I was given the job of managing these accounts for the time being, working directly with the cofounder. At the same time, we were trying to hire senior account management folks who could take that relationship forward and I was supposed to interview a…
While I was trying to build my own startup, Trustio, in 2016, I realised that I had few hard skills.
There is a reason for that.
When I was in class 10th, I had a different realisation. I realised I needed to work hard on my soft skills. I did have a knack for leadership from early school life, but overall needed to learn a lot in terms of working with people around me. Humble acceptance, I fluctuated between being an asshole and a pushover.
When I entered college in 2010, I made it my #1 goal to develop my…
An Alexa skill we developed for Product Hunt Makers Festival 2018
“What would you choose” is an easy way to take feedback on a question from public-at-large. It is a polling engine for the world.
You can ask travel related questions 🌐 🛫
Example: I am in Barcelona for a day. What should I do?
Option 1 — Visit Sagrada Familia
Option 2 — Visit La Rambla street
You can ask career related questions 👩🎓
Example: I am an 18 year old, high school senior. Where should I study? …
I love games. And not just playing them. When I look at games, I want to understand the triggers and motivations that make someone play it. Why is one game better than others?
When I was in class 7th, I made my first game (shown above). It was based on the journey of Ash Ketchum from Pokémon. The game could be played by ‘1 to n’ people and consisted of a board with multiple boxes drawn, representing a path like Snakes and Ladders.